(Via Say Uncle)
But these things need to get out there and people need to know what is going on.
Cops get a burglary call with a bad address. Homeowner, taken unawares, panics. Armed guest does not and draws her weapon. And one of the deputies...draws down on a circuit court judge. And then has the incredible stupidity to tell her...wait for it...
"... I was fearing for my life."
You don't suppose they're being taught that phrase, now do you?
Like Uncle, I hope she makes a case out of this. A Federal freaking case. I hope one or more law enforcement certs get permanently lifted. Maybe even a bit of prison time is in order.
How often does this need to happen? How many people need to suffer because an over-militarized police force screws up? (O-o-oh, look! That last one is another poor dead bastard courtesy of the Las Vegas police. Michael Crooks got off easy....)
Yeah, I'm getting tired of this, and I'm angry. It just keeps happening and happening and happening, but we just get told it was "justified" because "I was fearing for my life." No the hell it isn't justified. Not in a free society. Sure the police have a crappy dangerous job, but that doesn't give them the right to go overboard just because "I'm going home tonight." If there is a different set of rules for them than for us, then none of the rules are worth a tinker's damn.
The stupid thing is that you could still have all the SWAT teams and no-knock warrants you want and still fix this. Make the officer who shoots provide some realistic evidence for being in fear of his life. You know, like I would have to if I used my gun to defend myself. How far do you think I'd get in court if all I did was say "I was scared for my life" if there was no physical evidence or witnesses to back that up? Exactly right--all the way to prison.
This country is going down so many different toilets at once that it's getting hard to hear myself think for the water gurgling.