Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Another Great Moment in Law Enforcement

Atlanta, Georgia: Narcotics officers in plainclothes kick in the door of the wrong house, frightening the 92-year-old woman who lives inside. Naturally, she defends herself; she grabs a gun and fires, wounding three of the cops. They return fire, killing her. (LINK)

Later, the police say they were justified. It was all done properly, they said, strictly by the book. They had a warrant, they knocked, announced themselves, etc.—as if an unseen piece of paper and men shouting and banging on the door in the middle of the night should have somehow calmed the woman's fears. How was she to know she was a suspected drug dealer?

The police also insist they had the right address. But, if it was the right address, where are the drugs? Why was there nothing inside but a frightened old woman?

This woman had lived in the neighborhood for 17 years. It was a high-crime neighborhood, supposedly. And yet, when the end came, it was not at the hands of criminals, but “law enforcement officers” whose macho, kick-in-the-door “heroics” are supposedly meant to keep us safe ...