Sunday, March 08, 2009

Police Militarization Roundup

Cop seriously sounded, suspect killed in a Houston drug raid.
Police near Memphis conduct a 10:30am raid on a child care home.
“They held us at gunpoint, slammed us to the ground, stomped my hands and butted me in the back of the head with a shotgun.” They had the wrong house. But they arrested the occupants for assault and resisting arrest, anyway.
FBI agent shoots another FBI agent during a drug raid.
Hmm…. Police get burglary call. Accidentally break in to wrong house. Discover marijuana grow.
Atlanta police chief denies arrest quotas, widespread short-cutting and corruption in his department. FBI report on the Kathryn Johnston case apparently says otherwise. But neither APD nor the FBI will release the report to the public.
SWAT team terrorizes Indiana woman during a warrantless wrong-door raid on her home. Seems several police departments were fanning the area after the recent shooting two police officers after a robbery. The woman grabbed a gun, thinking the cops were criminal intruders. Fortunately, they didn’t kill her. They did, however, trigger a heart attack, requiring open heart surgery. We’ve seen this happen quite a few times in the past. When a cop goes down, other cops seem to think the Fourth Amendment, police procedures, and laws against excessive force no longer apply.
Keep an eye on this one. Lots of things about the police account of the shooting just don’t add up.