I agree 100% with the above.Police Officers have a tough job - especially sorting good guys from bad. That said, they also have a duty to do the homework and background on every entry (warrant or warrant-less?) and by that I mean perform the due diligence required. This type of thing puts police agencies in a bad light and it does get remembered by the general public and especially by the media. The department can conduct ten good operations but have one like this and the other nine operations done correctly are forgotten. The other bone to pick with this is the attitude "we're the Police, Federal Marshall, FBI, etc. and we can do what we want". - No you can't and there is case law that tells you that. Additionally,your agency needs to be funded and there maybe a lot of issues getting funding at the next budget hearing because perception is reality.
This part, not so much... Even in error, the police and marshals are operating under the color of law. People reaching for/ holding a phone have been shot, deemed a justifiable shoot.And the reality is your going to be paying a lot of $$$ in litigation to these people who your agency decided "we can do what we want" in their own home. And shoot some innocent person in their own home - the cost just tripled.
Most of the time when LEO enters a house forcibly, it's a team and they are wearing armor... Your chances of surviving that and wounding an entering LEO in armor and a helmet are pretty slim.Serious question: I have been wondering if home invasions are on the rise, or are we just hearing about all of them because of the internet, or whatever? I dont know the answer to that, but it seems like there are more and more home invasions happening now.
That being said, isnt it possible that LE is going to start getting shot up with these no knock home invasions they are doing? Shot by honest Joe Citizen, who has no reason to think that some SWAT team is hitting his house.
It seems to me that if THEY are the ones worried about meeting armed response, from regular citizens who fear from every day violence, that they might change what they are doing. Btw, Im certainly not advocating shooting LE, but if its the response they get because they are at the wrong house, and those living there think its just armed thugs....shrug.
Serious question: I have been wondering if home invasions are on the rise, or are we just hearing about all of them because of the internet, or whatever? I dont know the answer to that, but it seems like there are more and more home invasions happening now.
In general, violent crimes are dropping. I'm not sure how Home Invasions fit into that, though.As to home invasions on the rise... perhaps... and with larger teams of BGs doing the entering...
It seems that they used her reacting in fear of a man pointing a gun at her through her window as justification for a no-knock search. I think that is a normal reaction, the same excused was used in Berwyn Heights, Maryland mayor's residence drug raid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
+100No knock warrants should not be and never should have been allowed by LE. There is no convincing reason for them, and one innocent person being killed by LE in their own home is as bad or worse than one being killed by a home invasion BG.
Law abiding citizens expect thugs to knock down their door and possibly kill them. Law abiding citizens do not expect LE to kick in their doors and kill them. JMO