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Re: Oops..

Postby Purplehood » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:44 am

danpaw wrote:Not irrevelant if both were planted.


They are irrelevant whether they were there or not.

The bottom-line is that the Police shot someone that they should not have shot.
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Re: Oops..

Postby 2firfun50 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:29 am

Something I have not seen discussed yet is felony charges for the deputies involved. I do not believe civil law suits are the answer to preventing these type of incidences. All civil law suits against the government is further punishment of innocent taxpayers. The officials responsible do not pay the claims nor the legal fees.

However, when Wyatt and Virgil wise up that badges are not a defense against felony homicide, or possibly murder convictions, maybe some light will begin to shine. When officers directly involved are facing hard time and their supervisors are looking at accessory before and after the fact charges, we'll begin to see progress.

Until then, its duck and cover because you are probably outgunned.
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Re: Oops..

Postby The Annoyed Man » Wed Jul 18, 2012 12:21 pm

2firfun50 wrote:Something I have not seen discussed yet is felony charges for the deputies involved.

It will never happen. It should, but it won't.
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Re: Oops..

Postby george » Wed Jul 18, 2012 1:58 pm

That is why they make lynch mobs.
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Re: Oops..

Postby danpaw » Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:45 pm

Irrelevant to me and you but not to Channel 2 news, and probably not the jury. Some of them think it's OK for the cops to shoot someone just because he had a gun, even in his own home.
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Re: Oops..

Postby VMI77 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:31 pm

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chasfm11 wrote:I fully understand that officers remember situations like this one.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/dallas-police-officer-reportedly-shot.html

At the same time, there has to be a way to help prevent the wrong people being targeted under these kinds of circumstances. I'd certainly want to verify that the people on the other side of my door were police at 2am. The chances are a lot better that the real police have the wrong house than that a group of BGs have gotten police uniforms and targeted my place but being woken from a sound sleep with only seconds to figure everything out is a tall order for older guys like me. My reflex action isn't to open the door, however.

Here's the deal, as far as I'm concerned. My house has a wood plaque with brass numbers nailed to it indicating the address, mounted just above and to the right of the front door. There is a black box painted on the curb with my address number in contrasting white painted over it, at TWO locations—right in front of the front walkway leading up to my front door, and at the corner of the curb where my driveway exits. You would have to be a complete imbecile to NOT know that you were at the wrong house. If police were looking for my neighbors—neither of whose homes look anything like mine, by the way—and they shot me for answering a middle of the night knock with a gun in my hand, I think I would own them. I would own the PD. I would own the city. I think that a good lawyer could make that happen, because we still have a second amendment—despite the efforts of traitors among us—and I have a natural God-given right to defend my home, my family, and myself from a middle of the night raid by anybody hostile to my interests, so long as I have committed no crimes.

Now, is it tactically wise to confirm who's at the door and why before deciding whether or not to open it? Yes, it absolutely is. But in another thread running to many pages now, we have people arguing that when George Zimmerman got out of his car, he assumed responsibility for the outcome of Martin's death. Other's have argued—incorrectly—that when he ignored the 911 operator's request to not follow Martin, he broke the law. The correct answer is, of course, in hindsight, getting out of his car was a tactical error............but it was NOT ILLEGAL. He broke no laws by doing so.

I maintain that if the state (or local municipality) "licenses you to kill" by paying you to carry a gun, both for your own protection, the protection of others (which turns out to be a Constitutional fiction, per SCOTUS), and for the apprehension of dangerous criminals, then you have a sort of fiduciary responsibility—JUST like some have argued that George Zimmerman did—to be certain that you are in the right place for this.

I am personally very tired of reading stories about cops who think that their tactics are beyond question, and when it blows up in their faces and they kill an innocent homeowner or his dog, they place the blame on the victim. It's immoral. When their superiors do it, it's doubly so.

I want to see our communities support our police. I want there to be good rapport between the two, and cooperation. Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights says "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED [similar language to SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED], and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Amendment IV does not state that the homeowner must make tactically sound decisions for the amendment to be in effect. It does not require that he be the brightest bulb in the circuit. The language places the onus upon law enforcement, stating without any qualification or purpose of evasion (just as with the 2nd Amendment) that this right SHALL NOT BE VIOLATED.

Frankly, I don't care if the victim answered the door with a gun in his hand. He was defending his castle.

Some are going to be very offended by my next statement, but if I have to choose between a cop who acted like an idiot by not confirming the address and got killed by a homeowner defending his home, and a homeowner getting killed for answering an unannounced knock on the door in the middle of the night with a gun in his hand—tactically sound or not—I'm going to go with dead cop and live homeowner every single time. A police officer has the same right to life that I do, but he does not have MORE of a right to life than I do. If he is stupid, it should cost HIM, not ME. I don't want to see either person hurt or killed, but if injury or death is the result of someone's stupidity and failure of procedural duty, then I want the person who initiated the stupidity to pay the price, not the person who is confronted by the other's stupidity—even if he could have made a more tactically sound decision, again, because the 4th Amendment doesn't require sound tactics. It requires law enforcement to meet a standard which was NOT met in this case. Therefore, THEY are responsible for the outcome, and the moral weight of it all rests on their shoulders. So when an unmitigated mutt like that officer's superior makes excuses and tries to shift the blame to the homeowner, I would like to see that superior's private parts crushed in a mangle. Why? Because it is HIS attitude which institutionalizes this kind of fecklessness with regard to a sworn police officer's oath to uphold the law.

And make no mistake, these kinds of errors are entirely preventable, thus they are stupid. Furthermore, they are the direct result of law enforcement encroaching on the very clearly stated words and meaning of the 4th Amendment.............JUST like the current state of our gun rights in America is the result of liberals encroaching on the very clearly stated words and meaning of the 2nd Amendment.

So I hope that the dead man's family prevails in court, making it so expensive for this police department that they will never pull this kind of crap again. Maybe it will force them to reconsider their commitment to the social contract they made when they agreed to accept employment as police officers. Maybe some officers will decide that they cannot make that commitment, and leave the department. Good. We don't want cops like that. Maybe it will make others decide to rededicate themselves to the principles of good police work, attention to procedure and detail, and adherence to the ideals of good law enforcement. Good. We DO want cops like that.

I WANT successful law enforcement. Our communities require it. Despite this rant, I do NOT have it in for the police. But when cops get away with gunning down innocent people, when they act with contempt for the rights of the people as enumerated in the Constitution, then they have nobody but themselves to blame when the communities they police begin to treat them with contempt in return. That officer's superior did as much or more damage to the cause of community relations as the officer himself did.

A simple, "Yes, it is a terrible situation, and we are trying to sort out what happened and why. When we have more details, I will provide them." That's all the press needed to hear from him, and that's all they had any right to expect. They do not need to hear his opinion—which may be prejudicial to future jury panelists—about his officer's alleged innocence and the homeowner's guilt.

Other than that, I have no opinion.



Well said TAM. Acting on the notion that because a motorcycle was parked in front of a particular apartment the suspect must be in that apartment constitutes gross negligence; or it was an excuse made up after they killed the wrong guy. In the first instance they should be prosecuted for manslaughter. In the second instance they should be prosecuted for manslaughter and obstruction of justice. However, I agree it won't happen. Of course, this judgement assumes the incident is substantially as related in the news report, and we all know just how shaky that assumption can be.
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Re: Oops..

Postby VMI77 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:38 pm

ScooterSissy wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote:...
I WANT successful law enforcement. Our communities require it. Despite this rant, I do NOT have it in for the police. But when cops get away with gunning down innocent people, when they act with contempt for the rights of the people as enumerated in the Constitution, then they have nobody but themselves to blame when the communities they police begin to treat them with contempt in return. That officer's superior did as much or more damage to the cause of community relations as the officer himself did.

A simple, "Yes, it is a terrible situation, and we are trying to sort out what happened and why. When we have more details, I will provide them." That's all the press needed to hear from him, and that's all they had any right to expect. They do not need to hear his opinion—which may be prejudicial to future jury panelists—about his officer's alleged innocence and the homeowner's guilt.
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I think what gets me is the reaction in general by some. It almost seems a "hmmm, nothing really here to see" thing.

If the homeowner had been a civilian in Afghanistan, and instead of a policeman the shooter had been a 19 year old kid 6 months into a deployment, the press would have been all over it.


I have a feeling that the reaction would be different if the homeowner was also a LEO too, or the spouse of a LEO --or city councilman, mayor, etc.
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Re: Oops..

Postby VMI77 » Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:40 pm

jollyman wrote:I grew up watching World War 2 movies that showed the evil ways that the Nazi Gestapol and the SS would kick down doors in the middle of the night and carry people off, to be tortured and interrogated, never to be seen or heard from again. And now, I see almost the same thing happening here in America with the news agencies seemingly praising them for their tactics. And evening worse, many of this county’s citizens seem to believe that this is acceptable behavior. :mad5 :txflag:


Unless it happens to them.....they think it's acceptable when it happens to others.
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Re: Oops..

Postby C-dub » Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:30 pm

VMI77 wrote:I have a feeling that the reaction would be different if the homeowner was also a LEO too, or the spouse of a LEO --or city councilman, mayor, etc.

Your feeling might be correct.

This from a few years ago. Some of the same attitude to justify the shooting, but not quite the same lack of remorse.
http://articles.cnn.com/2009-05-29/just ... s=PM:CRIME

I doubt the department that killed that innocent homeowner will treat his survivors like NYPD treated their own.
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-06 ... rds-salary

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/1 ... 58726.html
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I doubt race was an issue in this shooting. I think it was probably more about someone with a gun must be a bad guy. I highly doubt the young officer pointed his gun at the other officer yelling at him to stop. He probably just stopped and turned to tell him what he was doing and was killed before he got a word out.
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Re: Oops..

Postby Katygunnut » Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:17 pm

Why can't this ever happen at the house of, say, Nancy Pelosi, or the like?
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Re: Oops..

Postby C-dub » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:29 pm

Katygunnut wrote:Why can't this ever happen at the house of, say, Nancy Pelosi, or the like?

That would be a job I would give the gooberment credit for.
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Re: Oops..

Postby dihappy » Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:30 am

Well hot dog, wheres the LIKE button :)
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Re: Oops..

Postby sjfcontrol » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:49 am

Katygunnut wrote:Why can't this ever happen at the house of, say, Nancy Pelosi, or the like?


Because Pelosi has armed security OUTSIDE her residence? Just guessing...
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Re: Oops..

Postby Oldgringo » Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:47 pm

danpaw wrote:Well, they did find some drugs in the apartment and the dead guy did have a gun. That was convenient.


A little too convenient, eh?

FWIW, I don't open the door in the house OR the RV after dark without knowing who's on the other side of the door and yes, my Compact SA 1911 is in my right hand...behind my hip, cocked and locked.
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