What Seems To Be the Problem, Officer?

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Mrs. Kathryn Johnson, an 88-year (or 92, depending on who you ask) old Atlanta resident was murdered by police the other day.   Thanks, War on Drugs!  Another evil narco-trafficking great-grandmother threatening our Republic has been eliminated.  Huzzah!

Here’s a little safety tip officer, if you kick in my door in the middle of the night, the second thing through the door frame will be your brain matter.  Yelling that you are the police isn’t some kind of way to claim "Not It!" immunity.  Nothing stops either the home invaders or Iraqi insurgents from claiming they are the police while they are up to their shenanigans.  Yeah, I know.  They are cheating.  What do you expect?  They are criminals. 

See,we’ve got this thing called the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, 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.

We also have this cool thing called the Second Amendment to make sure we can defend our right to be secure in our persons and homes.  As far as I’m concerned, and apparently the same went for Mrs. Johnson, those two amendments trump your half-assed probable cause for busting in her home.

If you are going to base a "no-knock" warrant on the word of some sketchy jitterbugging crack fiend, well, you get what you pay for.  I don’t want to tell you how to do your jobs, but it seems to me that the investigative side of police work would compel you to seek corroborative evidence before you put lives at risk.  Or don’t you all do that stuff anymore?

I bet if you watched the house for 24 hours, you might have found the only people coming and going from that house was Meals on Wheels, instead of the Medellin Cartel.  Again, I’m not as highly trained as you all.  I’m just minimally fucking observant.

Sure, you cops fired in self-defense.  You and the rest of the SWAT team were just minding your own business terrorizing the elderly when she shot at you.  Good luck next time you get a hot tip.

The next old lady might be a better shot.

In a related matter, Radley Balko over at CATO has a very cool map that details all the incidents of bogus Barney Fife raids.

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11 Responses to “What Seems To Be the Problem, Officer?”

  1. Exador Says:

    There, but by the grace of …Yeah, my house too. I’m counting on my increasingly old dog to slow them down enough for me to facilitate a defensible position at the end of my hall.We had a march here in Atlanta to protest the shooting. People are pretty pissed. The ‘New’ Black Panthers are trying to run the show, so look for Jesse or Al to show up any day now.Then again, they have their own cops-shooting-blacks problems up there in NY.Now the informant is saying he said no such thing about the house and never bought drugs there. What? Ya think he’s lying? Why that guy’s just untrustworthy. Hey, wait a minute…As far as Kathryn’s marksmanship, my hat’s off to her. She was able to shoot three cops, avoiding the vests for all three.

  2. Sarcastro Says:

    Pity they usual suspects are turning this into yet another race issue.They might actually accomplish something if they impressed it upon the white folks that they aren’t immune to this form of "justice" by virtue of skin color.All the meth labs I’ve cleaned up were run by hillbillies…

  3. Mack Says:

    Somehow, really not that long ago, the culture of police work changed. To be fair, maybe it was always like that, but I grew up on TV cop shows, and the whole reason to respect and admire them was because they were there to take a bullet for you, and me. They were supposed to wade in when it got rough, and lay down their lives if necessary to protect a civilian. At some point, too many adopt an us vs them mentality, and are resentful of even those to whose care they are entrusted. I never felt a part of the mysterious "brotherhood" to which most other officers pledged life-long alliegience. Sure, you had to know the other guys were pros, and would have your back, but at the end of the day, if someone has to die, it is supposed to be a uniform, not a civilian. The recent shooting of three men outside a strip joint is a classic example of this. 50 bullets sprayed at the car, apparently with no regard for bystanders. Sickening.

  4. Exador Says:

    I’m still stumped to find the difference between your average police department and the Corleone family. They both keep the peace, so long as you recognize that they are boss. If you have a grievance, you bring it to them and they settle it. In return, you pay protection money.Hey, ‘Protect and Serve’. I get it.

  5. bridgett Says:

    The difference is that your city taxes aren’t used to make payroll for the Corleones.

  6. Sarcastro Says:

    What’s the difference between protection money and municipal/property taxes?

  7. Exador Says:

    Sarcastro,Leftists (or is it Lefties?) don’t see taxes as being taken by force. Remember, when you pay taxes, you are being benevolent. You are giving back. When you don’t want to pay more taxes, you are being greedy.WHOOSH! Right over their heads!

  8. bridgett Says:

    Only business owners pay protection. Ex: We prefer "people of Left."

  9. Sarcastro Says:

    From the wiki:"A protection racket is an extortion scheme whereby a powerful organization, most often a criminal organization or gang, coerces individuals or businesses to pay protection money which allegedly serves to purchase the organization’s "protection" services against various external threats. Those who do not buy into the protection plan are often targeted by criminals existing outside of the organization. These crimes are typically thought to originate from the organization itself. When a business refuses to pay for protection, word is put out that they are outside of the local organisation’s protection (these organisations often exist in the absence of a trusted police force) and that the business in question is therefore free game for freelance criminals or the organization itself."

  10. bridgett Says:

    Hmmm…never heard of suburban property owners paying protection, but I have heard of them paying taxes. That’s what I get for attempting to play nice with the libertarians, I guess.

  11. Sarcastro Says:

    Bridgett, aren’t they essentially the same thing?If a protection racket claims that your home might burn to the ground if they aren’t paid off, how is that different than a politician claiming that a tax hike is necessary to fund the fire department?Both threaten the homeowner and play upon the fears of his/her home, family and belongings going up in smoke.

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