I first learned yesterday of a police raid gone wrong.
Busting down the door when the warrant doesn’t specify no-knock? Bad.
Shooting the dogs as they ran away, then leaving them to bleed to death while you interrogate the homeowner? Worse.
Refusing to believe that the homeowner is in fact the Mayor as you force him to kneel on the floor handcuffed in his boxer shorts for hours? Worse still!
But wait! there’s more!
The unopened package containing the drugs giving the cops the “grounds” for the warrant was delivered by the cops! That’s the worst.
There is clearly more to this story, and more keeps dribbling out every day. But as things stand, this stinks.
Yes, one of many reasons we need a Fourth Amendment. You know what we also need? A law that says cops are responsible for the damage they do if it turns out they don’t find what they are looking for. All of a sudden, I think cops will be a lot more careful about busting down doors and shooting dogs.
Cross-posted on ShortWoman.
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