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WATCH: Police Kill Man In Drug Raid Gone Wrong
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Posted on 01/18/2011 2:17:18 PM PST by darkside321

Utah police shot and killed a man within seconds of storming his parents' home, video of the raid shows. The police had a warrant to search for drugs, but found only a small amount of pot and an empty vial that had apparently contained meth.

Local media report that Todd Blair, 45, was a drug addict rather than a dealer, according to friends and family.

In the video, Blair can be seen holding a golf club above his head as police smash through his door. Within seconds, without demanding Blair drop the iron or lay down, Weber-Morgan Strike Force Sgt. Troy Burnett fires three shots into him. The local prosecutor has deemed the killing justified, but his family is planning a federal lawsuit, arguing that police had plenty of alternatives.

Blair's death raises the question of why multiple heavily-armed officers were sent to raid a drug addict -- and why Weber and Morgan counties in Utah would even need a "Narcotics Strike Force." Local police forces are able to keep to property they seize in drug raids, often without the necessity of a conviction, creating a perverse incentive to reinvest in military equipment and carry out additional raids.

The killer, Sgt. Burnett, had previously told a law-enforcement magazine that he and fellow officers were trained to shoot quickly and at close range. Burnett had previously put the training to use by shooting and killing an armed suspect in 2008.

"Maybe a month before this [2008 shooting], we did our qualification and this kind of scenario was played out in live fire training where we had to quickly draw and fire at close range," Burnett said at the time. "It wasn't quite identical, but it was close...

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1 posted on 01/18/2011 2:17:21 PM PST by darkside321
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To: darkside321
The killer, Sgt. Burnett, had previously told a law-enforcement magazine that he and fellow officers were trained to shoot quickly and at close range. Burnett had previously put the training to use by shooting and killing an armed suspect in 2008.

Something is drastically wrong with this statement and this person. The only thing right about it is the 'killer' statement. If this were an American soldier in IRAQ or Afghanistan right now, he would be cashiered summarily poste haste.....

2 posted on 01/18/2011 2:21:13 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: darkside321
Police Kill Man In Drug Raid Gone Wrong

Nothing went wrong. That was the plan.

3 posted on 01/18/2011 2:21:29 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: darkside321

Cops should have stayed home that day. Didn’t do much “protecting the public.”

I guess they “felt that their life was in danger.”

Whenever you encounter a cop: MAKE SURE HE FEELS SAFE.

When I was a kid, it was the job of the police to make the public feel safe. Somehow or other, that got turned around.


4 posted on 01/18/2011 2:22:05 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: darkside321

“but found only a small amount of pot and an empty vial that had apparently contained meth. “

Total cost to taxpayers:

Fox door, broken glass, furniture : $1870
Salaries for the 50-60 jackbooted thugs and support team: $18,000 (including pension contribution)

Settling wrongful death lawsuit : $10 Million.

Enjoy.


5 posted on 01/18/2011 2:22:16 PM PST by mewykwistmas ("Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ")
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To: darkside321

Weber County UT? The same jurisiction that wants a blimp to spy on the citizens of Ogden?

They need to get their gunslinging deputies under control.


6 posted on 01/18/2011 2:23:07 PM PST by rahbert
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To: darkside321
Are Cops Constitutional?
7 posted on 01/18/2011 2:23:07 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: subterfuge

I saw this video and wanted to throw up.

Videos like this make me literally put 995 of law enforcement in the same category as the worst street gangs and zetas w read about in the news.


8 posted on 01/18/2011 2:23:09 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: darkside321
I think drugs are a bad thing. But police raiding homes is worse. This has to end. All of the people on this raid, and those who ordered and approved it, must be charged with manslaughter at least, and all must serve prison terms.

ML/NJ

9 posted on 01/18/2011 2:23:56 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: GlockThe Vote

You got your % the wrong way round.

We don’t hear the good stories, eh?

Maybe 2% are scum.


10 posted on 01/18/2011 2:25:16 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (Capitol Hill operator 866-727-4894 toll free. Just say which Representative/Senator you want to spea)
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To: darkside321

Swat, the new SS.


11 posted on 01/18/2011 2:25:16 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: GlockThe Vote

Sad isn’t it?

Used to live down the street from a State Trooper. He liked to stand in his front doorway naked, frequently.


12 posted on 01/18/2011 2:25:35 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: darkside321

Good thing the Jack Booted Thugs are keeping us safe from ourselves.


13 posted on 01/18/2011 2:25:51 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: ml/nj

This case will go no where.

As long as an officer can remember to claim that he thought the golf club was a gun or it was a threat to his life 20 feet away, he has an iron clad union alibi to kill you.


14 posted on 01/18/2011 2:26:05 PM PST by WaterBoard
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To: Fido969

When I was a kid, it was the job of the police to make the public feel safe. Somehow or other, that got turned around.


Yep times have definitely changed :-(
I mean serious how should this guy have reacted.
Just imagine someone breaks your door in the middle of the night. He just grapped the first “weapon” he can get and
was killed without any warning.


15 posted on 01/18/2011 2:26:05 PM PST by darkside321
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

I used to believe that when I was younger, but no longer.

Cops = publicly financed street gang.

The only difference is that cops work for a different crime boss than the bloods or crips.


16 posted on 01/18/2011 2:27:27 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: mewykwistmas

However, since they found a small amount of pot, they will consider everything justified and mom and dad will have their house forfeited.

Enjoy.


17 posted on 01/18/2011 2:27:30 PM PST by farmguy
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To: darkside321
Blair's death raises the question of why multiple heavily-armed officers were sent to raid a drug addict -- and why Weber and Morgan counties in Utah would even need a "Narcotics Strike Force."

When your job is to carry around hammer, everything starts looking like a nail.

18 posted on 01/18/2011 2:27:47 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: ml/nj
It's even worse when you watch it.

Every policeman who fired a shot on this raid should be hung.

Government is absolutely out of control.

ML/NJ

19 posted on 01/18/2011 2:28:00 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: darkside321

Next time I hope the home owner is waiting with a shotgun.


20 posted on 01/18/2011 2:29:07 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: darkside321
I was not impressed with this SWAT team. No reason to shoot. 8+ man team and the guy was armed with a stick, err, golf club. Pu$$ies!
21 posted on 01/18/2011 2:30:16 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Many are cowards and bullies who love to carry guns.

And they’re adrenalin junkies. Drive by a fender bender and there’ll be 3 city cops, 2 deputy sheriffs, 3 or 4 constables and a fire engine. Watch an idiot drive 90 miles an hour down the freeway in city traffic and there’s not a cop to be found. Why? ‘Cause half of them are at the fender bender and the rest are kicking people’s doors in.

I hope this cop becomes someone’s prison bitch. I don’t see where it was neccessary to shoot a guy who has a golf club. Especially when you’ve got him outnumbered 5 to 1.

Now I’ll wait for the “cops are always right and we should lay down and lick boot whenever they tell us to” crowd.


22 posted on 01/18/2011 2:30:22 PM PST by Terry Mross (I voted for McCain and WASTED my vote.)
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To: darkside321
What's an angry copy to do with all that target practice?

Had the cop been listening to too much angry rhetoric from law-abiding citizens?

23 posted on 01/18/2011 2:31:00 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: darkside321

There are people who post here who have no problem with this.


24 posted on 01/18/2011 2:31:03 PM PST by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: Gaffer

“”If this were an American soldier in IRAQ or Afghanistan right now, he would be cashiered summarily poste haste...””

That’s the truth. Look at the trouble Lt. Col. Allen West got into just for firing a shot into the ground next to a captured Iraqi’s (or was it Afghani?) head.

I counted 7 SWAT going into that house - how many more weren’t in the picture? AND shouting “get on the ground”, when the guy has been shot and is already on the floor???

Disgusting.....


25 posted on 01/18/2011 2:31:25 PM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: farmguy

Yup.

This video literally made me want to throw up.

I have never done drugs ever, but even so, does possession of drugs warrant this type of crap?

Seriously. GMAFB.


26 posted on 01/18/2011 2:32:18 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: darkside321
I was barely able to see that the victim was a white male before he fell to the ground dead.

This shooting would not pass muster in most jurisdictions. The suspect was at least 12 feet from the door that the police opened with enough light in the room to see that he had a golf club. Golf clubs are not considered lethal from that distance. The police did not act in a manner which is consistent with sufficient force and public safety.

They could have given the suspect a few seconds before doing a quick draw and firing with deadly force.

I am not either a liberal or a police officer. This was not a righteous kill!

27 posted on 01/18/2011 2:32:47 PM PST by wmileo
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To: Christian Engineer Mass
Maybe 2% are scum.

I no longer believe that.

28 posted on 01/18/2011 2:33:50 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: darkside321
Local police forces are able to keep to property they seize in drug raids, often without the necessity of a conviction

Tyranny incarnate.

29 posted on 01/18/2011 2:33:55 PM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: Sir Gawain

Next time I hope the home owner is waiting with a shotgun.

__________________________

Never bring a golf club to a gun fight.


30 posted on 01/18/2011 2:33:55 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: TexasCajun

This is a peek into his noggin......

http://www.policemag.com/Channel/Gangs/Articles/Print/Story/2008/08/Ogden-Utah-05-26-2006.aspx


31 posted on 01/18/2011 2:35:00 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Weird Tolkienish Figure

Those people are vile disgusting scum who apologize or think this is ok.

I hate to say this, and can’t even believe I am, but sometimes, you almost wish the homeowner fights back like in The Professional and these a_______ think twice before raiding a home at 3 am for drugs like in a case like this.


32 posted on 01/18/2011 2:35:21 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: darkside321
Within seconds, without demanding Blair drop the iron or lay down, Weber-Morgan Strike Force Sgt. Troy Burnett fires three shots into him.

It was less than one second.

33 posted on 01/18/2011 2:37:12 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: darkside321
...Todd Blair, 45, was a drug addict rather than a dealer,...

OLTG's Rules for a Happy (and Longer) Life: "Don't be a drug addict!"

34 posted on 01/18/2011 2:38:38 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Like I said earlier, at sme point some homeoner is going to respond like in The Professional, and the public will cheer that person on.

People are getting sick of his nonsense. i don’t care if the guy had 2 poundsof coke, thistype of summary execution is nt warranted period.


35 posted on 01/18/2011 2:39:27 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: wmileo

Yep this allso cracked me up.
I mean serious first they cry police in front of the door.
I mean good luck to hear it (or believe it) when you are inside. And in the next moment you get gunned down in cold blood in your parrents house (what if it has been the mother or his father?) without any warning or even a chance to trop your “weapon” (Yeah i´m shure a guy 10 or more feet away NOT MOVING with putter in his hands is a grave threat to a swat team).


36 posted on 01/18/2011 2:40:30 PM PST by darkside321
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37 posted on 01/18/2011 2:41:09 PM PST by loungitude ( The truth hurts.)
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To: Onelifetogive

And what if the guy was a drunk instead?

This was murder, and anyone thinking this is ok really should ask if this was a family memeber how they would feel about this.

After seeing this, my view of 99% of cops went lower than even I thught it could go.


38 posted on 01/18/2011 2:42:11 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: Sir Gawain
Next time I hope the home owner is waiting with a shotgun.

In the novel "Unintended Consequences", the main plot point comes about because the BATF decide to raid an empty house -- and find out that the house is not empty, and that they have messed with the wrong guy.

This country needs Henry Bowman.

39 posted on 01/18/2011 2:42:20 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: darkside321

This was murder, nothing less.


40 posted on 01/18/2011 2:44:25 PM PST by fuzzybutt (Democrat Lawyers are the root of all evil.)
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To: darkside321

This is why I really don’t get affected the way i used to whe I hear about ops getting hurt in the line of work like I used to.

Notice how they NEVER raid the homes of Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Vatos Loco, MS13, etc like this?

Wonder why - because the homeowner will shoot back and they can’t have that.


41 posted on 01/18/2011 2:44:28 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: darkside321

murder, plain and simple


42 posted on 01/18/2011 2:44:28 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: darkside321

That video depicts one thing, murder under color of law. That man was shot from the doorway, the order to “get down!” came after the shots. Murder. Plain and simple.


43 posted on 01/18/2011 2:44:36 PM PST by mc5cents (Government doesn't solve problems, it subsidizes them. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sir Gawain

A shotgun? Against body armor? A slug would probably break some major ribs and make the guy WISH he were dead.

A military round has a big powder charge on a small projectile for one very good reason. Penetration of body armor.


44 posted on 01/18/2011 2:46:16 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: mc5cents

It makes me sick thinking this type of garbage goes on.

The public has farmore to fear from cops and swat than your ordinary criminal.


45 posted on 01/18/2011 2:46:49 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: allmendream

If I were the family i would sue this cop personally as well as the city until the whole state was on its knees.


46 posted on 01/18/2011 2:48:19 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: GlockThe Vote
Like I said earlier, at sme point some homeoner is going to respond like in The Professional, and the public will cheer that person on.

I agree with you. And I'm going to try to be careful with what I say.

Police raid a house, and shoot the first guy they see, with no justification at all. If a second (well-armed) guy had been around the corner and had managed to blow away three cops, maybe a bunch of people would say "right on! turn the tables on 'em! Our government is attacking us! We need to fight back!"

You know what I thought when I heard that Giffords had been shot in AZ? I thought "Our government has been attacking us, and I guess someone decided to turn the tables on 'em. I guess someone decided to fight back."

Then I found out that a 9-year-old girl had been killed, and the shooter was a nutcase. So, I had no sympathy for his actions at that point.

But still, when I hear unhappy stories involving government workers ... I don't think about it quite the same way I used to.

47 posted on 01/18/2011 2:48:22 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: allmendream

Let me rephrase. Next time, I hope the entire family is waiting near the door with all their weapons loaded and I hope they fire indiscriminately into the doorway before or after it’s opened.


48 posted on 01/18/2011 2:49:20 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: GlockThe Vote
Notice how they NEVER raid the homes of Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Vatos Loco, MS13, etc like this?

Those bad guys not only have guns, they have lawyers and money.

/johnny

49 posted on 01/18/2011 2:49:32 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: GlockThe Vote
Notice how they NEVER raid the homes of Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, Vatos Loco, MS13, etc like this?

Outstanding point. I sure haven't heard of any raids on those groups/gangs/gang members. I would like some astute FReeper to post some articles about raids on those thugs. I'm not astute nor quick enough.

50 posted on 01/18/2011 2:49:46 PM PST by brushcop (CW4 Matthew Lourey CW2 Joshua Scott/ Kiowa pilots KIA Iraq '05. Thank you for our son's life.)
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