If LEO’s lost their job and had to pay restitution for these “mistakes”, they would do their homework and make fewer wrong entries.
We havent determined there was a mistake yet; the investigation is still ongoing, he said.
Well I have! Go fix the old man’s door FFS. Darn good thing the old guy didn’t have a dog.
We're from the government, and we're here to help you.
How hard would it be for the entire force that made the entry come back and apologize and make the person whole? Not much.
Did we learn anything from Prohibition???
Yes we did. Prohibition apparently taught us how to create a more efficient Police state.
They can do anything they want to. Exactly what the Founding Fathers had in mind?
The cops are reservists who learned this schtick from Iraq & Afghanistan.
Service is noble —I am a patriot.
BUT SOMETHING IS WRONG, and it’s NOT only the “War on Drugs”, although that is most of it.
We train them to be Door Kickers, then whisk them home, and express amazement when they just KEEP DOING IT.
SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG.
I have three simple fixes for this nation-wide problem:
1. A police department posts a $500k bond on each single raid. If they screw up and go to the wrong residence....they lose the bond. Within seven days...it must be paid to the innocent folks affected. Once a police force has to add in the costs of a raid...and that the city or county will only allow one screw-up a year in most cases....then every raid after this one comes with excessive questions about the necessity.
2. The judge who signs raid paperwork? He has to accompany the officers to the location. He is held personally responsible for misbehavior, shooting of pets, and damaged property. Voters who see some idiot freely signing raid paperwork....will fire the guy in the next election.
3. Reduce SWAT training, cost and weapons on every police force. It’s become a joke across the entire nation. When you have a town of 30k residents and the cops have $100k a year for costs....it’s a total waste.
If we designate a Judge to sign-off on such searches, then he should have to take out an INSURANCE POLICY on failed raids:
He’d exercise greater caution in authorizing them, and if the team blew it, then his rates would go up.
It should be a, “Pay as you Pollute” market mechanism: currently the tax-payers have to foot the bill for failed raids, something that assures they’ll continue.
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I just don’t get how these kinds of task forces hit the wrong house so often. It would be one thing if they were operating in a foreign country, where they might not be familiar with the addresses, language, etc. But getting the wrong place in your own town? Especially when it is (apparently) a small burg like this one?
Did he have a dog? Did they shoot it?
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I am actually kind of amazed that some honest person who had been horribly wronged, maybe with injury or death, in such a raid, or more likely a drug criminal, has not set up a “booby trap” house designed to kill a large number of raiding police at once.
This is another good reason I moved out of the Rochester hell hole.
I will never live there again.
I can’t help but think that this is going to happen more frequently than we would like. Since they put that socialist scum in the western Kremlin we have seen things we all thought would never happen here. I think Nov - January will be most enlightening.
Suddenly wiretapping possible terrorists seems like small change.
Thankfully Mr. Skinner was not practicing his putting when the dymanic entry was executed....holding a long shinny object is almost a certain death sentence with these JBT’s
In America’s early days, certain people would be tarred, feathered and strapped (naked) to a wooden fence rail ... before being ceremoniously carried out of town.