Skip to comments.Police video shows how drug raid turned deadly [SWAT v. golf club]
Posted on 12/30/2010 4:19:27 PM PST by smokingfrog
Shouts break the evening silence.
Police! Search warrant!
Officers burst through the door. A man appears across the room. Metal glints from his clasped hands. Shots echo from a police-issue Glock 22. Todd Blair slumps to the floor.
Five seconds, said Blairs mother, Arlean. In five seconds, he was dead.
Officers entered Blairs home Sept. 16 during a drug raid when he stepped into the hall, wielding a golf club, police video shows. Ogden police Sgt. Troy Burnett shot Blair, 45, in the head and chest.
The shooting was deemed legally justified.
(Excerpt) Read more at sltrib.com ...
Get on the ground!
Duh? You just shot him to death.
never bring a golf club to a gun fight?
So, were there drugs in the house or not?
When will his door be kicked in?
Why do We the People allow this to continue?
From the article:Knocking and showing the warrant is always necessary for the police to enter my home. I don't care what the DA or the Judge thinks. I won't be the only one shot dead if someone tries to enter my home without knocking and showing a warrant.
On the video, minutes before the raid begins, an officer can be heard asking the group, Did somebody grab a copy of the warrant off my desk?
Oh, dont tell me that, Burnett replies. He then tells the other officers, He doesnt have a copy of the warrant.
Because the warrant was for a no-knock search, the copy wasnt necessary to enter the house, Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said.
Someone could have easily hurried and brought it back [from the office], he said.
There is no time limit for when a warrant should be presented to a subject, agreed Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner it depends on the situation but generally when a warrant is served, Its in [officers] possession at the time.
Of course it was....
I suppose to some, that would be a more important question than whether even if he did, it's worth killing over. Then again, some people wanted a Drug War and the body counts, especially on both sides of Mexico's northern border, but also in cases like this, are starting to add up.
That dude wasn't killed, he was executed.
The lesson bad guys (other than cops) get is, "Damn! This is too easy. All I have to do is kick a door in and scream 'Police! Search warrant!' and even the most innocent and well-armed home owner is going to drop his weapon, hit the floor, and involuntarily wet himself. Thanks for conditioning my victims for me, Mr. Trigger Happy Policeman."
“Sgt. Troy Burnett shot Blair, 45, in the head and chest.”
I don’t have to watch it
In the head and Chest is all I need to know.
Man, there isn’t a call to shoot someone like this. With the technology we have today and this being a swat raid, there isn’t any excuse for not having non-lethal options available.
Meth is satans candy.
Both sides are wrong on this one.
Not something many meth dealers are going to have.
I have a Glock and 400 rounds of ammo. If the pigs are going to break down my door, they better send 401 cops.
No-knock entries are *UNCONSTITUTIONAL*!!!!
If you think there’s a danger, you need to find another way to get the perp.
But entries *MUST ALWAYS* be preceeded by a knock and the presentation of a warrant.
I don’t know all the facts, but as a former Police Officer I find it odd that a”drug dealer” would be armed with a a golf club. A drug dealer would know better than confront a armed officer with a golf club he would know that he risks getting shot. A innocent homeowner expecting to greet a home burglar ,would not. sounds like a lot of unanswered questions.
From the article:
It isnt clear from evidence logs whether investigators found the drugs they were looking for. There was paraphernalia and a small, pink plastic bag with a white crystal substance.
But neither the substance nor its amount is identified, and officials with the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force didnt return The Tribunes calls for comment.
You might think you are Rambo, but you are not.
Do you sell meth? And no, you aren’t Rambo either.
If going home at night is your number 1 priority, become a shoe clerk.
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