karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,

Abuse of police privilege

For reasons which those who need to know will know, I'm paying more than the usual amount of attention to stories where police overstep the boundaries. Like this one:
POLICE IN ATLANTA have shot and killed a 92-year-old woman in what appears to be another wrong-house no-knock raid. As I've said before, these raids should only occur when there's reason to believe that lives are in immediate jeopardy. And police should be liable, civilly and criminally, without any shield of official immunity, in cases where these no-knock raids go wrong.
UPDATE: The police claim that they knocked and announced. However, as Radley Balko has noted, often such behavior is pretty notional, with the door being kicked down immediately thereafter. Do the police have video that would support their story? Because in cases like this, I think the burden should be on the government to demonstrate that it acted appropriately. Home, castle, and all that.
Tags: police

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