Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This is why you can't second guess the "police" that are kicking in your door.

After reading this post from mikeb302000, I happened across this article:

Intruder claiming to be police shoots through Oklahoma City homeowner's door.
As his door was being kicked in during the middle of the night, George Lemmon grabbed his gun and his phone and yelled at the door that "I have a gun pointed at you and I'm on the phone with police."


"The suspect yelled back at (the homeowner) that he was the police and fired a shot through the door," Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. "Obviously he was not a police officer."

Image courtesy of Oleg Volk


weerdbeard said...

Dynamic entries should be illegal except when probable cause can be given that a life is in immediate danger. (And even then most of those entries are hostage situations where negotiations have been attempted and have failed)

The majority of these "no knock warrants" are drug and other contraband cases, in which I wonder how much evidence can be destroyed in the time it take police to allow resident(s) to read the warrant.

If the location is so dangerous that Police are concerned about their safety, maybe this isn't the best tactic.

But in a world where anybody can buy a passable badge and Police/SWAT uniforms for short money, and in a world where Police are not 100% accurate where they serve their warrants, this is a tactic that MUST be stopped.

AztecRed said...

I agree completely.

Serving a no knock warrant is quickly becoming a suicide mission. I'm surprised LEOs don't refuse to do this. Especially with non-violent offenders. It's just not worth it.

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