Saturday, November 01, 2014

Why you're not seen as Officer Friendly anymore, #865:

No investigation, no warrant, and
Upon arrival the officers found no Nissan and no guns. What they did find was a 3-year-old St. Bernard named Seven, who they proceeded to shoot and kill in front of the 12-year-old girl who was playing with her pet in the backyard at the time. According to that girl, she watched one of the officers shoot the dog in the head while it was lying wounded on the ground from two previous shots.
And of course the department defended them.  And a bunch of friggin' idiots on a jury said "No problem."  Happily, however,
Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit rejected that jury’s holding and ordered a new trial for the offending officers. “There was simply insufficient evidence to warrant the application of the exigent circumstances exception here,” the 2nd Circuit declared in Harris v. O’Hare. “Taken to its logical end, [the officers’] argument would permit exigent circumstances anytime there is a tip about illegal guns being located in a high-crime neighborhood or city, and would allow the exception to swallow the rule.”
Yank their qualified immunity and make them PERSONALLY pay damages.  And charge them for the violations of civil rights and throw their ass in prison.

1 comment:

Toastrider said...

I hate to say this but I'm rapidly getting to the point where I would advise any policeman 'You should consider another line of work, because current cop policy is going to get you killed.'