“No-knock” and warrantless raids are responsible for more pain and suffering to innocents than I care to count. Typically these raids, undertaken in the early hours of the morning, can vary so widely as to their cause that it’s shocking. One would presume that only for the most detestable of criminals, with ample pasts filled with violence, would law enforcement turn to this dangerous tactic.
However, that isn’t the case.
From a raid stemming from a suspected bomb threat – as in the story to come – to suspicion of something as simple as selling marijuana, the no-knock raid is over-utilized all over the country by law enforcement agencies. Sometimes they have the right house, sometimes they don’t, and the consequences in many circumstances are deadly to both sides – police and suspect alike.
In a rare circumstance, a recent warrant-less raid in Oklahoma ended with shots fired, yet none dead, and even rarer still, no charges pressed for the man who fired those shots, who happened to be an everyday citizen. Via CNN:
Sentinel Police Chief Louis Ross was shot Thursday morning after he entered a house looking for the person who allegedly phoned in a bomb threat to a Head Start center, CNN affiliate KFOR reported.
Ross was shot by the man living in the house, KFOR said. The chief had just donned a protective vest, which is credited with saving his life, the OSBI said in a press release. His condition was not available Saturday night.
“The man who shot and wounded the Sentinel police chief will not be arrested at this time,” the release said. “OSBI investigators have extensively interviewed the man. Facts surrounding the case lead agents to believe the man was unaware it was officers who made entry.”
I don’t like hearing “at this time,” as it makes me almost certain that they’ll find some way to bring him up on trumped up charges, despite his defending his own life and property. But for now, the man is free.
Many times the police do in fact obtain warrants to undertake these types of operations, but that doesn’t make them right. And in most cases, if a suspect fires upon these unnamed invaders, who more often than not do no announce they are police – that would ruin the surprise! – and happens to kill one of them, the police typically come after them with fangs bared. Such is the case of Marvin Louis Guy, who shot and killed a SWAT team member during a no-knock raid under suspicion of drug dealing. No drugs were found, nor anything to indicate he had been dealing drugs. Yet charges have been filed for First Degree Murder, and Guy now faces the death penalty in Texas.
So for now, it feels good to celebrate a man defending his home and property in a terrifying situation that isn’t facing the removal of his life and liberty due to deadly police tactics.
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