If you’ve been reading this site for a year or so, you’re likely familiar with the case of Cheryl Lynn Noel.
Just weeks after Mrs. Noel’s family filed a federal civil rights suit for her death, the the Baltimore County Police Department went and did this.
It might be the most egregious slap in the face of the victim of a botched SWAT raid I’ve ever seen. For the record, Mrs. Noel was holding a gun, not pointing it. She was holding it because her daughter had been murdered years earlier, and she was likely scared to death at the sound of armed men breaking into her home at 6 o’clock in the morning. The SWAT team raided after police found marijuana seeds in the family trash.
The officer who shot Mrs. Noel was wearing a bulletproof vest, a bulletproof helmet and face shield, and was carrying a bulletproof ballistic shield. He shot her twice from the doorway, then a third time from point-blank range. Mrs. Noel was wearing a nightgown. “Valor, courage, honor, and bravery,” indeed.
The timing of the award is hard not to notice. It seems to be in direct response to the lawsuit, and to the Baltimore media (finally) beginning to take notice of what happened. If you happen to live in Baltimore County, these people work for you. You might take the time to drop them a note. Let them know what you think of their performance.