I’m quoted in this article about an FBI SWAT raid gone wrong.
Meanwhile, here’s another wrong-door raid in Canada. Note that the police say they had an informant who was 100 percent reliable in the past, that they had corroborating information (though they won’t say what it is), and that they were “120 percent certain” that this was absolutely the correct address.
And yet, they admit that the people they raided are innocent of any wrongdoing.
“I was standing at the stove and I saw two men with black helmets, black gas masks and black uniforms pointing guns at me and telling me to get down,” she said. “I got down on my hands and knees and started to crawl to the bathroom. I thought I was going to be killed.”
Mr. Lebus looked up from the hockey game just as police entered the kitchen through a set of sliding glass doors.
“It was 1:47,” he said. “Seventeen minutes into the first period.”
Seconds later, another wave of riot police kicked down the front door and ordered Jean Cushing and Mr. Lebus to the floor at gunpoint as officers set about searching the house.
Ms. Cushing fought back tears yesterday as she described being led out of her home in handcuffs, past a black-clad police officer who was holding an assault rifle to the back of her daughter’s head.
So here’s an idea. Instead of shrugging this off as “the odd mistake” or “the price we pay” (both phrases used by a police spokesman in this case), why not stop using these ridiculously aggressive tactics against nonviolent drug offenders?