Another Isolated Incident

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

In Indianapolis:

Marye Minton, 70, and her 72-year-old husband were awoken early Thursday to officers banging on the door of their home…

Marye Minton said she is upset that the officers came inside and ordered her husband, who is in poor health, onto the ground.

“They said to him, ‘Get on the floor,’ like that, and see my husband’s had four strokes, and he can’t whoop anybody, he can’t do anything,” she said. “I’m very mad and I don’t want it to happen to another citizen.”

Officers were trying to serve a warrant for a man wanted on drug charges. The address listed on the paperwork was 4042. The Minton’s home is 4048, with both house numbers clearly marked.

But Major Mark Robinett of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, who is in charge of warrant sweeps, said he was told that officers had a difficult time reading the addresses because of overcast skies.

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32 Responses to “Another Isolated Incident”

  1. #1 |  Edwin Sheldon | 

    Here’s a novel concept: if you’re having trouble reading an address, don’t assume you have the right one!

  2. #2 |  Thom | 

    Sorry officer, thought you were an intruder. The dim lighting made it difficult to see you were a cop. Just defending my home.

  3. #3 |  Jim Collins | 

    How hard is it to walk up to the house and read the F@%*!ng number? If you are worried about being seen, give the guy a ballcap and a pizza box.

  4. #4 |  W T F | 

    Overcast skies? What a joke of an excuse.

    I’ve never had a pizza delivery guy accidentally deliver a pizza to my house — rain, snow, dark of night, etc. The pizza guys always gets the pizza to me.

    Do pizza guys get special training for map reading and number recognition?

  5. #5 |  SJE | 

    “officers had a difficult time reading the addresses because of overcast skies” Perhaps all the flying pigs were blocking the sun.

    Anyway, don’t you guys have flashlights? You know, they are not just for hitting people: light comes out one end. Very useful for “overcast skies”

  6. #6 |  Ginger Dan | 

    Damn overcast skies!! You know, they have these things, gadgets, there called, uh…..ummm..oh it’s on the tip of my tongue…they’re called…….oh yeah!

    Flashlights!!

    Cocksucking, bedwetting fascists!

  7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

    So, let me be sure I understand this. They had trouble reading the numbers because the sky was overcast, so they gave up on that step and proceeded right to the part where they damage the door, invade the house, and make the seventy year old occupants get down on the floor so the cops won’t feel threatened.

    When overcast skies make it difficult for a cop to tell one address from another, he probably has no business operating a motor vehicle, much less leading arrest raids.

  8. #8 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    I have a hard time driving my car because the trains are running on time.
    I have a difficult time eating cabbage because the moon is in Virgo.
    I really struggle counting pennies because there is a bicycle in my neighbor’s driveway.

    Those cops must have a hard time seeing because their heads are too far up their collective asses…

  9. #9 |  Andrew Williams | 

    There was a shortstop who once played for the Dodgers before they abandoned Flatbush for LA. During a game, he muffed an easy grounder, which resulted in the winning run for the Dodgers’ opponent. When questioned by his furious manager as to how he could have screwed up such an easy out, the shortstop replied, “The ground got in my eyes.”

    Funny how that story comes to mind just now….

  10. #10 |  Billy Beck | 

    “The dog ate my daylight.”

    What the fucking fuck next?

  11. #11 |  MacGregory | 

    #5   SJE 
    I Just spewed coffee out of my nose. That would make for one hell of a de-motivational poster.

    FLASHLIGHTS

    They’re not just for hitting people.

    Now I’m searching for just the right pic to go with that…

  12. #12 |  Jefferson | 

    Jim: The difference is that there are consequences if the pizza guy delivers to the wrong door.

  13. #13 |  Aresen | 

    Q: What is the difference between a SWAT team and the KGB under Stalin?

    A: The KGB would knock before entering at 3 AM.

  14. #14 |  SusanK | 

    Does he get props for not calling it an “isolated incident”? Clearly not isolated if the skies were overcast, that happens lots and lots.

  15. #15 |  MadTom | 

    Of course they don’t have flashlights! They spent their budgets on armored personnel carriers and grenade launchers.

  16. #16 |  James F | 

    What I find most interesting about this story is the comments. The second comment is from someone representing themselves as a police officer, who gives the standard spiel about “Our job is mucho dangerous, if you saw what we see, you’d run and hide, etc.” And there are multiple comments replying to the officer with contempt. Maybe this sort of issue is beginning to gain traction with the public.

    My favorite of the replies:

    “You dont see the carnage that we see

    Yes, but apparently we see house numbers that you don’t.”

  17. #17 |  Frank | 

    #2 And this is the only way this crap will stop. If every cop in the country starts thinking that this raid might be his last, only then will things change. Prison, hospital, or morgue, I no longer care as long as they are off the street and unable to terrorize peacable citizens anymore.

  18. #18 |  Jim Collins | 

    What I meant was that if the cops were worried about the wrong person seeing them when they checked out the house number, they could always disguise somebody as a pizza delivery person.

  19. #19 |  Shawn | 

    It’s amazing how UPS and FedEx workers can get addresses correct all day long but these guys have one address to get correct and somehow cannot.

  20. #20 |  Timothy | 

    “But Major Mark Robinett of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, who is in charge of warrant sweeps, said he was told that officers had a difficult time reading the addresses because of overcast skies.”

    Seems like the police department ought to stop hiring so many goddamned illiterates.

  21. #21 |  Terrorific | 

    And if it were sunny they would have blamed the glare on the mailbox numbers.

    Is there anything good about police anywhere?

  22. #22 |  Aspasia | 

    That must have been some powerful bad fog if it covered the numbers on the house itself.

    Do the LEO even TRY to come up with good excuses anymore?

  23. #23 |  Max D. | 

    They were “awoken”? That’s not even a word. How about “awakened”?

  24. #24 |  supercat | 

    I wish people would stop using the term “cops” in stories like this and start using “badged criminals”. If someone breaks into 744 Evergreen Terrace without a warrant for 744 Evergreen Terrace or exigent circumstances sufficient to justify such break-in, that person is a burglar. It doesn’t matter whether the person is a government agent, and it doesn’t matter if the person has a warrant for 742 Evergreen Terrace. A cop’s official duties cannot legitimately include actions which are forbidden by the Constitution (Supremacy Clause), and a cop who is not carrying out official duties cannot legitimately claim exemption from laws which would apply to anyone else (Equal Protection clause, and prohibition of titles of nobility).

    The only reason there are so many badged robbers is that the government and news media protected. Badged robbers should be called what they are, so that people will recognize them and treat them as they deserve.

  25. #25 |  Light | 

    “COP” is a perfectly reasonable acronym to use… “Criminal On Patrol”

  26. #26 |  Andrew Williams | 

    I remember this from reading Harlan Ellison’s columns for the LA Free Press: Since the word aardvark means “earth pig,” how ’bout we start referring to the boys in blue as “varks?”

  27. #27 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #26 Andrew Williams

    I remember this from reading Harlan Ellison’s columns for the LA Free Press: Since the word aardvark means “earth pig,” how ’bout we start referring to the boys in blue as “varks?”

    I think it’s imperative that we don’t pick a name that reflects badly on some other species. I’ve already heard rumors that there is unrest in the pig community that they are being slandered by having their honorable name tarnished by its association with a class of creature markedly inferior by most standards of comparison. I need not point out that, in some parts of rural America where pigs actually outnumber humans, an uprising could lead to a pig take-over and even secession. If that were to happen, what would we do? Send in the police? I doubt the pigs would take kindly to that final insult. Pigs are known to eat people, you know…

  28. #28 |  Mel David | 

    WTF said: “I’ve never had a pizza delivery guy accidentally deliver a pizza to my house — rain, snow, dark of night, etc. The pizza guys always gets the pizza to me.”

    As an experienced pizza delivery guy, I can say that sometimes we DO go to the wrong house. The only difference is that we apologize and correct ourselves, instead of pulling out guns and telling sickly senior citizens to lie on the ground.

  29. #29 |  Ignatius | 

    But Major Mark Robinett of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, who is in charge of warrant sweeps, said he was told that officers had a difficult time reading the addresses because of overcast skies.

    Okay. Caveman Og can’t read number on house clearly from street. Prior to entering front door with force, approach house. Now, look at number again. Number closer now. Overcast sky still problem? Caveman Og use flashlight. Or light match to make light if flashlight pointed in wrong direction.

  30. #30 |  alexa-blue | 

    wtf #4: if pizza guys deliver to the wrong house, there are consequences.

  31. #31 |  supercat | 

    “COP” is a perfectly reasonable acronym to use… “Criminal On Patrol”

    Too cutesy, and it sounds sarcastic. A government agent who performs an unlawful action is no less of a criminal than would be anyone else performing the same action. If a cop conspires to commit e.g. an unlawful break-in where someone gets killed, the cop is a murderer and should be called such. Not just a “criminal on patrol”.

  32. #32 |  Steve | 

    W T F,

    my friend delivered pizzas in college. He mounted fog lights on his bumper so they shined at the house numbers as he drove by.

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