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Wrong door raids like that are nearly impossible in Mexico. Everyone has steel doors. There are ways to get around that of course, but there are a variety of types of doors so it actually takes some planning to get through one. They can’t just kick in the doors or bang on them with one of their stupid rams and expect to get through, it doesn’t work like that.
When I move back to the US, I think I’ll be getting a steel core door with floor and ceiling bolts.
“Upstate New York” UGH. New York is a large state, “upstate” means anything outside of New York City, it doesn’t narrow the location down. It is the equivalent of saying “Outside of Los Angeles” when describing a location in California.
To be fair, DoubleU, “upstate” does eliminate about half the population (probably over half since LI doesn’t count in “upstate”) of New York. Whereas “Outside of LA” only cuts out a small percent of population.
Arensen is exactly right about how cops getting killed in “dynamic entries” won’t change anything.
The only violence that will change it is off-the-clock violence*, targetted at the cops who perform raids, judges who rubber stamp the warrants, and prosecutors who cover for them.
Actually, even THAT might not be enough – if that is tried and doesn’t work, the next step would be either mob violence against them (unlikely to be effective, IMO, for the same reasons Arensen mentioned), or targetting their families.
I honestly and truly hope it does not come to that (ESPECIALLY that second part), but I am also honestly surprised it hasn’t yet (the first one, anyway).
* By which I mean intentional and targetted kills where the killer is not (usually) captured or identified, performed away from the safety of official spaces and activities – homes, generally, I would expect. The complete denial of safety in any non-official-capacity place for people who engage in terrorizing the public.
When I first read about the wrong door raid, I thought it said that same house had been wrong door raided 4 times in 16 years. When I reread, I realized that the chief constable had indicated a total of four. In either case, heads should roll for every one. Carrying out a wrong door raid should be automatic grounds for dismissal and loss of credentials for the centurians responsible. Why won’t they let me on the po-po commission?