Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shooting a Law-abiding Homeowner in the Back is SOP

A story from a few days back, about a homeowner shot in the back - 6 times - by Phoenix cops. Phoenix Officer Who Shot Homeowner Didn't Violate Policy, Police Board Says - Phoenix News - Valley Fever He was in his own home, holding an intruder at gunpoint when he got shot.
Phoenix police officer Brian Lilly did not break any department rules in the shooting of homeowner Tony Arambula, the Phoenix Use of Force board decided today.
The error "couldn't be avoided." That was what the department said.

The guy who got shot, the guy who was defending his family from harm, is suing the Phoenix PD and the city and officers involved for $5.75 million. Hard to blame him, since he will suffer for the rest of his life.

LEOs need to understand that not everyone with a gun is a bad guy.

Not so much as a day off without pay for shooting the wrong guy.

So is this "cops behaving badly" or "cops behaving stupidly?" (One of the cops at the scene was aware of the fact that it was the homeowner with the gun. Communicating that fact was apparently not a priority.)

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