Thursday, September 24, 2009

This -- at the very least -- violates the rules of safe gun handling

Police shot a homeowner in the back 6 times. A law-abiding homeowner who was not pointing a gun at them. Family Says 911 Tape Caught Cops Planning Cover-Up After Shooting

Not content merely to shoot a law-abiding homeowner in the back 6 times, they then proceed to (basically) torture him.
"Tony believed he was going to die; the 911 tape records his plaintive goodbye to his family: '... I love you ... I love you.' Then Tony made what he believed was a dying request to the officers; he did not want his young family to see him shot and bloodied. Officers callously ignored his request and painfully dragged Tony by his injured leg, through the home and out to his backyard patio, where they left him bloodied and shot right in front of Lesley, Matthew and Zachary."
The Arambulas say the officers later dragged Anthony onto gravel, then put him on top of the hot hood of a squad car, and "drove the squad car down the street with Tony lying on top, writing in pain."
Exactly what kind of procedure involves driving with a man on the hood of your car?

Most of the incident was recorded on a 911 call, since the homeowner was holding a phone, talking to 911 when he was shot. He kept the line open for some time, getting a record of what the officers said to each other.
After the shooting, the Arambulas say, the Phoenix Police Department treated them "like suspects in a drug bust," denying Lesley, Michael and Zachary information about Anthony's condition and denying friends and family members access to him at the hospital.
Anthony Arambula survived, but continues to suffer pain, which he expects will last for the rest of his life.
People are not perfect and they make mistakes. Cover-ups are done by criminals. And cowards who won't own up to their mistakes.

I expect that an investigation will clear these officers of any crime - they almost always do. Any justice will come from the suit, though that isn't really justice.
[One of the officers] can be heard on the 911 tape telling [another], "We fucked up."
Ya think?

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