SSCC #254–Washington DC Police

 Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, sued the District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court.

Confronted with a massive police presence after his plea for help, Corrigan says, he denied officers permission to enter his house, but they entered and trashed it anyway, saying, "I don’t have time to play this constitutional bullshit!"

What exactly happened though, maybe there was a mistake?  Yup there was.

 "Corrigan telephoned what he believed to be the ‘Military’s Emotional Support Hotline’ because he was depressed and had not slept for several days," the complaint states.

"The number Corrigan called was in fact the National Suicide Hotline. When he stated that he was a veteran, he was asked if he had firearms, to which he said yes. He said nothing about being suicidal or using a firearm or threatening anyone. After a short conversation, Corrigan hung up, turned off the phone, took prescribed sleeping medication, and went to bed.

Here we have a veteran who was depressed, reaching out for help and the response of our wonderful state is to kill his fish, seize his dog, and violate his rights.  Yeah, I can’t blame that veteran for being depressed.  With the way our police act now, who isn’t?  Seriously go read the story and tell me that doesn’t make you loose faith in those who go into law enforcement.

State Sponsored Criminal Count #254: John Doe –Every one of those officers shares fault.

Because when someone is depressed that must mean they’re suicidal and we should trample all over them right.

via Ry.

*Before anyone emails me about how horrible suicide is and how insensitive I am, you should know my uncle, a friend in high school, and a friend of mines father all committed suicide.  Two of those were with a firearm.  I am quite familiar with how serious it is.  However being depressed doesn’t mean you’re suicidal.

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.

About Barron

Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.
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2 Responses to SSCC #254–Washington DC Police

  1. Agirlandhergun says:

    Yes, there is a fine line between depression and suicide, sometimes, but if the goal was to save his life I think a knock on the door by one or two police officers would suffice.

    •  Yup, there’s a very fine line.  Acting like a bunch of asshats though does very little to actually help the person.  Actually treating them like garbage is likely to do the exact opposite.  If someone becomes intent on killing themselves, there’s this thing called a wall outlet.  It delivers this thing called electricity and interrupts the nervous system quite effectively.  There’s this thing called rope as well, another one in that list I’m familiar with.

      I can’t shake the feeling that this is a classic “do something” type response.  The thing is, if the act of doing something worsens the situation, WTF was the point of doing something.  I think the cops knew damn well there wasn’t a threat and just used the whole experience as an excuse because they felt they could get away with it.

      I have friends who are in law enforcement who don’t behave like that, but overall my faith in law enforcement in general has been waning as I’ve been doing this project.  I never hear about cops stopping other cops who are committing abuse.  That simply follows because it’s the mob style mentality and you don’t want to be the fish going upstream.  They culture has gotten to the point where the man who stands up and says no is the one socially ostracized instead of the man in the wrong.

      I don’t know how we fix that though.