This is going into the count because the deputies were ultimately responsible. They went to the wrong house. It was their job to verify they were at the proper address prior to initiating contact. Further it was their job to properly identify themselves. Not that it would really help much because I’m not going to believe someone at OH ‘Dark Thirty when they’re claiming to be the cops.
Further the only people we have left to tell what happened are the officers themselves. It is only their side of the story we are hearing and it could be they embellished it specifically to ensure they would remain “justified”.
The fact is as long as we have qualified immunity, innocent people will continue to die from deputies half-assing their police work. Why should they do the job proper and right when Qualified Immunity will shield them from their gross negligence.
Let this be a serious lesson in NOT opening the door at bum fuck thirty in the morning. I find it interesting though that the victim supposedly had his gun pointed at them and neither of them was shot as the victim returned fire. I think this is a classic case of the victim armed himself and the officers felt that made them justified in shooting him.
State Sponsored Criminal Count #367: Officer John Doe
Because doing your job right is too much work when you don’t have consequences if you screw up.