But Hill opened his front door and was met with six men who he said were dressed in black, with no police identifiers that he saw. Three had assault rifles, Hill said; two were carrying tactical shotguns.
It’s worth noting that the home owner had to ask more than one before anyone on the other-side of the door identified themselves as police officers. Then after he opened the door they promptly arrested him, and then they informed him his name was Derek and he was AWOL from the military… None of that information was correct. The officers then refused to listen to the homeowner and then harrassed and intimidated his wife and children.
The money quote that put these guys on the count:
Because that is a lawful justification for the use of lethal force? Merely being armed when answering a suspicious knock at the door by unresponsive people in the middle of the night is a reason to be shot? Good to know. Guess these guys went to the same training classes as officer roid-rage.
And remember folks, this was all over someone who was AWOL. Not someone who is actually an immediate threat, but because they were AWOL. This is your government and how they view the people. Had they shot this man in cold blood, qualified immunity would protect them. As far as I’m concerned, start shooting the bastards, period, end of discussion. They can show up at the door and act reasonable or they can die. Their job isn’t safe, that’s a given, but it shouldn’t be made safer by endangering those who are innocent.
Not to mention this classic line occurred as well:
Eric Hill said he received a phone call from police Chief Mike Ashment several days ago, explaining that the warrant was served at his house because it was the last known address of the man facing the arrest warrant.
The Hill family bought the house six months ago, Eric Hill said, but added that his neighbor told him the man police were looking for was the previous homeowner’s nephew, who had never lived at the home.
So in other-words they endangered the life of a family because they were too lazy to properly do their job. In my world that’s negligence.
State Sponsored Criminal #491: John Doe
Because when you show up at someone’s house wearing all black with guns, you have a right to shoot the property owner for merely being armed.
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.