|Barked: Fri Jun 7, '13 2:26am PST |
|Sabi, if you've never seen a warrant describe a suspect as a "black male" you've led a very sheltered life. The article does not say that that's the whole description; we don't know what else it said.
If there's more than one apartement on the upper floor and the warrant did not adequately specify, that's an error and could easily lead to entering the wrong apartment.
As for the idea that if the police had made a mistak, they would surely admit it and pay for the damage, that's truly breath-taking. Police departments are rarely eager to admit mistakes, and examoles abound of them bitterly resisting it. Just one example: Some years ago in Boston,police executed a search warrant on the wrong address, and when they found an elderly couple inside, they proceeded to treat them as the Major Threat we all know drug dealers are. The terror and rough handling caused the old man to have a heart attack, and he died.
The police initially denied there had been a mistake.
Then they said that the fact that the police had gone to the address on the warrant, even though that was someone's typo, mesnt they hadn't done anything wrong; there was no reason they should have paused to wonder if this elderly black man asleep in his bed was the same, much younger, black male described in the warrant, or if this elderly couple were a genuine threat.
And, hey, they didn't kill the guy. No fault of theirs if he happaned to have a fatal heart attack thst night. Certainly no reason for the department to pay for the property damage done in the process of lawfully executing a lawful warrant.
Except that this particular elderly black man was a widely respected minister in the city, and while the widow didn't have much in the way of resources herself, there were plenty of people willing to help her sue the city for this egregious piece of fatal idiocy. Especially after it turned out that the typo that sent the cops to the wrong address happened in the police department, not at the courthouse.
The only odd bit is that the dog was chained in the house, but as has already been pointed out, there are potential reasons for that, snd no good reason to shoot a chained dog even if it being chained was poor judgment on the owner's part.
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