The Demilitarization Of Law Enforcement Is Something Both Sides Can Agree On

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On May 27th of this year, a Tampa Bay SWAT team shot Jason Westcott to death inside of his home. Mr. Westcott was hit by two shotgun slugs and a pistol round in his bedroom, and later died at St. Joseph’s Hospital. The raid was prompted by information from a confidential informant who stated he had seen Mr. Westcott in possession of a firearm on multiple occasions.

This past Friday, the Tampa Bay Times reported that an internal review by the Tampa Bay Police Department found that the shooting was justified since Mr. Westcott did have a weapon and allegedly began to raise it when the officers entered the room:

During the raid, according to the internal investigation, officers opened the door to Westcott’s bedroom and found him on the other side with a loaded, 9mm Taurus Slim pistol. Wasierski and Perez said they immediately shot him because he began to raise the weapon…

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office had concluded in June that the police officers were justified in shooting Westcott. (Source)


So what was the reason a SWAT team kicked in the door of the residence and ultimately found it necessary to fatally shoot one of the occupants? Domestic violence? Maybe he was a bank robbery suspect or wanted for murder? Actually, it was all based on the word of a confidential informant who had allegedly purchased marijuana from Jason Westcott on multiple occasions.

In February, according to police records, an informer began buying marijuana from Westcott on behalf of narcotics detectives, purchasing $160 of pot over about four months.

Detectives said they learned from the confidential source that Westcott had a gun with him during the drug deals, and so enlisted a tactical response team to take him into custody. (Source)

I’m not sure of the going rate for marijuana in Tampa, or anywhere else for that matter, since I don’t smoke it. However, I’m pretty sure $160 worth, especially over a four month period, probably isn’t very much. Oh, and how much pot was found during the raid? A whopping two dollars worth – that’s it. Were the police justified in shooting someone who was raising a weapon at them? I’d say so, but the overall raid, simply for allegedly selling marijuana, is absolutely absurd.

This raid is not an isolated incident and it highlights the current problem of police using excessive force in response to petty “crimes,” such as Mr. Westcott being accused of selling pot or Michael Brown blocking traffic in Ferguson, Missouri. In both cases, contact with the police escalated from what should have at most been a simple citation, to two young men needlessly dead at the hands of law enforcement.

Senator Rand Paul, in response to the shooting in Ferguson, stated the following:

Most police officers are good cops and good people. It is an unquestionably difficult job, especially in the current circumstances.

There is a systemic problem with today’s law enforcement.

Not surprisingly, big government has been at the heart of the problem. Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement. (Source)

To some extent, he’s right. Not necessarily on the part about “big government” which is always a favorite pejorative used by conservatives, libertarians, and pseudo-libertarians like Rand Paul. However, there is a very real problem when you have local law enforcement using military-style tactics to deal with infractions as minor as selling marijuana.

I have no problem with SWAT teams serving warrants to violent gang members or cracking down on international drug cartels. However, regardless of your political affiliation, I think that we can agree that shooting someone to death over $2 worth of pot or walking down the street is ridiculous. It is proof that law enforcement is addressing simple issues with the amount of force that should be used on Al-Qaeda or ISIS, not American citizens.

The approximately $4 billion in military equipment that has been sold to law enforcement agencies is overkill and it has taught local agencies to use an overwhelming amount of force in situations like in Tampa and Ferguson – or even in Waco or Ruby Ridge if you want to go back to the 1990s when this trend began.

In closing, when you have both the extremely conservative Gun Owners of America group (which is to the right of the NRA, if you can believe that) and the ACLU both agreeing that local police “look more like special forces units than normal police officers,” then it is indeed, time to put our differences aside and work on the demilitarization of law enforcement.


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  • John Masters

    Some years back there was a push in local law enforcement for “Community Policing.” Officers were assigned to the same shifts and same areas. They were expected to actually walk beats, and get to know the people who lived in the neighborhoods. And guess what? The statistics were pretty clear that it worked. In every neighborhood where it was implemented, crime rates went down, and the rates of crimes solved went up.

    But, for some reason, instead of continuing what worked (or even, God forbid, expanding it), local law enforcement couldn’t resist the allure of all the big heavy weaponry, and decided to arm-up. Now, even in the relatively crime free neighborhood in which I live, I have no clue who the police are patrolling the neighborhood, and the few times I’ve ever talked to one, there is an underlying sense that they consider it an adversarial relationship.

    • geez

      I am very recently retired LE. My department and many in my area do follow the COP model you describe AND has a tactical unit, etc. which is used when needed. We carried at least 2 long guns, military rifle and a shot gun. We had riot training and equipment on a regular basis and on and on. It kept any more of us from getting killed.

      These two things are not mutually exclusive.

      Police have the right to defend themselves as well as the responsibility of protecting innocents. Try going to your job, especially if you have contact with strangers, and imagining any one of them could decide to kill you at any moment, all day, every day for years. Every, single time you approach or talk to someone, let your guard down and you are dead. People who have never done this or know someone who does have a hard time wrapping their head around it and what it does to a person. It is an adversarial relationship, and getting worse, for a variety of reasons not all of which comes from the officers. The public bears about half of the responsibility itself. Cops are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. It’s getting to the point that in a lot of areas you are going to have a very difficult time finding people to even hire. That is something that is already creeping in as departments have to fill positions with less than stellar candidates.

      • John Masters

        geez, there’s no one more sympathetic to what Officers face. I grew up in a smallish mid-sized town, and had, for a number of reasons, lots of friends on the police department. I rode along frequently, and try to respect the work they do, but it is becoming increasingly hard.

        Tasers, for example, are supposed to be substitutes for the use of lethal force, but some cops have just become lazy, and tazer anyone that mouths off to them. Instead of being the next to last choice, they’ve become the first choice for dealing with citizens.

        As a person who has been the records manager for a large city, I’ve had situations where I knew police officers were lying and filing false reports. Now, I’m not even going anywhere near saying that means all cops are bad, the problem is, the good cops don’t always police themselves, so if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

        I live in a pretty nice neighborhood, but for time, I believe we had a low-level drug dealer living two houses down. Because of my relationships with law enforcement, I had a pretty good idea of the signs. Stopped one evening to speak the officer doing his “off-duty” overtime work at a nearby shopping plaza to talk to him about it, and ask him to send the information along to the narcotics team. I wanted to be anonymous…wasn’t his district, didn’t know where that was (I had the address), couldn’t do anything about it (I didn’t expect him to other than send an email from his car computer to Narcotics), and on and on with excuses why he couldn’t help me.

        Had a traffic issue with a trainee who ran a stop sign in front of me…it was very close to an accident, and the senior officer and me were eye-to-eye as he was drawing up expecting the t-bone collision. I made a complaint, and only after I followed-up and escalated was it even noticed by the person in charge of training, even though I’d reported it.

        All these are little things, but my point is, I’m not seeing any sense that the police here in Tampa, FL, are interested in being a part of the community.

        And by the way, I’m cool with departments having tactical units, and using them when appropriate, but using them to kick in the door of a small time pot dealer, who had $2 worth of pot in his house when they kicked in his door, and shooting him is a bit over the top. Using a tank to demolish a house in St. Pete because a small time thug is in the attic, is a bit much, especially since it wasn’t his house that he’d run into.

        And BTW, I’m not someone who has a sour-grapes kind of thing with LEO’s. Except for the one mention above, I don’t even remember the last time I’ve had to have an encounter with a police officer. Last ticket I got was over 20 years ago. I want to respect and support police officers, but I have to be frank, a lot of officers are making that hard.

      • strayaway

        I tend to think of things like Blackwater training recruits, military hardware, and other federal dabbling in local police management as being responsible for the change in police culture. You brought out the reality that police have to deal with a culturally changing and better armed populace as the neglected part of this equation. Still, there has been a historical difference between police as protecting the people vs. the military as being trained to bring down foreign enemies of the state. As police become more militarized, they seem to, more and more, treat the people as potential enemies of the state. Anyway, thanks for the reminder that the police do have a right to protect themselves too.

      • geez

        In this day and age the police must also work on the terrorism angle as there are no where near enough feds nor will they be in place to respond. Think any natural disaster. However you have one thing backwards. When 9/11 happened and troops were sent overseas to Iraq it was not the military that trained the cops, it was the other way around. Cops took leaves of absence and trained the military in “urban combat.” Those things were always there before. What happened to changed that perception are two things: a change of equipment to items that were better suited to the job and the increase in active shooters. I think the appearance alone is what has changed perceptions as well as training ALL officers in these tactics and not just a few, specialized officers. I was trained in these methods as well but was never on a tactical team. As we have seen an active shooter can happen anywhere. Quite frankly I don’t perceive it as being more militarized but as more professional which sometimes appears as callous when it is imply remaining totally neutral.

      • John Masters

        So geez, because someone can start shooting at any time and there are terrorists behind every tree, all cops should have their own armored personnel carrier, assault rifle and grenade launcher?

        The point I’ve been trying to make is, fine, have a tactical unit which can respond to sniper events, riots, etc., but that shouldn’t be there normal operational stance, which it is becoming.

        My home county in North Carolina has several small towns. The largest two are about 12k and 8k residents. The rest of the county is mostly rural farms. From this government surplus giveaway, they got a couple of grenade launchers and 54 assault rifles. I’m not even sure there are 54 law enforcement officers in the whole county. Seriously. The bigger of those two towns does host the World Series of American Legion Baseball every year, but I’m having a hard time picturing that as anywhere near the top of the terrorist target list.

        Now, there are certainly a couple of potential targets here in the Tampa area that might be appealing to terrorists, but the thing is, terrorism events are largely “responsive” events. They’re going to blow an oil tank at a port here, and then the response is going to be fire and rescue. Sure, there will be a criminal investigation, and I’m sure if it happens the TPD will get all suited up in their combat gear and roll out their tanks for the sake of appearances, but then it’s a little too late.

        I’m not beating you up, nor the officers, but this idea that the whole country is now a terrorist target is a bit over the top. Living in Florida, statistically, I actually have a greater risk of being struck by lightening.

      • geez

        You exaggerate greatly. We are talking about the whole country and you must realize there is a great deal of variation throughout the country. In our area there are now two (they just got another one last week) armored vehicles that are used throughout the region. I’m talking 30-40 counties of which my department is the largest. The vehicle is the responsibility of the county however. I live in west central Wisconsin and my city is around 70,000. The armored vehicles are used in hostage situations and armed subject situations. It is not brought out to serve search warrants and such unless it is a special situation. Examples: an armed meth head fled into a stranger’s apartment and took 2 adults and 4 young children hostage, threatening to kill them. The armored vehicle was used to secret the hostages out and once they were gone, meth head gave up. The second was a heavily armed anarchist, anti-government type, who shot hundreds if not thousands of rounds at officers (many of which struck the vehicles) along with grenades and had his property wired with bombs. Three separate armored vehicles responded there (all but two available in the state). They were able to control him enough to keep any LE or innocents from being seriously injured. Yes, all LEOs should have a rifle, period. And if you understood how it is used you would agree. You will always have a few extra rifles as they have to be taken out of service periodically to be cleaned and maintained. The only grenade launchers are for launching gasses: pepper, CN or CS or smoke. I think our department had two or three and yes, we have had to deal with riot type situations over my career. Not often but you can’t be caught with your pants down either. We also got several night vision items which are awesome (I worked night by choice) both to find lost individuals (much of this are is thickly wooded) and bad guys who flee. That equipment does nothing but save lives.

        A tactical unit is not the primary force used in a riot situation. They do some of the specialized work during those situations. They generally are not big enough. In my area they put together regional tactical teams because they have no other choice, there aren’t enough bodies in any one agency. Our tactical unit is used to serve certain search warrants and there are very strict rules for what qualifies as a no knock and such. In my opinion they are not over used.

        It is 9/11 that started this program but it is no longer why departments participate in it so much. Budgets are quite tight all over the country and this is a cheaper source of equipment. Officers need the tools to respond to all kinds of situations at a moments notice. They don’t get a second chance or people could die. You don’t get to call a time out nor do you get a do over. This is largely driven by the bad guys, not LE. As they escalate, LE has to keep up. The source of that mentality is actually the bank robbery in LA where the officers were significantly out gunned, went into gun stores for weapons to respond with.

        The funny part, in my opinion, is that LE was going to go down this road regardless of the terrorism aspect because of the bad guys. This just made it happen more quickly. The over all crime rate is down but the level of violence is going up, like mass shooters.

    • Nemisis

      Geez, Thank you for your service.

      John, have you made attempts to revive the practice?
      My experience is that once a location is made “safe” the residents tend to relax and get lazy about doing their part. They lose interest.
      My neighborhood is a prime example. Since two local officers and a state trooper moved in our community watch disbanded. As if the 2 guys and the gal from the state are garrisoned here and responsible for protecting all of us. I tried to revive it as it’s more than just people roaming on patrol, you stop and talk to your neighbors and just interact. However, everyone is just too “busy”.

      • geez

        Thank you, I wouldn’t change my choices. It was a very rewarding career.
        You are correct about the community becoming complacent. In my 28 years we went through cycles. The last 8 years or so we had a Chief who totally changed the department’s philosophy to POP/COP. (problem oriented policing) Some of the public didn’t like it because they had to carry their share of the responsibility so it was quite the process. There are still a few hold outs. It works pretty well and has helped to reduce the case load and crime rate and raise the over all quality of life for the community.

      • Nemisis

        When ever I finish a conversation with police I always end it the same way.

        I hope your bored tonight.

      • geez

        Truthfully, we think the same thing. Our ultimate goal is to make our jobs obsolete.

  • Nemisis

    Normally I agree with your articles. However this time I think issues have been mixed and comparisons used are apples and oranges apart.
    I agree with the basic concept however the analogies are off.

    Police use the tactics they use because they go into unknown situations where they could be killed. In the case cited the police had no way of knowing the amount of pot that would be found. On the other hand defending $2 worth of pot with your life is stupid.
    If that is all he had they would not even had arrested him. Yet he had made sales to an informer making him a distribution point. That carries a much greater penalty. Then he had a gun, and he decided to raise it. You state that in your article and then compare that to Michael Brown. Two different scenarios altogether. Michael Brown was unarmed and black, and Prescott was white and armed with a gun. Your recent article on the driver with autism and the edited video showing police brutality, while the unedited dash cam clearly shows the police escalating in stages mirroring the aggression of the dad. “Simple traffic stop results in tazzing arrest of innocent bystander”, well not so innocent and not a bystander as the facts came out.

    You next compare the SWAT tactics to the military and suggest we deal with terrorist groups in the same manner.
    We should get a warrant, announce our presence, not shoot till they begin to raise a weapon, and then try to only wound so we can bring them to trial.
    Remember that is what the police are supposed to do.
    Maybe I could see your view on this if Tampa had called for an f-15 to drop a jdam in his living room.

    Police use the tactics they are trained to use. The SWAT units are even more highly trained and are usually comprised of prior special forces and military. When your life is on the line, you do not wait to find out how big of a crime the person has committed while they are raising a weapon towards you. One of the reasons for this is due to a bank robbery in LA during the 1990’s. Police were woefully unprepared and inadequately armed to deal with the situation. The result is military style tactics and military style weapons. Police must be able to match the level of the criminals they face.
    That may not be a popular view, but it is what it is. When you read the news from the time of the robbery there is a public outcry that the police were too weak and that they could not protect the public.

    You can not have it both ways.

    In what happened to MB and JP the common denominator in both is the police are humans just as the victim/perpetrator were. Each shooting officer had similar decisions to make for different reasons at different events.

    What I see is an escalation in media presenting opinion rather than facts as they occurred driving the reader toward a predetermined viewpoint.

    Rather than just a presentation of the facts allowing the reader/viewer/listener the critical aspect of forming their own opinion.

    This is not limited to just these events.

    • Bradyn Baez

      Stop being a brainddead government worshiper! Violent crimes are way down but militarization of police is up. The police need to stop breaking into our homes attempting to kidnap us for VCIMTIMLESS ACTIONS. Of course your life is on the line when you are attempting to kidnap someone because that someone has the HUM RIGHT to use self defense.

      • Bine646

        ? Braindead government worshiper? Did you even read what he said? Far from brain dead there Bradyn- more like articulate, informed and precise. Well put Nemisis.

        Bradyn- reread paragraph 8, this could be you

      • patti

        You are brain dead cause i can bet that if someone comes in your house in the middle of the night(after being threatened a few months prior) while you are asleep that if your smart enough to have a gun to protect your self and that is also a speculation (because the only person that said that was the police) your going to protect yourself …and BAM YOUR DEAD IN TAMPA THE POINT THIS COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE…DUMBASS!!! Even you!

      • Bine646

        That was completely a run-on sentence and very hard to follow.

      • patti

        Read the article from the tampa bay times confidential informant not neighbor complaints …..Jason westcott ….before you write stupid comments

      • Bine646

        You call my comment stupid yet you post incomprehensible sentences. Sentences are pretty simple and it seems you are aswell

      • patti

        This isnt about grammar or spelling. Obviously you now realize how inaccurate Your comment was.

      • Bine646

        When you call someone stupid then create a paragraph like those-yes it is about spelling and grammar because you sound retarded.

        My comment was far from inaccurate bc I merely stated that Nemisis comment was not brain dead. It was well thought out and articulate- pretty much the exact opposite of yours

      • patti

        first of all He wasnt defending the 2 dollars in marijuana he was asleep when intruders SWAT team came in based on confidential informant lies he was defending his home and himself from what he thought was intruders who months earlier threatened him.. what i said was if you were in that situation you wouldny have acted the same way???

      • SE

        No need to worry. These two idiots do not even know the full story and fail to look into the facts. They rather point out grammar than care about people dying and whether or not it was justified. Unfortunately they aren’t understanding that the police told this young man to protect himself and shoot if someone broke into his home. Sadly, the same police department were the ones to eventually break into his home and he took the exact advice they gave him. The point to the story is, ignore the pot, ignore the gun. The police department failed from the beginning. Sure Wescott’s gun could have justified the shooting mid story if you say so… But the police told this young man to use his gun if someone broke in, they took a tip from an informant, and became the intruders. The police are responsible for creating the very environment they walked into. The police are the ones who told this young man to defend himself. Rightfully so, this young man did and before he could even realize who his intruders were, he was dead.

      • Nemisis

        you do realize that Narcotics , Swat , and robbery are all different departments in a police force.
        Also it does not matter what happened the prior month.
        The guy pulled a weapon on police.
        It a no no, not just a no no, but a big one because he also had a controlled substance. So what if it was only 2 bucks worth of pot. He pulled a gun. So what if it was at night, he pulled a gun. So what if the cops told him the month prior that he could defend his home from criminals. He pulled a gun on cops. I don’t buy that bullshit about it being night and he was asleep because he was awake when he pulled a gun. I don’t have a video drone in dude’s house so I can’t see if the cops lied. Neither do you. It does not matter if it was an informant, a neighbor, an undercover cop, or a clown on a unicycle juggling fairies farting rainbows who bought drugs from this ass. Dude pulled a gun. End of story.
        Is it my job to run an independent investigation of every facet of this article? No, it is not. Regardless of that, I did read another story which due to the timing of the article and the event had initial information that was not confirmed by the author of the article. Not my problem. The later story, the more refined story, tells a much brighter in more in depth factually accurate rendition with minor tweaks to the previous however still not a contradiction of events. So, you silly gnat, I state again. Dude pulled a gun. He had the gun in his hands, he raised the gun, the cop was faster.
        Dude no longer needs to worry about his next drug deal gone wrong.

        In Florida, as in a lot of other states the presence of a gun is an amplifier to the crime. It’s known as 10-20-life. Westscott chose to cycle through all 3 levels at the same time.

      • Bine646

        So you want me to comment on the actual article and not Nemisis’ comment? Ok.

        I will reread the original article bc following your jibberish is not going to happen; its apparent you do not understand basic sentence structure.

        Wescott was selling marijuana in a state which it is illegal. He also had a weapon present during such transactions. Why did he need a gun to protect $160 worth of pot? It seems this paranoia led to his death.

        Police raid houses in a very systematic way- they are stating their presence and it is known who they are. Prescott decided to raise n ain his weapon which put them in direct threat. I believe using no lethal force but these officers are stating they were in danger.

        Prescott should not sell pot in a state where it is illegal to do so. He should not have displayed a gun when making minor transaction and finally should of surrendered when the police said so.

      • Nemisis

        How do you know he was asleep? That is not mentioned in this “article”. How do you know the informant lied? The informants polygraph is not mentioned either. Here is a bit of wisdom for you. The reason the article does not mention
        the information you mention is because it is not relevant.

        Intruders seldom threaten unless there is something else on their minds. They intrude, they steal, or they don’t. Since dude did not claim the “intruders” stole anything, based on information you provided, what it sounds like to me is dude was approached by some more vigorous…salesmen who did not like dude’s chosen distribution franchise location or perhaps he was behind on his…accounts payable.

        Would I have pulled a gun on cops? No.
        I hear a shit load of noise in my house dudes running around shouting police and clear. Nah no gun.
        I would surrender and want to see the warrant.
        Then again, I don’t go selling illegal drugs out of my house. Even if it is only a joint or two. It’s illegal and if busted for even that little amount the police can seize your property.

        If you want to talk about the constitutionality of that I’m game. I take the side of that law being unconstitutional. If you want to discuss how mandatory minimums revoke judicial discretion, I’m with you. I won’t however side with anyone that thinks the police are militarized, or unjustified in protecting themselves. Even from a dirt-bag small time douche nugget selling a joint here and there, if that same slack brain pulls a gun or a knife or a clown juggling fairies that fart rainbows.

      • patti

        Because the two of them were asleep onebof them was my son… and what would the ci have to gain by coming forward? Dumb fuck

    • Asher B. Garber

      Pot laws are stupid. It’s a freaking plant, and this country is never going to successfully be rid of it. So get over it, or keep going down that rabbit hole where, apparently, you think it’s logical to support a notion that SWAT is a necessary tactic for $160 worth of weed (about 8 grams give or take a gram).

      As for your criticism of Mike Brown, this completely solidifies your need for bullshit in your daily life. Since he’s not here to defend himself, I’ll suggest you look to the web for the second or third camera recording inside that convenience store. I bet you’ll find a guy hanging out at the register paying for his cigarellos.

      But, see, he’s big. And black. And he shouldn’t have argued with that cop. Just like somebody shouldn’t sell $160 worth of pot. And if anyone does that in today’s America, you can be sure as shit that you might get shot.

      This country has fallen off the rails.

      • Nemisis

        First let me just clear some of the smoke away for you.
        I don’t care about the pot. I care about the gun Prescott pulled on police. His decision to defend two ounces of pot was stupid and he was killed because of it. He failed to notify the police that it was only two onces. Or maybe the police forgot their magical pot scale that weighs pot before they raid a home that has been used in the sale of pot which is illegal still in florida.
        Perhaps prescott should have moved his dumb ass to Colorado or Washington. I’m still waiting for the police to roll up in an main battle tank to arrest a prank phone caller. The police are supposed to be a deterrent to crime. Maybe if people think they will be killed they will stop being asshats and scoff laws.

        Second, I never criticized Brown.
        If anything I have always said wait for the entire factual story.

      • SE

        Let me give you some insight. This was a no knock raid. Secondly, if you knew the entire story you would know that he received threats about people wanting to rob his home and the SAME police department knew about this. Their advice was to shoot anyone who broke into his home. About a month later, someone did break into his home but it ended up being the SAME police department who received reports from Wescott that someone was threatening to break into his home. Hmmm…. now isn’t that just crazy? AND the police LIED and said it was an under cover police officer, then the neighbors, and was caught in both lies. It ended up being an informant who tipped them off. Do you think being tipped off by an informant who more than likely got a bargain for his own crimes is enough to justify a raid inside someones home with a swat team? If you know anything about SWAT team raids they don’t exactly come in to talk. They force their way into your home and by that time you think they are an intruder and grab your weapon that you are allowed to own to protect yourself, god forbid it’s the cops because they will shoot you before you even realize and before you even raise the weapon.

      • Bine646

        Guess you shouldnt sell illegal drugs or display your weapon to buyers during $100 transactions. Guys paranoia n stupidity led to his death- guess Tampa will have to find another dealer for dime bags

      • Nemisis

        First, you pompous blood fart, I’m going by the information given in the news. Second you magnanimous bivot, Swat does announce itself.
        Just before and during the “Knock knock”.
        Third you assphlem, it doesn’t matter what happened before only what happened during.

        Go ahead get your self-righteous panties in a twist and decry that the police should be more understanding and mindful of criminals who think they are above the law. It does not matter who bought what when, it is still a crime. He had a gun, was it legally his. I don’t know. If I was the cop I would have detached his face from his skull with my shotgun as well. Even if I knew he only had a joint. Why, because cops have a right to protect themselves from ass nuggets pointing weapons at them just like everyone else. I would have also don that because these skoff-law pussies like to sue because you shot them in the hand or the toe…
        Tell you what butter cup why don’t you saddle up and do a ride along with a cop. Make sure the cop takes you to the friendliest parts of crime-ville

        You fucking dumbass maybe one day the world will all peaches and cream and everyone will think like you do. That day is not today. So go put you tin hat back on and take your meds. Fucktard.

      • Nemisis

        PS I have never been shot by a cop, never had one draw a weapon on me. What’s my secret?
        I don’t fucking commit crimes and I sure as hell don’t pull a weapon on them.

      • SE

        P.S. You are a fucking moron.

  • Matthew Reece

    Don’t forget the SWAT team near Atlanta that hit a baby with a flashbang grenade in a no-knock raid on May 28.

    • Nemisis

      That is tragic, those cops should have had better intel on who the occupants were and when there is a child involved they should have been even more diligent with caution.