He Disrespected Their Authority

They couldn’t accept that. 2 Detroit cops charged with home invasion.

2 cops are charged with home invasion, because they kicked in a door of a house without a search warrant. They also weren’t in “pursuit of a subject.” The homeowner refused them entry, and they couldn’t have that! Not OBEY the police – even illegal orders? What kind of a police state is this? </sarcasm>

“A couple cops came to the house looking for a suspect,” [the homeowner, 28-year-old Tashar] Cornelius said. “I told them the man they were looking for wasn’t here, but they refused to listen to what I was saying. They wanted to come in my house, and I told them ‘without a search warrant, you have no right to be here.’

“I guess that teed them off,” he said. “I shut the door on them, but they didn’t leave my property. They seemed convinced their suspect was here. So they kicked in the door and came in with their weapons drawn. Then they put me in handcuffs and searched the property.”

Cornelius spent 36 hours in custody, supposedly for owning an “illegal taser.” No charges were filed against him, because disrespecting the cops isn’t a real law, just the one they enforce. He is considering a suit over the violation of his rights.

The 2 are on “administrative leave.” Or as most people call it – paid vacation.

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Leave Your Front Door Open. Get Shot By Police.

Cops decided that because the guy left his front door open, they were entitled to go in – no warrant – and shoot him. Why? Ask them Prosecutor: Warrantless entry that led to police shooting ‘unconstitutional’.

Two of the five officers are facing trial. (They are on administrative leave, which is bureaucratic weasel-wording for paid vacation.)

“‘The mere discovery of an ‘open door’ of a residence – absent some other reason for concern – is not, in and of itself, a circumstance that could give rise to a reasonable belief that entry is necessary to prevent harm to persons or property,’” he quoted from the court opinion.

The guy who lived there got shot, had his leg shattered and suffered a permanent, partial loss of vision. His crime? He left his front door open and then fell asleep in front of the television.

Lawyers Behaving Badly

JusticeYou could also file this under, “Women do lie about abuse.” Maine Man Receives $375,000 After False Rape Accusation.

Prosecutorial misconduct is rarely corrected. Putting the Criminal in The Criminal Justice System.

[Prosecutor Mary] Kellett admitted in 2013 that she violated rules by making an improper argument and withholding exculpatory evidence. She was suspended for one month, but vacated that and allowed her to go through six hours of legal education instead. She’s one of the few prosecutors – and the first in the state of Maine – to be sanctioned for prosecutorial misconduct.

Vladek was finally exonerated in 2015, and he filed a federal lawsuit against those that handled his case, after he discovered more evidence was withheld

And although her office had to pay out the $375,000 she is still an attorney, and still a prosecutor. Her punishment for trying to destroy a man’s life? She had to take 6 hours of legal education. Less than one day.

The guy who settled was only one of dozen defendants. Go read the whole thing.

“The System” is not interested in Justice. It is interested in winning. It is interested in promoting political agendas.

Cops Serving Search Warrant Get the Address Wrong. Again.

There is a steady stream of stories about cops, search warrants and the wrong address. Seems like being sure you were in the right place would be a primary concern. Maryland Cops Pulled An Amber Guyger, Only This Time The Resident Shot Police In Self Defense.

So they break into a home, and find an armed, innocent father defending his children. At least no one died. (And yes, it was a break in, since they were not legally entitled to enter the apartment they entered.)

Much like in Dallas earlier this month, when Officer Amber Guyger entered Botham Jean‘s apartment and shot him to death, Wednesday’s shooting in Maryland could have easily been avoided had police been completely aware. Instead, it would appear that PG police, much like Guyger, did not do its due diligence.

Can someone come up with a “We’re the only ones…” quip in the comments?

Is it really too much to ask to be 100% sure you are in the right damn place when executing a search warrant? (So is this “Cops Behaving Badly?” I probably need to create that “Cops Behaving Stupidly” category.)

Can’t Let a Cop Go Down for Murder. Have To Try Something

So it look like the Dallas PD is going for character assassination of the guy who was executed. Why Did Dallas Police Search a Man’s Home for ‘Narcotics’ After One of Their Own Killed Him?

KXAS reports that the day after the shooting, a Dallas Police Department investigator obtained a warrant to search Jean’s apartment. The warrant, signed by 292nd District Court Judge Brandon Birmingham, says the police intended to look for “any contraband, such as narcotics,” that could “constitute[e] evidence of a criminal offense.”

Because justification after the fact is all they have left. Because they can’t let the rules that apply to the Little People apply to Cops. (Hat tip to A Geek With Guns.)

When Only Cops Have Guns…

Only cops will negligently discharge their weapons at airports. Houston police officer mistakenly fires AR-15 at Hobby Airport baggage claim.

An AR-15 rifle wielded by a Houston police officer mistakenly fired into the floor at the baggage area of Hobby Airport on Thursday night, according to authorities.

And in the most clueless bit of all…

“As far as I understand it, (the gun) was not dropped,” [Houston police Capt. Jerome] Stevens said.

Which you know was in answer to a clueless reporter’s question. (If it went off when dropped, they have other problems as well.)

At least he was pointing the weapon in a safe direction. (Hat tip to Wirecutter and WiscoDave.)

It’s More Justice Than I Expected

JusticeDallas police and the Texas Rangers finally admit that they can’t give a cop a free pass on murder manslaughter. Dallas officer Amber Guyger charged with manslaughter after killing neighbor in his apartment.

The 30-year-old Guyger, who is white, fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment.

Gee, imagine that, a cop getting “favorable treatment.” But seriously, if she hadn’t been a cop, she would have been arrested on the spot.

This was such a bone-headed move, that I still can’t wrap my brain around it. As I asked the other day, how the hell do you walk into the wrong apartment, and not know it isn’t yours? Forget the 2nd part of that question, just answer the first.

I also don’t get how drawing and firing a weapon is Manslaughter, proving once again I am not a lawyer. (Maybe stupidity is a mitigating factor. Stupid vs Reckless?)