Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Restore My Trust? But I Never Trusted You In The First Place.....

It's been a few weeks since I posted a white trash moment of the week, but here's something that trancends trash. I read this item this morning and it comes from yesterdays Atlanta Journal Constitution. It was a story of 3 police officers tearfully confessing to killing a 92 year old woman after she tried to defend herself when they broke down the door of her home after illegally obtaining a no-knock warrant.

They left her to bleed to death when they realized their mistake. They tried to cover their tails by planting drugs in the womans home and then threatening an informant to make him give false testimony to justify the warrant. The full story is available with the link. The article was titled:

Atlanta Police Look To Restore Trust After Drug Raid Killing
The trio of officers was involved in a Nov. 21, 2006, drug raid at the Neal Street home of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston.

She was killed by officers after they used a no-knock warrant — obtained with falsified evidence — to storm into her house in search of drugs an informant had inaccurately told them were inside. Apparently thinking the officers were robbers, Johnston fired a shot through the door. Officers responded with 39 shots, five or six of which struck her.

The officers initially sought to cover up their actions in obtaining the warrant, but their story eventually unraveled. All three pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate Johnston’s civil rights.

Do you think they rooted all the bad apples off the force?


mikeb302000 said...

I'm borrowing this immediately. I just can't resist.

microdot said...

I knew you would find this interesting. How about the news story about the gun dealers in Texas and New Mexico who are cleaning up supplying the Mexican Drug gangs!
I saw that on the front page of the NYTIMES this morning.