Police Kill a Man Who Brought a Gun to the Door at 1:30 a.m.
<img src="http://www.opposingviews.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x250/feat... align="right" width="340">The police banged at a man’s door at 1:20 a.m. They did not identify themselves as police. He came to the door holding a gun. They shot him dead. They offer no apology.
The police were looking for someone else. They were at the wrong apartment.
Do not open a door at 1:30 a.m. holding a gun. Be sure you know who is knocking and why. You do not have to open unless the person identifies himself as a police officer.
A see-through porthole in the door would be a good idea.
The chief of police refused to talk with a local TV reporter crew, saying his schedule was too busy. He will probably get away with this. Stonewalling works.
You have the right to keep and bear arms in the United States. But if the police think you are a threat to them, you are as good as dead. The second amendment will not protect you.
I have never heard of a law-enforcement officer who has been given a life’s sentence, let alone the death penalty, for killing a civilian by mistake. Juries will not convict. He may get fired or receive reprimand. Meanwhile, the victim is dead.