Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Another Abuse of Police Power

Once again, I'd like to preface this with the fact that most of our officers are good people doing a hard job and doing it with respect for the rights of their fellow citizens.  The reason I'm highlighting these incidents is to spotlight a problem that needs addressing.  Note that this is from Reason, and they do have strong political leanings, but so do I. 

US Marshal Upset That Couple His Police Gang Terrorized Went to the Press
After leaving her operating room scrub nurse duties at Sarasota's Doctors Hospital on Wednesday, Louise Goldsberry went to her Hidden Lake Village apartment.

Her boyfriend came over, and after dinner — about 8 p.m. — Goldsberry went to her kitchen sink to wash some dishes.

That's when her boyfriend, Craig Dorris — a manager for a security alarm company — heard her scream and saw her drop to the floor.

Goldsberry, 59, said she had looked up from the sink to see a man “wearing a hunting vest.”

He was aiming a gun at her face, with a red light pinpointing her.

“I screamed and screamed,” she said.

But she also scrambled across the floor to her bedroom and grabbed her gun, a five-shot .38-caliber revolver. Goldsberry has a concealed weapons permit and says the gun has made her feel safer living alone. But she felt anything but safe when she heard a man yelling to open the door.

He was claiming to be a police officer, but the man she had seen looked to her more like an armed thug. Her boyfriend, Dorris, was calmer, and yelled back that he wanted to see some ID.

Note that the officer at the door, Matt Wiggins of the US Marshal's fugitive division, responded to the request that he prove his claim to be a police officer by cursing and threatening to shoot the frightened couple.

Dorris ultimately took the plunge and emerged to establish the raiders' identity. He found 30 or so marshals and Sarasota cops who handcuffed him, ransacked the apartment once Goldsberry emerged (she was also cuffed), showed the photo of the suspected child-rapist they actually wanted, and then left.
Note that if you aren't looking at the suspect you're after, and you have no reason to think the people in a home are aiding and/or abetting him, you don't get to cuff, detain or threaten to shoot them.  Go read the rest, it's worth your time.

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