posted on Sep, 21 2014 @ 09:17 PM
I just cannot side with law enforcement in this case. How is a person supposed to automatically know that it is the police breaking into their homes?
There is a huge difference in knowingly shooting police officers entering your home with a search warrant, and shooting police officers whom you think
are intruders, even though they had a search warrant. I'm surprised the guy is still alive after shooting an officer to be honest. When someone is
climbing through your window it cannot be said that a person should not take action. There is no good reason for someone to be climbing in your
window, and because of that what are you supposed to think? People who are there with non-nefarious intentions knock on the door, thus when someone is
climbing into your house through a window, I would think that person is there to either do me harm or steal from me, or both, and I would not wait
around to ask the person their intentions.
How can they punish this guy for doing nothing illegal? He is definitely within his rights to shoot a home invader, and even though this was a police
action, the fact that they didn't identify themselves means the guy is not liable. As far as he knew he was defending himself. The intent was not
there. He did not know he was fighting with police. This is pretty much common sense, and it would be a great miscarriage of justice if he is
convicted, and an even greater miscarriage of justice if he is executed. And this is not even akin to involuntary manslaughter in my opinion, again
because this was not involuntary. He purposefully shot the man because he thought he was defending himself from a criminal. It was not an accident. I
think no-knock warrants are the problem. Do the police actually think they are placing themselves in more danger by knocking?
No, they are placing themselves in more danger by not knocking. The majority of criminals will surrender without fighting back. This is a given. But
how many of those would fight back because they didn't know it was the police in the first place? Thus police should always identify themselves. If
it were illegal to shoot a home invader, which at least in Texas it is not, then that would be a different story since the guy would not have been
acting within the bounds of the law. But since it is legal to shoot someone breaking into your home, I do not think he can be charged with killing a
police officer. Events like this should force the police to change their idiotic tactics, but instead this will be used to further crack down on guns
in general I'm sure.
And I know for a fact that the police could identify themselves and then do what the swat teams always USED to do...Simply ask the person to come out,
while you wait in cover, and if they don't you simply tear gas the house and force them out. I used to see this all the time on those swat television
shows. The person cannot escape when their house is surrounded, and the police aren't putting themselves in danger by walking into a situation they
aren't familiar with, not knowing what they will find. Those tactics make much more sense than no-knock warrants, and it puts less people in harms
way. And not only that, but it allows you to identify the targets intentions.