It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by closettrekkie
No where in the article does it say they busted her door down. It says she was shooting at them as they approached the house.
The woman, Kathryn Johnston, was the only resident in the house at the time and had lived there for about 17 years, Assistant Chief Alan Dreher said. The officers had a legal warrant, "knocked and announced" before they forced open the door and were justified in shooting once fired upon, he said.
"My aunt was in good health. I'm sure she panicked when they kicked that door down," Dozier said. "There was no reason they had to go in there and shoot her down like a dog."
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
So, maybe she was afraid that they were lying about being cops. Just a thought...
Originally posted by elevatedone
I think it would be funny if she turned out to be the drug dealer....
Originally posted by forestlady
What's wrong with this picture?
1 - She's 92 years old. The likelihood of her being able or willing to deal drugs is pretty low. Police should have had enough sense to notice that and listen to the neighbors and relatives when they said there were no drugs.
2- Police were plain clothes, why? And how in the world can they expect her to not shoot, if she doesn't know they are police?
3- As someone else said, this was a victimless crime and they shouldn't be breaking down anyone's door for it.
4 - It probably was a mistake. Lord knows this has happened ALOT. Rememeber the old woman they shot and killed in Harlem a year or 2 ago? Same thing, they said she was doing drugs. She was like 73 or something.
5 - Being a 92 y.o. woman what are the chances of her overpowering 3 cops or more? Not much, she's probably pretty frail. The correct thing would be to send over a UNIFORMED (hello) policeman to go and talk with her, take a look around, etc. to determine if they had the right house. Then they could have arrested her on the spot, if need be.
6 - Why didn't the cops identify themselves as police as soon as they saw her shooting? But apparently they didn't, they just shot back. They could have even left the house, called for back up and try to talk to her from outside, like SWAT teams do.
7 - I'll bet you a bunch that the fact that she was black had something to do with it, as far as the cops were concerned.
I'll tell you what, if I'm home alone, and someone I don't know who is not in uniform, comes busting into my home and scaring the bejeezus out of me, I'd sure as hell start shooting with my shotgun. I mean after all, she lives in a rough neighborhood.
It was completely unneccesary for her to to be shot. What this all boils down to is a lack of respect on the part of the police for the citizens they're supposed to be protecting. It happens all the time. I myself have had some legendary horrible experiences at the hands of cops. I'm always polite and courteous to them, but it still happens.