Justice Scalia, Please Pick-up the White Courtesy Phone
When 11-year-old Aaliyah McCoy heard crunching gravel Tuesday morning that indicated vehicles were driving toward her home, she peeked out a window and saw vans and “a bunch of cop cars coming.”
She heard voices yell next door, “Open up! Police!” and then she heard “boom, boom.”
“When they started shooting, I got scared and got down on the floor,” Aaliyah said. “I was scared they would come in on me.”
The noises she heard were federal and local officers serving a search warrant —apparently at the wrong home, and without advance notice to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Department — on Honey Way.
According to family members, officers shot Kenneth Jamar, a man in his 50s who suffers from gout.
U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said the task force did not have an arrest warrant for Jamar, but were searching for 28-year-old Jerome Wallace, who was wanted on federal drug conspiracy charges. Jamar is Wallace’s uncle.
Huntsville Police Chief Rex Reynolds said the task force had a search warrant for 13355 Honey Way. That is not Jamar’s address, but the address of James Wallace, father of Jerome Wallace.
“I think this is a damn shame,” Wallace (yep, the man the Task Force was sent to arrest–Steve) said. “They got three truckloads of SWAT here for a man with gout who can’t even get up to make himself a ham sandwich.”
When task force officials realized Wallace was on the scene, they handcuffed him and put him in a Huntsville patrol car. –emphasis added
Gee, they didn’t need a SWAT team, flash bang grenades and a dynamic entry…oh…wait the press was there. And exactly how many times and where did they shoot Jamar? They shot him 4 times, twice in the chest, once in the groin, and once in the foot.
This article claims that Jamar had a weapon, and this article claims it was a gun.
But Huntsville police officers and Alabama Bureau of Investigation agents say Jamar of 13355 Honey Way in far-eastern Limestone County was armed with a weapon and acted in an “aggressive” manner when they attempted serve a warrant Tuesday morning on his nephew, Jerome Wallace, 28.
And herein lies part of the perverse incentive with these kinds of raids. You are a law abiding citizen asleep at 2:46 A.M. You hear several loud bangs, then your daughter and son start screaming and crying, you hear the front door being kicked in. You grab your gun, go into the hall way, and are gunned down in front of your wife and/or kids. You thought it was a break in so like most rational people you grabbed a weapon to defend your family, but instead the supposed good guys have just shot you multiple times probably killing you.
Justice Scalia has done more to help the anti-gun movement than anything else with the Hudson decision. Well that and encourage more of these kind of events. This all fits with the progression of the Nanny State in this country. People are fat, so we have to legislate what people can and cannot eat. Some people smoke, so we pass legislation to control that. Many think that the government should be in charge of health care, educating our children, and heaven forbid that two men or two women want to get married. Gotta have the government “protect the sanctity of marriage” (nevermind that most heterosexual Americans are working overtime to destroy the sanctity of marriage by either getting divorces, or cohabitating without getting married and lets not get into all the fornicating). So giving the police officer a club, taser, pistol, body armor, and a machine gun and the right to enter our homes as if it were a nest of heavily armed terrorists all in the name of protecting us from crime seems like only a natural extension. One thing should be quite clear: We are Americans and we hate our freedom.