From Marti Oakley @ the PPJ Gazette comes this disturbing piece concerning what amounts to an “on site execution” by a Phoenix police officer:
A Phoenix police officer, called to a private home as the result of a family quarrel, decides not only to shoot and kill the family dog, but also the 29 year old man inside the house who was posing no threat according to the officers partner, but who informed the officer that he needed a warrant.
At this point, the officer tells the man; “I don’t need no warrant, m—— f—–!” And delivers a fatal shot. (Again, according to the officers partner)
The head of the police officers union weighs in on the killing. In defense of the officer he claims that “due process” must be followed and that the officer is innocent until proven guilty. In the second news video, we see that the head of the PLEA union now says that there is additional evidence and that the officer will be acquitted, most likely.
So we should afford the officer due process, and consider him innocent until proven guilty? But not afford the man at home in his own house the same courtesy?
While the head of the union claims an investigation is being conducted and that the officer has been suspended, we all know how this is most likely to end up. The union head talks about how officers are people from the community and are carefully selected for their positions. Based on what? Long gone are the days when those with napolean complexes were weeded out and not allowed to be employed by law enforcement. Crisman was finally fired by the Phoenix police department and the blue brotherhood of Homeland Security is holding BBQ’s and collecting donations to support him while he stands trial.
No update on the status of the officers partner and his report on what was in reality a cold blooded killing by a badge heavy officer.
Reports of this kind are coming in from across the country with alarming regularity as a result of the militarization of law enforcement under Homeland Security. Here is the most recent update on the Arizona situation:
I don’t believe there is one law enforcement vehicle in the country that still has the phrase: “To protect and serve” emblem on the doors. According to a local sheriff’s deputy here:
“There is no obligation to protect anyone by law enforcement unless we have them in custody, and then it is limited. Our job has been redefined. Our focus now is to protect the government and infrastructure from the general public because of the threat of homegrown terrorism.”
Making this whole thing even more fucking disgusting is the fact that this
asshole’s officer’s union has actually defended the scumbag while criticizing his partner for making a statement versus the offending piece of shit officer.
Many in Phoenix also worry that this is all just a symptom of a larger problem, one where the anti-immigration fervor in Arizona has turned the Phoenix Police Union into an anti-immigrant juggernaut, much to the detriment of its members.
Based on the lunacy coming out of that state the last couple of years I’d say it’s hard to argue otherwise.