3 years, 10 months ago
From Buffalo, New York:
Another raid on the wrong residence; another dead dog. This time, Iraq War veteran Adam Arroyo says he came home on Monday to find his door busted down, and his beloved pup dead from bullet wounds. The Buffalo, NY police did not seem too concerned with cleaning up blood or anything like that, but nonetheless left behind a note of sorts: a search warrant for the apartment next door.
“They busted the door down, with a battering ram or whatever,” he told the Buffalo News. “They came in, and within a few seconds of entering the apartment, they murdered my dog. They shot her multiple times. They had no reason to do that.” Arroyo says his dog, a two-and-a-half-year-old pit bull named Cindy, was killed while chained up in the kitchen, which he discovered ridden with bullet holes.
As WKBW points out, the police made a serious error:
The suspect named in the warrant was described as a black male and was wanted on suspicion of dealing crack.
Arroyo is Hispanic and lives at 304 Breckenridge, upper-rear apartment, which has a completely separate entrance and is clearly marked on his mail box.
Let’s ignore the fact for a minute that this was another wrong address SWAT raid. There was no point to it. If the police had any smarts whatsoever, they would have peacefully stopped him on the street, while uniformed officers executed a search warrant on his home after getting a locksmith to open the door, keeping the physical plant and hardware intact.
But that’s not sexy and it isn’t statist and totalitarian. And it doesn’t allow the police to play soldier boy. There is moral element to these types of raids. As I’ve said before:
Law enforcement officers have no moral or legal right to trespass on my property and threaten me, or especially unholster their weapons and point them at me. And LEOs have no moral or legal right to shoot at me, my family members or my beasts. I consider every home invader to be a criminal, since impersonating the police is a common tactic among crime gangs now. Any such invasion of my home or property will be deadly, for the invaders, me, or both.
Soldier boy will stop invading homes and killing beasts and human victims when the price is too high. Thus far it is still too easy on Soldier boy.