Police activity here and there—who will protect people from the cops?
Radley Balko’s full list of links is here. A few from the list:
- Police in Mesa County, Colo., have apologized to a family of seven after launching a predawn SWAT raid on their home in search of meth. Police broke down the door, smashed several windows and stormed the place with guns before realizing that they had the wrong house. Instead, they found a couple and their five children, ages 3 to 12.
- From the courts: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently overturned a lower court and granted qualified immunity to a police officer who was in charge of making sure a raid team hit the correct house. It didn’t, and in the course of the raid, reopened a surgical wound in the man they wrongly raided. The appeals court ruled that there is no clearly established law requiring police officers to make sure they have the correct address before breaking down a door and storming a house with guns.
- Kenneth Probus is out on bond while awaiting his trial on charges of attempted murder of a police officer. Probus shot a Shively, Ky., officer in the legs as the officer tried to break down Probus’s bedroom door. Probus, a former firefighter and Marine who served in Afghanistan, has claimed he didn’t know the raid team were police officers. They were apparently in street clothes, one wearing a University of Louisville hoodie. Probus even called 911 after the exchange of gunfire. Police appear to have been serving a warrant for Loretta Harris, who also lived at the house. She and Probus have been charged with drug trafficking, although it’s unclear whether police found any drugs in the house. Probus had no prior criminal record.
- Finally, this is a bit older, but I missed it when it happened: In April, Volusia County, Fla., paid the family of Derek Cruice a $500,000 settlement. Cruice died after a deputy shot him in the face during a 6 a.m. marijuana raid on Cruice’s home. Cruice was unarmed at the time, wearing only a pair of basketball shorts. The deputy was cleared in the shooting.