February 19, 2013

Just Doing Their Job

Movie theater employees call police for help in persuading a young man with Down Syndrome to vacate his seat after the movie is over; police arrive, kill the guy.

The officers have "exercised their rights under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights and have not made statements in the case," and are apparently still on the job responding to other emergency calls. They will almost certainly face no consequences whatsoever for this homicide, will win "officer of the year" awards, etc.

If it can happen at a theater it could just as easily happen in your home. i.e., these are the guys who could well show up if you call 911 in a medical emergency. So you have to ask yourself, do you feel lucky…

(via Balko.)

added: more here (via Althouse.) The cops were off-duty sheriff's deputies "working a security job" at the shopping center.

Posted by Dr. Frank at February 19, 2013 02:36 PM