Can we torch the South again, please?
Radley Balko spots a fantastic example of the typical Southern authority-loving, bigoted, small-minded hillbilly cracker wankery we've come to expect. I'll summarize, but do read the whole thing, wouldja?
Prentiss, Mississippi. Night after Christmas. An anonymous tip sends the police hunting down an alleged drug dealer. A SWAT team busts in the house on a "no knock" warrant, their minds focused on tearing ass.
Problem is, the house they're in is a duplex.
One of the cops, throwing caution to the wind, busts down a door & is met by gunfire. Apparently a lucky shot, it enters below his vest, killing him. The shooter? The scared owner of the duplex, who doesn't live in the side they had a warrant for, who fired out of fear for him & his daughter's life. Obviously the kind of response to be expected when you rip into someone's room in the middle of the night.
The shooter? Black. The dead cop? Not only white, but the son of the town's chief of police. As if the man wasn't already behind the 8-ball...
Did the cops find any drugs? No. Well, they claimed to have found the slightest piece of a joint later, but 1) evidence brought up this long afterwards is a red-flag for tampering, & 2) the response was disproportionate anyway even if there was a joint there. They approached this as if they were encountering Tony freakin Montana.
Long story short, an overwhelmingly white jury convicted the man & sentenced him to get the needle. Not because they felt he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but because they didn't like his lawyer & felt he was a spoiled brat.
This deserves outrage, and I'm talking tons. Any kind of activist group you could possibly think of that would have a stake in something like this, flood their goddamn inbox until they get this man back to freedom.
People that violate your liberty deserve to be shot, I could care less if they're wearing a badge. Call it "extreme" all you want, understanding takes too long, and in the environment this guy was in it's a ticket to a body bag. They would've killed him AND his daughter if he hadn't pulled the trigger, cops have done that before. There is no logical reason for cops to be able to get away with murder while civilians get locked up for exercising their RIGHT to defend themselves against aggression.