Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Phoenix Police Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

There are good officers out there who approach their jobs professionally, competently & without cynicism. I salute them, and I think they deserve honor and respect.

Then there are the other kind.

It's an early Fall evening, your young son is in bed and you're unwinding from a long day. Then you & your wife hear the noise of shattering glass -- someone has crashed right through your living living room window and is now in the house.

You grab your handgun & your cell phone, and you confront the intruder as you make the 911 call. Your wife meets police outside to tell them that you're holding the orc at gunpoint.

Then the police come, put the intruder in cuffs & haul him away to jail . . . right? Well, it doesn't work out quite that well if you're Anthony Arambula of Phoenix, Arizona.

He & his wife did all those things on September 17, 2008. Here's what happened:

Inside the house, the Arambulas say, Officer Brian Lilly shot Anthony six times in the back while he was still on the phone with the 911 operator - twice when he was on the ground.

Seems that someone forgot to pass on the info that the good guy was holding the bad guy for police. The situation actually got worse from there.

The Courthouse News Service has the rest of the story:

Family Says 911 Tape Caught Cops Planning Cover-Up After Shooting

Has it come to the place where you must always assume the police are not on your side, until they prove otherwise?


dlr said...

Seems like Anthony should have shot the Orc and then called the police.

Travis said...

Gravelbelly says, "There are good officers out there..."

The cop that did the shooting is one of the Training Officers on Use of Force. Kind'a makes you wan'na go hummmmmm

Gravelbelly said...

Boggles my mind!

I still say there are good officers out there. Problem is, when one comes up behind you with a gun, you don't know which kind he is . . . possibly until it's too late.