Last night, a 92 year-old woman was killed in a shootout with police sent to raid her home in an apparent case of mistaken identity:
ATLANTA — The niece of a 92-year-old woman shot to death by police said her aunt likely had reason to shoot three narcotics investigators as they stormed her house.
Police insisted the officers did everything right before entering the home Tuesday evening, despite suggestions from the woman’s neighbors and relatives that it was a case of mistaken identity.
The woman, Kathryn Johnston, was the only resident in the house at the time and had lived there for about 17 years, Assistant Chief Alan Dreher said. The officers had a legal warrant, “knocked and announced” before they forced open the door and were justified in shooting once fired upon, he said.
Like Brad, I agree that the police, once fired upon, were justified in firing back to protect themselves. The problem is, why were they there in the first place ? This was obviously a case of mistaken identity and the use of force was just a sample of what is brought to bear every day in America’s continued war against (some) recreational drugs.