Counselor Van Irion: STOP THE COPS!
Friday, 5 October 2012
Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House!
By Vicki Brown
A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house.
Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door.
The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay
“They need to get rid of those men, these boys with toys,” said Adams’ 70-year-old widow, Loraine.
John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police claim they identified themselves and wore police jackets. Loraine Adams said she had no indication the men were police.
“I thought it was a home invasion. I said ‘Baby, get your gun!,” she said, sitting amid friends and relatives gathered at her home to cook and prepare for Sunday’s funeral.
Resident Fired First
Police say her husband fired first with a sawed-off shotgun and they responded. He was shot at least three times and died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Loraine Adams said she was handcuffed and thrown to her knees in another room when the shooting began.
“I said, ‘Y’all have got the wrong person, you’ve got the wrong place. What are you looking for?“‘
“We did the best surveillance we could do, and a mistake was made,” Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks said. “It’s a very severe mistake, a costly mistake. It makes us look at our own policies and procedures to make sure this never occurs again.” He said, however, the two policemen were not at fault.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating. NAACP officials said they are monitoring the case. Adams was black. The two policemen are white.
Family members did not consider race a factor and Weeks agreed, but said the shooting will be “a major setback” for police relations with the black community.
“We know that, we hope to do everything we can to heal it,” Weeks said.
Johnny Crudup, a local NAACP official, said the organization wanted to make sure and would investigate on its own.
Weeks said he has turned the search warrant and all other evidence over to the bureau of investigation and District Attorney General Tommy Thompson. A command officer must now review all search warrants.
“This is what happens when there is no real determination on probable cause being performed by a neutral and detached and qualified authority. This is one of the many reasons Fitz’s case matters. This happened in our state, just a 150 miles from our homes. This could be us. If Fitz had defended himself, it would have been his funeral.”
In a separate writing Counselor Irion says:
“This is why Walter Fitzpatrick’s case matters so much. Just this week I had a Tennessee judge refuse to do anything about a blatantly invalid arrest warrant. A deputy court clerk that clearly had absolutely no idea what “probable cause” even means, had signed the probable cause determination in place of a judge. He admitted that the only thing he considered was that the cop had given him the warrant and had signed an affidavit that a crime had been committed. He didn’t even know what had to be shown to support the crime alleged. For purely procedural reasons, and because he didn’t want to be inconvenienced, the judge refused to let me question the clerk further. The judge then refused to let me argue that aspect of our case.
“Cops are writing their own warrants and taking them to low-level court employees with no training and no understanding of what they’re doing, and the warrants are being rubber-stamped with no review. This is happening SPECIFICALLY because the courts refuse to do anything about it, even when the most egregious examples are put right in front of them. The incident in Lebanon was inevitable. It will happen more. What’s worse is that that incident was probably just gross negligence. Imagine what happens when crooked cops realize how much power they have and how little oversight. If a crooked cop decides he doesn’t like you, he can raid you, your family, your friends, and anyone else he feels like harassing, and the courts will do NOTHING about it.
“I have friends in Lebanon Tennessee. It’s not far from us. This could happen anywhere, and it is a direct result of the courts refusing to do their duty.”
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