Corry, one of my favorite observers of Western civilization, called my attention to this gem in which a mom getting orange soda and her 12-year-old son got the full S.W.A.T. treatment during a shoplifting investigation. Quoting the article:
With the rifle trained on her and an officer clad in helmet and body armor advancing toward her, Prince went to the floor face-down. She said her hands were pulled behind her back and she was handcuffed.
“I was crying and telling them my son was outside in the car,” she said.
What about that son out in the car?
“I was just sitting in the car waiting for my mom” when a SWAT officer pointed a rifle at him, Davonte said.
“He was looking at me through the rifle’s scope and telling me to get out of the Jeep, get on the ground and put my hands behind my back,” Davonte said.
The Perkins Middle School student said he complied and lay on the ground, which was wet from the morning’s rain.
The officer “asked me how old I was, searched me, then took me to the back of the jeep,” said Davonte, who acknowledged he was frightened.
What has the department in question to say about the incident to this point?
“We believe everything was done according to the book,” said Keith Thornton, an inspector with the sheriff’s office. He stressed that officers “did nothing wrong and followed protocol and procedure.”
The article further explains that a S.W.A.T. entry was employed because the owner of the store allegedly had a violent past and owned guns. Well and good, folks; well and good. How does a mom holding a soda pop and lottery tickets wind up face down on the ground, handcuffed, with a riot officer’s rifle pointed at her? How does a 12-year-old kid sitting in the back of a Jeep doing 12-year-old things get a rifle pointed at him?
Don’t worry, though. They’re going to write her a letter non-apologizing for the fact that she was “caught up” in “an unfortunate situation.”
If this is “according to the book,” they need a new book.
This is the United States of America. It breaks my heart that there are so many places I can look and not be able to tell that right off anymore.