Easy guns –> Police brutality

Here’s just an everyday story in America— thank God the sheriff’s deputy wasn’t killed:

A veteran Wake County sheriff’s deputy was shot with an AK-47 assault rifle Wednesday morning while serving an eviction notice at a Raleigh apartment complex, Sheriff Gerald Baker said.

Sgt. Ronald Waller underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon at WakeMed, Baker said at a news conference at the hospital. Waller, who was starting the “long road of recovery” Wednesday night, has worked for the sheriff’s office for over 20 years, agency spokesman Eric Curry said in an email update…

The shooting occurred on Torquay Crossing in the River Birch at Town Center Apartments on Old Wake Forest Road.

A suspect, Eddie Dewain Craig, 32, was taken into custody, Baker said. Craig was charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill, three counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and assault With a dangerous weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, according to Raleigh police…

Waller approached a door at the apartment complex around 10:13 a.m. Wednesday to serve civil papers, according to Baker and Curry. Civil papers can include eviction notices or summonses to court.

“It is perhaps one of the most dangerous jobs that you are going to find in law enforcement,” Baker said. “You never know what’s going to be on the other side of that door when it opens.”

So, you are the police and one of your officers was just shot with a military assault rifle delivering a run-of-the-mill eviction notice.  That’s got to increase the incentive for the “dynamic entry” SWAT style assaults which lower the risk to officers while raising the risk to innocent bystanders and completely non-violent targets of warrants, notices, etc.  As long as we think it is completely fine in America for mentally ill people to own extremely dangerous weapons of war we’ll continue to have police officers needlessly maimed and killed in the line of duty and policing agencies over-reacting to this in ways that hurt communities and innocent people.  Want to ameliorate the cycle?  Let’s start with the damn guns.  

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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