"What Happens When a Civilian Kills a Cop in Self Defense?" (Alternet)

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Jan 22 2015 16:53
"What Happens When a Civilian Kills a Cop in Self Defense?" (Alternet)

"The careless use of SWAT teams in no-knock drug raids -- when heavily armed police burst into a home without warning -- has resulted in a long list of innocent people being killed or seriously injured in the United States. ... But if, on the other hand, Americans shoot narcotics officers during militarized drug raids—perhaps believing that they are being robbed and are acting in self-defense—charges of first-degree murder are likely. The case of Marvin Louis Guy in Texas is a glaring example."

"There is a disturbing pattern at work: Baggett was given every benefit of the doubt for needlessly killing a bedridden woman of 84, while Maye got the death penalty for shooting Jones in what he believed was self-defense. There will be no criminal charges for the serious injuries inflicted on toddler Bounkham Phonesavanh, but Frederick received a ten-year prison sentence for shooting Shivers in what he believed was self-defense. And in Texas, prosecutors certainly aren’t giving Guy the benefit of the doubt. They’re out for blood."

Read the rest here: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/what-happens-when-civilian-kil...

This has got me thinking about the juries who so frequently let cops get away with murder and prosecute civilians for killing cops in self-defense.

The United States clearly has a severe problem with people idealizing the police, and I assume this cop-idealization is common in other Western countries.

It's really terrifying and demoralizing.