The media will tell you that a man shot four sheriff’s deputies, killing one of them in what appeared to be an ambush-style shooting, but it won’t tell you that the officers entered the man’s home without a warrant and that they knew he had a history of mental health issues. Why isn’t anyone talking about this?
A man in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, opened fire on a group of Sheriff’s Deputies who were in his apartment on New Year’s Eve, and while we should take the time to mourn the deputy who lost his life, we also have to ask questions about why the officers were there in the first place.
The audio from a Periscope session broadcast by the gunman told the story of a man in the middle of a mental health episode who repeatedly told the deputies to leave his apartment, and asked if they had a warrant.
The deputies did not have a warrant, and their fate makes this story a crucial aspect of why search warrants exist. When police officers choose to enter a home without a search warrant, they are putting their lives at risk. They don’t know if they will encounter a homeowner who is lawfully defending against intruders, or if they will encounter someone with mental health issues who is in the middle of a breakdown.
This story is tragic, but it should not be used as a reason to promote the existence of the “War on Cops.”
Did you know that 2017 was one of the safest years to be a police officer in the last 50 years? However, 2017 was also the fourth year in a row that police killed more than 1,000 civilians.
In fact, last year there were nearly 100 times more Americans killed by police officers than there were by terrorists, and that is something everyone should be talking about.