Monday, September 10, 2007

Police raid in Phoenix leaves a house burned, a dead dog and a lot of unanswered questions

I don't know why I am posting so many police stories today. The others were rather humorous, but this is just sad. I have all the respect for police officers, SWAT Teams, etc. They put their lives on the line every day, and the majority do their job with poise and professionalism. This however, is just over the line.

So why am I blogging this? Swat teams stormed the house thinking there were stolen automatic weapons and armor piercing bullets inside. However, they instead found an antique shotgun and a 9mm pistol that appear to be legal weapons.

Why is this news? Well, in less than 30 minutes, special forces did this:

• Shot tear gas canisters into the home and moments later, a fire erupted and destroyed a $250,000 home plus all the contents inside. (The home's occupants believe the tear gas canisters caused the fire. Phoenix fire officials say the blaze was probably started by a lighted candle that was knocked onto a bed during the confusion.)

• The armored personnel carrier careened down the street and smashed into a parked car after its brakes failed.

• And in the ultimate display of cruelty, a SWAT team member drove a dog trying to flee the home back into the inferno, where it met an agonizing death.

Deputies then reportedly laughed as the dog's owners came unglued as it perished in the blaze.

"I was crying hysterically," Andrea Barker, one of the dog's owners, tells me. "I was so upset. They [deputies] were laughing at me."

Read more about this and see the photos here:

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