Saturday, December 02, 2006

Police Tapes Detail Moments Following Shootout With Elderly Woman

ATLANTA -- Police officers urgently called for medical help and additional personnel seconds after an elderly woman was killed in a shootout with narcotics officers.

About 40 minutes of recordings of police radio conversations around the time of the shootout were released by Atlanta Police Friday in response to an open records request filed by The Associated Press.

There are many references to the wounded officers, but little talk of Johnston. Officers refer to her as a "perp," or perpetrator. There were no calls for medical assistance for Johnston, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

That really just says it all, doesn't it?

And let's not forget Sean Bell, who was gunned down by police in Queens NY on his wedding day.

Here is a great article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution on how 'no-knock' warrants rarely produce drugs and how easy t is for cops to obtain them.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Supposedly the police shot through the door, which had glass panes on it that could be seen through, AND Peyton Strickland had previously voluntarily surrendered to police in another matter, all this according to another article here(

Deputy Involved In Durham Teen's Death Fired From Job

POSTED: 7:21 pm EST December 8, 2006
UPDATED: 12:56 pm EST December 9, 2006

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- One of the New Hanover County lawmen under investigation in the shooting death of a Durham native has been fired.

According to a statement from Sheriff Sid Causey, Cpl. Christopher M. Long, 34, was dismissed from employment with the department on Friday. While Causey supplied the date of Long's termination in accordance with state law, he said that the reason for the action is not public record.

Additionally, Causey said a criminal investigation is being conducted by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the District Attorney regarding Long's involvement in the shooting death of Peyton Strickland. Long, a member of the Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team, was hired in 1996.

Strickland, 18, a student at Cape Fear Community College, was killed Dec. 1 at his Wilmington home. Nine heavily armed deputies accompanied University of North Carolina at Wilmington police to the house to serve warrants for Strickland's arrest and to search the house.

Strickland, a roommate and another man were suspected of assaulting a UNC-W student on Nov. 17 and stealing two PlayStation 3 consoles from him, authorities said.

By law, officers can't shoot from the outside into an occupied home unless they believe their lives are in imminent danger.

Witnesses said Strickland was unarmed during the shooting.

Long, along with Detective Larry Robinson, 34, and Sgt. Greg Johnson, 39, was placed on administrative leave when the investigation began.

Causey declined to comment on the incident Friday, pending the final results of the investigation.