Ugh, it happened again this week. This time federal agents in Philadelphia reportedly burst into the wrong house, destroyed property, frightened the home’s occupants, and then left with only the slimmest of explanations.
I hate hearing about this kind of stuff. We all know cops have a tough and dangerous job to do, but they also have a duty to get things right, especially when it comes to serving warrants or otherwise raiding people’s homes.
Mistakes are going to happen, of course. But when they do, the police have to step up, admit the error, accept responsibility, and do what they can to make things right.
The downsides of failed raids like these are numerous, including the harm done to the individual citizens involved. Probably even more corrosive, though, is the damage done to the trust relationship that needs to exist between the community and those sworn to serve and protect them.
Being callous or unresponsive in the aftermath of a raid gone wrong just adds insult to injury and fans the flames of distrust and paranoia about police procedures that already exist.
Footage of botched police raid on the wrong house in Georgia
Have a safe weekend!
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