Wrong House Raid Highlights Continuing Danger to Public from Police Responders

Posted: April 19, 2023 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

“What followed was a chaotic scene, with officers retreating and opening fire” Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe explained in a video posted to the department’s Facebook page. That this is the default reaction on seeing a citizen in his own home holding a gun should be a concern to all, and at this writing, videos are being withheld pending officer statements. Until that happens, the public will not see how Dotson was holding the gun and if he made any attempt to open fire once he saw who was outside his door.

That Dotson’s wife opened fire and received return fire, only stopping and complying after certain she was in fact engaging with police, strongly suggests they had no idea what was going on and the police call was made to the residence where the initial call originated, not to the home of the man they just killed.

That leaves open the question of how police got the address wrong in the first place. What checklist procedures are in place to preclude an armed response and the assumptions that go with one until a positive identification has been established? Were those procedures followed? It also makes it imperative that the investigation be open and complete, especially in light of a prevalence of “wrong house raids,” resulting in headlines like:

Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House
Texas Cops Realized They Raided the Wrong House. They Kept Searching Anyway.
Black woman handcuffed naked in raid at wrong home set to get $2.9 million from Chicago
Cop Who Wrongly Led No-Knock Raid Against 78-Year-Old Grandfather Can’t Be Sued, Court Rules”



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