Explanation due on commando raid on Silverthorne family
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”It is imperative that we not remain silent about an armed assault on a Silverthorne family on Feb. 9. Cops pointing guns at innocent citizens matters; cops turning a situation that only required a few simple questions into a commando- style raid on a private home should matter to all of us. This is not the first time law enforcement has overreacted in our communities, to wit: Last year’s public handcuffing (and humiliation) of a local couple, while their Frisco home was violently raided in a fruitless search for drugs and drug-making equipment. The public is owed an accounting, from all agencies involved – Silverthorne, Dillon and especially from Frisco – of the armed assault on the Cropper family in Silverthorne. Why were Frisco officers allowed to control the way the Croppers were approached, regarding a stolen vehicle dumped in their Silverthorne driveway?Apparently, Frisco officers decided to treat the situation as though this family were a danger to police, and to use SWAT-team tactics.Certainly, there was a way to contact this home by phone, before approaching front door? In this case, the confrontation could have been avoided entirely.That the one Silverthorne officer deferred to Frisco police may be reasonable (the vehicle was stolen from Frisco earlier that evening), but did the Silverthorne officer see that Frisco officers were intending a commando raid? Did the Silverthorne officer protest or in any way try to change the approach and attitude of the Frisco officers? Why didn’t Frisco officers have obvious identification, such as badges and name tags? These and other questions must be answered publicly, not so much to lay blame, but simply to make sure this unwarranted use of force and armed intimidation does not occur again. I know that for law enforcement, being polite is not always possible, and I’m glad the police are out there, and with guns, given the state of our society. Yet, in this case, as in others, a phone call, a quiet knock on the door with a request for cooperation would have avoided confrontation, humiliation and the risk of an innocent being shot.
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