Police protocol should be to ask a few simple questions first
My family and I have been permanent residents of Summit County for more than 27 years; of those 27 years, we have known the Cropper family for 20. On the night of Wednesday, Feb. 9, the Croppers were terrorized in their own home by gun wielding strangers who turned out to be local police officers (SDN Feb. 16, 18). Those of us who know the Cropper’s know how utterly flabbergasting it is that this scenario even took place. This is a peaceful, small business owning, long-time family of Summit County. Surely protocol is in place at our local police departments for an officer to call and ask a few simple questions before approaching a family commando-style with weapons drawn while refusing to provide valid official identification. Those questions could have been:– Who lives in this house, or easier yet, who are the company trucks in the driveway registered to? — How long have they lived in the home or has the company been in with the business?– Have there ever been problems reported at this home, with the family or business?Just think of what five extra minutes and cooler heads could have done for everyone involved. The Croppers would have been saved from being traumatized in their home (the one place one should feel safe and secure), and several Summit County police departments would have escaped having to explain how such an embarrassing situation could have occurred. Thank goodness, at the very least, the majority of the entities involved have expressed their concern to the Cropper family. I think that a simple knock on the Cropper’s door (without weapons drawn) with a simple explanation of, “There is a stolen vehicle in your driveway, we need to ask a few questions and search your home” would have yielded the officers not only an invitation into the Cropper home, but mostly likely an offer of a cup of coffee for everyone present. Would that really have been so difficult?
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