вторник, 28 марта 2017 г.

It Begins: ICE Raids Innocent LEGAL Family and Shoots Their Dad!

Greg Krasovsky: ICE agents have a difficult & dangerous job, just like other federal and local law enforcement personnel.

As such we must support them and, whenever warranted, give them the benefit of doubt.



As a former City of Philadelphia police officer, I know what it's like to enter a building in the pursuit or search of a potentially armed subject, especially at night and/or under poor lighting.

Split-second decisions are made when confronted with a suspect who may be holding a weapon.

Sadly, there's always a possibility that the law enforcement officer could make a mistake and shoot an unarmed suspect who, on top of that, turns out to be an innocent bystander. I've seen this happen to other good police officers who worked with me.

This is another reason why unannounced raids on houses to arrest suspects are dangerous, especially at night, and should be used as a last resort.

Such raids, if conducted merely to detain illegal aliens who have not committed crimes of violence, could lead to avoidable and unjustifiable injuries to innocent civilian bystanders present in the dwelling.

While immigration laws must be enforced, their enforcement should not create unwarranted risks to innocent bystanders -- law enforcement tactics in use must be commensurate with not only their objectives (safe detention of illegal aliens) but also with the safety of the surrounding population.

As such, an objective and thorough investigation of this Chicago ICE shooting must be conducted - both in regard to the use of excessive force (unjustified shooting) and the efficacy of conducting such raids.

If the investigation reveals that an ICE agent used excessive force and shot an innocent unarmed man, then that agent must be held accountable and punished to the fullest extent permitted by law.

If the investigation reveals that the shot man was in fact armed and presented a clear threat to the ICE agent that shot him, then we must rally behind that agent and his colleagues and support them in their dangerous work.

In the meantime, let's pray for the speedy recovery (both physical and psychological) of all innocent persons who were hurt or impacted by this raid and its aftermath.

Also, please consider the illegality and associated risks (which this ICE raid in Chicago demonstrated) of harboring illegal aliens, even in a sanctuary city like Chicago, especially illegal aliens with criminal records (even for non-violent crimes).

What are your views on this matter?

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Selected Excerpts from The Free Thought Project's post, "It Begins: ICE Raids Innocent LEGAL Family and Shoots Their Dad"

"Belmont Cragin, IL — Answers must be demanded over the inexplicable shooting of a wholly innocent man in the Chicago area home he’s owned for decades, as ICE agents — ostensively searching for the man’s adult son — opened fire on the homeowner despite children just months old sleeping nearby.


Above photo from https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170327/belmont-cragin/police-shoot-wound-person-belmont-cragin

And no one knows why U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the house in the first place — they’re citizens. 
 
ICE claims the family man had a gun. His daughter begs to differ. “It’s a lie when they say he was holding a gun. He doesn’t even own a gun,” railed Carmen Torres, who was asleep in the basement with her one-year-old daughter and husband when the immigration police blasted through the door. “They shot my dad. They shot him, and I don’t know why.” 
 
Official explanations beyond rudimentary factual accounts of the shooting have not been forthcoming — even as the man who did nothing illegal recovers in the hospital. 
 
In fact, Torres, like the rest of his family — including the son allegedly targeted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents — are not in the country illegally. They’re documented American citizens — and have lived in the same location in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood for over 30 years. 
 
“They didn’t say anything,” Carmen Torres asserted for the media, adding that, besides her daughter, a 5-month-old and 9-year-old were in the home during the ICE invasion. “They just came in and pointed pistols in our faces and dragged us out. We didn’t even have time to dress or grab milk for the baby.” 
 
But the discrepancies between the nascent official narrative and eyewitness testimony from family and friends in the home at the time of the botched raid only grow stranger from there." 
  

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