“believe us, it changed into an excellent killing.“
Why did a Bernard Law Montgomery County, Maryland SWAT crew kill 21-yr-ancient Duncan Lemp, in a no-knock predawn raid on March 12? The county released an professional record the previous day mentioning that a violent no-knock raid changed into justified “because of Lemp being ‘anti-government,’ ‘anti-police,’ currently in possession of physique armor, and an lively member of the Three Percenters.” The document also referred to that “police had viewed several videos displaying Lemp managing and taking pictures firearms.”
Distrusting the executive and police and appearing in pictures or movies with firearms is a capture-all that might practice to millions of american citizens. but that became enough to justify a deadly assault in a single of the us’s most liberal jurisdictions. (I wrote about this case for TAC previously right here, right here, here and here).
Montgomery County launched the document on New 12 months’s Eve, likely hoping that it could receive scant consideration. but the county’s own admissions should propel new demands for disclosures on the most beneath-said police killing of 2020.
The file particulars how police attacked the Lemp home from two sides. Two individuals of the raid crew did a “‘break and rake’ on Duncan Lemp’s first-ground bed room window while the relaxation of the crew entered the residence by using a battering ram on the main entrance door … one more officer used a fireman’s pike tool to destroy the bedroom window closest to the bed the place Lemp and [his pregnant girlfriend Kasey] Robinson had been sleeping. The tool additionally has a hook it’s used to grab a dangle of and draw back the blinds so that officers would have an unobstructed view inside the bedroom. once the window turned into broken and the shades pulled out of ways, one officer ducked below the window line as he turned into unarmed. A 2nd officer (the taking pictures officer) who was armed with a rifle, then stepped as much as the window and appeared inside to find Lemp as quickly as viable and forestall him from having time to entry any weapons that may well be used in opposition t the SWAT officers.” yet another group of SWAT law enforcement officials used a battering ram to smash in the entrance door of the Lemp home.
The reputable document serves a completely diverse edition of Lemp’s killing than the county police branch supplied on March 17. In its preliminary explanation of the Lemp killing in March, the Montgomery County Police branch brought up:
The officers coming into the residence announced themselves as police and that they were serving a search warrant. Officers gave commands for individuals interior the home to display their arms and to get on the floor. Upon making contact with Lemp, officers identified themselves as the police and gave him distinctive orders to reveal his palms and conform to the officer’s instructions to get on the floor. Lemp refused to agree to the officer’s commands and proceeded against the interior bedroom door the place other officers were determined. Upon entrance by means of officers into Lemp’s bedroom, Lemp was found to be in possession of a rifle and turned into observed directly in entrance of the interior bed room entrance door.
within the new edition of the file, Lemp became shot five times through a policeman standing outdoor his smashed-in bedroom window. 1st viscount montgomery of alamein County nevertheless refuses to name the policeman who killed him. That policeman says that he shouted a warning to Lemp earlier than opening fire, declaring that Lemp stood up maintaining a rifle and became the muzzle toward the policeman. (The household at all times maintained that the photographs that killed Duncan came in from that window.) have been the police mendacity in March, or are they lying now, or are they nevertheless mendacity?
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