Following on this week’s story of the no-knock raid that claimed a Texas Deputy’s life, a story coming out of Manchester, NH has two guys posing as cops who knock on a door, show their “badges,” tell the homeowner and his daughter that they are searching for a dangerous fugitive, handcuff them (for their own safety of course) and then proceed to rob the place. Taken were cash, cellphones, a gun, passports, and other items. The passports are the most interesting as those are things that would not be of much value to the low level junkie – you have to know where to sell those to get top dollar . . .
This was clearly a well-planned and well-executed crime. Quite honestly, given how easy it is to procure an official looking badge and how simple it is to crank out an official looking ID using a computer, I’m really surprised that this sort of thing is not happening all the time. My bet – watch for an increase in these sorts of crimes.
This scenario has the makings of another watershed moment in the decline of relations between the police and the policed. If we ever get to the point where fake cops are regularly committing crimes, its going to get very dangerous for SWAT no-knocks, plus people will have a legitimate defense when they unknowingly take down a real LEO.
I’ve said it once and I’ll keep saying it – Community Policing is the way to go. Get the cowboys off the force and get the police back to interacting with the community on a more friendly note. Law abiding folks need to see the cops as their friends and neighbors, not as the jackbooted agents of the state. Only anarchy lies in that direction.