February 24, 2009

Kudos to the Headline Writer

Back in 2006, the Atlanta police executed a no-knock raid on the residence of a 92-year-old woman.  The whole thing was a mistake, an informant had given the police the address claiming it was a drug house.  When the old woman heard her door being broken down, she shot through the door and then she was shot many times in a hail of 39 bullets,   Rather than admit they were wrong, and before they called an ambulance for the old lady, the cops planted drugs in the house to make it look like it was a good killing.  Anyway,  the trial is over now and three cops are going to jail, prompting this great headline at the Agitator:

Tearful Atlanta Cops Express Remorse for Shooting 92-Year-Old Kathryn Johnston, Leaving Her To Bleed to Death in Her Own Home While They Planted Drugs in Her Basement, Then Threatening an Informant So He Would Lie To Cover It All Up

What a great headline -- you could hardly make it shorter and still get the feel for the dirtiness of these police... and, if you read the article, there's a lot to be said for the futility of the war on drugs.

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