On the basis of the video we saw alone, that drug bust and killing was unsupportable. Turns out it was even worse. Unbelievable stuff in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Investigators gathered evidence that it was Blairâ€™s roommate, Melanie Chournos, buying and selling meth â€” a factor in the no-knock search that would precede Blairâ€™s death. […]
Keyes asked 2nd District Judge Scott M. Hadley for a no-knock, nighttime search warrant because house â€œlookoutsâ€ were known to give warning when police were nearby. Meth dissolves quickly, Keyes added, and â€œif given the opportunity, Chournos will destroy the evidence.â€
However, the warrant doesnâ€™t mention that Chournos had already moved out of Blairâ€™s home â€” a development officers noted in interviews after his death. […]
The SWAT team prepared for a â€œdynamic entryâ€ â€” breaking through the door and subduing anyone inside.
Normally, that involves extensive planning, officers said in investigation interviews.
â€œA PowerPoint presentation is typically put together (and) a briefing of everybody sitting around the round table in our office … and all the details are laid out as far as the suspect, the location, the route in, the … evacuation points and … where the closest medical [facility] is,â€ officer Brandon Beck said in a transcribed interview with county investigators.
Instead, the team gathered at a nearby retirement home to go over the plan.
To do a dynamic entry without the in-office briefing is â€œabsolutely not our standard,â€ said Burnett, the officer who shot Blair, during an interview with investigators.
On the video, minutes before the raid begins, an officer can be heard asking the group, â€œDid somebody grab a copy of the warrant off my desk?â€
â€œOh, donâ€™t tell me that,â€ Burnett replies. He then tells the other officers, â€œHe doesnâ€™t have a copy of the warrant.â€