Via Radley Balko and Philip Smith: Meet 59-year-old David Hooks, the latest drug fatality
This has all the classic features. With just a modicum of investigation, police could have learned that Hooks “was a successful businessman who ran a construction company that, among other things, did work on US military bases. Hooks had passed background checks and had a security clearance.”
Instead, the took the word of a burglar.
And, if the police had possessed an ounce of intelligence, they would have considered that someone who just had their place burglarized would not be thinking “police” when…
His wife, Teresa, was upstairs in her craft room when she heard a car drive fast up the driveway, and she looked out the window.
â€œShe saw several men all in black and camo with hoods on,â€ Shook said. â€œShe ran downstairs, woke David and said, â€˜The burglars are back.â€™ â€
Hooks retrieved a gun and headed out of the bedroom as the officers broke down the back door.
And now he’s dead.
Police apparently searched for 44 hours and failed to find any drugs.
I can just imagine the conversations that were going on by police radio… “But Chief, there’s nothing here.”…”Keep searching until you find something.”
Again, this case (while we admittedly don’t know everything yet) appears to show so many problems with the system — problems in the law, in policy, in decision-making, in judicial oversight, and in training.