A License to Commit Aggression (Will Grigg)
Wednesday October 2nd, 2013
Two men claiming to be police officers broke into the home of a Houston police officer. The resident opened fire on the invaders, driving them away but suffering a minor gunshot wound in the process.
On average, more than one hundred no-knock SWAT raids take place in this country every day. This has inspired a growing number of private criminals to impersonate SWAT teams when they carry out home invasion robberies – or employ other aggressive tactics.
Last year, a Houston area man named David Brian Webb was arrested for impersonating a DEA agent. He had previously been charged with impersonating a SWAT operator.
In April 2010 two Houston women encountered a roadblock modeled after police checkpoints that have become quite commonplace. As they pulled to a stop, the women were surrounded by armed men who ordered them from the car. The driver had the good sense to hit the gas and pull away. It was their immense good fortune that they were dealing with private criminals. If they had fled a police checkpoint, the most likely would have been killed.
We're defined by what we do, rather than who we claim to be. People who commit aggression against the innocent are criminals, whatever title they may claim.