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Atlanta Police Doing Their Part To Enforce Age and Gender Roles

Wednesday, November 22, 2006 3:46 PM
Current mood:  impressed 

Category: News and Politics

I got no idea if there were drugs found in the house—surface reporting currently available isn’t commenting on that.

All I can say is, clearly, as far as the Atlanta Police Department is concerned, a 92-year-old woman who is a sure-shot is better off dead.

No doubt there will be people, who—regardless of Ms. Johnston’s innocence or guilt —will say she was asking for it. Ultimately, you know, women are not supposed to act that way.  Especially not 92-year-old women. The last 6 years I’ve been in Chapel Hill, NC, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that women are respected and have equal rights–as long as they’re acting the way they’re supposed to, according to their age.

I don’t know where she was living, I don’t know how the police went about breaking into her house, but I got nothing but respect for a woman who chose not to go with her hands on her head, but on the trigger of her gun—and she was takin’ ’em down, too.  Anyone who reads this who actually knows how to shoot a gun knows that when we’re confronted with blitz attacks—like what the APD were puttin’ down for this citizen—striking a target is difficult, no matter if you’ve got good shooting experience and the steady hands of someone in their 20’s.

Even if they do find drugs in the house, sorry, this would be a prime situation for some drug planting on the part of authorities to try to cover their asses…

I suppose some would consider this motivation to carry one’s self within expected boundaries of age and gender behavior—a tragic end, no question about that.  Despite it all, I’m looking at this, and I’m seeing a 92-year-old woman who was a sure shot—I’m inspired.

Here’s the AP report:

ATLANTA (AP) — The niece of a 92-year-old woman shot to death by police said her aunt likely had reason to shoot three narcotics investigators as they stormed her house. 

Police insisted the officers did everything right before entering the home Tuesday evening, despite suggestions from the woman’s neighbors and relatives that it was a case of mistaken identity. 

The woman, Kathryn Johnston, was the only resident in the house at the time and had lived there for about 17 years, Assistant Chief Alan Dreher said.  The officers had a legal warrant, “knocked and announced” before they forced open the door and were justified in shooting once fired upon, he said. 

Sarah Dozier, the niece, told WAGA-TV that there were never drugs at the house. 

“My aunt was in good health. I’m sure she panicked when they kicked that door down,” Dozier said.  “There was no reason they had to go in there and shoot her down like a dog.”  

As the plainclothes Atlanta police officers approached the house about 7 p.m., a woman inside started shooting, striking each of them, said Officer Joe Cobb, a police spokesman. 

One was hit in the arm, another in a thigh and the third in a shoulder.  The officers were taken to a hospital for treatment, and all three were conscious and alert, police said.

Rev. Markel Hutchins, a civil rights leader, said Johnston’s family deserves an apology. 

“Of the police brutality cases we’ve had, this is the most egregious because of the woman’s age,” Hutchins said.

Hutchins said he would try to meet with Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington and would also meet with lawyers. 

Currently listening:

London Calling
By: The Clash
Release date: 14 December, 1979

*originally posted at myspace.

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