Speaking of drug raids, a while back I posted about a raid in which the Lima, Ohio SWAT team killed Tarika Wilson.
For that post, I was taken to task twice (here and here) by people who called me ignorant of police tactics. I’m sure they’re right, but that just doesn’t matter, because you don’t have to be an expert on police tactics to know that something is wrong when cops shoot and kill an unarmed woman while she’s holding her infant son, who is also wounded.
As I made clear,
my anger isn’t directed at the individual member of the Lima SWAT team who pulled the trigger. Something definitely went wrong that day in Wilson’s house, but I have no idea what, and it may not have been his fault.
It turns out that some important people disagree with me, specifically the prosecutor for Lima, Ohio. The shooter, Sgt. Joseph Chavalia, has been charged with negligent homicide and is currently on trial.
The prosecutor’s witnesses have testified to some ugly details:
A woman shot and killed by a police officer during a drug raid was likely on her knees and complying with a SWAT team’s orders to get down when she was hit in the neck and chest, two experts testified Wednesday at the officer’s trial.
And yes, they also shot the dog.