From the WTF?! Files
The lawyer for the city of Wilmington, NC is probably gearing up for the wrongful death lawsuit that is almost certain to be filed.
From the AP:
A prosecutor pledged Monday to investigate the death of a college student who was shot as deputies tried to serve warrants accusing him of stealing two Playstation 3 video game systems.
Remember that. This was about TWO stolen PLAYSTATIONS.
Peyton Strickland, 18, died Friday at the house he shared with three roommates following a raid by officers from a special unit of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department.
The prosecutor declined to discuss details of the case, but said he had talked with Strickland’s father, Raleigh lawyer Don Strickland.
A spokesman for the Strickland family and a member of Don Strickland’s law firm said the family would wait until at least after Peyton Strickland’s funeral Wednesday to comment.
Peyton Strickland’s roommate, Mike Rhoton, said Strickland was unarmed, but may have been holding a video game controller when he went to the door as it was bashed in by officers.
[Sheriff Sid] Causey would not comment on why officers felt it necessary to call in his department’s emergency response team to conduct what he termed a “high risk” search.
“If this boy would’ve come to the door, opened the door, we probably wouldn’t be talking,” Causey said Sunday.
He can’t tell you why a quasi-SWAT team was sent after an alleged thief, but then goes on to say it’s the kid’s fault for not answering the door promptly.
Arrest warrants alleged that Strickland, a student at Cape Fear Community College, and a University of North Carolina at Wilmington student stole two PlayStation units from another UNC Wilmington student on the day the game system was introduced.
“I think anytime that someone beats a person severely and commits an armed robbery, I certainly would consider him a risk and a danger,” Causey said.
If only they were this hard on abusive husbands and boyfriends….
The sheriff said Strickland was shot by members of a special police unit that had been called in to help university officers serve warrants. Strickland’s dog, a German shepherd, also was shot to death.
The second man named in the warrants was arrested at another address and was released on bail Saturday, authorities said.
In 2004, (the last year for which statistics are available) there were 8 murders, 57 rapes, 437 aggravated assaults, and 292 robberies, according to Wilmington Area Connect. Wilmington’s crime stats are above the national average in every area, but there’s no listing of how many suspects were shot because they didn’t answer the door fast enough.
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