The so-called War On Drugs rages on. Raid the home of an elderly couple suspected of cooking meth, kill one of them in the raid, find no meth after you shoot him dead, and then try to justify the whole thing because you found some pot in their son’s room. What a joke.
The widow of an 80-year-old man who was shot dead by police during a drug raid on their home is suing for $50 million.
On the night of June 27th, Los Angeles County deputies raided the home of Eugene Mallory and Tonya Pate. Authorities claim they had probable cause to search the premises because they could smell chemicals used to make methamphetamine while standing outside the house. Police suspected Mallory of being involved in an illegal meth ring.
Mallory was asleep in bed when police entered his home. Pate said her husband has bad eyesight, and couldn’t tell that the men entering the house were police officers without his glasses.
Police found no meth, nor evidence of a meth operation, inside the house. They did find marijuana — in Pate’s son’s room.
The sheriff’s department insists that the marijuana vindicates the raid.