SWAT in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, have killed a 107-year-old man, Monroe Isadore. The killing took place on Saturday around 430pm.
According to reports, police had responded to a domestic disturbance at 1400 block of West 16th Street, in Pine Bluffs, which is south of Little Rock. Two other occupants in the house were evacuated from the home.
Isadore reportedly had barricaded himself inside a bedroom. Police Isadore shot through the door after officers announced themselves to Isadore, who is legally blind and hard of hearing. No one was hit by the bullet and police decided to call SWAT for back-up.
SWAT used a camera to look inside the room and confirmed Isadore was armed with a gun. SWAT then used gas. Police say Isadore fired in response.
The SWAT entry team breached the room and engaged Isadore, killing him.
Since the September 11, 2001, terrorism attacks, urban police forces cashed up on federal security funds have become more militarized and thus use SWAT teams more often, with deadly results.
Controversial SWAT raids include:
- In May 16, 2010, a SWAT raid in Detroit, Michigan, left 7-year-old Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley Jones dead. Police were looking for a murder suspect when SWAT raided her home. A grand jury has indicted officer Joseph Weekley for involuntary manslaughter.
- In Connecticut, a SWAT team raiding a home on May 18, 2008, resulted in the death of an unarmed man who was watching porn on TV in the den. Five towns were forced to pay $3.5 million to the family of Gonzalo Guizan, the victim in the botched raid.
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