The War on Neighbors of Drug Dealers Continues

81-year-old Isaac Singletary was gunned down in his yard by police who were investigating someone else.

Singletary was known for chasing drug dealers off his property, but when he emerged with a gun and threatened two undercover officers lurking in his yard, they promptly took him down. It was Jacksonville, Florida's third fatal police shooting in 3 weeks.

An investigation is pending, but the police chief sounds confident (predictably) that the shooting was justified. From News4Jax.com:

"You don't expect somebody to come pointing a gun at you, and once they do that, the officers will tell them to drop the gun," JSO Chief Dwain Senterfitt said. "We're still investigating what statements were made, but obviously, at that point, the officers' lives were in danger."

I fail to understand what's so surprising about someone defending their property from unknown trespassers in a high-crime neighborhood. If the officers were surprised to be confronted, they shouldn't have been. They were out of uniform on private property.

It seems likely that both parties involved in this tragedy could have handled it better. Hindsight is 20/20. But the drug war is blind. Prohibition would still be a nightmare if police could enforce it without killing innocent people. Unfortunately, they can't.

Rest in peace, Isaac Singletary. And all the others.
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Police Misconduct

Following the shooting death of Isaac Singletary in his own yard, it would seem logical for others to not make his mistake. The mistake? Not shooting first and asking questions later. This tragedy is setting everyone up for even more tragedy. Imagine a couple of youths who hop a fence into someone's yard, wherein that someone lets fly and kills both. Or, other cops doing something similar to what those cops were, having their lives snuffed out because someone doesn't want to be this week's Isaac Singletary. Of course, the irony would be lost on the drug warriors.

Police Brutality

I'm enraged to the fact that this 81 year-old man was gunned down by undercover police on his own property. In my opinion, this is police brutality and the officers that were involved should be removed and discharged from police duty. They should also be prosecuted for murder and they should go to jail with the rest of the murderers. I have nothing against police officers but this is uncalled for. They should have identified themselves to the old gentleman and explain it to him in a calm tone why they were there. But it looks like they took upon themselves to fire the first shot and killed the old man. So my advice to the police cheif is this, drop the good front and see to it that these officers pay the consequences of killing this 81 year-old man on his own property.
The police chief sounds confident that this was justified?? OMG, I think the chief should be prosecuted himself as well for covering up the killings. Hey Chief got a message for ya,
stop covering up for your officers and see that justice is served for the old gentleman that was killed by your officers. Also cut the crap about "I believe it was justified" and get your a*** on the ball to get these officers arrested for murder.

American HOLOCAUST. Make no mistake about it!

The carnage continues unabated...and for what? To "send the right message to young people." Yeah, right! Well, I suffice it to say that, since that hackneyed slogan first came about, that generation of young people have grown to become adults who are well aware that their government was lying to them then and is equally intent on lying to their children now and for generations to come.

``God bless America?'' WTF? Does anybody ACTUALLY believe the Almighty would bless an evil and UNHOLY union of quasi-totalitarian POLICE STATES?

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