I've been reading responses to the unfortunate fiasco that happened on the 20th of last month at the residence of the Hill's. Opinions vary from those who are shocked to those who feel as though the whole thing was just standard, unavoidable procedure. With that being said, I'd like to weigh in with my two cents. I'm not blind to the fact that, in certain instances, warrants need to be served and even sometimes, "no knock" warrants. But, the situation that happened last month was not only avoidable, it wasn't of the importance that warrants such action.
Firstly, Army desertion of a non-violent man, who made it clear he was just trying to see his ailing father before he died, should not require a 2 a.m. intrusion with armed officers. That just compounds any possible agitation. Secondly, and this is really important, before any such visit occurs, extensive homework should be done!
The mother of the soldier they apprehended stated the address that was on all documents with the Army, was where they actually found him. The Hill's took ownership of the Harrop house on July 16, 2012. I found that public information on the Weber County website in about
60 seconds. The OPD should have the same access to that fact doing elementary research.
These are increasingly more trying times we live in, of that there is no doubt. But this situation, along with the debacle of a year ago that got an Ogden officer killed, plus the murder of Todd Blair in September of 2010, were all, most likely, completely avoidable by doing some research and using good practices and common sense.
I say these things people, not because I think that bad people aren't out there and need to be stopped, but because innocent people are losing their constitutional rights, more and more, every day. If we don't demand that changes in policy be made, it just might be you who's the next victim of a late night door knocking, demanding your submission. How would you and your family feel about that? Just some food for thought.