Police smell meth, raid home, kill 80-year-old man, find no meth
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Police smell meth, raid home, kill 80-year-old man, find no meth
Posted by carbola on 10/16 at 2:02 pm
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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.

What happened next is disputed by police and Pate. The deputies claim that Mallory pointed a gun at them, requiring them to take defensive measures. They shot him six times, and he died.


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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.

“There was a drug operation that was certainly going on in this house,” said Whitmore. ( )



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Posted by upgrayedd on 10/16 at 2:08 pm to carbola
See "Common Good " thread. Heavy handed police are a common good


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Posted by Waffle House on 10/16 at 2:11 pm to carbola
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They did find marijuana — in Pate’s son’s room.


Does the link (blocked for me) go in depth as to how much marijuana they found in the sons room? I don't agree with the cops side of the story in this, I'm just curious if they are attempting to claim an amount that is obviously for personal use.



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Posted by FalseProphet on 10/16 at 2:12 pm to carbola
It seems like there are so many facts missing from this story.

I'm not withholding my opinion to wait on these facts, though, because the cops are also wrong.



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Posted by Teddy Ruxpin on 10/16 at 2:14 pm to FalseProphet
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I'm not withholding my opinion to wait on these facts, though, because the cops are also wrong.



I will say this, if we get a "clean" cops bust in the wrong house and some one gets killed situation, cops need to have harsher punishments than suspension ie Jail time.

Breaking constitutional rights due to "mistake" isn't a good enough excuse to me when you wield that type of power over the citizenry.

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also wrong.


Given the facts as presented, what did the homeowner do wrong?


This post was edited on 10/16 at 2:16 pm

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Posted by CITWTT on 10/16 at 2:15 pm to carbola
Was the pot in the form of a plant or in a bag? Either one is not going to waft too far from the dwelling. Why were they so close to the house that they were able to detect the unmistakable aroma of a meth lab in operation and how are they trained to determine the odor of such happening? The Bull shite of their story is Deep and Wide in expanse.


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Posted by CarrolltonTiger on 10/16 at 2:15 pm to carbola
Is smelling like Meth something old people have to worry about?


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Posted by Teddy Ruxpin on 10/16 at 2:17 pm to CarrolltonTiger
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Is smelling like Meth something old people have to worry about?



You better stop being so judicious with that Stetson Carrollton.



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Posted by carbola on 10/16 at 2:21 pm to Waffle House
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Does the link (blocked for me) go in depth as to how much marijuana they found in the sons room?


They do not, just that they found some.



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Posted by Sentrius on 10/16 at 2:25 pm to carbola
Protecting and serving the frick out of you!!!

My god, cops are addicted to going after these drugs busts like crazy. I can't wait for the asinine tPOS war on drugs to end.



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Posted by LSUnowhas2 on 10/16 at 2:28 pm to Sentrius
and this was in Los Angeles for crying out loud! So a dimebag of pot justifies shooting an 80 year old guy? There is worse shite going on out in the open all over Los Angeles.


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Posted by Jim Rockford on 10/16 at 2:37 pm to carbola
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All in all, it was a bad week of press for Los Angeles cops. One L.A. police lieutenant was arrested for soliciting a prostitute, and another officer has been temporarily relieved of duty after firing his gun in an effort to scare some kids who were bothering him.



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Posted by lsu13lsu on 10/16 at 2:40 pm to Sentrius
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Protecting and serving


New moto is Collect and Serve



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Posted by Bengalroar on 10/16 at 3:01 pm to lsu13lsu
I don't want to know who's being sued; I want to know who is going to fry for crap like this. Probable cause over drugs is bull shite. So everytime they think they smell something, they can just bust in and shoot people?


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Posted by TrueTiger on 10/16 at 3:02 pm to carbola
saved the government some Social Security and Medicare money


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Posted by Radiojones on 10/16 at 3:28 pm to carbola
What a different country we live in compared to what I was raised to believe.


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Posted by idlewatcher on 10/16 at 3:31 pm to carbola
Saw this
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Los Angeles County deputies raided the home


and knew it wouldn't turn out well.

Renegade cops.



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Posted by La Place Mike on 10/16 at 4:07 pm to carbola
Old people smell like meth. Fact.


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Posted by trackfan on 10/16 at 4:40 pm to Bengalroar
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I don't want to know who's being sued; I want to know who is going to fry for crap like this. Probable cause over drugs is bull shite. So everytime they think they smell something, they can just bust in and shoot people?

I wonder what the judge who issued the warrant thinks about this. If he/she has any integrity, he/she should be really pissed that the ccps would lie to get a warrant.



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Posted by SabiDojo on 10/16 at 4:42 pm to Teddy Ruxpin
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I will say this, if we get a "clean" cops bust in the wrong house and some one gets killed situation, cops need to have harsher punishments than suspension ie Jail time.

Breaking constitutional rights due to "mistake" isn't a good enough excuse to me when you wield that type of power over the citizenry.


I completely agree.

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Given the facts as presented, what did the homeowner do wrong?



Nothing.



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