A SWAT team deployed in the standoff involving Robert Seacat.
A SWAT team deployed in the standoff involving Robert Seacat.

Reader: Police Shouldn't Treat Suburbia Like a WAR ZONE!

In capturing Walmart shoplifter Robert Seacat following a twenty-hour standoff, various police agencies severely damaged the home where he holed up.

Granted, Seacat fired shots at the officers, and four drug-related warrants were pending against him. But he'd chosen the Greenwood Village-area home at random, and now the residence is completely uninhabitable — and the city only offered assistance after the previous occupants complained that no one from the city had bothered to contact them.

This situation sparked a healthy conversation among our readers, with many decrying the levels of force being used by SWAT teams of late.

Here's one memorable take.

Lynn Stiles writes:

Can you spell lawsuit? I would find an expensive lawyer and sue Greenwood Village police until the have to sell their assult vehichles to repay this family. There are things called levels of force. I understand the police were shot at, but to destroy a home like this for a shoplifter. Wow! How many of these police officers were National Guardsmen? Are the police suffering from PTSD? Are they able to do their job ( to serve and protect) within community guidelines? How many deployments have they served? What justifies doing this in a peaceful home. NOT A WAR ZONE!

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.


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