Comment of the Day

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!
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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