In Suwanee Georgia today five firefighters were held hostage when they responded to a call of a heart attack by a home owner. The home owner was desperate because he couldn’t pay his bills and his house was being foreclosed on. All his utilities were turned off and he refused to vacate the property. He then made a false 911 call saying he was having a heart attack. He wanted his utilities turned back on and that was his demand for the release of the four remaining hostages. At the start he released one fire fighter so that he could move the fire truck away from the house.
The SWAT team was called in and they stormed the home killing the home owner. One officer was shot in the hand and the hostages had minor injuries from the “flash bang” explosion but no one else was injured in the attack. It seems odd to me that his only demand was for his utilities to be turned back on and the police couldn’t do that one thing to save live his life? I guess the police now have a zero tolerance policy also. It seems by their actions that if you take a hostage then there will be zero honest negotiations. I understand that hostage taking cannot be tolerated but is it necessary to kill the hostage taker, every time. The police spokesperson stated that the hostages were in immediate danger, whatever that means. It seems to me that they were in immediate danger the entire time. Maybe the negotiations weren’t progressing and the gunman was losing patience with police. The police haven’t been hasty to disclose all the facts.
It seems that it would be an easy thing to turn the utilities back on and then see if the hostages were released BEFORE you come storming into the house shooting at people. The hostage situation only lasted four hours. That wasn’t much time if you ask me. There have been hundreds or even thousands of stand offs with exceptionally longer times, so why the haste?
None of the hostages have been reported as being abused or injured except for the minor injuries they received from the storm troopers attack.
Have the local police policies changed? Have they adopted a zero tolerance policy similar to our federal government? I’m sure they will justify their actions by saying that the homeowner was about to execute the hostages but one must wonder if that was really true. I want to trust our law enforcement but when they are so quick on the trigger you have to wonder.
I don’t necessarily disagree with the result but I have to wonder why the haste. How often have we seen law enforcement patiently wait for negotiations to reach their conclusion? It seems that they didn’t wait for much on this one. I can understand it if the guy was getting to breaking point but if he wasn’t, then I have to wonder why the haste. Look at the facts: He let one go, he didn’t harm anyone, he was asking for his power to be turned back on, there was no report of him even firing his gun prior to his house being stormed, he wasn’t demanding anything that was easily done. It seems they could have at least turned on the utilities first to see what that got them.
When you act hastily you tend to make mistakes. Look at that innocent grandmother who was shot and killed in her home in Atlanta a few years ago because the police thought she was selling drugs. I know it’s not exactly the same but it is an example of how the police make deadly mistakes. The police should always act with caution and level heads. As they say “only fools rush in”.
A friend replied to me with this on the reason for the haste: “I’ll tell you why the haste…..look around you……look at the crazy nuts that walk into movie theaters, school campus, etc. carrying weapons. Look at what the world they have created for us! You can’t just wave a gun, take a hostage, and then complain because no one took the time to listen before they shot you…..”
The reasons the friend gave for rushing in, is exactly what is wrong with America today. America is rushing into destroying our 2nd amendment rights, all because of those very same reasons. These are knee jerk reactions to the situation. Like I said I don’t disagree with the results but I think there could have been a better way to resolve this without killing him. If he had actually shot someone or even fired his weapon into the air, prior to the police attack, I wouldn’t be mentioning the haste but there has been no report of him ever firing his weapon prior to the police attack. I know it is early in the investigation but I think if he had shot at someone prior, we would have heard about it. The sad part of all this is that you are going to see much, much more of this in the future as more people become desperate. I do agree he had no right to do what he did and he probably knew that and expected to die but that doesn’t mean we have to assist him in his suicide, especially if we don’t have to.
I previously wrote an article on “desperate people in desperate times” and I think it is totally appropriate for this situation. Therefore I am placing a link to that story here for anyone who might be interested in reading it as well.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
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