The PJ Tatler

The media should not question police activity - to do so is disgraceful!

So says Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

There has been more media coverage of the Pima County, Arizona SWAT team raid that resulted in a twenty-six year old former Marine dead with sixty slugs in his corpse.

The Tucson, Arizona  SWAT team defends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first.

Questions have been raised as to why medical personnel were not allowed to enter the house where the shooting occurred for an hour and fourteen minutes after the encounter which lasted ten seconds — and only after they were informed that the man was dead.

Meanwhile,

A spokesman for Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said he could not discuss whether any drugs had been found at the home or make any other comment. “We’re waiting for the investigation to be complete,” he said.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office criticized the media, saying that while questions will inevitably be raised, “It is unacceptable and irresponsible to couch those questions with implications of secrecy and a coverup, not to mention questioning the legality of actions that could not have been taken without the approval of an impartial judge.”

Uh, the impartial judge issued a search warrant; he did not issue a death warrant.

Those irresponsible media! Don’t they know their proper place in a free society? Why can’t they just cover all of the countless heroic actions of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department?  For shame! (on the media, of course.)