National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Eugene Mallory

 

Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies burst into Eugene Mallory’s home expecting to find a meth lab, but turns out there was no meth.

Police say that the 80-year-old Mallory, who was in bed, reached for one of his handguns.  That’s when the police shot him six times, killing him.

Mallory’s wife is now bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department.

Where did the police get the idea that there might be a meth lab in this home?  According to the news account, an officer had been in the area and could smell the types of chemicals that are used to make meth.   Hmm.   Perhaps enough to conduct further investigation–watching the premises, for example.   Shouldn’t be enough for raiding someone’s home.

More here.

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