Phoenix police pump six rounds into the back of an innocent Phoenix homeowner who was still on the phone with 911 calling for their help with an intruder.
The scary part is how absolutely natural and well-polished the police's actions are in initiating a cover-up. They may be screw-ups in the use of force, but they seem well-practiced in protecting their own from accountability. Only the lucky break of having the 911 call still in progress and being recorded in the room the police were planning the cover-up prevented it from working. Without this evidence, one wonders if the victim (who lived, incredibly) would have found himself accused of some heinous crime to take scrutiny away from the police. "Oh, what's this here -- looks like a bag of white powder..."
One priceless detail is that the officer said he fired without seeing any gun in part because he thought he saw a Hispanic guy. Wow -- if he loses his job with the Phoenix police (doubtful) I am sure Sheriff Joe would be thrilled to hire him.
We see this all the time nowadays - police roll without a thought into cover-up mode, and only the accident of video or audio recording prevents the cover up from working. One wonders how many times they get away with this game when there is no electronic scrutiny. Which is, I suppose, why police have invented a non-existent law that it is illegal to record their actions in public. I am all for lojacking all of them with permanent electronic recorders. (via Radley Balko, who has a roundup of a lot of similarly scary stories).
Postscript: The innocent homeowner (Tony) survived despite this treatment by police of his bullet-riddled body:
Officers ... painfully dragged Tony by his injured leg, through the home and out to his backyard patio, where they left him bloodied and shot right in front of [his family]."
The Arambulas say the officers later dragged Anthony onto gravel, then put him on top of the hot hood of a squad car, and "drove the squad car down the street with Tony lying on top, writhing in pain."