WashPo on officer mistaken shooting of an arrestee
It's here. Apparently the SWAT team was called out to arrest a bookie, he made no resistance, but a member wound up killing him by mistake. (Memo to SWAT team: keep finger out of triggerguard unless you're ready to fire).
Alan Gura sends the following comment (which was blocked by the spam filter because it included "bet" -- due to a massive onslaught by online gambling comment spam, I've had to block bet, wager, poker, etc):
Dr. Culosi was not a bookie. He was an optometrist. His crime was that he liked to bet on football with some of his friends at a local bar. An undercover cop befriended him and started betting with him. The cops knew he was a non violent doctor who owned no weapons, had zero criminal record, and was arguably entrapped. They blew him away outside of his house for no apparent reason.
Typically in cases like this, the killer gets prosecuted. Intent can be inferred from one's actions, as the prosecutor would tell you in any case but one involving a police officer. Police officers are simply not prosecuted for any misconduct in Fairfax. Apparently it hasn't happened in 30 years. Must be an extremely clean department. Right now, the law is that if the police murder someone in Fairfax County, but claim it is an "accident," then that's the end of the matter.
End of comment. Alan also cites to this website established by the victim's parents. They in turn link to a Fairfax PD press release announcing a crackdown on illegal gambling. I wonder if the use of the SWAT team against a rather harmless suspect was meant to "send a message?" It's also rather ironic that the press release talks about how gambling can ruin lives -- when Virginia promotes its state lottery.