Jim Bovard is back with an update in the Duncan Lemp case. Lemp was killed in a pre-dawn no-knock SWAT raid on his home last month, during which police allegedly fired directly into his bedroom window, where he slept beside his pregnant girlfriend. The police have changed their official story three times already, apparently trying to cover up what is almost certainly a wrongful killing. They claim that they received an anonymous tip regarding firearms offenses, which in their eyes evidently justifies a deadly nighttime SWAT raid. Bovard and Scott fear that because of the special legal protections afforded to the police in this country, the officers responsible will face few consequences and the department will not be held to account. People who care about this case, however, must be sure not to let it fade from the public eye.
Discussed on the show:
- “Did Maryland Police Shoot and Kill a Sleeping Man?” (The American Conservative)
- “The Mystery Deepens Over the Pre-Dawn Police Killing of Duncan Lemp” (The American Conservative)
- “Duncan Lemp’s Parents Threatened With Jail For Protesting His Killing” (The American Conservative)
- “Tamir Rice’s Basically Reasonable Murder” (Simple Justice)
Jim Bovard is a columnist for USA Today and the author of Public Policy Hooligan: Rollicking and Wrangling from Helltown to Washington. Find all of his books and read his work on his website and follow him on Twitter @JimBovard.
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