This story proves once again that those who choose to "get their hands dirty" as they do something active in response to a clear and present danger risk injury after the fact while those who sit back and pontificate while doing nothing can take pride that their gloves remain lily white!
Mayor Frank Melton of Jackson Mississippi presided over a city that was infested with CRACK! After observing the damaging impact of this scorage he took action. He demolished a known crack house. This was more of a symbolic action meant to send a message.
Unfortunately the pronosticators of "justice" saw the mayor's actions as illegal and they are now hunting after him.
Mayor Frank Melton of Jackson, Miss., was indicted Wednesday on federal civil rights charges related to the unannounced demolition of a duplex that he said was a crack house.
In August 2006, Mr. Melton and his two police bodyguards, Michael Recio and Marcus Wright, ordered the occupants out of the house at gunpoint and directed a group of youths to attack the house with sledgehammers, the indictment said. The mayor, who ran for office on an anti-crime platform, himself broke out the windows with a large stick, the indictment said.
In April 2007, Mr. Melton and his bodyguards were acquitted on state felony charges, including burglary and malicious mischief, related to the same event. At the trial, the defendants acknowledged damaging the house but denied any criminal intent. No drugs were found in the house, which was in one of the state capital’s impoverished neighborhoods where the mayor spends much of his time patrolling the streets.
The federal indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to deprive the duplex owner, Jennifer Sutton, and her tenant, Evans Welch, who is mentally ill, of their right to be free from unlawful search and seizure, as well as charges of official misconduct and the use of firearms in the commission of a violent crime.
While I understand the thin line that is present where "government officials" should not deprive private property owners of their residences in such an unorthadox manner - as with President Lincoln and his habeas corpus - during a war you need to do what you need to do to protect the whole of the entity. To have the entity destroyed while you brag about your clean hands is not an option.
If there was ever a time for JURY NULLIFICATION - this would be it.