Following what seemed like a rash of stories like this that saw people calling police for help and ending up being detained, arrested, abused and/or killed at the hands of the “men (and women) in blue,” we started to name this new feature segment “Why You Should Never Call Police.” But while we still hold the sentiment that calling the police for help can be hazardous to one’s health (and, therefore, should not be done), that name seemed too restrictive.
So we decided on “Power Of The State.” It seemed more fitting. After all, it’s not just the local police who are becoming increasingly militarized and increasingly militant. It’s any number of the growing legions of badge-carrying enforcers operating to impose the will of the growing totalitarian state on the American people.
Still, we kick it off with an example of why you should never call police. And that example is the case of Andrew Messina.
Andrew, a 16-year-old Georgia boy, had a bad day at school on May 1. So bad, in fact, that after receiving a failing grade to cap off his day, he went home, dug a .357 magnum from a drawer and threatened to kill himself. His mother, Lisa Messina, turned to police for help, telling the dispatcher, “I think he’s going to shoot himself.”
Listening to the 911 call, it’s obvious Andrew’s mother did not fear for her safety but was concerned for her son’s. When the dispatcher told her to get out of the house, she went only to the back porch. She told the dispatcher Andrew was taking Zoloft (a psychotropic drug that has been shown to cause violent behavior in youths and that carries a “black box” Food and Drug Administration warning because it increases suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children) and a stimulant for ADHD.
“I hope they don’t come with sirens,” Messina calmly told the dispatcher. “It’s kind of embarrassing… How many cars are coming? Just one, right?” She obviously thought the police “experts” would be able to diffuse the situation.
Instead police responded with a SWAT team, an army of deputies, an armored vehicle and sniper. A little more than hour later, Andrew was dead, shot through a door by the police sniper.
Just prior to the shooting, Andrew was talking to his father on the telephone. His father was outside, trying to convince his son to put down the weapon. Police broke off the negotiation call and put a police negotiator on the phone. Andrew repeatedly asked to speak to his dad.
When a window broke, the sniper pulled the trigger, claiming he thought other officers’ lives were in danger. But according to the autopsy, the bullet entered Andrew’s right side and exited the left. This could have happened only if his back was turned to the officers.
Andrew posed a threat to no one but himself, thanks to psychotropic drugs administered by the pharmaceutical cartel. So when his behavior understandably became irrational, a police sniper, there because the family thought agents of the state would look out for Andrew’s well-being, took him out instead.
A kangaroo court of the sniper’s fellow badge-wielding enforcers and a district attorney who no doubt has a cozy relationship with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department — after all, they work together to dispense their brand of justice — found sniper Jason Yarbrough had committed “no criminal wrongdoing.” According the sheriff’s office, the case is closed.
That’s because when the lawbreaker has been issued a badge by the state, the law no longer applies to him.