Albuquerque, NM — All too often we hear the police state apologist crowd tell those who advocate for police accountability that if people “don’t do anything wrong, they have nothing to worry about.” However, all too often, this is proven wrong as entirely innocent people are beaten, shot, or killed by cops and they did nothing wrong. As the following case illustrates, being entirely innocent is no defense from police kicking in your door and forcing their K-9 to tear you to shreds.
Dan Lucero had committed no crime. He had harmed no one and was sitting in his own living room when police kicked in his door, held him at gunpoint and forced their K-9 to maul him.
According to police, they were at Lucero’s home to “help” him because his mother had called them and asked them to conduct a welfare check.
“We aren’t here to hurt you,” an officer is heard saying in the video. “I assure you of that.”
However, that officer was lying through his teeth and hurt him, they did.
When police showed up at Lucero’s apartment that night to “help” him, no one answered the door. Lucero could’ve been sleeping, but police did not care. After waiting just two minutes, the officers couldn’t wait any longer so to “help” Lucero, they drew their guns, kicked in his door and sicced their K-9 on him.
The resultant video from the officers’ body cameras is horrifying to watch. Lucero had committed no crime and was in his own home, yet he was being torn to shreds by a police K-9 as cops pointed guns at his head.
“In this case, we don’t have any threat to officers, to citizens, to anybody,” said Lucero’s attorney, Matt Coyte. “The man is talking to them. You should respond with conversation, not with force at all.”
However, cops had no intentions of talking and as their K-9 tore into Lucero, they simply barked orders at him and put him in handcuffs.
As Lucero screams out in agony as the K-9 tears chunks of flesh from his leg, the cops repeatedly tell him to “be quiet.” We wonder if the roles were reversed and the cops were the ones getting torn to shreds by the K-9, if they could be quiet?
After Lucero was savagely attacked, police had absolutely nothing to charge him with. He was then rushed to the trauma center at the hospital to treat the multiple massive gashes on his leg.
“They need to reassess use of force, among all officers, in particular Mr. Aguilar,” Coyte said of the K-9 officer who forced his dog to maul Lucero.
We agree. Sadly, however, that will not be the case as this department has a history of doing this to people.
“It’s not an isolated incident,” Coyte said. “It was done on purpose and that’s a problem.”
All too often in this country, police are called out to check on the health of an individual who may be physically or mentally troubled. And, all too often, instead of providing that person with help, police show up and hurt, arrest, or even kill them. This process is known as a welfare check and as the above video illustrates, the idea of American police officers—who are trained to see every situation as a potentially deadly encounter—”helping” people, is horrifying.
Luckily for Lucero, he escaped with his life. Others, however, have not been so lucky. As TFTP reported last year, former star of the hit show “ER,” Vanessa Marquez, 49, hadn’t harmed anyone when police showed up at her apartment to conduct a welfare check.
The landlord had simply become concerned that she may have fallen ill and wasn’t taking care of herself, so he called police for help. Sadly, this help came in the form of government issued bullets.
Adding to the disturbing nature of this call for help was the fact that according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Joe Mendoza, when police arrived at the apartment of Marquez that afternoon, she was having a seizure.
“It appeared that the female was gravely disabled,” Mendoza said. But police became scared and put several bullets in her.