GUN Canadian found not guilty in killing of cop in no knock raid

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=586091
    Que. man found not guilty in death of Laval cop
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    LONGUEUIL, Que. -- A jury has found Basil Parasiris not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Laval police Const. Daniel Tessier.

    Parasiris appeared relieved after the verdict was read out. His wife, Penny Gounis, gasped, "Oh my God!" and his sister began to weep.

    The jury made the decision in its fourth day of deliberation.

    Shortly after 5 a.m. on March 2, 2007, Tessier was the second of nine Laval police officers who stormed into Parasiris's home after they smashed in the front door with a small battering ram.

    The raid was part of an investigation of five drug traffickers who were selling cocaine in Laval.

    The Laval police morality-drug squad suspected Parasiris was supplying the drug dealers with cocaine and were hoping to find a large quantity of the drug inside. Because of their suspicions they obtained a search warrant allowing them to make a so-called "dynamic entry," designed to catch people off-guard before they can destroy evidence.

    But before the jury began hearing evidence, the trial judge, Justice Guy Cournoyer, ruled the warrant used for the raid was a violation of Parasiris's charter right that protects Canadians against abusive search and seizure. Cournoyer criticized the Laval police because they had no evidence they would find a large quantity of drugs in Parasiris's home. Also, Parasiris was never charged with drug trafficking after the raid.

    At times when the jury wasn't sitting, Cournoyer insisted he wanted the trial to be about what happened inside Parasiris's home when Tessier was killed and not what he referred to as "fireworks." Because of this, the jury was never told about the warrant or why the Laval police were there in the first place. The six men and six women also never heard that the police found less than a gram of cocaine, nearly two grams of marijuana, 13 cellular phones and four pagers inside the home.

    Police also found eight pages of what one investigator described as possibly being the accounts of drug trafficking and Parasiris admitted during an interrogation that he was involved in drug trafficking for three years to get out of financial trouble. The jury also never heard this evidence.

    During the raid, five of the officers headed up a stairway to the second floor of the home where the bedrooms were. Tessier headed for the master bedroom and was shot by Parasiris as he neared the door.

    Parasiris and his wife both testified they had no idea it was the police who had broken into their home. Both also said they never heard the officers shout "Police!" during the raid until after Tessier was shot.

    Perhaps the best evidence to support Parasiris's claim that he feared he and his family were under attack was that he admitted he soiled his underwear during the raid.

    Parasiris testified he opened his bedroom door, came face to face with Tessier and fired his revolver when he saw Tessier's hand was pointing towards him.

    Parasiris fired four shots, striking Tessier three times. The fourth shot struck Const. Stephane Forbes, who was about to open the door to the bedroom of Parasiris's seven-year-old daughter, Stephanie.

    When they heard the shots, three officers returned gunfire. Det.-Sgt. Nathalie Allard fired four shots towards Parasiris but struck his wife in the right arm and Tessier in the foot.

    Constables Serge Lauzon and Francois Leblanc, the man in charge of the investigation, mistook where the shots were coming from and fired five rounds each towards the bedroom of Parasiris's 15-year-old son, George.

    During the trial, Parasiris was acquitted by Cournoyer on three charges related to Forbes, who was struck in the left arm by the stray bullet. While Cournoyer was in the middle of instructing the jury on those three charges, including attempted murder, defence lawyer Jacques Larochelle pointed out the Crown never presented evidence Parasiris meant to shoot Forbes.

    Parasiris still faces eight charges related to four loaded firearms he kept in his house, including the Ruger .357 magnum revolver he used to shoot Tessier. Parasiris had a license for the revolver, but not for the address he kept it at.

    He did not have licences for the other firearms and is charged with improperly storing all three.
     
  2. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    Well, its nice to see that a jury could find in favor of a law-abiding home-owner. At least in Canada.

    But sure sounds to me like a shame the cops didn't cross their T's and dot their I's before taking down a douchebag.
     
  3. TL1000RSquid

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    The guy doesn't sound like a model citizen, but I dont see a no knock being needed to get him, why not take him down with a traffic stop as he's leaving the house or something. No knock just puts the cops, suspect, suspects family at unnecessary risk.
     
  4. Asses Maximus

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    In the states if you shoot an officer, you arent getting out of your house alive.
     
  5. Paul Revere

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    if they were real bad guys:

    "good job on defending your life and the lives of your family, but now you're gonna get prosecuted because your gun was loaded"

    :ugh2:
     
  6. kellyclan

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    The reason they are used so little compared to non-dynamic entry is as much to do with the danger to the officers as it does with civil rights. The level of training required to perform a dynamic entry with any measure approaching "safe" is outside the reach of pretty much everyone outside military units like Delta. When FBI, LAPD and NYPD tac cops tell me they hate dynamic entries due to the danger, I'll believe them, since they get to do more than most other civilian tactical units. The nature of the tactic reduces the time for target/officer identification and threat diffusion to almost nothing.

    Take a 50 man PD with the right mix of money and hubris, give 12 of them machine guns and call them a SWAT team = situations like this thread topic.

    Most of the time, they get lucky, because a larger proportion of people will roll over and quit when backed into a corner. Sometimes, they knock down the door of a wolf or a sheepdog though. What every one of these messy raids has in common is shitty target intel.
     
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    Too bad American juries can't seem to come to the same conclusion.
     
  8. Hooch

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    I bet that's the last time those fucking Canucks try and raid a niggas house, booooyah
     
  9. kamikaze

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    you think cali is bad for gun laws, hand guns of any type up here are a restricted firearm, must be stored and transported unloaded, and can only be fired at a range. If that isn't bad enough, you can't legally purchase a handgun in Ontario unless you are a member of a gun club, because the gun club needs to issue an authorization to transport before you can even think about taking it anywhere. Once you have an ATT (which describes the shortest reasonable route to and from the range to your house) you can't deviate from that at all. no side stops whatsover (forget getting gas, smokes, milk, etc on your way home from the range). It's a complete pain in the ass.....but I still want one :naughty:
     

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