In a formal complaint to the Citizens Police Review Board, Ed Rosenthal of Piedmont, Calif., filed an appeal to the decision to exonerate officers involved in February’s SWAT raid on a Columbia home. According to this Missourian article, Rosenthal, a marijuana legislation reform activist working with Green Aid, filed the appeal on June 10 after his initial complaint was rejected.
The raid ended with the discovery of only a small amount of marijuana; however, the homeowner’s two dogs were shot, and one was killed. After an investigation into the incident, the officers involved were all exonerated.
A June 10 post on Rosenthal’s blog asks readers to file a written appeal to Police Chief Ken Burton. The post includes a sample letter nearly identical to the one Rosenthal himself mailed.
Rosenthal indicates in his appeal that all officers involved in February’s raid should be examined by a psychiatrist. He writes that a psychiatrist should evaluate whether the officers should be allowed to carry weapons. Rosenthal concludes by saying the officers involved are “a danger to society.”
According to an article in the Columbia Tribune, Rosenthal said Green Aid is willing to fund independent psychiatrists to conduct the evaluations at the Police Department’s request.
Should SWAT team officers undergo psychiatric evaluations?