Twenty police officers surged into a mobile home neighborhood in Lincoln, Neb., and slammed an unarmed man to the ground because a neighbor reported he was shooting a crossbow, and the resulting melee left two officers hurt, the man’s wife and 4-year-old tossed out of their home and the Internet forum pages aglow with the flames of argument over weapons rights.
“Why the need for 20 cops? What’s with America and overcompensation through excessive force?” wrote one participant at Fark.
Countered another writer, “I grew up in a place where this sort of activity (using weapons in technically illegal areas) is fairly normal, and I think once the cops are called it’s because you’ve crossed the line from neighbor to weirdo/potentially dangerous person. There are so many ways out before police violence starts I have little mercy for this person.”