The More Things Change ...
She replied by pointing out that the Panthers were offering to let anyone who wanted see the apartment. I went, and learned something interesting—when a bullet goes through a wall, you can see which way it was going by the direction the splinters point. All the shots were incoming.
[One news story I found while checking this reported that it was eventually determined that there had been one outgoing shot—and about ninety incoming. If so, I didn't spot it.]
One of the people responsible for the raid was tried, not for conspiracy to commit murder, which is what he was probably guilty of, but for lying about it afterwards. He was acquitted. The city, state, and county, however, ended up paying a substantial amount to the survivors in settlement of their civil claim. In my first book, I told the story as an illustration of one advantage of privately prosecuted civil law over publicly prosecuted criminal law. As I put it in a later book, if the crown controls prosecution, the King's friends can get away with murder. And, in this case, did.
Today's CNN brings a similar story, this one involving an attack that killed a 92 year old Atlanta woman.
"An Atlanta police officer has been sentenced to 4 years and six months in prison for lying to investigators after a drug raid ended in the death of a 92-year-old woman."
At least this time someone got convicted of something. One could view that, plus the fact that this incident looks less like deliberate murder and more like criminal incompetence than the attack on the Black Panthers, as evidence that things have improved a little. But I'm reluctant to judge an overall trend by such a small sample.