It all began when two police officers pulled over a car occupied by three young men. One of the occupants was placed under arrest for public intoxication. Now in serious trouble because he was already on probation for a previous drug offense, the street‐wise arrestee thought fast. He told the officers that he would give them the name and address of a drug dealer if they would just let him go. The cops agreed. The drunk told them a bunch of lies and gave them Oregon’s address.
As members of a special “anti‐gang task force,” you would think the officers would have been trained in good police work. But they did no investigation. In fact, they didn’t even try to corroborate the information they’d been given. Instead, they called for more officers — then set out for Oregon’s address.
Six members of the task force arrived at Oregon’s apartment at 1:40 a.m. Once the cops were in position, the so‐called informant knocked on the door. When Oregon’s brother‐in‐law opened the door, the police rushed in. Oregon, who’d been asleep for several hours, heard the ruckus and grabbed a handgun he kept in his bedroom. It was all over in just a few moments. The police kicked in his bedroom door and bullets started flying. Oregon was shot 12 times. His own gun was never fired. Naturally, the cops claim they had to shoot in self‐defense.