Apr 30, 2007
Two Atlanta cops have finally admitted they and another officer planted drugs to cover up their murder last November of a 92-year-old woman, Kathryn Johnston, in her home.
The cops were trying to break into Johnston’s home to make a supposed drug bust. In fact, they had the wrong house. The cops ripped off the burglar bars from Johnston’s home and were ramming the door in when she fired her gun at them, thinking someone was breaking in on her.
The cops admit they and the third officer involved met to concoct a cover story. They planted marijuana in Johnston’s home and instructed an informant to lie for them about buying drugs at the home. They falsely submitted cocaine as evidence of drug dealing at Johnston’s home.
This time, however, their concocted story was too much to swallow – even for some other cops.
If it had been a young black man killed instead of 92-year-old woman, it would have gone down just like any other killing by the police.
What happened to Kathryn Johnston happens every day to people in poor neighborhoods in every city in the country. That simply shows that the police stand above the population, serving the interests of those who run the society.