Informant denies buying drugs at elderly Atlantan's home
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- An informant cited in a search warrant as having purchased narcotics at an elderly Atlanta woman's house denies buying drugs there, authorities say.
Undercover officers raiding the 88-year-old woman's house shot her to death last week after she fired on them while they broke down her door in a high-crime neighborhood.
Federal prosecutors will investigate the case, Atlanta police Chief Richard Pennington announced Monday.
"After we brought the informant in and interviewed that informant, he told us that he had no knowledge of going into that house to purchase drugs," he said. "That's what he told us. I don't know if he went in or not. We don't know if he's telling the truth."
In an interview with Atlanta's WAGA-TV, the informant said he had never been to Johnston's house.
"I'm telling them, I never went to the house," the informant told the station. "The police can't say I ever went to the house."
The informant then said police called him and told him "you need to cover our ass.
I'm going to avoid the obvious thing, (which would be to say "Conservative apologists jumped the gun,") and just say that I await the results of this investigation with great interest. I'm not saying that police informants aren't sometimes skeezy, two-faced liars, but I'm also not saying that some police officers won't go to some byzantine lengths to cover a screwup. This cast of characters is full of human beings rather than archetypes, after all...
The apologist crowd is now going to focus on the aforementioned skeezy nature of police informants. "You can't trust them," we'll hear, "they're scum; they'll say anything."
But their word is gold when it comes to kicking in an old woman's door.