A woman was beaten to death by her ex-husband, and the police sent in a toy to get him to surrender.
Look at the pictures of the "robot" in the story, which allegedly costs $15,000. My kid has a toy that is almost identical, it even has night vision. It may have cost $100.
Looking at the Times comments, the consensus is that the police should not have sent in a toy to do a police officer's work, that the woman may have been alive and they lost valuable time calling in the SWAT team, which only resulted in the toy going in.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, liberals have been calling for universal disarmament of civilians, essentially outsourcing personal safety to the police. Well, this incident shows what can happen if you depend on the police to protect you. Despite the propaganda, police don't prevent crime, they clean up the mess after its over.
Should the police have gone in guns-a-blazin? I can see why they didn't. I'm pretty sure that this happened in a condo development, who knows what would have happened if weapons discharged, those walls are so thin and the development is rather dense. What would the comments have been if they had gone in, and a neighbor got shot?
This happened in Munster, but these folks were from Chicago. A nice address can't keep the rif-raff out.