According to the AP Inspector John Conaty stated,
“We have substantial reason to believe that the victim and his wife were involved in the possession and, potentially, the distribution of illegal narcotics,”
The narcotics in question was actually medical marijuana stored at the home by Rex’s son Sterling Farrance who is a patient and has a prescription. Sterling was quoted as saying:
This one officer I remember at the house, he had this predisposition to think it was all illegal.
Inspector Conaty and the Pittsburg Police Department chose to see what they wanted to see. They are the hammer; every problem looks to them like a nail.
Even if one were to argue that the reason the four masked men were there in the first place was to steal drugs it does not excuse such a knee jerk reaction from the police. What ever happened to keep your mouth shut until you know all the facts? The Pittsburg Police Department further assaulted Rex Farrance and his family Wednesday night by offhandedly reffering to them as narcotics distributors.