Sorry, Wrong Apartment

A misguided drug raid frightens a retired clergyman to death

The 13 heavily armed police officers, clad in black combat fatigues, smashed into the second-floor Boston apartment in search of guns and coke. They found only a frail 75-year-old man, who retreated into a bedroom. They ran him down and handcuffed him. The old man, a retired Methodist minister who read his Bible daily and abhorred violence, vomited and suffered a heart attack -- a fatal one. He was literally scared to death.

It was not simply another example of a tragic police error but the pathetic end to a long, quiet life of doing good. Williams, a native of Antigua,...

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