Cop shoots Cop, again…

California BART police officer shoots a second officer while conducting a search in connection to a string of robberies. The officer accidentally fired and hit the other officer.

Okay, really, so essentially in a crowded train environment you have an officer walking around with his loaded gun drawn sweeping everybody? Or was he so trigger happy he drew his weapon and discharged.

Seriously California, you are getting the just deserves of your policies. You have completely destroyed the civilian gun culture in your state. The result of this is law enforcement officers with zero experience with firearms, lacking even the most rudimentary basics of firearm handling. This is the consequence of destroying
http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/21/justice/california-officer-killed/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Published in: on January 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Shoot First…..questions come later!

Disturbed by the increasing trend in modern police forcing to immediately resort to force.  Here is a perfect example, police gun down double amputee in a wheel chair.

That’s right, the man (who had a case history of schizophrenia) had apparently pinned an officer with his chair, and possessed an item in his hand.  So he was fatally shot.

The item happened to be the most dangerous of weapons – a pen. For we all know the “Pen is mightier than the Glock”.

Yes, the man was acting aggressive.  Yes, there was potential need for force.  But was there need for lethal force?  I am highly doubtful of that.  First, most officers these days are equipped with secondary non-lethal force items (baton, pepper spray, and tazers).  Were any of these put into use? They should have been…

“The officers made verbal commands for the suspect to drop whatever he had in his hand, to stay still and to speak with the officers, but the suspect continued to make threats,”

Second, I’ll go out on a limb here and say that there was no reason they should not have been able to restrain this man without the use of their firearms.  There were at least two offices involved per the article. The man was a double amputee, thus largely immobile. Even if one officer was pinned an attempt to grab the man’s hands should have provided both the determination that he did not have a gun, and the elimination of the man’s mobility through his wheel chair.

How hard would it have been for one officer to grab the chair and turn it on it’s back or both officers to restrain the arms. (Remember, this guy is a double amputee it’s not like he could use his legs to run or kick.)

Frankly, you could take any ol’ Joe, Jane, or 10 year old kid and put a gun in their hand and tell them go into a room and if any resistance or defiance is made – shoot!

That’s NOT WHAT WE PAY OFFICERS TO DO, we pay you to go into a room, handle a matter and shoot only as a last resort.  Shame, shame, shame….

I am sorry, but I am gravely concerned by how trigger happy many police departments have begun.  I feel police are merely armed citizens and should be held responsible to the same level as an armed citizen, just more so.  And if an armed citizen did what these Houston area police officers did they would in no way pass muster of self-defense.  So please, anyone, anyone in uniform, explain to me the justification of law enforcement officers to meet a lesser standard in armed conflict than a mere “armed citizen”.

Frankly, if I was a judge in this matter, I would make every officer in that department sit through the NRA’s pistol training courses:

  • FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation
  • Basic Pistol Shooting Course
  • Advanced Pistol
  • Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course
  • Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

That would be the bare minimum to ensure that said officers not exceed their authorized role in society.  To the men in blue, I am sorry if this post is harsh, but it’s got to stop. Seriously, I understand you take risks day in and day out, and are underpaid to do so.  But that doesn’t lessen the responsibility and behavior that are required and expected by society.

 

 

 

Published in: on September 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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FBI agents taught to “bend” the law.

I wager most are not surprised by this revelation. Equally unsurprising –

“That review, now complete, did not result in a single disciplinary action for any instructor. Nor did it mandate the retraining of any FBI agent exposed to what the Bureau concedes was inappropriate material.”

In fact, what is surprising is that the agency itself found any criticisms. I’ve pretty much written off “internal investigations”, as everyone I seem to see results in the same result “concludes no breach of conduct or protocol was made”. I put about as much trust in such internal investigations as I do with a junky locked inside a pharmacy.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/03/fbi-bend-suspend-law/

BTW, anyone know why the warning for “shaking hands with “Asians””?

Published in: on March 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Police come lately…

Recently, there was a massive and lethal pile-up of cars in Florida. Nearly a dozen dead and another 1-2 dozen injured.  (Please note the numerous media people calling for a ban on cars.)

Article
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/29/us/florida-fatal-crashes/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

A spokesperson stated the Highway Patrol would “review this situation and determine if our process needs to be changed.”

I can tell you without a doubt that the policy and process needs to be changed. But I can almost guarantee you that a review will determine no fault on the police department and no need to change policy.  The police department will continue to be ‘unresponsive’.

How do I know this? From nearly half a dozen personal experiences.  Enough for me to anecdotally conclude that police departments are not trained in being responsive to potential emergencies, only past ones.  And while many excuses can be made as to a shortage of officers, vehicles, etc. There is something more to it.

Recently, I found myself behind a swerving mini-van which posed a danger to itself and numerous other vehicles. I did my civic duty and called 9-1-1 twice. I drove through half the county awaiting to see a police vehicle.  It never showed. Had I not remained with the vehicle until it was safely off the road, people could have died.  Now I know it takes time to respond. But I drove through half the county, often at speeds as low as 35mph.  Are you seriously going to tell me not a single county officer could respond within that time? 

Similarly, 6 weeks before my wedding I was nearly killed in an accident. A combination of skilled driving and divine miracle allowed me to reach my wedding day.  It was a drizzly day, I came over a small hill on I-91 only to see a car parked with it’s flashers in the middle of the highway.  Attempting a sudden 65 to 0 stop in the drizzle is no easy task.  Lead time was very slim, and I could feel my light Honda starting to hydro-plane.  I knew if I rear-ended that car, I was dead.  I made a decision to turn toward the guard rail wagering my chances of surviving a side impact with the rail was better than plowing into the vehicle. Miraculously I was able to turn before impact with the rail and narrowly pass the disabled vehicle.

I called 9-1-1 to report a car in a dead stop in an unviewable area of the highway posing an extreme danger. The dispatcher was non-chalant, and I could tell by their voice they were not going to act.  “Excuse me, but I almost died.  And there are already more cars narrowly avoiding impact. Get a patrol car out there and do something.” 

And in a similar incident where I-95 flooded in the New Haven, Connecticut area.  Cars were on the highway and finding themselves suddenly hydroplaning with zero visibility through about 8 inches of water. Alerted the police to the need for them to bring a patrol car to the area and slow down the traffic before someone was injured.

I do not understand why our police force is so focused on responding to incidents instead of pre-empting them. But I can tell you, this Florida incident was caused in part due to this mentality, and do I want to say “laziness”? Though I think it is more of a doctrine of “response” instead of “prevention”. 

You see, as soon as that first impact occurred on that night (one in which the highway had already been closed to two prior impacts). A patrol car should have been routed to the area of the accident to start slowing down the traffic. Flashing red & blue lights in fog & smoke tend to slow down most drivers.  

Lives could be saved through an implementation of a “pre-emptive” and responsive doctrine.  No, police cannot be everywhere (but strangely they seem to be when it’s quota time for traffic tickets – then they can be sitting out in the middle of corn fields watching stop signs for which a dozen cars might use in an entire day).

This failed doctrine holds true beyond automobiles.  One cannot rely upon the police force to keep you safe. You can’t always have a police officer with you. And sadly, you can seldom expect law enforcement to arrive in a fashion timely enough to keep you safe. I believe a lot of this comes down to the beauracracy involved.  Before you even reach a police officer you must go through a 9-1-1 dispatch that is often poorly trained, and poorly paid.  If you can get through that hurdle you then must potentially get through beauracratic policies that may further impede response.  Ones designed to prevent officers from wasting gas driving around to potential emergencies that might never materialize. We’ll never know the extent of beauracratic influence that officers have to deal with, and how it impedes their service (unless of course you’re an officer). But from a few discussions I’ve had in the past, there is a lot more than us average folk are aware of.  I mention the gasoline as just one, where chiefs and supervisors force the rank and file to be less effective due to budget restraints and rising gas prices being one of the most affectable.  So when you wonder why you always see a police cruiser just sitting there all day, that’s your likely answer.  And many of these police chiefs do so because they’re beholden to politicians who will often use “budget cuts” to police departments as one  of their first weapons in their political negotiations.

For example, in the 1/2 dozen times I’ve called 9-1-1 over a vehicle swerving on the highway. One might point out that not a single one resulted in an accident. So why should the police respond? But I will counter with the fact that I expended my time to assist those vehicles (by flashing my lights and honking whenever they were about to impact) and thus prevented accidents that were likely if I had not remained shadowing the vehicles.

The problem with “potential incidents” is that a police officers arrival is likely to make them “avoided incidents”. If an officer had been set-up immediately to warn of the accident ahead and thus slowed traffic, or better yet, kept there after the first two accidents until visibility returned. How would you document the success?  A police officer’s presence would have likely prevented any accidents. From a management’s point of time it would likely be viewed as a waste of resources. Especially if one had to pay overtime to maintain an officer’s presence.  It is very hard to guage the success of preventative action. 

For example, we know exactly how many people are killed by criminals wielding firearms.  We know how many criminals are killed by citizens wielding firearms in their defense. But we only have a vague idea of how many incidents have been prevented from ever occurring due to armed citizens.  Many encounters in which an armed citizen defends themselves go unreported. The criminals flees and the citizen sees little point in getting caught up in paperwork with law enforcement, especially if the city or area they’re in is reknown for not being gun friendly. Most of the accounts I’ve heard of a firearm being used to dissuade a perpetrator from action were not reported to law enforcement. Most seem to feel their firearm accomplished it’s purpose and they are safe. End of story. However, I believe this to be a failing in the gun community. If one is accosted, one should report it. Regardless of a safe outcome, reporting it to the authorities has the potential to provide safety to the next passer by.

How many people use firearms to defend themselves in a given year? I’ve heard anywhere from 65,000 to 2.5 million. I’d wager it falls somewhere in the middle, probably around a 1/4 of a million each year.

All this said, remember, the final responsible party for your safety is yourself. Avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations. Be it walking down a street in a bad neighborhood or driving during poor visibility conditions.  And if you must engage in such situations take prudent actions. Be armed, and be aware.  Drive slow and provide yourself more lead time by leaving a greater space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.

Published in: on January 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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13% rise in officers killed in the line of duty this year.

173 Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty in 2011

Perhaps Mr. Eric Holder should take such in consideration the next time he decides to sell guns to criminal drug cartels.

Such is tragic, and why cops get paid all the big bucks and given the best of equipment. Oh wait, sorry….I meant to say see their budgets cut drastically while politicians still bring in the dough.

To all the law enforcement officers out there – Be safe.

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Published in: on December 29, 2011 at 12:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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Don’t let experience breed disregard

The following story details a professional required to use firearms in their daily job, having failed to heed the rules of safety.

1. Failed to treat all firearms as loaded

2. Failed to keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

3. Failed to keep finger off of trigger until ready to use the firearm. (I will make the presumption that the officer’s carry weapon was a Glock. Glock touts perfection, but I believe the requirement to pull the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm is far from perfection. Forcing a user to break a rule is to me a clear imperfection.)

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/01/16/news/doc4b51377a1e321152015660.txt

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm  Comments (4)  
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Taser “Don’t Aim for the Chest”

The maker of Taser stun guns has advised law enforcement agencies to avoid hitting suspects in the chest.

Essentially this boils down to “Don’t aim for center mass” in most situations.

“Sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death in the United States, often occurs in the midst of an arrest, Taser International said in the bulletin. If a stun gun is discharged to the chest, a lawsuit likely will follow, charging that police used excessive force, the document said.”

I believe the real issue is one of bad policy and an increasing tendency in our law enforcement units to act under a “police state” philosophy.

Tasers should be an alternative to lethal force. However, instead they have become the means of forcing submission. Even when dealing with non-violent individuals. It’s Taze first ask questions later. If someone is not immediately being obedient to every whim of the officer – taser!

I am of the opinion that tasers should only be used if there is a threat of violence. If someone is simply asking a question or seemingly ignoring the officer’s directions. That is NOT a use justification for lethal force or its alternatives.  The officer should assess the situation, call for back up, proceed with caution. Not just shoot on sight with a taser. Sometimes the situation requires other actions, such as the case of the man who was in diabetic and was tasered  because he did not respond to the officers.  When what he really needed was medical treatment.

This statement by taser may force a policy change. Because now lawyers will point to this statement as de facto evidence of a known risk. And that tasers should not be used wantonly, but only under duress.

CNN Article here…

Published in: on October 23, 2009 at 8:28 pm  Comments (1)  
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2008 LEOKA

From the recent Tactical Wire around the cooler article

41 Law Enforcement Officers were killed. A Decline from the 58 LEOs killed the year before. And the lowest in 10 yrs.

“Of the 42 alleged offenders, 36 had criminal arrests.”

In other words, if we didn’t have a policy of catch’n’release that number would be a mere 6 LEOs killed (still too many).

That 85% is interesting. As I have often heard it said that 70%-85% of crime is committed by repeat offenders, those on parol, early release, etc.  It would appear that the killing of police officers shows a similar percentage having been done by repeat offenders.

http://www.thetacticalwire.com/archived/2009-10-20_tactical.html

More links related to LEOKA

http://www.leoka.org/

http://www.fbi.gov/page2/oct08/leoka_101408.html

Published in: on October 21, 2009 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Police Officers that make us distrust LEOs

My wife came across this article.  She forwarded it to me.  I’ll forewarn you that this will be one of the most disgusting things you’ve ever read. Frankly, this article epitomizes the reason why many of us “citizens” do not trust or like LEOs.

There are some great officers, serving and protecting society.  [If you’re one of them. Thank you! You are greatly appreciated for all your hard work and risk of life and limb. Thank you! You are the one’s that keep us from writing off men with badges.   If not for those of you that server and protect, and uphold while not abusing your authority – we’d have no faith left in law enforcement. But there are an equal number of scumbadges (scumbags with a badge).  They’re dishonest, they’re on the take, they’re on power trips with egos run amok.  They are little more than high school bullies in uniforms.

The following article details a horrendous event. The incident involves a man breaking into a home. A father hurries his family out, grabs his gun, and goes to protect his son who is upstairs. He detains the criminal at gun point and calls 911. The police arrive and are informed of the situation by the man’s wife.

A police officer enters the home and immediately shoots the homeowner six times. And then numerous attempts by the police to cover-up the infraction. One that would have likely been glossed over and covered up except for two facts.  One that the homeowner was on the phone with 911 and everything was recorded. Two, that the homeowner lived to sue.

Several insidious deeds transpired on the part of the officer:

  • Failure to announce presence, or issue any command or verbal warning.
  • Lying, when speaking with Internal Affairs, Officer Lily claims the homeowner pointed a firearm at him.  However, the 911 recording bore a much different statement on the part of Mr. Lily.
  • Sgt. on scene promises to have Officer Lily’s “back” on the matter.
  • Anthony, the home owner, requests that his shot-up body not be shown to his wife and children.  Instead, the officers drag him outside by his leg.
  • The police treated the incident as if Athony was a criminal, denying friends and family information about Anthony’s well being,  and refusing Athony’s family access to him in the hospital. (Frankly, if Anthony’s wife Lesley determined herself to visit her husband, even at the well being of the officers – I’d consider her justified.)
  • Per the Simple Justice Blog, it is stated that they also tried to pin out-of-state warrants on Anthony, and coax the gun dealer who sold Anthony his firearm to state the firearm was illegal.
  • Furthermore, the police almost let the criminal walk due to a failure to conduct a proper investigation.

In all likelihood, the police department will state that they did an internal investigation and concluded that the officers acted accordingly.  Hogwash (to use a polite term).

Now,  I understand in the fog of war – SHT happens.  American soldiers have long suffered friendly fire, and casualties at the hands of friendly fire.  However, upon reading the filed document and the quotes from the 911 tape.  It is my opinion that the officers involved should face significant jail time.  They neglected standard operating procedures that resulted in the near death and crippling of a citizen. But they also showed blatant disregard to that citizen’s rights, and well-being – engaging in activities that could have furthered Athony’s wounds.  Based on the actions of the officers one could make a good case for the assumption that they were seeking Athony’s death. The homeowner lived, no thanks to the officers.

All I can say is reading this document makes my blood boil. And frankly, if it was my wife who was in the hospital under such auspices, no one would stop me from visiting her. Badge or no badge.

If you think my views are out of line. Read the following court filing document. If you are not left outraged.  Than you must be a LEO more concerned with covering your fellow badges butt than serving and protecting the citizens you took an oath for.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/09/23/911Call.pdf

PS – Yes, the Phoenix “Use of Force” review board cleared the officers.  Can I make a suggestion to municipalities.  Do yourself a favor and save some money, disband these silly “boards”.   Having read a number of similar incidents, there is only one thing they all share in common, the review board always comes out in favor of the officers.   In fact, I’ve never seen them come out with any other answer in these situations.  Their value and trustworthiness in the eyes of the citizenry is nill. I’d trust a heroine addict with a bag more than I trust these so-called review boards.

Published in: on October 5, 2009 at 7:06 am  Comments (2)  
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In the News (Blogosphere)

The past several weeks have been quite busy for me. From having a newborn son, to being out-of-state for a week, to a returning home and having family down for my daughter’s two year birthday.  And many other events that just consumed a lot of my time. All of which resulted in me being a bit behind on events in the news.

While I have been posting intermittently through the past few weeks I’ve only managed to post about 1/2 of what I intended to. So here’s a few items to make up for things:

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Pin & Weld – Snowflakes In Hell discusses that fact that the “pin and weld” option for short rifle barrels does not appear in the new ATF handbook.  For those not familiar with the pin and weld technique. Short barrelled rifles and shotguns are regulated by the BATFE. One option that had been considered acceptable in the past was to take a short barrel and  pin and weld onto it a flash suppressor.  The resulting combined length no longer being considered to fall under short barrel regulation.  If this is being changed, it poses the risk of making thousands of rifle owners “felons” awaiting conviction.

CCWs vs LEOs – Security cameras prove once again that permit holders are safer than police officers. Two permit holders get into a fender bender. No big deal. Minor damage. All is well…until the father of the man who rear ended the car in front of him gets involved.  He goes into the Lukoil store where the passengers of the front car were.  He comes in, grabs the girl (Ms. Lawless) and puts a gun in her face. (By the way, did I mention the dad is a Philly cop.) Originally, the officer claimed that Lawless assaulted her.  And she would be have probably have been convicted of that charge if not for this security video showing a thug wearing a badge.

Interesting Reads:

How free is your state?
(Seen this one before, may have even posted it – but it’s always fun to revisit!)

CNN talks about the ammo shortage
(I know, this one’s already made it’s rounds through a lot of the blogosphere. I actually saw it when it was on CNN’s homepage and meant to post it then. Sorry)

Do more guns equal more death?

Some interesting insights can be drawn from this chart.

  • U.S. population is increasing.
  • U.S. firearm ownership is increasing (faster than the population rate in fact)
  • Deaths / Population is decreasing, in fact, deaths per handgun are also dropping.
    (Thus defeating the “More guns equal more death!”)
  • States that allow legal personal carry of firearms either as “shall issue” or “free carry” has greatly increased.

Some additional causations can be implied. There is a fair drop that at first glance seems to begin when the Brady Act and AWB went into effect.  But look closely – the drop actually began before the Act went into effect. And there is absolutely zero difference when the AWB was passed.

Walls of the City (creator of the chart) hypothesizes that the drop may correspond inversely to the increase in right to carry.

I’ll wager another hypothesis, because I remember that era.  In the late 80’s and early 90’s gang crime was intense.  In the early 90’s there was a nationwide crackdown on gangs. The crackdown involved numerous large and medium cities, state and Federal law enforcement agencies.  Many of those arrested in those crackdowns faced 10 yr, and 20 yr sentences.  The first batch to be released would be the early 2000’s.  Right around when we see an increase in deaths.  However, we are still seeing a decrease in deaths per capita.

H/T  Walls of the City

Published in: on August 2, 2009 at 3:40 am  Leave a Comment  
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