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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Why Only LEOs Should Have Guns--Police Mistakenly Shoot Newspaper Carriers

The officers' radio crackled with an urgent warning: He could be coming your way.It was around 5 a.m. in Torrance on Thursday and police from nearby El Segundo had seen a pickup truck exit a freeway and head in the general direction of the Redbeam Avenue residence of a high-ranking Los Angeles police official, which was being guarded by a group of LAPD officers.
Police were on the lookout for Christopher Jordan Dorner, a disgruntled ex-cop suspected of hunting down members of the LAPD and their families in a twisted campaign of revenge. The radio call indicated that the truck matched the description of Dorner's gray Nissan Titan.
A few minutes later, a truck slowly rolled down the quiet residential street.
As the vehicle approached the house, officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. When the shooting stopped, they quickly realized their mistake. The truck was not a Nissan Titan, but a Toyota Tacoma. The color wasn't gray, but aqua blue. And it wasn't Dorner inside the truck, but a woman and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.
In an interview with The Times on Friday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck outlined the most detailed account yet of how the shooting unfolded. Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were the victims of "a tragic misinterpretation" by officers working under "incredible tension," he said.

... Law enforcement sources told The Times that at least seven officers opened fire. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs. Residents said they wanted to know what happened.
"How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large black male?" said Richard Goo, 62, who counted five bullet holes in the entryway to his house.
In other words, the police recklessly sprayed a truck and residential houses with assault weapons suitable only for killing lots of people quickly in a battlefield based on the (i) the wrong make, (ii) the wrong model and (iii) color of vehicle, occupied not by a black male, but by (iv) two (v) Hispanic (vi) females, with (vii) many (if not most) of the rounds missing their targets. Now, if one of us mere peons had done this, we would be charged with every imaginable crime that a prosecutor could dream up. However, since this was the police, they will likely get awards for their "bravery."

Other news accounts here, here and here.

It looks like the LAPD don't intend to capture Dorner alive, and if they weren't such crappy shots, these two women would probably be dead.

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