Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken

Deranged Mob Opens Fire and Mistakenly Slaughters Two Innocent Victims

I just saw that Bruce Schneier linked to this police shooting story.

A November car chase ended in a “full blown-out” firefight, with glass and bullets flying, according to Cleveland police officers who described for investigators the chaotic scene at the end of the deadly 25-minute pursuit.

But when the smoky haze — caused by rapid fire of nearly 140 bullets in less than 30 seconds — dissipated, it soon became clear that more than a dozen officers had been firing at one another across a middle school parking lot in East Cleveland.

Soon after the shooting stopped, one officer rushed to check the two occupants of the 1979 Chevrolet Malibu that the cadre of Cleveland cruisers had followed into the lot.

Officer Wilfredo Diaz, a former city EMS worker, had fired the first shots at the Malibu after bailing out of his car.

He felt for passenger Malissa Williams’ pulse.

There wasn’t one.

Diaz moved Williams’ leg slightly to look for a gun.

Again, there wasn’t one.

Dead next to Williams in the driver’s seat was Timothy Russell, 43.

No officers were injured.

13 different cops fired their guns that night. One of them fired 49 shots, meaning he had to empty the magazine, reload, empty the magazine, reload, empty the magazine, reload, then fire four more shots.

In most states, if you want to carry a concealed firearm the state forces you to take some type of firearm safety training. The four key points of any of these that are stressed more than how accurate you can draw or fire are:

  • Always keep the gun’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Know your target and what lies beyond it.

These are all good firearm safety rules, but apparently they don’t apply to cops.

During the shooting in Oregon at the end of last year, a man with a legally concealed firearm drew his weapon and aimed at the active shooter. He, however, decided not to fire as there was a possibility of hitting an innocent bystander. He knew that he could be held criminally liable if he hurt someone with rash action.

But it is not so with law enforcement.

Here’s a clear example of how cops are above the law:

The report, prepared by investigators from the state Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and East Cleveland police, doesn’t give an opinion on whether the officers’ actions were legal.

Of course not. Can you imagine how the headlines would read if a group of non-cops surrounded a car with two people in it and fired hundreds of rounds, killing both of them?

Deranged Mob Opens Fire and Mistakenly Slaughters Two Innocent Victims

Of course there will be an “administrative review” which “could lead to internal discipline of the officers involved”.

Translation: We will make a show of investigating these murders, then, to appease the public we’ll put the murderers on paid vacation until the story dies down and the public forgets. At that time we will bring the murderers back and let them continue their reign of terror.


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This entry was posted on February 14, 2013 by in COPS, Guns, What a curmudgeon hears and tagged , , , , , , , .

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