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Cop Shoot Self; Solution = Tighter Gun Laws

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by CEF1959, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. CEF1959

    CEF1959 Willamette Valley, Oregon New Member

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  2. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    The cop did not shoot himself:

    "where it fell from the waistband of a man under arrest and discharged a bullet that hit Police Officer Rodney Lewis."
     
  3. CEF1959

    CEF1959 Willamette Valley, Oregon New Member

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    Keep reading. It didn't just fall from the guy's waistband. One of the cops was removing the gun from the guy's waistband and the cop dropped it, causing the gun to discharge.

    But I think you're right. The cop didn't shoot himself, his stupid careless partner shot him:

    "As Officer Lewis’s partner tried to remove the gun from Mr. Santana’s waistband, he dropped it, according to the Queens district attorney. The revolver hit the ground and discharged a bullet that lodged in Officer Lewis’s chest near the armpit."
     
  4. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Be careful with comments like that. Unless you've ever tried to handcuff or search an individual who is being less than cooperative. I read the entire story and there was not enough information surrounding the "dropping" of the gun to assign blame to the officers. What if the suspect suddenly twisted away while the officer was removing the gun. What if he tried to bolt away? Be very careful about assigning blame based on a newspaper article. They will never have all the detail you need to make an informed opinion.
     
  5. BUZO71

    BUZO71 Emerald Valley, Oregon New Member

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    Agreed with MB... The title is not correct either...
     
  6. USMC1911

    USMC1911 Salem Active Member

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    Using the same logic you could say the partner dropped it intentionaly.
     
  7. CEF1959

    CEF1959 Willamette Valley, Oregon New Member

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    I disagree.

    These guys aren't Curly, Moe and Larry, at least according to them. They tell us they are highly trained professionals who should have firearms we shouldn't have. If that's the case, and they can't frisk a guy without shooting their partner, they aren't competent. End of story.

    It'd be nice every once in a while for a cop to confess to having totally screwed up a situation. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be in the cop mentality. They get caught framing innocent drivers, beating the crap out of people, lying on the witness stand to support a conviction, falsifying evidence, sodomizing people in custody, or just botching a situation that is an understandable screwup, but they don't ever seem to come clean. Instead, we get cop swagger, some internal investigation, opposed by some cop union, which never results in a cop apology or candid admission of wrongdoing. How can we respect these people?

    And I don't buy the line, "Oh gee, we just need to understand the stresses of police life better." It's a line sold by a lot of cops and people close to them, but it really only serves to mask a lot of incompetence, power-hunger, and dishonesty.