Stupid Press Stories


December 28, 2002, 10:49 AM
It's possible that this sort of thread could become its own Forum, but here's a small offering to start it off. I will try to highlight the area of interest wherein the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 's intrepid reporter (Jamal Abdul-Alim) gives Smith and Wesson a whole new line of goods.

Teen charged in shooting
Authorities seeking one other suspect in wounding of boy, 10
Last Updated: Dec. 27, 2002
A 16-year-old boy was charged in Children's Court Friday in connection with the shooting of a 10-year-old boy last weekend, and police continue to search for another young male they believe was involved in the case.

The shooting took place after a gun allegedly was pointed at the young man still being sought while he was holding his child, court records show.

The young father then left the scene and returned with a group of friends, according to a statement made by the 16-year-old who was charged.

According to police reports:

The 16-year-old boy and two friends, one of whom had brought a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson Desert Eagle pistol, met up with the young father, who then pointed out the group, which included the individual he believed had pointed a gun at him and his child.

The young father, the 16-year-old and the two friends approached the group, which was standing at a bus stop at N. 24th and W. Burleigh streets.

The young father reached into the coat of one of the 16-year-old's friends and grabbed the gun, gestured toward the group at the bus stop and said: "What's up now? You all playing with those little pistols."

He then pointed the gun at the group and fired one shot. The 16-year-old told police he grabbed the gun from the young father and fired two shots in the air to "scare the group off."

The 10-year-old boy was shot in the stomach and lost a portion of his intestine.

The victim said he was shot as he turned and tried to run as the shooter fired at the group, which included his cousin, a friend and two other individuals.

The group of four then went back to the young father's girlfriend's house because they "thought someone might come back and shoot up the house."

When police arrived, the young father and the boy who had supplied the gun ran out the back of the house.

The 16-year-old told police he was in a car with two other individuals at the time the two ran out of the house, and that they picked up those two and dropped them off at a nearby location.

The 16-year-old boy said the youth who allegedly supplied the gun asked him to go back to the house to get the pistol. The 16-year-old boy said he got the gun and gave it to another person.

The 16-year-old boy was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon by a child, disorderly conduct and aiding a felon.

The young father remains at large, Assistant District Attorney Joy Hammond said, although she declined to describe him as the suspected shooter.

one of whom had brought a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson Desert Eagle pistol,

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2nd Amendment
December 28, 2002, 11:12 AM

I had a fellow on a gaming board the other day call them GLOCK Desert Eagles. I had a lot of fun with him. :D

December 28, 2002, 03:27 PM
soooo did they mean to say .40s&w caliber baby eagle?

December 28, 2002, 03:32 PM
That would be my guess, but we are dealing with a reporter.

December 28, 2002, 03:37 PM
yeah, just like when they described the gun the woman had in her carry-on some months back as having a magazine ".357 magnum law enforcement only".....:rolleyes:

December 28, 2002, 05:44 PM
Well, here's Part II:

I emailed the reporter to advise that S&W does not manufacture the Desert Eagle--and emailed him the URL for Magnum Research.

He emailed back, and stated that 'he took the story directly from the police report, word-for-word.

So maybe this is really a "Stupid Cops Story."

December 29, 2002, 08:07 AM
Didn't IMI/Jerico make a switch Barrel 9mm/ 41AE combo on a Baby eagle platform back in the late 80's it was pre .40 S&W
but back in the downloaded TEN days or am I just goofy from lack of sleep.

We had a great case of mistaken Identity a few months back,
out By Pearland a Small (very Small) Chemical plant was burning,
and when HFD showed up to put it out they were informed that it was all Magnesium that was burning, (it was Quite a large fire) so they sat back and let it burn not having the quantity of Purple K etc.. to attack . it right about the time the slab cooled off the plant manager comes out and says Oh Yeah it was Methanol not Magnesium (Methanol extinguishes very easily with water as it dilutes well and cools off). can you say Insura.... well we better not say it after all:rolleyes:

December 29, 2002, 01:05 PM
In a case like the one cited, the patrol boss would make up what`s called an "Unusual". All that is is a written report that gets sent to the Boro Command and whatever Divisions who might have an interest. It`s then filed at the desk. Some places reporters for the local mini rags would quote it word for word. Lazy reporting for one and since it was in copspeak, a bit confusing to the general public.
Add in that some bosses had no idea what they`d be talking about technically, you get Webley-Fosbury Full Auto Pump Double Barreled Rifles. :confused:

The boss had Civil Service but the reporter was never going to be on the short list for the N.Y. Times.:D

December 29, 2002, 01:14 PM
you ought to hear them trying to explain a plant emergency down here they fly the choppers through a cloud of Tetra Ethyl Death (plant speak for stuff you DO NOT want on you) and tell the world how NON toxic it is while the paint peels from the helicopter:rolleyes:

December 29, 2002, 06:15 PM
Note to all "journalists:"

If you get your facts from a police source, you would be well-advised to cite your source.

As a reader I am obligated to be suspicious of anything you report if you report erroneous information that could be fact-checked with a simple phone call.

One factually incorrect piece of information renders EVERYTHING in your article suspicious. Multiple episodes over a period of time calls into question everything you author.


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