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LEO sees online photo of your guns and kills you?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MrPeter, Sep 7, 2007.

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  1. MrPeter

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    I didn't see this posted before, although it isn't really that new.

    I think it's probably the most shocking and disturbing thing I have read in the news yet. The LEO didn't even get a slap on the wrist. How can he sleep at night?

    http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/637859.html
    So a cop sees a photo of someone with a gun, goes to his house, and mistakes the sound of HIS OWN battering ram for a gunshot out back and starts firing wildly into the walls and gets no punishment at all.

    I am sick to my stomach.
     
  2. Rich K

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    Words fail me.
     
  3. Hoppy590

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    ya im pretty sure im gunna be sick too. im actualy gunna forward this story to some news agencies. i remember when it happend. and they were claiming the deceased fired first. and all kinds of lies. and while, im sure ABC, CBS and all the others already know the truth and are helping spread the lies, maybe it can make it to some decent soul that cares

    Added: just a little burp of what iv said thus far
     
  4. Pilgrim

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    Thoroughly trained sheep on that grand jury.

    Pilgrim
     
  5. buzz_knox

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    The old joke is that a DA can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. The corrolary is that the DA can get them to no bill Charles Manson if the DA plays things right. I'm just amazed this went to the grand jury at all.

    I'd say this is a wave of the future but it's not. Mistaken identity or panic shootings have been around since projective weapons were invented. Facebook and other means of viewing images just provides another "opportunity" for mischief and means of explaining the aftermath. Where before, the officer had to cite a confidential informant's explanation of the dangerous weapons the suspect had, now they can go "See for yourself! He was armed to the teeth!"

    Given that he 1) mistook the battering ram for a gun shot and 2) fired through a door without any clear target, I foresee a wrongful death claim based on failure to adequately train the officer.
     
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    I am sickened.
     
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    Should I be expecting the Flint SWAT soon?
     
  8. Wheeler44

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    Possibly one more reason not to post every firearm you own or want to own on the internet.
    When I was growing up I was instructed not to talk our firearms outside of family and shooting friends. It was a security thing.
    Now people post pictures of their safes and collections on the internet. The police and others have access to the internet. A simple statement taken out of context can bring the SWAT team.
    I would think that circumstances like this would curb some folks bravado about what they would do if a "dynamic entry" were to occur at their home.
    Especially now that they know that the police have probably seen their facebook, myspace, THR,etc.

    But I doubt it.
     
  9. kurtmax

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    For some reason the article seems to be telling me:

    "Remember children, scaring police is going to make them kill you, so don't do anything scary mmmmkkaayyy?"
     
  10. fletcher

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    This one is pretty old. If I recall, there was a whole lot of stupid on both sides. I heard that those guys had assaulted a number of people and had a history of stealing things, but no criminal record IIRC (this is what I heard from the first news report I ever read on the thing). Together with a police overreaction and mistake, it made for a pretty bad situation.

    On the same subject, there were a few kids at NCSU that got in big trouble because they had pictures of themselves with alcohol containers on their facebook (under 21) - RA saw them and ratted them out, but that's a different story.
     
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