No two ways about it–The Los Angeles copper who is on a murder rampage is WRONG. There is never any justification for killing just because someone may have done you wrong or pose a potential threat.
That said, we are really concerned about the glossing over of the obvious “hit squad” mentality of the LAPD. Following the unprovoked murder of a commander’s daughter and her fiancé, coppers were assigned to guard houses of others who were named in a “manifesto.”
When two little Latina ladies (rogue cop is a big football player size) drove past a house DELIVERING NEWSPAPERS in a pick up truck similar to the rogue copper, they opened fire and shot the two women from behind as the truck drove away. Both survived.
Just a few blocks away another set of coppers blasted away at yet another innocent citizen, but missed.
There is simply no justification for the behavior and law enforcement across the nation needs to condemn such conduct as “unjustified” and do it before they gather en masse with motorcycles and honor guards at the funeral of the Riverside copper who also fell victim of the rogue copper.
National media and even the L.A. Times have allowed the police to gloss over the shooting of the newspaper delivery gals as, “mistaken identity.” Had it been “positive identity” the summary execution–even of a known murderer– would still be an outrage to civil society and the rule of law.
Here is a comment from Boise Chief Mike Masterson:
“Losing an officer to an ambush by an ex-cop is unimaginable, and it has certainly heighten the safety awareness of officers everywhere. Having said that, I noted the hysteria atmosphere in a newscast where I saw marked patrol cars in a circle with officers standing inside waiting for the siege. Unless there is additional information that police haven’t released, the shootings of citizens that followed are unjustified and inexcusable. Where are the “brass” in developing protective stategies for officers and their families, searching for the suspect and more importantly, in managing the mood of their officers so this hyper vigilance doesn’t create additional tragedies?”
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