3 bystanders reportedly shot by police during hunt for murder suspect
Three bystanders suffered gunshot wounds Thursday morning after California police mistakenly opened fire on individuals driving a truck that matched the description of the vehicle being driven by a suspect police say is following through on a manifesto to kill police officers, MyFoxLA.com reported.
The undercover police involved in the shooting were guarding the Torrance, Calif., home of a police officer who was considered a high-risk target for Christopher Jordan Dorner, an ex-LAPD police officer who is the main suspect in three separate murders.
Jesus H. Tap-Dancing Christ on a pogo stick. Two of the three were WOMEN who were shot while delivering newspapers. Apparently they were driving a vehicle similar to Dorner near the home of one of the people on Dorner's "enemies list" and the LA PD opened fire. Because, you know, when you have qualified immunity there's no need to identify your target.
Look, I understand that tensions are high. You've got some nutball ex-cop running around shooting police officers and their families. You want this guy dead. Not caught, dead. He made it personal, like something out of "Lethal Weapon" or something, and you want him stopped, preferably with enough bullet holes to make swiss cheese jealous. I grok that.
But sweet suffering Vishnu, you can't just open fire on any vehicle (barely) fitting that description.
And yet read the gorram news reports. People were "shot at by mistake". Holy f**k, apparently the suspect was driving a Nissan Titan, and I found this picture of the truck shot up:
Again, imagine if that had been a private citizen. Imagine that someone who had a restraining order out against an ex started opening fire indiscriminately on every car that looked like their ex's. How many seconds would elapse before the closest SWAT team shot them dead? Even if they had managed to be subdued without being killed, they'd be facing decades in jail - and rightfully so. You can't just hose down a moving motor vehicle because it's the same color as one you're looking for.
I'm certain that the officers responsible for this will be properly disciplined. No, seriously, stop laughing. They might get a couple months off with pay. Imagine the hardship they'll endure - I mean, they could have murdered two innocent people here, and all they get out of it is a lousy paid vacation? But there's no need for an "assault weapon", right? I mean, out-of-control agents of the state randomly shooting at people with no repercussions could never happen, right?
It's these types of stories - and the complete and utter lack of consequences - that make folks like me who normally support the cops use "Only Ones" with all the contempt I can muster.
That is all.