Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What's The Cost Of Breaking Rule Four?

$4.2 Million, it seems...

Los Angeles reaches $4.2 million settlement with 2 women fired on by police during manhunt
LOS ANGELES — The city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and daughter who were injured when police mistakenly opened fire on them while they were delivering newspapers during the manhunt for disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner, officials said Tuesday.

The money will be split evenly, with $2.1 million going to each woman, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office.
$4.2 million dollars. That's the price of an untrained, undisciplined, and unpunished police force that doesn't have to worry about the consequences of their actions. Fire a hundred rounds into a vehicle without even a cursory check to make sure it's the right one? No big! The city's got deep pockets! It's not like we'll get fired! 
The eight officers remain assigned to non-field duties pending an internal investigation.
Now, I'll admit that I'm not a trained professional or anything, but it seems to me that nearly three months for an investigation is a little long, don't you think? They fired 100 rounds at the wrong vehicle containing people of the wrong description and without concern for their backstop - what, exactly, are they investigating? At the very, very least, there should be some serious training in these officers' futures; ideally, they ought to face the same penalties that a non-LEO would face if they just fired blindly at a passing vehicle...

You have to wonder, though, how hard the LAPD is kicking themselves for their first insulting offer. You know, the one where they offered to replace the truck they shot up, but the replacement truck would be treated as a gift, meaning that the women would have to pay taxes on it. Yeah, real nice. That $40,000 replacement truck now means they have to come up with $10K+ to cover the taxes - to cover the truck they're getting to replace the one shot full of holes.

$2.1 million each ought to cover medical expenses and a new truck, though...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Roger said...

Another question which may be worthy of an answer.
How is it that the "trained professionals" expended 100 rds, with no return fire, and the occupants of the truck survived?
Without doubt, handgun bullets will penetrate the light sheet metal of any modern vehicle. 100 rounds? 100 rounds! No return fire??? "Trained professionals"?
The public is supposed to depend upon and to trust these "trained professionals" to protect and to serve them?
Is there any question why firearm sales are up astronomically and we NEED 30 round magazines to defend ourselves? With "trained professionals" on the job, you know the answer.

Six said...

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Andie said...

Actually, I am surprised the investigation only took three months, we are talking the city of LA, right?