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Dallas SWAT Officer Shoots Himself In The Leg During Drug Raid

BY Herschel Smith
4 weeks, 1 day ago

Dallas News:

A Dallas SWAT officer accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday morning during a drug raid in east Oak Cliff, police said.

The officer, a 10-year veteran of the SWAT unit, and several other officers were executing a narcotics search warrant about 11:20 a.m. at an apartment in the 3800 block of Bonnie View Road, near Illinois Avenue and Overton Road.

Assistant Chief of Police Gary Tittle said the officer’s rifle sling got caught on something in the apartment, and when he tried to pull it free, the rifle discharged into his calf.

Um … what?  “The officer’s sling got caught on something in the apartment, and when he tried to pull it free, the rifle discharged into his calf?”


Shoppers Pulled Guns In Response To Thornton Walmart Shooting, But Police Say That Slowed The Investigation

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

The Denver Post:

When a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart in Thornton Wednesday night, shoppers screamed and ran for cover — and others pulled out their own handguns.

But those who drew weapons during the shootings ultimately delayed the investigation as authorities pored over surveillance videotape trying to identify the assailant who killed three people, police said Thursday.

Although authorities said “a few” individuals drew handguns, they posed no physical hazard to officers. But their presence “absolutely” slowed the process of determining who, and how many, suspects were involved in the shootings, said Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila.

It took more than five hours to identify the suspect, 47-year-old Scott Ostrem, who is accused in the seemingly random shootings. The problem for investigators came when they reviewed the surveillance footage and had to follow each individual with a firearm until they could eliminate them as a suspect.

“Once the building was safe enough to get into it, we started reviewing that (surveillance video) as quickly as we could,” Avila said. “That’s when we started noticing” that a number of individuals had pulled weapons. “At that point, as soon as you see that, that’s the one you try to trace through the store, only to maybe find out that’s not him, and we’re back to ground zero again, starting to look again. That’s what led to the extended time.”

Well, just go cry me a river, why don’t you?  This “journalist” should be notified that he wins the aware for the stupidest article of the month.  Read this again and let it wash over you.  Armed citizens were prepared to protect themselves and perhaps others in a good Samaritan defense, and the police are bitching because it took them several hours to do what they’re paid to do, which is to conduct investigations.

And say, what the hell do you mean “once the building was safe to get into?”  You mean that it isn’t the job of the police to enter active shooter zones to protect citizens?  You mean that the only real function of the police is to conduct investigations, write reports and ensure continued state power and viability?

And after knowing the answer to all of that, you want me to sympathize with the cops over having to do the only job they have?  What happened?  Didn’t they make doughnut time with their buddies?

Phillip Carter: Armed Bystanders Cannot Stop A Truck

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Phillip Carter writing for Slate:

Before the bodies cooled Tuesday after a deadly terror attack in Manhattan, conservative commentators raced to proclaim that a good guy with a gun might have stopped the speeding truck that killed eight on a bike path along the Hudson River. This is absurd.

As in Las Vegas one month ago, no good guy carrying a gun would have made a difference in New York on Tuesday. A casual bystander with a pistol would face near-impossible odds in trying to stop a speeding truck. The basic physics of stopping a moving truck with a pistol—or even a rifle or a machine gun—work against even the best-trained and -positioned shooter. Cities can do things to protect themselves against this new and increasingly frequent form of attack. But arming the masses and hoping for a good outcome is madness. Armed amateurs in the middle of terrorist incidents can only increase the carnage.

The basic tactical problem in the Manhattan attack is a variant of one that militaries and police agencies have considered for decades: How to stop a vehicle, such as one carrying a bomb, from getting close to a valuable target and killing people. This is the terror tactic that has blown apart Marine barracks, embassies, and federal buildings. The new variant—prompted in part by anti-terrorism efforts limiting the availability of explosives, and in part by the amateurism of today’s “lone wolf” terrorists—is to use the truck itself as a weapon, driving it through crowds in places like LondonBerlin; BarcelonaNice, France; and of course New York City.

To stop speeding vehicles and prevent attacks like these, security forces use a mixture of physical barriers and weaponry. Look at any major military base or U.S. federal building and you will see these measures: concrete barriers to block all direct access; serpentine pathways into parking areas that make speeding through impossible; heavily armed guards operating from armored booths, with radios to call for help. In the event of an attack, armed police or troops at a checkpoint would fire on a speeding vehicle to stop it.

But this is not an easy shot for even a seasoned marksman. It’s difficult to hit a moving target in a stressful situation like this, even if a shooter has the right weaponry and is firing from a stable, secure position on familiar terrain.

Also, it’s one thing to hit a truck—it’s another matter to hit the parts of a truck that matter. To stop a truck, you have to hit the driver (who sits behind an engine block that can be penetrated only by heavy machine-gun fire or shot through a small windshield aperture); or hit the engine (which can only be disabled by heavy weaponry); or hit the wheels (which are small targets that even when damaged may not stop the vehicle from moving). The battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan are littered with cases in which U.S., Iraqi, and Afghan forces failed to stop approaching vehicles carrying explosive devices because this is simply very hard to do.

Of course, it would be impractical to place military-style checkpoints at every intersection or vulnerable area of Manhattan. So in any response, armed first responders like the NYPD’s elite counterterrorism squad start from a position of disadvantage because they must respond while moving themselves, instead of from an established checkpoint with concrete barriers to block or slow approaching vehicles.

Now assume you’re talking about a casual bystander walking along the Hudson River who happens to be carrying a pistol. The physics of pistolry make this shot even tougher …

[ … ]

Marksmanship and physics aside, there’s another huge risk to shooting in a crowded urban area like New York: collateral damage. Tuesday’s truck attack occurred along the bike path of the West Side Highway—a long stretch packed with walkers, joggers, and cyclists on a sunny afternoon. The truck ended its rampage near Stuyvesant High School, which was just letting out, and there were scores of pedestrians including many leaving their offices early to start Halloween. Shooting at the truck would have meant shooting in close proximity to all these people. Many would have likely died from bullets that missed the truck or ricocheted off the truck or the ground in unpredictable ways.

[ … ]

More police activity—in the form of surveillance, foot patrols, counterterrorism investigations, and information sharing—can help reduce the risk of attacks.

[ … ]

As in Las Vegas four weeks ago, there is little that armed bystanders (or even well-armed police) could have done to stop a speeding truck intent on killing people. The right response came in the arrival of New York police officer Ryan Nash, who fired nine shots at Saipov and disabled him after Saipov’s speeding truck crashed into a bus. Arming bystanders in Manhattan—and hoping they could stop the attack with a lucky shot—could have only killed more people in the crossfire.

So Phillip has spoken in the superlative, stated absolutes, and committed formal logical fallacies in this awful commentary.  Let’s dissect it for a while, shall we?

First of all, everyone understands the difficulty of stopping a moving vehicle.  But at some point in the commentary one gets the feeling it must take superman to perform this feat – or Delta Force.  Or Ryan Nash or any other cop in New York (his expansion of the discussion to solutions involving beat cops and the actions by Ryan Nash shows that he doesn’t really believe what he’s saying, but we’ll get to that more in a moment).  My son did this in Iraq (dealt with moving vehicles).  True enough, he didn’t use a pistol to do it, but it doesn’t take superman.

Furthermore, shooting the tires out of moving vehicles does actually happen to bring an end to carnage.  But notice that after Carter paints the most impossible picture imaginable to bring and end to carnage – with physical barriers in place in Iraq, heavily armed Marines ensconced or on patrol, good intelligence as a foundation for their actions, but still all leading to and endless stream of busted and entangled cars and vehicles and bombs – his solution is more police.

Yes, more police.  It takes either Delta Force, or NYPD officer Ryan Nash, because why?  Well, because ordinary citizens cannot be entrusted with firearms.  Why, it would lead to a hail of bullets fired at the wrong thing and mass casualties, no doubt.  Let’s forget about the fact that the NYPD is famous for shooting wildly at targets and then missing.  NYPD fired 84 rounds at the Empire State Building shooter, missing with 70, and injuring numerous other people in the process.  Let’s also not forget that the Stockton Police engaged in an hour-long rolling gun battle involving 32 officers discharging more than 600 rounds, at speeds of at least 120 MPH over 63 miles, with the result that at least one innocent hostage was killed.

Our catalog of negligent discharges by cops, dogs shot by cops, and wrong home SWAT raids makes Phillip’s trust in the police appear juvenile.  But I’ll virtually guarantee that Phillip cannot point to a similar set of incidents where civilian carriers (concealed or open) were responsible for rolling gun battles or the legendary “hail of bullets” we all hear about from “moms against whatever.”  His objection is the chicken little “The sky is falling” warning.  The sky isn’t really falling, no matter what Phillip says.

But there is a larger problem here than this exaggeration by Phillip.  Regardless of what one might think of claims that a concealed carrier might have stopped the carnage (and an open carrier did do just that), Phillip expands his injunction against carriers by stating “Arming bystanders in Manhattan—and hoping they could stop the attack with a lucky shot—could have only killed more people in the crossfire.”

He doesn’t really know any such thing, he just made that up.  But notice how he puts this: “Arming bystanders.”  People don’t voluntarily purchase expensive guns, nor do they go to the range and spend lots of money on ammunition learning to shoot well.  No, by allowing people to carry, we’re “arming bystanders.”  Who’s doing the arming is left a mystery.  Notice the word gaming he’s doing?

Getting past his stilted prose, he argues against carrying firearms generally.  Since someone may not have been able to stop the carnage from a vehicle, no one should be allowed to carry except cops.  This is like saying that since a sharpshooter shovel (forestry spade) is required to trench water mains to the required 16″ freeze line without tearing up too much lawn, construction workers should just throw away all of their other tools regardless of the fact that not all jobs are trenching water mains for homes.  Let’s put this in more formal language.

His syllogism goes like this: (1) Pistols are ineffective against vehicular attacks, (2) Vehicular attacks is terrorism, therefore, (3) Pistols are ineffective against terrorism.  It is the fallacy of the undistributed middle, and either Phillip knows better, or he should.  This is the second commentary in two days from folks at CNAS (Center for a New American Security), Michele Flournoy’s organization and Obama’s favorite think tank, arguing for some form of gun control (the first being written by Adam Routh at CNAS).  So regardless of Phillip’s juvenile trust in the police or his logically fallacious thinking, there may be little more that I can do than recommend the same thing for Phillip that I did for Adam.  These folks are pathologically problematic to themselves and others because of their controller nature.  For Phillip I am recommending a good therapy and support group.  Same as for Adam, you must begin this way.

“I am a controller.  I think I’m smarter than everyone else.  I want to control everything people do.  I want to control what they think, how they behave, how they talk and what they say, what they have, what they do with it, how they spend their money, and what they believe.  I am admitting my problem to you in open honesty.  The only thing I don’t want to control is myself.  People hate me for it.  No one loves me.  I’ve been a controller for ___ years.  Please help me.”

Don’t Conceal Guns From Cops

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 2 weeks ago

Editorial at Toledo Blade:

Police officers in Ohio already face too many threats to their safety when they take to the streets to protect their communities. They should be able to know whether someone they are approaching is armed.

But the Ohio House approved a measure last week that would weaken the state’s concealed-carry laws. It would ease penalties on motorists who fail to promptly alert officers during traffic stops that they have a weapon in their car. The bill is now headed to the Ohio Senate.

What is proposed instead is that a person stopped by authorities could simply hand over his concealed-carry permit with his driver’s license.

The bill also would reduce the severity of the charge for failing to notify the officer from a first-degree misdemeanor to a minor misdemeanor.

The original version of the bill would have eliminated entirely the responsibility for concealed-carry permit holders to notify officers that they were armed, which is disrespectful to law enforcement, and simply reckless.

The bill’s proponents say that law-abiding concealed-carry permit holders should not have to alert anyone to the fact that they are armed. That is also disrespectful, and arrogant.

Advocates for the bill say it would only clean up ambiguous language by removing “promptly,” which can be arbitrarily interpreted. But why not define the term instead of removing a reasonable requirement?

Considering how quickly an interaction between law enforcement and any armed civilian can escalate, it seems more logical that the law-abiding permit-holders would want to immediately alert officers to the presence of a weapon.

Many gun owners who seek out concealed-carry permits do so because they believe carrying a weapon makes them safer. But no one is safer in a situation when police are surprised by a gun.

What the editorial should have said is “We advocate informing cops about weapons because we like to see goober cops shoot weapons carriers.  We like to see that because we have weapons carriers.”

It’s simply insulting to claim that criminals or someone bent on danger to someone else would inform cops of their weapon.  “Why yes, officer, I have a concealed firearm, and I intend to use it to ensure you don’t get home safely at the end of your shift.”

Anyone who informs a LEO about weapons cannot possibly be the real concern, and LEOs know that, and so does the editorial board of the Toledo Blade.  And since the criminal won’t inform a LEO about weapons, everyone really knows that informing LEOs is not relevant to anything at all.

This is really all about being, as the editorial put it, “disrespectful” to LEOs.  Because statists will be statists, and they will always have their armed enablers.

The Ohio Senate should pass this bill.  Why would anyone carrying a firearm want to voluntarily put himself or family in danger from some trigger happy buffoon?

Pueblo SWAT Team Draws Down On 60-Year Old Vet Instead Of The 18-Year Old They Were After

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

The Denver Post:

The couple had moved to their house on Arroyo and Bohmen avenues less than a month before. The former tenants included a known gang member, Timothy Tafoya.

Four days before, Tafoya had shot and killed 32-year-old Ricky Muniz as he confronted Tafoya and another man as they spray painted gang-affiliated graffiti behind his house.

Pueblo police identified Tafoya as a person of interest and obtained several search warrants, including one to look for evidence of graffiti material, devices that hold photos and messages, gang paraphernalia and jewelry — but not a weapon — at the house that Tafoya hadn’t lived in for about two months after his family had been evicted, according to the lawsuit.

Police watching the house said they had seen Tafoya, who was wearing an ankle monitor, outside the residence, according to the lawsuit. But they did not see him enter or leave the house. Officers and SWAT were given a description and photos of Tafoya. Then, they surrounded the house.

But instead of a 21-year-old man walking out the front door, they were met face to face with a 60-year-old man with a bad back.

Officers shouted for Duran to put up his hands, which he did.

He exited with his hands up and was told to back up toward the SWAT officers, which he did until he backed into the barrel of a firearm at the back of his head, according to the lawsuit. He was then handcuffed and given to Officer Jackie Torres.

She forced him to bend over and walked him to a police SUV, putting him in the back. Duran has previously had surgery on his back and said he was screaming, “My back! My back! I’m disabled,” according to the lawsuit. Deborah Duran was also handcuffed and detained.

About 10 minutes later, Det. Glen Fillmore uncuffed William Duran, taking him out of the car, and saying, “Obviously, you are not the people we are looking for,” according to the lawsuit.

Good Lord.  The guy they were after was wearing an ankle monitor.  How much easier can this get?  Do they have such things as detectives in this part of the world?

But hey.  Most 60 year old and 18 year old men look the same to me too.  The good news is that even though the cops violated the most basic rules of gun safety and reduced margin in the defense in depth to killing someone by pointing the muzzle of their weapons, at least they got to go home safely at the end of their shift.

As far as I’m concerned, nothing is more important than that.  Not constitutional rights, not the fourth amendment, nothing.  I know you all feel the same way.

Annapolis Police Officer Fired Gun Accidentally While On Call

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Capital Gazette:

Leyland — a member of the Naval Academy’s 2017 heavyweight crew team — entered a woman’s house during the night by breaking in through a side patio door, police said.

When he was confronted by the woman, police said he refused to leave and locked her out of the home when she walked outside.

Police surveyed the home with guns drawn and found Leyland in the master bedroom, Miguez said. At some point while officers were in the home, Moore fired his gun, but the bullet did not hit anyone.

Miguez said in August that Leyland was shirtless and unarmed during the alleged burglary.

Police said Leyland jumped out of a window, sustaining minor injuries, and resisted arrest after officers caught up with him outside.

Miguez said officers having their weapons drawn when called to a report of a burglary is “common when we’re searching any building we think there might be someone in that has been broken into.”

“It’s easier for someone lying in wait to initiate an action than for us to react to what’s in front of us,” she said.

Moore incorrectly had his finger on the trigger while surveying the home, Miguez said, and not removed from the trigger to prevent such misfires.

Moore, with no history of such incidents, will go through retraining to reinforce proper gun safety, she said.

Gosh, I hate it when that happens to me.  I remember the last time I pulled my gun on someone at the grocery store and put my finger on the trigger.  I almost shot somebody, but thankfully, the cops came along and wanted to coach me on the rules of gun safety.

All is well now.  They left feeling like I had learned my lesson.  No charges, no harm, no foul.  Except for the glass I shot out and the people I almost killed.  Thank goodness all I had to do was get a little schooling from the good guys.

Daniel Harless And Mark Diels Bully Innocent Citizens

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 3 weeks ago

Via David Codrea, who has some followup information you will want to know.

Harless is an idiot.  He isn’t capable of bagging groceries well, much less interacting with the public.  The Canton, Ohio police must hire down, or in other words, hire the dumbest people alive to do the job.

Harless doesn’t speak well, he doesn’t present himself well, he seems incapable of reasoned, logical or complex thought, and it’s a wonder that he passed any of the written examinations to become a LEO (unless the examinations are designed to exclude the smart candidates).

More than that, he appears to have broken the law.  He appears to be guilty, according to the clear testimony of this video evidence, of assault with a deadly weapon, false arrest, verbal and physical harassment, threatening a citizen with bodily injury and even death, and conspiracy to commit crimes.

His partner, Mark Diels, is simply a nincompoop and a boob.  He is a goober.  He appears to have no morals or scruples, and he appears to have intentionally went along with the apparent crimes being committed, meaning that he is not only complicit in them, he appears to have been guilty of conspiracy to commit these crimes and cover them up.

Tell me again about how most cops are just good guys trying to do a good job?  Let me hear it again.

Should You Tell The Cops You Have A Gun?

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 3 weeks ago

Jacob Sullum at Reason:

The fatal shooting of Philando Castile last year by a Minnesota police officer reinvigorated an old debate about how people who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) should handle interactions with the cops. The officer, who was acquitted of manslaughter in June, panicked during a traffic stop after Castile, a CCW licensee, told him he was armed.

Some gun owners argue that disclosure is considerate and prudent, while others worry it will escalate a routine traffic stop into a tense, unpleasant, and possibly life-threatening encounter. But virtually everyone agrees it’s important to know the relevant legal requirements, which vary from state to state.

Jacob has included a nice graphic with his article outlining what states require immediate notification of LEOs that you’re lawfully carrying.

That phrase may be important, and if you ever have to inform a LEO that you are carrying a weapon, you should use the phrase “lawfully carrying.”

I’m interested in reader reaction to this question.  I don’t believe that a LEO has a right to know that.  Whether something is legal has no bearing on whether it is moral, and informing LEOs that you are carrying can keep you out of a world of problems.

On the other hand, informing a LEO that you’re carrying can also cause a world of problems due to the paranoid schizophrenic culture that is ubiquitous through police departments today.  Even if a LEO doesn’t think you are out to kill him, he may want to do something completely ignorant and “take possession of your weapon to ensure safety.”  No one should touch their weapons, not you, not him.  It isn’t safe for him to touch your weapon.  He also shouldn’t unholster and point his weapon at you, as both actions violate rules of gun safety (having to do with muzzle and trigger discipline).

The police have created this problem.  We live with it.

Cop Shoots Photographer When He Mistakes Camera And Tripod For A Gun

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 1 week ago

Via David Codrea and reader David Dietz:

A small Ohio news organization says one of its photographers has been shot by a sheriff’s deputy who apparently mistook his camera for a gun during a traffic stop.

The New Carlisle News reports photographer Andy Grimm had left the office at around 10pm Monday to take pictures of lightning when he came across a Clark County sheriff’s deputy performing a traffic stop in New Carlisle, north of Dayton.

Grimm tells the news organization that he decided to take pictures of the traffic stop on Main Street, noting that he was not the one being pulled over.

He says he got out of his Jeep and started setting up his tripod and camera in full view of the deputy performing the traffic stop when he heard, ‘pop, pop,’ and then realized he’s been shot in the side.

Grimm was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is expected to recover.

The wounded photographer later said Deputy Jake Shaw gave him no warning before opening fire on him.

Hmm … [with chin resting on fist contemplatively] … I hate it when that happens to me.  I remember the last time I did that.  I shot up some old dude walking with a cane, and I thought it was a gun.

Fortunately, the cops did an “internal investigation” and found that I was entirely within my rights.  No harm, no foul.  Except for the old guy I shot up.  Too bad for him.

NYPD Officer Kills A Charging Pit Bull And Accidentally Shoots A U.S. Marshal In The Foot After Firing Four Times At The Dog

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 1 week ago

Reader David Dietz sends this along.

A New York City police officer hunting for a fugitive in Jersey City accidentally shot a U.S. marshal in the foot while firing at a dog on Thursday morning.

The officer from the warrants task force was with members of a fugitive task force looking for a 25-year-old man wanted on robbery charges, according to the police report.

As they reached the door where they believed the man was hiding at about 6.40am, a pit bull charged at them and bit one of the officers.

The officer fired at the dog four times killing it and hitting the marshal’s foot.

The dog was only doing what it is bred and trained to do, i.e., protect its master.  But remember boys and girls, only sworn law enforcement officers are endowed with the ability to recognize peripheral threats, know your backstop, and think through tactical situations quickly by utilizing their Ninja warrior stress control training.  You can’t be trusted with such things.

A federal marshal got shot.  The sad part of the story is that the dog died.

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