ITEM: Like they protected four women in Southern California from a couple of career criminals and pervs that were not only paroled, but wearing ankle GPS monitors for previously violating their parole.
Police said two convicted sex offenders were wearing GPS-tracking ankle monitors when they allegedly raped and murdered four Southern California women.
The two convicts, who could face the death penalty if convicted, are to appear in court Tuesday to answer to four charges of rape and murder each. Data from their monitors and the mobile phone records of the victims helped police crack the case, the authorities said.
The SoCal cops are actually proud of their police work that was able to catch up with these two wired-for-sound creeps after four rape-murders.
“That was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together,” Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada said Monday at a news conference.
What, are we supposed to give him an attaboy that there weren’t five?
ITEM: Well, at least the police protected everybody last year during the Marathon bombings, right? Er, not exactly. This report from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (where voted-out Democrats go to die) recounts several instances of contagious firing, a cop who nearly died because cops sending themselves to the shooting scene blocked the ambulance in, and 19 people who were wounded by gunfire — all wounded by police gunfire, including the cop who came danger close to exsanguinating. The ten shots fired by Speedbump (aka Tamerlan Tsarnayev)? They hit nothing. Finally to cap it all, with the suspect unarmed, wounded and cornered — a SWAT gunner got buck fever and fired at movement, triggering a new round of contagious fire.
When the suspect tried to lift the boat cover, apparently using a fishing gaff he found in the boat which, from outside the boat, resembled a rifle, a tactical team member who had been stationed on a rooftop overlooking the boat fired upon him. This resulted in the outbreak of a substantial volume of contagious fire from other police officers on the scene.
The incident commander screamed “Cease Fire!” for 10 seconds before the undisciplined cops tailed off.
In tapes of this incident, the voice of the incident commander shouting orders to cease fire is prominent, but the firing went on for over 10 seconds, and involved what appears to have been hundreds of rounds fired. There is at the time of this writing no indication that the suspect in the boat had a weapon or fired upon police.
Fortunately for all three (that would be Flashbang (Dzhokar Tsarnayev); the other cops conducting a “Polish ambush” around the suspect, as they had done around Speedbump (Tamerlan) at Watertown, too; and the general public who were hunkering down in the beaten zone), the cops’ marksmanship was as bad as their judgment.
ITEM: Hero cop, shot in face in 2007 and lionized as a hero at the 2009 State Of The Union address, turns out to be a dirtbag. True, most cops aren’t, and the police have to make their officers from the same poor clay of the rest of us sinners, but they’re out there.
ITEM: When seconds count, police are only minutes away. In this case, last week in Denver, 13 to 15 minutes:
The incident unfolded about 9:30 p.m. Monday when the victim called police to her home in the 2100 block of South St. Paul Street.
Kristine Kirk told the dispatcher her husband was “talking about the end of the world and he wanted her to shoot him,” according to the probable-cause statement.
Kristine Kirk told the dispatcher there was a gun in the home but that “it was in a safe,” the court document said. But then she said he had the gun in his hands.
Kristine Kirk then screamed over the phone until a single shot was fired, according to the statement. Jackson said Kristine Kirk was on the phone with a 911 operator for about 13 minutes.
The Denver Post, whence comes this report, notes drily that “police response times have increased” recently and the city auditor is looking into the police delays. Police Chief Robert White has stonewalled the press in the week since the incident, and the actual response time by the police remains unknown — except that it was definitely too slow for Kristine Kirk. The Post did go around the Chief and got a DPD timeline of the response.
ITEM: In England, the Metropolitian Police and two political parties (Liberal and Laboue) conspired to keep a politician, 400-lb Cyril Smith’s, pedophile predilection private. The gross (i.e., large and revolting) pederast diddled at least a gross (i.e., 144) of preteen boys. In defense of the police, in three of those 144 cases the coppers put a case forward, only to have it spiked on political grounds by the Crown Prosecution Service, and in many other cases rank-and-file coppers had their cases quashed by their more-political bosses. The Daily Mail’s Simon Danczuk began collecting stories:
Many — as I will describe in detail in the coming days of this series — were from police officers saying Smith’s crimes were widely known to them but their superiors refused to act.
I was told of officers who found child pornography in the boot of Smith’s car, only for a mysterious call from London to tell them not to charge him.
It’s now known that on three separate occasions files were passed by Lancashire Police to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service containing details of Smith’s abuse. Yet on each occasion no prosecution was pursued. It is as though Cyril was untouchable
I was told how Smith’s case was used during police training on child abuse, with one instructor admitting there had been 144 complaints against him. Mysteriously, when this became known to her superiors, the instructor was silenced and moved to another job.
I was told how Smith was repeatedly detained for acts of gross indecency in toilets in St James’s Park, London, only for orders to discontinue inquiries in each case.
And I was told how, when other inquiries were completed and revealed compelling and disturbing evidence that Smith was a serial paedophile, they were ignored.
The whole story is rebarbative, but compelling reading. Read The Whole Thing™ before you think that police are universally servants of the good and the decent. Yes, the authorities will protect you — if you are a well-connected pederast, not his proletarian victim.
ITEM: In Sudan, UN “Peacekeepers” have been stepping back and letting government forces continue a long-running genocide.
“[The peacekeepers] made no visible effort to prevent the abduction of IDP [internally displaced persons] conference participants from the convoy,” an unreleased assessment by other U.N. personnel later concluded. “They just stood watching as the gunmen drove away the buses carrying the IDPs.”
The mass March 24 kidnapping — the details of which have never been publicly disclosed by the U.N. — marked a humiliating setback for troops from the African Union/United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), a beleaguered, U.N.-funded force that was established specifically to protect Darfur’s citizens from a renewal of the genocide that had raged in the region years earlier, leaving more than 200,000 dead. The peacekeepers, though, have been bullied by government security forces and rebels, stymied by American and Western neglect, and left without the weapons necessary to fight in a region where more peacekeepers have been killed than in any other U.N. mission in the world. The violence that once consumed Darfur, meanwhile, has returned with a vengeance, resulting in civilian casualties and the large-scale flight of terrified men, women, and children.
Drawing on a massive trove of highly confidential UNAMID documents — including thousands of pages of emails, police reports, internal investigations and diplomatic cables — Foreign Policy will over the next three days publish a series of articles that shed light on how Darfur’s combatants, particularly the Sudanese government, have effectively neutered the U.N. peacekeeping mission, undermining its capacity to fulfill its primary duty to protect nearly 2 million civilians displaced by Sudan’s genocide. During the past year alone, more than 500,000 terrified men, women, and children have poured into the region’s already overcrowded refugee camps.
That’s bad enough, we suppose, but anyone relying on the UN was always pretty much screwed. One is reminded of Stalin’s apocryphal dismissal of the Pope.
ITEM: The US Ambassador to the UN, the lightweight and inconsequential Samantha Power, who was selected for her academic works hostile to Israel and has been a slow learner on other international policy issues, hasn’t dealt with Syria, Ukraine or Sudan, but she has come out strongly against that international scourge, texting while driving.