The LAPD is generally considered one of the best major metro PDs in the USA. That reputation is undergoing some reconsideration today, after a rogue LAPD cop (a man who should never have been hired) responded to his well-earned firing by shooting three other cops, one fatally. Then he took off, and the LAPD managed to spray hundreds of rounds at a vehicle, because a pair of detectives couldn’t tell the suspect’s grey Nissan pickup — a 4WD 2005 Titan, license 8D83987 — from a vehicle occupied by two innocent women, a truck that was not only a different license plate, but also a different drive train, different cab style, different make and different color.
These two ace detectives, armed with M4s and sidearms on a VIP protection detail, fired an unknown number of rounds, possibly hundreds, in an unknown number of directions, scoring dozens of hits on the innocents’ truck from the top of the cab to the tires and from the truck’s right to left. To reiterate, the only thing this truck had in common with the suspect’s vehicle is that it was a pickup truck. The only thing that the two occupants (elderly Asian ladies) had in common with the loner suspect (big fat and much younger black man) is that they are human beings (and we’re willing to be persuaded the suspect isn’t).
Fortunately, the two deadeye dicks are as rotten at marksmanship as they are at judgment, and despite their multiple magdumps, the two ladies, who were delivering newspapers, will survive their wounds.
We knew things were tense between the LAPD and the news media, particularly the LA Times, but this is ridiculous.
But hey, we’re just picking on the LAPD. Because anyone can make a gross ID error and sustain it through a few transitions and mag changes, and we shouldn’t blame the entire department for one error, right? (Well, multiple errors, counting arming and turning loose the nut job who’s killed three people and wounded two so far).
Except it isn’t just one error. In another nearly identical cock-up, the LAPD fired up another truck that did not remotely resemble the suspect’s wheels (Honda Ridgeline vs. Nissan). Only this time, their dreadful marksmanship prevented them from even wounding the innocent target of their rage… they just totaled another truck (wrong shape, size, color, year, and oh yeah, license plate).
The driver didn’t look like the suspect, either.
So where is the suspect? Only he knows. We do know for sure that while the LAPD was blowing away wrong trucks here and there, they never had their eyes on the right truck.
With angry and ill-trained cops surging over the landscape, it’s a good time for truck-owning Angelenos to take a few days off and stay home. The truck you save may be your own.