LAPD Gross Negligence Follow Up

More information is available on the negligent shooting of various civilians by various cowardly, terrified LAPD (and other SoCal PD) officers.

First this video from Reason magazine, with Reason’s Tracy Oppenheimer interviewing the attorney for the two ladies who were ambushed by LAPD officers.

The attorney doesn’t know how many rounds these badge-toting gangbangers sprayed all round, and neither does anybody else; but you can count the empty mags lying in the street. Exercise for the viewer.

That’s not the only case of cowardly target-blind mag-dump, however. After waving David Perdue through a police roadblock, one of the 4th-amendment-bedamned approaches the cops of Southern California have taken to one of their own going off the reservation, Torrance PD officers apparently had second thoughts, ramming his truck with their cruiser and pouring dozens of rounds of random unaimed fire in his general direction. Fortunately, they didn’t fire as many rounds as the LAPD, and given the same SoCal cop hit rate (about 2%) didn’t hit him at all.  The LA Times reports:

David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way.

Seconds later, Perdue’s attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and officers opened fire; none of the bullets struck Perdue.

His pickup, police later explained, matched the description of the one belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner — the ex-cop who has evaded authorities after allegedly killing three and wounding two more. But the pickups were different makes and colors. And Perdue looks nothing like Dorner: He’s several inches shorter and about a hundred pounds lighter. And Perdue is white; Dorner is black.

Hey: wrong color truck, wrong color driver, wrong shapes and sizes and makes and models (and in one case, number of people and sexes). More ammo fired than in the Bin Laden raid, and nobody hit fatally (thank God for small mercies). Sounds like typical Greater LA police work.

Both sets of victims have, rather sensibly, lawyered up. So are the trigger-happy cops, whose identities are being kept secret by their agencies, which are, so far, supporting them fully. After all, they are “the only ones who have the skills to use weapons like this,” although “like this” may not mean what they originally wanted it to mean.

The irony, as Oppenheimer notes, is that the murderer that triggered this police shooting spree is using as his justification supposed abuse of lethal force by the police.

This is not to justify the guy the cops are hunting, who killed a cop, wounded two other cops, and when one of his cop targets had done the Brave, Brave, Sir Robin and hardened himself as a target, killed the cop target’s daughter and her husband (that’s why Dorner whacked two civilians… in his twisted mind, they’re also targets of his twisted revenge). The guy’s a multiple murderer and a scumbag on the outs with civilization, so let’s not forget that he’s on the wrong side, and the police, even when their conduct crosses the line into criminal negligence like it clearly has done here, are generally on the right side.

Honest, guys, you don’t need to fire dozens and dozens of rounds. You need to think first, and just fire one or two rounds into the right brain housing group.

5 thoughts on “LAPD Gross Negligence Follow Up

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  2. Badger52

    Prior to 31 December 2013 this whole kluge should be on folks’ list for inclusion in one of those annual “You’re Doin’ It Wrong” threads.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Yeah. It seems distinctly possible from the scanner traffic and media-captured comments of the cops on the scene that they deliberately decided to burn him to death vs. take him alive. You can argue the tactical soundness of that, but not the legality. And one thought: here’s hoping it was indeed Dorner in the cabin.

  3. Aesop

    Per recent convo with several serving LAPD cops:
    It was evidently seven (7) LAPD cops in two groups who opened fire on the newspaper delivery pickup, so figure 7×15=105 or more rounds expended. The first was some tired, low time-on-the-job and working-overtime-on-the-security-detail officer (not excusing, just explaining), and the rest was spontaneous panic fire once the first one opened up.
    And apparently, they were in two groups, and as the truck attempted to flee the original gunfire, the officers in the second group opened fire as well.
    Kudos all around for some strong police work. [/sarcasm]

    The offcrs. I spoke with also indicated that internal department rumor control says now that the facts are all in, all seven are looking at the all but certain prospect of an imminent change of careers once the department leaves them hanging out. The early policy of backing them to the hilt is “no longer operative” now that Dorner’s a smoked hunk of meat on the coroner’s slab.

    And the city’s still looking at the south end of a mid-eight-figure series of lawsuits that they’ll settle out of court, rather than risk a nine-figure jury settlement, since after the rounds went through the vehicle, they impacted on multiple houses downrange from the firing officers.

    So Dorner will llikely end up costing the LAPD some officers after all, but not exactly the way he intended.
    No winners in this anywhere.

    1. Hognose Post author

      “Contagious fire” was one of the subjects of the RAND report that was linked here recently. I’ve been starting to mine the Force Science Institute for some of the research RAND cites, not sure if I’ll find it there. I do not know how you stop it, it’s deeply embedded in human combative psycholohy. It is an issue on the military side as well.

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