OKC Cops: Just Like You and Me, Only Better

Unfortunately, we’ve seen this kind of thing before: a gun owner experiences a bout of family drama. There’s a gun involved and it, er, “goes off.” What’s more, the police determine that the dood who pulls the trigger (at least once…accounts aren’t clear as to the total round count) is suffering from “a mental health issue.” Fortunately, no one is hurt but the gun owner also happens to live next to an elementary school, which immediately initiates a lockdown when the lead starts flying. All of which results in some understandably upset parents. So let’s tally this up: we have a gun owner with a mental health issue, he intentionally fires his gun inside his own house which happens to be next to an elementary school. Do the math and that little equation adds up to an instant revocation of firearms ownership rights, right? Right. Oops, not quite. Not when the dood in question is a police officer . . .

The Oklahoma City PD is refusing to name the cop in question. That’s right, no ID despite shot(s) fired inside his home (a violation of local law). No ID despite endangering the school kids next door. And — oh, by the way — no ID despite the determination by his buddies at the cop shop that the gun owner has a “mental health issue.” If it were you…bam, ticket pulled. If it were me…boom, guns confiscated. But it wasn’t you, me or any other Joe Schmoe. This gun owner is a cop and the thin blue line protects its own in the OKC.

That whole megillah went down almost two weeks ago. And now there’s this:

The Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office has decided not to file charges against an Oklahoma City police officer who fired a gun inside his home.

Wait, what?

After an investigation, Cleveland County prosecutors decided not to file charges. The Oklahoma City Police Department, however, released a statement saying the administrative investigation continues.

Oh well, at least they’re still looking into it. Administratively speaking. That’s something, right? We’re sure any other OKCitizen would have been afforded exactly the same level of restraint, understanding and forbearance that was shown our incognito officer. Sure they would, wouldn’t they?

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  1. avatar Avid Reader says:

    Well, you know, it’s a dangerous object. It just went off. . .I’ve read in the papers that they do that.

  2. avatar JJ Swiontek says:

    Oklahoma City Municipal Code

    http://library.municode.com/showDocumentFrame.aspx?clientID=17000&jobId=179319&docID=0

    Then scroll down to 30-308 and 30-310. It is a short read. Pretty easy to understand.

    The officer, not in the performance of his duty, discharged a firearm illegally and is guilty of a Class “a” offense.

    Not sure how bad that is, but it sounds pretty bad.

    I’m reminded of the end of ‘Animal Farm’.

    1. avatar Cody says:

      Looking through the City of Moore’s municipal code, it doesn’t look like there is a similar statue regarding discharging of a firearm. So, unless I missed something, it probably would have come down to filing it under disturbing the peace.

    2. Text amended. Thanks.

    3. avatar IdahoPete says:

      “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

  3. avatar Average_Casey says:

    Hypocrisy is great, isn’t it? Just another example of how those who enforce the rules don’t believe they apply to them.

  4. avatar Rambeast says:

    One rule for us, another for them. The hypocracy continues. As time goes on, the chance to change this becomes smaller.

  5. avatar Aharon says:

    This is one elementary school that now feels a bit less safe with a police officer living next door. Guess who they won’t call when trouble comes to the school?

  6. avatar Jeff says:

    I think the only reason the “mental health issue” was brought up was so that they wouldn’t have to identify the officer. I.e.medical privacy laws.

  7. avatar pk in AZ says:

    WOW!

  8. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Of course active duty law enforcement officers get special consideration — they are the love-child of the ruling elite.

    It’s time for the self-absorbed ignorant masses to wake-up. We no longer live in a Constitutional Republic under the Social Contract and Common Law.

  9. avatar Steve says:

    Its still in the news here:

    Sgt. Chris Suriano, a 22-year veteran of the force who works in the department’s patrol division:

    http://newsok.com/prosecutors-wont-file-charges-in-oklahoma-city-officer-shooting/article/3718823?custom_click=pod_headline_oklahoma-city-news

    1. avatar Jeff says:

      Comments disabled at the link. That’s strange.

  10. avatar John Fritz says:

    OKC All Cops: Just Like You and Me, Only Better

    There. Fixed.

  11. avatar jed i nite says:

    Some animals are more equal than others.

  12. avatar Wiebelhaus says:

    OMFG this is straight corruption and blatant favoritism.

  13. avatar Bob says:

    SOP. Cops and politicians are above the law. They are special.

  14. avatar EthanB says:

    Is it just me or does it seem redundant that the sign in the background reads: “City of Oklahoma City”

    Yeah, off comment, but I think sums up the “we’re important” meme that the city and those in their employ are pushing.

    1. avatar Fallschirmjäger says:

      If you think that’s weird, imagine what it would be like to work at the City Hall of the City of Industry in City of Industry, California and someone comes in to apply to start a new industry in the city of The City of Industry.

  15. avatar bill says:

    If you live in OKC go to the next council meeting with all your neighbors and demand an answer. You elect them make them work for the money.

    1. avatar Chris Mallory says:

      The Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office probably doesn’t answer to the city council. I would imagine he is either elected or appointed by the state.

  16. avatar GS650G says:

    If you pull up to a school to pick up your kid and have a gun in the car, CCW on you, you’re in deep shit. Never mind discharging it next door.

    Unless you’re an off duty cop.

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