Transparency. It’s a good thing, not a bad thing. Especially when you’re talking about public servants who have a remarkable tendency to abuse the power bestowed upon them by their fellow citizens. Double especially when these public servants are in possession of firearms. So here’s a huge Bronx cheer to all those police departments who refuse to release the names and photographs of officers who create a negligent discharge by their, uh, negligence. And trust me, this kind of cover-up and obfuscation is the norm. Example? I’m glad I asked. miami.cbslocal.com takes us to the 30th floor of the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday . . .
A Miami-Dade Police Officer, according to police, was demonstrating a scenario to a judge during a training exercise . . . when he accidentally fired a single shot from his department-issued rifle, an AR-15.
The bullet hit the floor, leaving a hole about the size of a fingertip in the carpet near a sofa in the hallway.
No one was hurt. In fact, several people in the building at the time told CBS4 they didn’t even hear the shot.
A sign in the courthouse lobby warns law enforcement officers to secure their firearms in gun lockers if they’re there on personal business.
The cop in this instance was there on official training business.
Police say there’s nothing unlawful or against policy about him having his weapon.
But questions remain, including “Why was the gun loaded during training?” and “Should the safety have been on at the time”?
Police have not yet released the name of the officer who fired the gun.
They gotta do that! How else are we going to know to whom to send the IGOTD hardware?
Anyway, anyone here buying the idea that the cop was “training” the judge? How about showing off? Thought so. Anyone else wanna bet the cop gets anything other than a wrist-slap for NDing his “assault rifle” (curious how bashful the media are when it comes to using that term for police rifles)? Thought not.