The FBI has released the 2013 edition of its cheerfully titled Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted. [Click here to read. Press release with summary after the jump.] Once again, the greatest danger the police face is . . . accidental death. The report reports that 49 police officers died in accidents (26 killed in motor vehicle accidents, two “accidentally shot” ). “Felonious acts” killed 27 law enforcement officers. All but one of those died from gunfire. Bad guys with handguns took out 18 cops, the rest used shotguns or rifles. Six of the cop killers were “under judicial supervision” when they pulled the trigger. The total stat represents a drop of 22 percent from the previous year. It’s also worth noting that America is home to around 750k sworn police officers. So a policeman has a .0036 percent chance of being shot to death by a bad guy. That’s one out of 27,778 officers . . .
Reader H. writes:
The anti-gun crowd – Bloomberg, Obama, Feinstein, the Brady bunch, Watts and the rest, with the help of the liberal legacy media – should step up to the plate and take ownership of the results of their efforts in demonizing ‘the gun’ to the point where it is becoming culturally unacceptable and downright dangerous to even be associated with a gun – any gun – even toys, in public. That wasn’t always the case; it wasn’t until recent years that ‘guns’ have fallen into such widespread evil repute. By whipping up unwarranted hysteria at the mere sight of any sort a gun . . .
Confirming almost all expectations, a St. Louis County grand jury has “no true billed” Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown. While everyone from Brown’s parents to President Obama has dutifully appealed for calm, the governor, taking no chances, has declared a state of emergency and called up the Guard. St. Louis City, County and local police are tooled up to deal with the inevitable pre-planned shows of rage. The race hustling and organized grievance industries have positioned personnel and provisions, planning demonstrations no matter the grand jury’s decision. Everyone from the KKK to Al Sharpton and his National Action Network will be using the days ahead to further their respective agendas. In short, what could possibly go wrong? As always, watch this space.
So a cop pulls into a cop shop in Akron, Ohio. As Officer Distracted leaves the cruiser, he mistakenly hits the remote trunk release on his key fob. (ohio.com: “it appears a defective latch allowed the cruiser trunk to pop open after an officer parked near the department.”) A homeless man (and thief) named James Couto Jr. wanders by. He sees an unsecured “high-powered and loaded” M16 – one of 5000 loaned to OH cops by the DOD – in the trunk. Mr. Couto plays finders keepers. The cops freak. The cops catch him dead-to-rights. A judge sentences Mr. Couto to two years in the hoosegow. No word on administrative action against the policeman or woman from whom the M16 was stolen. Fair enough? [Note: this is not the first time this has happened.]
“According to the FBI, police have reached a two-decade high in fatally shooting suspects. Law enforcement officers killed 461 people in 2013. It’s the third year in a row that fatal shootings by police have increased. Actually, a correction: We are seeing an increase in the number of killings by police reported to the FBI.” – Violence by Americans Is Down, Unless Those Americans Happen to Be Police Officers [via reason.com] [h/t DC]
“If you don’t have a gun, get one and get one soon,” a poster called A Concerned Cop posts on St. Louis Cop Talk forum ahead of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown homicide case: “It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.” Scanning St. Louis Cop Talk for more feedback from the boys in blue, a clear message comes shining through: the cops at the sharp end have little to no faith in their superiors. Here’s self-professed 33-year St. Louis police vet Jim Donaldson’s take . . .
“A school lockdown drill in Winter Haven, Florida, angered parents whose children apparently texted in alarm, with one noting that a police officer with an assault rifle came into a classroom,” abcnews.go.com reports. “Initially, only three people knew the lockdown at Jewett Middle Academy on Thursday was only a drill, police said. Parents, teachers and students were not told in advance about the scheduled event because, the school district said, the element of surprise is vital to make the drill effective.” And there you have it: the only good reason not to arm teachers, administrators and school staff. They might shoot SWAT team members descending – unannounced – on schools. Only in the future, armed teachers may have the edge . . .
We recently reported that Washington state gun owners are planning an act of civil disobedience. In defiance of the Evergreen State’s freshly-minted Universal Background Check law – brought into being by a mid-term ballot initiative (I-594) – tooled up protestors will exchange firearms. Without a NICS check. In public. In front of the state capitol building. And now mynorthwest.com reports that they will do so without any law enforcement intervention from the State Patrol . . .
“The [911 caller] had told Vancouver police that he spotted 59-year-old John Kendall in the 700 block of Northeast Blanford Drive,” kgw.com reports. “A manhunt was under way at the time for Kendall, who deputies said had shot his neighbor earlier that morning.” Things went dramatically downhill from there. “Investigators then confirmed Kendall’s cell phone was in the immediate area according to the Vancouver Police Department. A SWAT team arriving at the scene spotted a man who matched Kendall’s description. They were unaware that the citizen who called 911 was still there . . .
You don’t really need a backstory to this gone-viral video. We publish it here because the entire incident was rifle-related. It all started when a man named Colin Fitch purchased a .22 caliber long gun. Mr. Fitch and his best bud Adam Roberts were stopped by cops who saw the rifle on the back seat of Mr. Roberts’ parked car. Former Facebooker and Saratoga County Deputy Shawn Glans and his best bud wanted to search the car. Boy did they want to search the car . . .
The ASPCA [American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] believes that most instances of police shootings of dogs are avoidable. The Force Continuum concept has been helpful in reducing unnecessary injuries to the public and professionals in encounters with potentially dangerous people. Law enforcement agencies are recognizing that similar benefits can be gained by applying this concept to encounters with potentially dangerous animals. There are many steps that law enforcement agencies can take to prevent the needless killing of dogs and reduce the high risk of injuries to officers and the general public in such instances . . .
“Officer Gilkerson has a tremendous love for animals,” Chief Whitehead told toledoblade.com. “At no point in our careers as officers do we hope to pull a firearm and have to shoot anyone or anything. I hope people take into consideration that this is unfortunate for everybody involved, but it was a decision that officer had to make within a split second.” Yes, well . . .