What’s Wrong With This Picture: Sydney SWAT Edition

I’m not a SWAT team member nor do I play one on the Internet. But that did not look like a smooth, well-coordinated operation to me. Especially the part where one of the cops who doesn’t make entry tosses a flash bang  (noisemaker?) into the room where his mates are busy trying to take out the bad guy without harming the hostages. Again, I’m not saying I could do better. I’m saying it looks like they could have done better.


WA Deputy Sheriff: MRAP Protects Against “Constitutionalists”

Regular readers know that TTAG is wary about linking to anything coming from infowars.com – especially as we just asked you if we should delete Loony Tunes conspiracy theory comments from our comments section. The video above overcame our reticence. The unidentified Spokane Valley [WA] Sheriff above clearly states that his peeps need an MRAP to deal with the threat posed by “constitutionalists” and “a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition.” I don’t know about you, but the NSA does. And they know I’m guilty on both counts – although I’d like a legal definition of “lots” to see if I qualify for a visit from my friendly neighborhood SWAT team. TTAG tipster RA has this to say about that . . .

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Grand Rapids Police Trading .40 Handguns for 9mm


“Grand Rapids police expect to move to a 9mm handgun next year and trade in the department’s .40 caliber guns,” mlive.com. “Police say the decision was made, in part, because many of the existing guns were approaching a service milestone, typically involving replacement of springs and possibly barrels. Grand Rapids police officers now use a SIG Sauer P229 DAK that takes .40 caliber bullets.” Yes, but that’s not the real reason they opted for nines over fo-tays: “The 9mm weapons are expected to have less recoil than the current handguns.” And there you have it. Hey! Let’s crunch some numbers . . .

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Police Firearms: What and Why – A Law Enforcement Perspective

LA cop badge and gun (courtesy xdesktopwallpapers.com)

Seargant Patrick Hayes writes:

TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia is familiar with firearms in general, police firearms in specific and the discrepancies between police and [legal] non-police firearms. As this site gets plenty of Google hits from less well-informed readers, RF asked me to provide a quick and basic overview of police firearms for new visitors – and for existing readers who want to share a little link love with their less firearms familiar friends. Let’s start with this: law enforcement officers (LEOs) carry or have quick-access to three types of firearms . . .

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Bad Guys Pretending to be Police. Kobayashi Maru?


“Law enforcement officers are searching for two assault suspects who hid in bushes, posed as police officers and chased a man and his girlfriend down an apartment hallway,” q13.com reports. Jack Permison read this tale and sent us a big SMH. The Chief Instructor at Castle Defense Solutions, is wondering what a gun owner should do to deal with the possibility of faux po-po . . .

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Santa Cruz Cops Trial .9mm Smart Gun

(courtesy jokeroo.com)

“One procedure that failed in Ferguson was Officer Wilson’s attempt to call for backup. His radio was switched to the wrong channel,” sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com reveals. “But a remarkable technology in California sets help in motion the moment a gun is drawn. Deputy James Wright is a top marksman for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department. He is also one of a dozen deputies now carrying a .9mm pistol, specially equipped with a small tracking module designed to alert headquarters whenever he unholsters or fires the weapon.” Ah yes the smart gun, coming soon to a New Jersey near you. And then nothing else, dumb gun-wise. Meanwhile, in the Golden State things are turning yellow and red . . .

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Beloit Police Chief: Let Us Search Your Homes for Guns


Beloit, Wisconsin Police Chief Norm Jacobs is serious about preventing crime in his town and has obviously taken the gun grabbers’ gun-violence-as-a-public-health-issue approach to heart. “Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we’ve learned from our health providers.” Amen to that. Think about it for a minute. If you’re feeling poorly and suspect you may be sick — or have spent too much time in west Africa lately — you go your doctor and ask him to poke around to see what he can find, right? Well wpr.com tells us that’s exactly the approach Chief Jacobs wants Beloiters to take when it comes to civilian-owned firearms. Which is why . . .

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Quote of the Day: The Police Are Not Outgunned Edition

SWAT (courtesy wikimedia.org)

“Multiple studies, including from the Justice Department, have shown that the guns used in homicides, including the killing of police officers, overwhelmingly tend to be small-caliber handguns. Moreover, gun ownership has increased over the past 20 years — the same period in which both the violent crime rate and the killing of police officers have been in decline.” – Radley Balko, Five myths about America’s police [via washingtonpost.com] [h/t JP]


St. Louis Police Apologize for Toy Gun Parental Advisory

The shooting and killing of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old Airsoft-wielding boy shot by a Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann seconds after he arrived on the scene, did not go unnoticed in St. Louis. Someone at the St. Louis County Police Fenton precinct Facebooked parental advice on faux firearms for friends and families whose children might play with toy guns. Here’s the text, since disappeared down the memory hole (paragraph breaks added) . . .

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One Solution to Police Brutality: Open Carry

“When I was in Washington DC, that’s when Virginia first passed its concealed carry into law and we in law enforcement thought, ‘Oh man, it’s going to be terrible, it’s going to be the wild west, agg assaults and murders are going to go up.’ There wasn’t a blip on the radar.” That’s San Antonio Police Chief William McManus explaining [via foxsanantonio.com] his lack of tsuris regarding Texas’ forthcoming move to open carry. But there’s more to open carry than simply nothing bad happening (Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s worst non-nightmare). As huffingtonpost.com writer H. A. Goodman suggested, open carry could act as a deterrent against police “over-zealousness.” I think that’s right. When I opened carried in Rhode Island . . .

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BREAKING: Darren Wilson Resigns from Ferguson PD


“Citing security fears, Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, has resigned from the police department,” reports stltoday.com, a move that should surprise no one with a pulse and even minimal brain wave activity. While in his resignation letter (after the jump), Wilson cites the risk to residents and fellow officers should he go back to work on the streets of Ferguson – all true, no doubt – by returning to his former job, Wilson himself would have had a target on his back every minute of every day . . .

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