Quote of the Day: Police Killings of Civilians on the Rise. Or Not.

“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]

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‘A Concerned Cop’ in St. Louis’ Safety Message for Civilians

Korean shopkeepers (courtesy bob-owens.com)

“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 . . .

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SURPRISE! FL Active Shooter Drill Angers Parents

“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 . . .

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WA State Patrol: We Won’t Arrest Universal Background Check Protesters

Washington State Patrol recruit learns the finer point of the teacup grip (courtesy wsp.wa.gov)

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 . . .

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WA SWAT Team Win Shootout – With 911 Caller

Vancouver WA SWAT team that had shootout with 911 caller (courtesy kgw.com)

“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 . . .

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NY Deputy Sees Rifle, Swears Like a Sailor, Slaps Citizen, Grabs Keys and Searches Car

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 . . .

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ASPCA Position on Police Shooting Dogs

(courtesy aspca.org)

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 . . .

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Ohio K-9 Cop Cleared of Wrongful Dog Shoot

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“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 . . .

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New York Police Shoot Cop Car Invader Who Isn’t Michael Brown

“Cops shot a 25-year-old man after he jumped in the backseat of their unmarked squad car and grabbed a sergeant’s pistol in Brooklyn early Sunday,” nydailynews.com reports. “Authorities say the suspect hopped in the back of an unmarked patrol car stopped at a red light and started fighting with a sergeant and a police officer on Avenue D and Nostrand Ave. in East Flatbush around 12:45 a.m. Gunshots then erupted in the car. It was not immediately clear who fired or why the suspect jumped into the squad car.” What is clear: New York’s Finest have maintained their legendary reputation for marksmanship . . .

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Oops! Kissimmee, FL Wrong House No-Knock Raid

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“All I see is guns pointed at me, officers coming through the door. I hear, ‘boom, boom, boom,’ two to three times,” reports wftv.com. That’s how King Baker described being awoken Thursday by members of the Kissimmee, Florida SWAT team, “bursting through his door and the sight of a gun to his head. It turns out the officers were in the wrong apartment…. When I told them my name and they was like, ‘Oh (expletive), we have the wrong house.'” Fortunately for all concerned, no one was hurt. But give the KPD some credit. You don’t usually hear admissions like this after a wrong-address un-announced visit . . .

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