Irish Gardaí (Police): Give Us Back Our Machine Guns!

Gardai (courtesy sovereignindependententuk.co.uk)

“Gardai are calling for the return of high-powered machine guns to the force,” irishindependent.ie reports, “after a sudden escalation in gangland violence in the capital in the last few days.” And don’t be giving us them low-powered machine guns, neither, the Independent didn’t add. “[Garda Representative Association] President Mr Dermot O’Brien said An Garda Síóchána is under-resourced and said he wants his members ‘[to be] protected when they go out there.'” To that end, he’s got a shopping list . . .

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Chicago Cop Sues Dead Teen’s Family for $10m

Officer Robert Rialmo (courtesy chicago.cbslocal.com)

“The Chicago police officer who killed Quintonio LeGrier has filed a lawsuit against the teen’s estate,” cnn.com reports. “In a counterclaim filed last week, Officer Robert Rialmo alleges the 19-year-old whom he shot dead the day after Christmas assaulted him with a baseball bat and caused him to suffer trauma. He’s seeking more than $10 million in punitive damages from LeGrier’s estate.” According to Officer Rialmo’s lawsuit . . .

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SF’s Law Enforcement-Inspired Safe Storage Law Has Law Enforcement Carve-Out

SF SWAT (courtesy prisonplanet.com)

“San Francisco added a new gun control law to the books Tuesday by mandating storage requirements for firearms left in unattended vehicles,” sfexaminer.com reports. “Gun owners will have to ensure, if they leave their firearms behind in their parked cars, the weapons are in trunks inaccessible from inside the vehicle or in lock boxes affixed to the vehicle.” If’n they don’t, “Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor, spend up to six months in jail and pay a $10,000 fine.” Check out the genesis of this “blame the victim” gun control law . . .

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Syracuse University’s Top Cop’s Statement on Lost Shotguns

Syracuse University's Department of Public Safety Chief Maldonando (courtesy news.syr.edu)

Syracuse University Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado [above] issued the following statement after several of his officers lost four shotguns off the back of a truck on the way back from training [quote via cnycentral.com]

In October DPS officers took part in a firearms training session in a rural area of Onondaga County. As the officers exited the facility and were driving in a DPS pickup truck, two cases holding four unloaded 12 gauge shotguns, similar to waterfowl guns, fell out of the back of the truck. After stopping a few miles later the officers realized this and immediately notified the State Police. An extensive search of the route taken along with a canvasing of houses in the rural area of the incident, however . . .

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Question of the Day: Why Don’t [Some] Police Support Gun Rights?

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“I fled my marital home in my mid-20s with whatever I could fit in a truck,” Erin Easter [above] writes at Fairfield, California’s dailyrepublic.com. “My ex-husband immediately began a campaign of harassment and stalking that went on for years. After numerous calls to the local police requesting assistance, I asked what I should do. An officer suggested I get a gun because situations like ours never end well for the woman. This advice stunned me. I was flabbergasted that a police officer was suggesting I should shoot my son’s father.” Yes, well, here’s the thing . . .

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Question of the Day: Are Police Racists?

“Connecticut officers who drew their stun guns on the job last year were more likely to fire when the suspect was black or Hispanic, according to a first-of-its-kind set of statistics that could stoke the nation’s debate over race and police use of force,” abcnews.go.com reports, stoking the nation’s debate over race and police use of force. Not that we’re not doing the same thing. ‘Cause I’m tired of people playing the race card. Cops should enforce the law equally. Period. If they don’t, they should be fired. (Don’t get me started on police unions.) Anyway, are some cops racists? Most cops? If so, what should be done about it?

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BREAKING: Bundy Drivers Says Finicum Shot While Charging Police; Daughter Says He Was Murdered

(courtesy Facebook.com)

“Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum, the spokesman of the refuge occupation, was shot and killed after he charged police during a roadside stop north of Burns on Tuesday, according to a man on Facebook who claims to be the driver of one of two vehicles involved in the highway shooting.” That’s the 411 from Les Zaitz, senior investigative reporter at oregonlive.com. Problem: Mark McConnell’s Facebook page is now blank. As is the deceased’s daughter’s Facebook page. One of our readers sent a screen cap of the LaVoyandjeanette Facebook page before it was wiped. I’ve posted it after the jump. As of this writing, we only have Zaitz’ description of McConnell’s video. A second-hand account as follows . . .

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BREAKING: Government Creates “Containment Zone” Around Occupied Refuge

The Washington Post reports that the FBI and Oregon State Police have surrounded and quarantined the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, “where a small cast of gun-toting, cowboy hat and camouflage-wearing anti-government activists.” (Harsh much?) The move comes after one member of the group — de facto spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum [above] — was shot and killed during a traffic stop some 30 miles from the Refuge. The Post speculates that the creation of a “containment area” may presage a police action to remove the protestors. According to a statement from the FBI and Oregon State Police, their goal is . . .

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BREAKING: One Dead as Ammon Bundy, Others Arrested in Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation

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“One person was killed as authorities arrested a group of people involved with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge,” cnn.com reports. The police arrested Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, Brian Cavalier, Shawna Cox and Ryan W. Payne during a traffic stop some 30 miles from the Refuge. One person, said to be the subject of a federal probable cause arrest, was shot and killed during the confrontation. It’s not clear how the shooting occurred. kata.com reports that . . .

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Force Science Institute: The Truth About Police Killings

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(Republished with permission from The Force Science Institute)

In the wake of Ferguson and the anti-police firestorm that episode ignited, The Washington Post determined to do what no government agency had done: catalog the essential facts of every on-duty fatal shooting by police in the US in 2015. That exhaustive undertaking, which documents nearly 1,000 firearms deaths at the hands of LEOs for the year, is now completed, and the Post is moving on to 2016 . . .

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NYPD Spending $700k on Fully-Automatic Rifles

(courtesy nydailynews,.com)

“The NYPD is spending more than $700,000 to buy automatic rifles for cops assigned to the Emergency Services Unit, the Daily News has learned. The purchase means every cop assigned to the elite unit will have their own rifle and will not have to share weapons, as has been the case, said Deputy Chief Edward Mullen, an NYPD spokesman.” The ESU will replace all its current guns, and use the “old” guns for practice. So, how much is that per gun? Glad I asked . . .

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