Category: Police Procedure

Disgruntled Gamer SWATs Rival

 Long Island SWAT team doing what SWAT teams do, even when they don't need to do it. (courtesy nypost.com)

“Long Island police dispatched helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of cops to a home where someone called in a bloody rampage on Tuesday,” nypost.com reports. “They arrived with guns drawn and ready for war — only to find out the call to cops was an act of revenge by a gamer whom the teen who lives inside had just beaten in an online Call of Duty battle.” I like that “ready for war.” You know; in the sense that I so don’t. Anyway, “The prank caller told police over Skype that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, of Long Beach — and that ‘I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people,’ cops said.” I’m not a sworn police officer – I just Monday-morning-quarterback them here – but is that the kind of call that elicits a full-on SWATfest? And I do mean full-on . . .

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Quote of the Day: Tooling Up Edition

Shanghai police officer firearms training courtesy shanghaist.com

“I do feel some pressure in carrying a gun…It’s obviously of great help for our daily work. And we will strictly follow the rules and laws when using it.” – Officer Wang Haiyi quoted in Shanghai relaxes controls on armed (police) patrols [at xinhuanet.com]

Utah Sheriffs Missing M-16 Misegos

 My money's on the guy on the left (courtesy co.davis.ut.us)

One week ago, TTAG named the Davis County Sheriff’s Office our Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day for losing a M16. (D’oh!) We were particularly captivated by this comment: “Davis County Sheriff Todd Richardson said last week it’s only a matter of time before the rifle is found. And anyone who knowingly possesses the rifle will be prosecuted, even if that person is or was a peace officer.” Well, sltrib.com reports that the Sheriff’s found the missing full-auto firearm. And here’s the tough-talking po-po’s statement on the recovered rifle . . .

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How Your Local CLEO Can Screw Up Your Form 4

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I had an interesting experience with my local CLEO today. They, in conjunction with a customer that had no idea what they were doing and decided to disregard all of the instructions that I gave him, created a paperwork mess of biblical proportions. For starters, it always surprises me when I hand someone a list of instructions with everything they need to do to get ATF Form 4 approved properly…and they don’t follow it. It’s pretty simple really. That’s why I love customers who are commercial airplane pilots . . . continue reading

NJ Homeowner [Barely] Avoids Jail for Racking Shotgun at Intruders

Scene of the non-crime (courtesy nbcphiladelphia.com)

“At about 2 a.m., [former firefighter 24-year-old Samuel] McGraw said he looked outside his home in the Deepwater section of the township and saw flashlights moving around outside near his truck,” nj.com reports. “He said he was nervous, as well as concerned for the safety of his parents, who were also home at the time. He opened the door and said he ‘racked’ his shotgun, hoping the sound would scare away what he thought were intruders.” Only the intruders weren’t intruders per se. In fact, the lights outside . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: Another Day, Another MRAP Edition

First of all, sorry for getting the town wrong in an earlier version of this post. Second, huh? What does ANY police force need with an MRAP? I mean, if it gets to the point where you need a humongous armored personnel carrier to “solve” a violent situation, it’s time to call in an air strike. (Note to local police: don’t get any ideas.) There are plenty of smaller vehicles that can do this job as well, not to mention individual officers sheltering and maneuvering behind a ballistic shield. Yes there is that. As Baker Ballistics points out, an active shooter or hostage situation requires speed, surprise and violence of action. Given the size and lack of maneuverability of an MRAP, once the initial surprise wears off, what? To quote the Prez, these weapons of war have no business on our streets.

Phoenix Cop Shoots Perp Who Tased Him

Police TASER (courtesy policemag.com)

I’ve learned my lesson. I will not pronounce “good shoot” or “bad shoot” when reporting Officer Involved Shootings (OIS). For one thing, many members of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia are a lot more knowledgable of and experienced with these types of incidents than your humble scribe. Second, I’m from Rhode Island. When it comes to tales of criminality, I know that the first story is never the real story. This one from ktar.com sounds decidedly dodgy . . .

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