“Arizona’s Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is about to become the first law enforcement agency in the nation to deploy a new weapon with the hopes of preventing police involved shooting deaths,” wilx.com reports. “In addition to traditional handguns and Tasers, the sheriff’s office is adding a third weapon to its deputies’ duty belts, a ‘less-lethal’ handgun that can be used as an alternative to real bullets.” Wait, that means . . .
“I was inside my apartment and slipping off my shoes when I heard a man’s voice and what sounded like a small dog whimpering outside, near my front window,” Fay Wells [above] writes at washintonpost.com. “I imagined a loiterer and opened the door to move him along. I was surprised to see a large dog halfway up the staircase to my door. I stepped back inside, closed the door and locked it. I heard barking. I approached my front window and loudly asked what was going on. Peering through my blinds, I saw a gun. A man stood at the bottom of the stairs, pointing it at me.” Question: was the man with the gun in police uniform? Ms. Wells doesn’t say. But what happened next was scary enough . . .
That would be France’s Research and Intervention Brigade. Well, two of them who both carry two guns. The guy on the left has a GLOCK in a drop-leg holster and one velcroed onto his chest rig. Which makes it easier for him to access additional firepower one-handed when carrying that big-ass ballistic shield. It strikes me that European cops divide between un-armed street cops and ready-for-war (if tactically challenged) SWAT teams. Perhaps they should split la difference? [h/t thefirearmblog.com]
“Once upon a time, you could get firearms support to somebody within 10 to 15 minutes. There are now occasions throughout the country where the possibility of getting somebody there within 50 minutes is more likely.” – Anonymous retired British police officer in British police still shun guns despite Paris attacks: ‘We are an unarmed force – we’re proud of that’ [at rawstory.com]
“Just because I have a handgun on me and a license to carry should not be a big deal, but that is what made it the turning point.” It’s hard to come to any other conclusion based on the report and the dashcam footage (click the image above to view the whole thing). After calling for backup, the Rosenberg, Texas officer tells Alonzo Gonzalez he’s being cuffed and taken in for “fail(ure) to signal your STOP sign” and having “an obstructed view on your windshield through the driver’s side.” . . .
I have no idea why people cling to the belief that British police are unarmed. Sure, the average “bobby” on the beat doesn’t carry a sidearm, but they wear bullet resistant vests, carry tasers and batons and have immediate radio access to fully tooled-up armed response units. Then there are the fully armed police walking around “sensitive” parts of The Land of Hope and Glory (e.g., Buckingham Palace, Heathrow Airport and The City). As for the young lass above, dailymail.co.uk reports . . .
Returning to his burglarized Los Angeles mansion from what I’m sure was an epic trip, Dan Bilzerian found that most of his firearms, magazines, and ammunition were missing. What you wouldn’t expect to find is that the burglars weren’t able to penetrate his steel-hardened gun closet, and left the house ballistically empty-handed. Wait, so then who forcibly broke into the closet and stole the guns? Why, the LAPD, of course. . .
“Somewhere in Atlanta, in a room controlled by the city’s police force, is a cache of 6,000 or so guns that have been plucked off the streets over the last three years,” ajc.com reports. This despite S.B. 350, a state law passed in 2012 that directs the police to re-sell confiscated firearms. “We have an obligation to re-sell [the guns] to gun purchasers,” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner told CBS46 last week. After acknowledging his legal obligation, Chief Turner made no secret of his intention to ignore it. Like this . . .
I have a rep in these parts for being anti-cop. I’m not. I’m anti-bad cop. If I hear someone breaking into my house or nosing around my property, I’m calling the my good friends (at that moment anyway) in the police department. I’m not going to investigate. I’ll gather friendlies, assume a defensive position and wait. Here’s a story [via deseretmnews,com] where a homeowner took it upon himself to locate and confront a perp before the po-po made the scene and paid the ultimate price . . .
Fox News informs us that, “(A)utomatic license plate readers — like the one that helped crack the (Walter) Bailey murder case and send his killer to prison for life — and the company that manufactures them are under fire from a tech watchdog that found more than 100 of the systems streaming live on the web, potentially compromising personal information of countless Americans.” Wait. A government-operated, web-accessible database? What could possibly go wrong? Well, there’s this: “The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s study found footage from stationary cameras, which scan license plates and generate personal data on the car’s registrant, was being posted online — and with no password protection. One such camera was monitoring activity at a University of Southern California frat house, while another was trained on a Florida gun shop, according to the group . . .
STATEMENT BY CITY OF ROHNERT PARK REGARDING
CONCLUSION OF INVESTIGATION INTO JULY 29, 2015 INCIDENT
October 28, 2015
Background: On July 29, 2015 a resident of Rohnert Park filmed an encounter with a Rohnert Park Public Safety Officer, and posted it on-line. The City commissioned an investigation of the incident by an independent third-party investigator. The investigator had full access to all requested City witnesses and documents and no party interfered with, or attempted to influence, the findings of the investigation . . .
As it currently stands, the FBI issues special agents a GLOCK 22 or a GLOCK 23 in .40 S&W caliber. If the agent fails their first qualification, Quantico’s quislings swap out the .40 cal pistol for a 9mm G17 or G19. The Fibbies’ “tolerance” for 9mm reflects a 2014 caliber study concluding that “the move to 9mm Luger can now be viewed as a decided advantage for our armed law enforcement personnel.” So here we are in November 2015 and it looks like the Fibbies are taking their own advice . . .