It can’t be easy being a police officer in the City of Broad Shoulders in the County of Cook. You’re held up to such high standards, after all. Coppers there are – to hear the ward healers and palm greasers tell it – the only people who are qualified to own and carry the means of deadly force. Not that you’d expect they’d have to use their guns much, what with all the laws on the books making sure that so few people own them. But that being the case, Chicago residents who are
told asked by their betters to forego the right to armed self defense and allow the men and women in blue to handle that dangerous job for them might expect better training on the part of their town’s police officers . . .
An unidentified CPD officer – her name was thoughtfully withheld, no doubt to spare her any undue embarrassment – was in a local nail salon getting her digits done Thursday evening when her duty gun went bang. Accounts vary, but suntimes.com tries to sort out what actually happened:
Witnesses gave varying accounts. Some said the 22-year veteran dropped her purse. Others said the gun went off when she put in on a counter. Police said the gun went off when the officer picked it up from under a chair.
One thing seems clear, though. The officer in question (not pictured above, we don’t think) tossed her heater in her bag without benefit of a holster. As a result, she now has a new orifice in her leg.
Some customers wondered why the “safety” was not on — but most department-approved handguns don’t have them, officials say.
No, those twelve pound triggers are usually all the safety a cop needs for normal duty purposes. Of course, that doesn’t include letting your Glock rattle around unprotected in your Coach bag along with your badge, a wallet, the car keys, some ChapStick, a cell phone and fifty-three cents in change. That makes it a little too easy for something – other than a finger – to come in contact with the trigger.
The no-name officer will evidently make a full recovery, of which we’re certainly happy. In the mean time, since we don’t know her name, we’ll be forwarding her IGOTD statuette to CPD HQ ASAP so it can be admired and enjoyed by the Windy City’s finest as a whole. Seems only fair, doesn’t it?