Category Archives: Police

Nothing to see here, move along…

LAWTON — A woman was struck in the chest by a bullet fired by a police officer aiming at a gunman outside a nightclub early Sunday, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reports.

Jerry Ann Short, 24, of Lawton, was hit when the officer shot at a man waving a gun at a crowd of people about 1:45 a.m. at the Gate 4 Recovery Room nightclub in Lawton, an OSBI news release states.

Officers heard a gunshot coming from the parking lot outside the club where about 300 people had gathered. Officers approached the man and demanded he drop his weapon, but the man raised his weapon toward the group of bystanders, OSBI reports.

An officer fired a round but missed the man. The bullet hit a parked vehicle, went through several windows and hit Short in the chest, according to the news release. Short was treated at a hospital and released.

The man with the gun fled, the police officer reported.

via NewsOK.com.

Stories like this infuriate me. Did the “reporter” even spend 10 minutes on it? We know the name of the woman who was shot. We don’t know anything, at all, about the criminal except that he was a dude. If it had been a concealed carry permit holder that shot the woman his name would not only be in the article, unlike the police officer’s, but I suspect the article would be significantly longer and maybe on the 10pm news. But because a highly trained police officer made a mistake, nothing to see here, move along. Everyone makes mistakes.

You don’t need to click the link. I quoted the entire report for you. Here is just a short list of what should have been in the article.

  • The officers name;
  • The name of the maniac waving the gun around;
  • Maybe they don’t know his name; 300 people were there, no one knew the guy? Really?
  • A picture of the scene;
  • A description of where the officer, criminal, crowd, and Ms. Short were;
  • Yeah, what I want here are some 8×10 color glossy pictures with the circles and the arrows.

Note to “STAFF REPORTS”. Reprinting OSBI news releases is not reporting. If “reporters” would go back to being reporters maybe your industry wouldn’t be collapsing.

Mall Ninja

Scott A. Smith, 37, of North Ridgeville allegedly packed a bag with a loaded 9-millimeter Glock, extra ammunition clips and four knives for his trip to the movie theater, according to Cleveland.com.

via latimes.com.

Smith was going to see Dark Knight Rises of course. Apparently a security guard became suspicious because of the bag and the position he chose to sit in at the theater. He arrived early and sat at the top with his back near the wall.  I do not grok this man nor the police spokesman.

The Bag. Why did he need a bag to carry his one gun, some magazines and a few knives? I can, and do, regularly carry a Glock 17, two extra magazines, and a couple of knives underneath (and sometimes in) a 5.11 dress shirt. Just for fun one day, I decided to see just how much I could carry and go out to dinner without any of it showing. Thanks to a shirt like this one along with my normal hip holster and appendix carry, the total was 4 handguns and 6 knives. We went out to dinner and no one but my wife knew what a nutjob I am. That was very uncomfortable and if there was a fight, it better have involved guns, because there was no way I could have moved enough for a fist fight. It was ridiculous, but possible to carry that load in public. He took a bag instead and for that reason I’m going to call this one: Mall Ninja.

The Position. He arrived early, drawing attention to himself anyway, and took a seat in the back of the theater with his back against the wall. Really I’m Ok with this. It doesn’t say, but he should have worried less about the wall and more about the emergency exit. I would sit near the exit I thought least likely to be stampeded by the crowd when the fecal matter hit the  oscillator.

The Police. Quotes by Westlake Police Lt. Ray Arcuri about Mr. Smith:

“What concerns us is where he was sitting in the theater,” Arcuri was quoted as saying. “If he chose to do something there, all his potential victims were in front of him and he had an advantage over them.”

Arcuri added: “When you consider the movie he was going to and what happened in Colorado, you have to wonder what would make him want to bring the weapons into that particular film. Our police officer did a great job spotting him.”

If I wanted to defend myself from any particular kind of emergency, I would definitely try to position myself where I had the advantage. It doesn’t matter if it is a crazed bad guy at the door, a wildfire, or a baby with explosive diarrhea. Position yourself so you get the least amount of icky stuff on you, that’s my philosophy. But yes, officer Arcuri, why would someone, in light of what happened in Colorado, want to bring weapons into that particular film? Gosh, I just can’t imagine. It totally escapes me. I’m trying to picture it.. nope nothing. I assume you took yours off a left it at home before going to the theater that day. For the children.

The why. This is the biggest reason I do not grok. I went to see Dark Knight Rises. It was awesome by the way. I have no idea how Christopher Nolan managed to produce three kick-ass Batman movies in a row without someone along the way (most likely Christian Bale or network execs) screwing it all up.  I think I’ve told this story before, but its a good one. I was going to buy a used gun from a guy I didn’t know at a truck stop next to the interstate. So I did what anyone should do in that situation, I took a friend. I also took my Glock which I take most days anyway. When I went to pick up my friend he was trying to decide if he should carry his pistol (No, I don’t understand that either). He asked me, “Are you expecting trouble?” I replied, “No, if I were expecting trouble I wouldn’t go.”  The Dark Knight Rises was awesome, and I’m glad I went to see it. But I could have waited until it came out on video. I have a huge-ass TV and surround sound. Would have been almost as good. If I thought what happened in Colorado was likely to happen at my theater I wouldn’t go. This guy was so convinced it was likely that he made preps for it in addition to whatever he normally does. If you find yourself doing that. Don’t go.

Another one bites the dust

Authorities said a man who identified himself as the woman’s grandson called police at 8:12 p.m. to report that a burglary was in progress at the house, Officer Leland Ashley said. Three responding officers arrived four minutes later and entered the home through the back door, which showed signs of forced entry, he said.

As they entered, they heard the woman pleading for help and asking not to be hurt and saw a man hovering over her, Ashley said.

The officers ordered him to stop, and when he didn’t obey their commands, one officer shot him, Ashley said. He died at the scene.

via Tulsa World.

Self-defense experts, and amatures like me, like to talk about how the police won’t be there to save you and how you need to take responsibility for yourself. Its easy to find countless stories of the police arriving in time to take pictures, write reports, and start the manhunt for the killers. I’ve linked to a bunch here.

There are also lots of stories where the police get there in time, but wait outside until the water fowl alignment is complete and bad things happen inside.

In this case, the police were called, arrived in a reasonable time, they entered the house right away and shot the bad guy before he could kill the woman inside. That, in my humble opinion, is a story with a happy ending and it was brought to you by the Tulsa Police Department. I spend a lot of time bitching about cops here, but when they get it right, that deserves some acknowledgement too. Great work guys (or girls)!

 

Will it pass?

Today, House Bill 2522 was given final passage in the House by an 85 to 9 vote and will now be sent to the state Senate for consideration.  This bill, authored by state Representative Steve Martin (R-10), is an NRA-backed omnibus firearm bill which would make significant improvements to Oklahoma’s gun laws.

via NRA-ILA

Those improvements include open carry. You’d still need a permit, but your permit would be good for open and concealed carry. We’ve come very close a couple of times, but the fix was in on those and they were never real opportunities for open carry. They were just opportunities for anti-gun politicians to get a little ‘gun cred’. But I suspect this time if it passes Gov. Fallin would sign it.

The BlueOklahoma blog is against the open carry bill. They start with:

“The national open-carry movement is fueled by the false claims that there’s too much gun control in this country and that there’s some type of stealth movement to actually take guns away from people.”

I have no idea how people would get that idea. The article goes on to list the reasons open carry of firearms is “NOT a good idea for Oklahoma” (keep in mind open carry without a permit even is the allowed in Alaska, Vermont, Arizona, and Wyoming).

“The supporters of these bills have offered no good, practical reasons to have open carry in Oklahoma. Why do we need it? Is it simply an exercise in ideology?

I’m not sure why anyone needs to provide a reason to express a constitutional right. To put it another way, what’s need got to do with it? But if you need some reasons, okay, I’m game. Currently if a concealed firearm is inadvertently revealed by lets say a gust of wind or while getting out of a car, then the holder is technically guilty of a crime. Believe it or not most gun owners are law-abiding and we hate being guilty of any crime. There are also times when concealing is difficult and constraining. I’d like to take my coat off when I sit down for dinner. I also wouldn’t mind being able to throw a frisbee to my son without also wearing a sweatshirt in June.

“Open carry could lead to more accidental shootings. What if a gun is not properly holstered?”

How is this different from concealed carry? This is an argument for education and training, not for restricting constitutional rights. If your worry is that a gun that is not properly hostered could fall and accidentally discharge then you shouldn’t concern yourself. Modern handguns are drop safe. They will not fire when dropped accidentally. Yes, I know, you are always hearing about people dropping guns and then the gun “goes off”. I’m sorry, but this does not happen–they lied. Guns go off when someone or something pulls the trigger. Dropped guns go off when people try to catch then and instead catch the trigger. Again, this is an argument for education and training which I’m all for. Lets add safe gun handling into the education curriculum for our kids so things like this don’t happen.

“People will get frightened when they see a group of people walking down the street carrying weapons. The fact is that guns scare people. Imagine walking to a restaurant in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown and encountering several men with weapons. Open carry has a real potential to hurt the state’s image and its tourist industry.”

I don’t care. I’m sorry, I hate to seem heartless, I’m actually a really nice guy. You can ask any of my students and I bet they would say the same. But how you feel about something is not my problem and is in fact your problem. And since you are scared of inanimate objects, I have a hard time even getting worked up about making you feel better; especially when it infringes on my rights. We heard the same canard about tourism when Florida first passed their concealed handgun bill in the 90’s. I still have to book my condo in Destin, Florida months in advance.

As for walking into a restaurant and encountering several men with weapons let me tell you about two encounters with armed men at restaurants I have had. First was in Q’doba when I saw two morbidly obese men in polo shirts and kaki slacks sitting at a table ,both with handguns clearly visible on their hips. The second was at Buffalo Wild Wings when there was a table of men (and women by the way) in everyday shirts and blue jeans sitting at a table all with guns on their hips. No one seemed bothered by it. Every one of these people had a small medallion on their hip right next to their gun identifying them as a representative of the state. None of them were in uniform. Just normal clothes. Guns on their hips. Neither group looked like professionals in any profession, much less police officer.

Any police officer in this state can open carry a firearm while off duty. They do so all the time. Out of uniform. Open carry is already legal in Oklahoma; but only for representatives of the state.

“A person openly displaying a weapon will leave themselves more open to criminals, who might try to steal the gun. This could lead to more gun violence.”

Because every day I hear about how criminals walk up and steal cops guns. I hear stories every day from Alaska, Vermont, Arizona, etc.. where this happens too. Oh wait. I don’t. Because criminals are mostly cowards. How many times in this article am I going to read “could” as a reason to restrict constitutional rights. Would “could” be an acceptable reason to restrict any other constitutional right real or imagined? I think not.

“Police officers responding to a crime scene might have problems discerning culpability if people are carrying weapons around the area.”

Please add “might” to “could” on the list of “would accept it as a reason to restrict any other constitutional right.” Police have this problem anyway. People were, are, and always shall be carrying weapons around any area. Police should and do assume that everyone is armed and until proven otherwise, a threat. How do I know this? I train with cops. One of their favorite homilies is, “He is always They, and They are always armed.

“A national study has shown that a vast majority of women, in particular, are opposed to open carry.”

What, what, what? Seriously, this is a reason? I love women. I married a women. I have a women for a daughter. Heck, even my mom is a women. But I fail to see how majority rule of one gender should be a factor in how a constitutional right is exercised. If that’s how you want to play it though, I guess we’ll go there. The House voted 89 to 5 to pass the bill. There is a majority for you. Why did they vote that way? Because their constituents, a majority of the ones who vote for them, wanted them too. There is a majority for you. A majority of all Oklahomans. Majority rule shouldn’t carry the day for rights, I don’t think you would like that standard for any other right, but you went there.

In the real world…

A 15-year-old high school student is recovering after being bitten by a police dog that somehow got out of a patrol vehicle.

The dog’s handler and two other officers were putting on a gun safety presentation at Nogales High School in Arizona on Thursday when the dog got out, police Capt. Heriberto Zuniga told the Nogales International.

Students suddenly ran into the classroom to tell them the dog was on the loose.

via  Mail Online.

In the real world, if this had been me, I would be in jail and my dog would be on the chopping block awaiting a judges order to euthanize him. But since this was a .gov operative, the only one in actual peril is whoever opened the car door.

Also, I’d just like to call B.S. on the fuse lock thingy. My personal opinion is that someone is covering for a cop who forgot to lock the door. But even if true, would that explanation fly if it were my car or would I be held responsible because I should have checked the door to make sure it is locked? What I just can’t understand is why we continually let “Highly Trained Professionals(tm)” off the hook for mistakes the rest of us would hang for.

Pants Wetting plus Bonus Nannyism!

The sight of a toy M16 rifle being played with in a family’s minivan on the freeway was enough to send seven police and sheriff’s units in pursuit of the vehicle.

The false alarm began when a motorist reported seeing a person brandish a rifle out of the green minivan in Walnut on Friday afternoon. When authorities caught up to the vehicle in a park-and-ride in Chino Hills, they saw two boys in child safety seats. On the lap of one of the boys was the plastic green-camouflage rifle, its orange tip flagging it as a replica.

With no real weapon to worry about, the responding officers gave the parents a lecture about how their children need to be careful when playing with a pretend firearm.

“We take that pretty serious,” said Deputy Warren Toy, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “We definitely educated [the parents] not to point even a toy gun at somebody because you never know if the other person had a real gun and would seek to engage.”

via latimes.com.

One of my kids favorite past times is to break out the AirSoft and have running gun battles with me all over the house. I guess we should get some educating from Deputy Toy (IRONY ALERT!) on how to play.

I think Deputy Toy may want to put on his Depends before looking at this picture:

Coolwhip 9yr Old Fires .22lr pistol for first time.

Coolwhip 9yr Old Fires .22lr pistol for first time.

h/t Truth About Guns

UPDATE: Hmmm.. after re-reading.. maybe I’m too hasty in my critisism. The cops had to respond to the call. Bringing your cop friends to a man with a gun call is certainly justified. And depending on what the cops said, like maybe, “Hey, its not a particularly good idea to let your kid point an even  toy gun out the window at folks who might get the wrong impression.” That would be OK too.

But you have to admit. My boy’s smile was worth the post.

US Secret Service Officer Accidentally Fires Gun – Fox News

WASHINGTON — An early morning gunshot that closed off Northwest D.C. streets for several hours ended up not being quite the scare neighbors expected.

It turns out a U.S. Secret Service officer accidentally fired off his gun near the Russian Embassy. Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin told Fox News there were no known injuries.

The inadvertent discharge occurred just before 4 a.m. ET. Officers were on the scene all morning as the investigation took place.

The officer who is with the Foreign Missions branch of the Secret Service was in a marked vehicle at the time of the shooting.

As part of standard protocol, the case has been turned over to the Secret Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility to determine if there was any wrongdoing.

via FoxNews

There was wrongdoing. You were fiddling with your gun while in the car. It goes in the holster when your pants go on, and it comes out of the holster when your pants come off… oh wait….

Authoritah! You must respect it!

What happened next would be hard to believe, except that Fiorino audio-recorded all of it: a tense, profanity-laced, 40-minute encounter with cops who told him that what he was doing – openly carrying a gun on the city’s streets – was against the law.

“Do you know you can’t openly carry here in Philadelphia?” Dougherty asked, according to the YouTube clip.”Yes, you can, if you have a license to carry firearms,” Fiorino said. “It’s Directive 137. It’s your own internal directive.”

The cops, department officials later admitted, were wrong. They didn’t know that a person who has a license to carry a firearm can openly carry it in the city.

via Philly.com.

In Philly, when they want you to respect their authoritah, they really want you to respect it. Even months later, when you were clearly in the right during the original encounter, even when the cops acted like ignorant profane thugs, totally ignorant of the law and their own procedures. They still want you to respect their authoritah! Fiorino records the profanity laced incident where agents of the government, ignorant of the law and their own procedures, stopped an innocent man, pointed firearms at him, threatened to kill him, detained and arrested him. But Fiorino wasn’t breaking the law so they eventually had to let him go. I’m sure it galled them to no end.

We know all about this now because Fiorino recorded the incident and posted it on YouTube. Once the Philly DA heard about it they launched an investigation! They were appauled at the behavior, ignorance, and unprofessionalism of the Philly cops.  Hahahahahhahahah… just kidding. No, DA had Fiorino arrested for “reckless endagerment and disorderly conduct.”

When you hear about people having no respect for the law, no respect for cops, and no respect and distrust for government. Think of Mark Fiorino, Philly cops, and the District Attorney’s Office. Fiorino was in the right against a completely ignorant, unprofessional, and frankly hot headed police department. But it is Fiorino who is now in the dock. For what? Contempt of cop of course.

Stop right where you are! You know the score, pal. If you’re not cop, you’re little people.

Three Most Dangerous Places For Women

OKLAHOMA CITY — It happens when you least expect it– your innocence taken away in seconds. That’s how fast it can take to become a victim of assault, and May is the worst month for assaults in Oklahoma.

With the help of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s defensive tactic coordinator Sgt. Jason Ruegge, News 9 hit the streets to check out the three most dangerous places for women.

via News9.com

This is a very useful article, surprisingly so. Of course this is Oklahoma not Illinois; as long as you ignore the Oklahoma City and Tulsa police chiefs who are tools our law enforcement community is generally pretty good.

If you haven’t read it, this is an article I wrote on how to safely move from a building to your car. Parking lots, whether they are at the mall, a gas station, or your own driveway are “fringe” areas where bad guys like to troll for victims. According to Tom Givens, parking lots are the most dangerous places decent people go. The majority of the 50+ shootings his students have been involved in happened in parking lots.

My #1 advice for traveling through fringe areas: actively look for and expect trouble. #2 advice: be able to quickly get a firing grip on your handgun.

Monkey Dance

I guess what Charlie Sheen is doing, even though it is not in front of a camera, qualifies as a monkey dance. Now that he is doing it live on twitter you can get doses of crazy all day long. So long as you don’t happen to be one of the women he is abusing (or their father), I guess it is entertainment. I thought on Two and a Half Men he got to showcase his crazy and get over paid for it, but maybe he needs an HBO reality show instead.

All in good fun. However, what am I to make of this:

Yes, that is the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s department following Charlie Sheen; sandwiched in between “snarkandboobs” and UFC’s Dana White.

Other than a other government agencies and maybe a few NGO’s (like the Red Cross), I can’t think of why the Sheriff’s department’s official twitter feed needs to follow anyone. Because I generally like the Oklahoma County Sheriff lets all assume they are ‘following’ Charlie Sheen for law enforcement purposes. Considering the swath of trouble he leaves wherever he goes, cops should probably try to get him to wear a GPS ankle bracelet.