It’s a wise move, considering that Los Angeles LEOs (legally entitled to oppress) have not once but twice opened fire on pickups that only remotely looked like the gray Nissan Titan that rogue police officer Chris Dorner reportedly owned. By remotely, I mean that the trucks all had four wheels.
In the first instance, no fewer than seven police officers shot into the blue Toyota Tacoma occupied by two Hispanic women delivering newspapers. The women apparently did nothing more suspicious than follow their daily routine of driving slowly down a Torrance street while delivering their papers. The officers, under no immediate threat from the women and seemingly without giving them a chance to surrender or even identify themselves, blasted away.
According to news reports, not only was the women’s truck pockmarked with dozens of bullet holes, but houses, trees and adjacent cars had multiple bullet holes, meaning that officers of the LAPD are no more disciplined than the gangsters who shoot up LA neighborhoods. Despite the hail of bullets, the two women survived — further demonstrating the incompetence of the Los Angeles Police Department.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck immediately went into government functionary cover-up mode and declined to say how many officers were involved, what kind of weapons they used, how many bullets were fired and, perhaps most important, what kind of verbal warnings — if any — were given to the women before the shooting began, the Los Angeles Times reported.
According to the women’s lawyer, no warning was given. This means the LEOs in LA have become an execution squad.
“They still have to give the guy an opportunity to surrender. You can’t just execute him,” attorney Glen Jonas said. “It’s in these high-stress situations where you follow your training and they violated every piece of training they ever received.”
Not to be outdone by their incompetent brothers in blue, later that same morning across town police officers rammed their cruiser into a truck being driven by David Perdue, a white man out for a morning surf who had been stopped and questioned by police only moments earlier. After wrecking Purdue, officers fired numerous shots into the truck — again a different make and color from Dorner’s and without first ascertaining whether the person they were trying to kill even resembled the man they were looking for. (Hint: He didn’t.) The LA Times reported: “Perdue looks nothing like Dorner: He’s several inches shorter and about a hundred pounds lighter. And Perdue is white; Dorner is black.”
And again, officers were so incompetent that despite the barrage of bullets fired at almost point-blank range, Perdue was, thankfully, unhit, though he did suffer a concussion and wrenched shoulder.
“I don’t want to use the word buffoonery but it really is unbridled police lawlessness,” Robert Sheahen, Perdue’s attorney, told the LA Times. “These people need training and they need restraint.”
But why not use a term that fits? Buffoonery certainly works. Or even better perhaps, unbridled lawlessness.
Dorner went rogue, if you believe his online manifesto, to clear his name from the tarnish heaped on it and him by a corrupt LAPD. Dorner claims his firing stemmed from his efforts to report police abuses and malfeasance.
If even half of Dorner’s claims are true, the LAPD remains as corrupt and broken as it was in 1991 when Rodney King was beaten to within an inch of his life. And it’s understandable for LAPD officers to be on edge in light of Dorner’s threats. Dorner has killed three of the six people he shot at, and LAPD are now 0 for 3 despite their greater manpower and firepower.
This “shoot first and clean up the mess later” mindset is pervasive among the totalitarian class and demonstrates why so many of them support and continue to use no-knock warrants that have led to the deaths of dozens of people, many of them innocent and not even the target of a police search.
Where once it was “To protect and serve,” the motto for police has become “We shoot first to protect ourselves and don’t care about collateral damage.”
Editor’s note: Several hours after I wrote this article, California law enforce officers announced that Dorner had perished while holed up in a cabin that caught fire after police fired tear gas into it.–BL