First Shoot: It was a pedestrian puppycide, which is completely permissible if a cop utters the magic words that he feared the doggie might hurt him.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies killed a teenager Thursday morning while shooting at a pitbull they said was charging at them.
It’s another example of over-reliance on police response and too much deference to the actions they take. The Los Angeles County sheriff’s office said its policy is that officers are allowed to shoot at dogs if they “reasonably believe” they could be seriously injured or killed by the animal.
Police responded to a “loud party” call. Loud parties can be annoying to others, who are certainly entitled to their quiet enjoyment of their own home. But the call to cops for salvation implicates another truism, that every police interaction has the potential to end in death, no matter how trivial its initiation.
The deputies initially responded to a call about a “loud party,” at an apartment complex. Deputies said a pit bull charged at them when they arrived at the location. Armando Garcia-Muro, 17, had briefly restrained the dog but it got away again.
Dogs will do that. And, much as a cop will love his kid’s dog, you’re not his kid and he won’t risk so much as a scratch for your dog’s survival. Heck, he might just shoot because he can.
Two of the five sheriff’s deputies shot six to eight rounds at the pitbull. None of them appear to have hit the dog.
Five deps responded to a call for a “loud party”? Do they have nothing to do in LA? And two fired six to eight rounds and missed. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, and possibly, boom, boom, and missed. Every round. Either their mad shooting skillz aren’t what they thought they were or the dog was very sneaky.
Garcia-Muro was hit in the chest by at least one round about 3:40 am Thursday in Palmdale. Deputies said the bullet may have ricocheted off the ground. A ricocheting bullet fragment also struck the leg of a deputy who was bitten by the dog, according to the police account.
Shoot at a dog and you’re likely to piss him off enough that he’ll bite. Fire rounds at the ground and bullets end up going in unanticipated places. Like a 17-year-old’s chest. Garcia-Muro died.
It’s wrong of me to be facetious about the confluence of events and incompetence that ends in the death of a human being. Was the opportunity to get a free puppy kill worth a life? Will you wear your medal for bravery in the face of death proudly?
Shoot Two: The last cop on the scene suffers the dilemma of being the only one too clueless to appreciate what has come before, but he wants to get in that one final blow to show that he’s not a slacker when others faced deadly fire.
The incident began around 10 p.m. when a police license recognition system spotted a car stolen from Maryland Heights last week. Authorities used spike strips to stop the vehicle. Three people in the car fired shot at officers. A short time later, the car stopped at Park Lane and Astra Avenue where additional shots were fired.
As it happened, an off-duty cop lived right around there, heard the commotion and came out to help. A good deed, perhaps, and everyone knows what a good deed means.
Officials say the off-duty officer, who lives in the area, heard the commotion and came out of his house to assist.
Police on the scene told the off-duty officer to get on the ground and surrender. He complied with their commands. When another officer recognized him and told the others to let him get up, . . .
An off-duty officer is still an officer. Neither his authority nor duty end with his shift. In a large department, however, one can’t expect every cop to know by sight every other cop. Obviously, the off-duty cop didn’t engage in criminal conduct, but then, unknown guy with gun in area where shooting just occurred is certainly good enough for uniformed cops to take precautions. Once they finally realized he was a brother, they relented, had a good laugh and…
. . . another officer shot him.
The last cop to arrive was at a disadvantage. He has no clue what happened. He has no clue who the guy on the ground is. He has no clue what other cops have already determined. He has no clue that the guy is an off-duty cop. He has no clue that the off-duty cop has been cleared. So what is this utterly ignorant cop to do when he sees a guy on the ground, get up?
Another officer just arriving at the scene saw the off-duty officer get up and, not knowing he was an officer, fired his weapon once at the man.
There is no better explanation for doing harm than ignorance. It’s the cop’s best friend. explaining away pretty much any bad decision, baseless action, stupidity. He didn’t know? So naturally, he shot.
But then, there was one additional factor: The off-duty officer was black. The shooter was white.
Fox reports that the white officer told investigators he fired at his colleague because he “feared for his safety.”
Bad aim. Ignorance. The nasty little badly-kept secret that black guys are more criminalish than white guys. You get to kill puppies for free. Two human beings shot, one killed, one a teen, one a black cop. You wonder why you don’t get the respect and admiration you so desperately crave?
Yet you keep shooting as long as there is some jury, some judge, some sycophant, who believes the magic words. You didn’t know? You were afraid? Poor boys. It’s so hard to be you. It’s not too good to be shot by you either. Or killed. But then, at least it wasn’t you harmed, and isn’t that all that really matters anyway? Just another day on the job.