The officers´ radio crackled with an urgent warning: He could be coming your way. It was around 5 a.m. in Torrance on Thursday and police from nearby El Segundo had seen a pickup truck (Snip) officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. When the shooting stopped, they quickly realized their mistake. The truck was not a Nissan Titan, but a Toyota Tacoma. The color wasn´t gray, but aqua blue. And it wasn´t Dorner inside the truck, but a woman and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.
Comments: *Angel Jennings and Andrew Blankstein
The (wrong) truck was said to be near the residence of a high level LAPD officer, which was already under police protection.
No matter how much Chief Beck tries to paper over this (bad pun), I´d bet my last buck that no warning was given to these poor women. One report (only one) said the elder woman was hit in the spine and was paralyzed. She was sitting in the bed of the truck, handing papers through to her daughter who was driving and throwing them. We´ll see.
I´m in agreement with the neighborhood resident. How could they possibly mistake two Hispanic women for a black guy? The truck was the wrong make. These idiots had visions of justice due a cop killer and they were going to provide it. I hope those women own downtown Los Angeles when this is settled.
Unbelievable that the paper and the LAPD would even attempt to explain this away! What in the world were those officers thinking? You don´t just start firing shots at a truck in the dark with no idea who is inside!
The officers involved should be in jail right now. If you or I started firing a gun at a truck, with zero evidence of any crime committed by the person in the truck, we would be in jail. Why should these police officers be treated any different? Tell it to the judge...and the jury.
Yep, and don´t forget that the Department of Homeland Security has 1,600,000,000 hollow point bullets they can use to protect us - just like the polic protected these women. I´m sure the DHS workers are of similar quality of character to these LAPD officers.
Actually I think that DHS would be more poorly trained than LAPD. As for the law suit, how many tens of millions do we have as a starting place? Minority women, racist police, LaLa land, wrong color and make of truck, shots in the back. Makes me ecstatic not to be in their shoes.
Every cop whose weapon was discharged in this disgraceful, dangerous incident needs a felony conviction, thereby forfeiting their right to ever own a weapon. How could you be so stupid to fire on an elderly woman driving a vehicle with the wrong make, model, color and license plate? And all those shots in the back and the driver shot in the back - there are no excuses so they should shut up and get ready to do jail time. Oh wait, it´s the police so they´re held to a much lower standard than the rest of us.
The LAPD has a "Shoot-to-kill-on-sight" order out for Dorner. This is in violation of the Law. Dorner is undoubtedly a dangerous psychopath, but so are the cops shooting up innocent people. I´ll bet there´s a lot of truth to Dorner´s claims about the LAPD.
The attempt to minimize attempted homicide by emphasizing the stress the officers were under is interesting. Perhaps the next gang member shooting up a neighborhood and bystanders can use the "stress" defense.
The police in some jurisdictions seem to lose all discipline when they feel threatened. It´s a tough job and it´s tougher when this is tolerated or encouraged.
Don´t worry Folks . They are just practicing on a few that can´t defend themselves before they come after the rest of us. The coming Months are literally going to be a Nightmare in America. I hope you are all prepared.
Normally a huge supporter of LEOs, they have a very difficult job. But this is too much.
Clearly very poorly trained, undisciplined cowards who are tempermentally unsuited to the job.
Not only failed to attempt to arrest the "subject", they got the kind and color of truck wrong, obviously had NO view of the occupants, so no threat was present, yet they panic like a bunch of 10th grade girls and start spraying shots.
The good news is that their marksmanship matches the rest of their training - completely incompetent. Of course, they did manage to shoot holes in the entire neighborhood, but fortunately not what they were aiming at. The Chief and training officer need to be gone. Libs in charge, this is what you get.
Kind of terrifying that the trigger-happy cops poured such a fusillade at unknown subjects--and just a bit less frightening that out of all those rounds only one was reasonably on target. Then there´s the lame attempt at a coverup. All in all, just another example of why only the police and military are to be trusted with firearms, right?
I read this article and saw the photo of the pick up. I counted 30 bullet holes in the back of the pick up. The article says that the police opened up on the pick up when the pick up sped away from the first volly, unfortunately towards another group of police, I am assuming that as many rounds hit the front as the back. According to the residents of the area, their cars, houses, trees and even the street itself were peppered liberaly with bullets. From these accounts, my guess is around 120 rounds fired and I think this is a conservative count. All of this to stop two poor dears trying to get by delivering newspapers. I would have thought that hanging out a window throwing newspapers while driving slowly is a pretty good indication that you are not a large black man.
Now here is what I have a problem with: the chief of; police says that he will have to wait for the results of their (I´m guessing internal) investigation to determine whether the officers involved require disciplinary measures or training. Training? Training? What does the chief want? Better grouping of the shots? What kind of pathological disconnect from morality and ethical behavior do theese people suffer from?
I am saddly reminded of something Adolph Hitler said, he said that when he took over a country the only group he did not have to worry about were the police. Hitler could always rely on the police to inforce the law, no matter what Hitler said the law was.
#17, if you watch the movie directed by Clint Eastwood called The Changeling, you will see that the LAPD of Dragnet fame was a fantasy. LAPD was even more corrupt back in the 20´s & 30´s. You all realize that the Secret Service folks train with LAPD swat don´t you?
When the lawyers finish with this one, those ladies won´t be having to deliver papers anymore. And the LA taxpayers will be footing the bill, not the incompetent "hell bent on getting the guy" LA police.
I agree with the sentiments of some of the other posters. This is a preview of what´s coming our way, especially after they get our guns.
I hate to say it but most big city police departments are full of immature, undiscplined cowards with attitude problems nowadays, esp. in California. Just like here in SJ., I trust the Sheriffs but not the police. It seems that the kind of people they hire for the job are no longer public servants...they are power-mongering bullies who think their weapon is an extension of ther manhood (and that includes a lot of the women too). They think everyone is a criminal who just hasn´t been caught yet, but they do everything they can to avoid the truly dangerous criminals. I could tell you all sorts of stories that would curl your hair! Corruption among law enforcement is rampant, to say the least!
This is why the LA police need to be disarmed, NOT citizens. This is also why I could care less that this guy is killing cops in LA. They´re just another street gang that breaks the law and commits crimes. The reputation of the LA police is pretty poor, to put it mildly.
Florida is the New Selma, and not for the first time. On a visit to Tallahassee Tuesday, Jesse Jackson "used the phrase ´Selma of our time´--a reference to civil rights marches in Alabama that helped prompt change in the 1960s," the Miami Herald reports. By way of explanation, the paper quotes an earlier, ungrammatical comment the septuagenarian would-be provocateur made last month on CNN, where he "talked about an economic boycott to ´isolate Florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws.´ "
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. (Snip)The files shed light on one of Snowden´s most controversial statements, made in his first video interview published by the Guardian on June 10.
Dream Defenders Executive Director Philip Agnew has said he knew the group would have to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable” during its now-13-day sit in at the Capitol. The college activists reached a new level of “uncomfortable” over the weekend – the group said Capitol police stopped food from coming into the building, leaving a group of about 50 protesters with little more than snack items and a few cups of water. Reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement indicate that´s not accurate.(Snip)phone calls to FDLE in support of the protest shut down the center’s ability
The Department of Justice civil rights unit sent to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to mediate the anti-George Zimmerman protests has a history of putting racial advocacy ahead of its mandated duties, according to a former head of the unit. “At CRS headquarters, we (meaning I) regularly had to warn or take corrective action against career employees for acting as advocates instead of mediators,” Ondray Harris, the former director of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service (CRS), told The Daily Caller. CRS was the unit deployed to Sanford in 2012 to oversee anti-Zimmerman protests.
The family of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has accused the army of abducting him. His daughter Shaimaa told a news conference in Cairo that the family was taking legal measures against the army. Mr Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location without charge since he was removed from power on 3 July. (Snip)One of Mr Morsi´s sons, Osama, said: "What is going on is a violation of human rights and a scandal in every sense of the word."
In the charade that became the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, and in the continuing aftermath of the verdict, there was one thing the American people didn’t get from much of the national broadcast media: fairness. In the hours of continuous coverage that I monitored and recorded, I couldn’t believe the lack of balance in coverage.(Snip)Some news organizations seemed to resist the temptation of balanced reporting from the onset. What happened to investigating stories thoroughly? What happened to balancing a report with all points of view? And what happened to keeping agendas and
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified driver trapped in an overturned truck in Florida, police said Monday. Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told Fox News that Zimmerman, 29, was identified by a crash victim as the man who pulled him from the mangled vehicle last week. “George Zimmerman pulled me out,” firefighters were told by the unidentified driver, according to McAuliffe.
I have to admit, I’m stumped. Either something fairly important happened yesterday in Washington, or as readers of The Dallas Morning News might say, “I have no idea what you mean.” News reports, mostly from the right-of-center media, would indicate a 50-year IRS employee, recently retired as a tax specialist, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Carter Hull, we’re told, said the inappropriate screening of tea party-related applications reached at least the office of the IRS chief counsel, one of two political appointees in the building. You remember the IRS scandal, right?
The brother of Trayvon Martin, whose shooting death by George Zimmerman gained international attention over the past year, is currently serving as an intern for Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., her office confirmed to NBC News. A Florida jury found Zimmerman not guilty of of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter on July 13. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense. Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton attends Florida International University in Miami, Fla., (Snip) According to Wilson´s office, Fulton is also part of the 5000 Roll Models of Excellence Project.
In 2005 the Florida legislator enacted statute 776.032. “Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.” This immunity statute is often erroneously referred to as Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law, even by lawyers, judges, and law professors who ought to know better.(Snip)In fact, SYG is a different statute entirely, 776.013(3). Although many states have adopted some form of self-defense immunity law, Florida’s is remarkably broad in many respects. It provides not only immunity from both civil liability and criminal prosecution, but even from arrest in instances that lack probable cause
In the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP are calling on the black community to rise up in national protest. Yet they know — and Barack Obama, whose silence speaks volumes, knows — nothing is going to happen. "Stand-Your-Ground" laws in Florida and other states are not going to be repealed. George Zimmerman is not going to be prosecuted for a federal "hate crime" in the death of Trayvon Martin. The result of all this ginned-up rage that has produced vandalism and violence
President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, had a close relationship with Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi that continued from the 1980s until the dictator’s death. A photograph obtained by the Daily Caller shows Malik smiling with Gadhafi. Photos of Gadhafi from the time period appear to place the photo somewhere between 1987-1990, around the same time as the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing and the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, for both of which Libya was responsible. Obama was a vocal supporter of the Libyan dictator and once interceded with his brother on Gadhafi’s behalf during the Libyan civil war,
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
Some of the earliest clues scientists had that Earth´s climate has changed over time were mismatches between the fossil record and a current ecosystem. How could this palm tree have grown in Wyoming? Why have fossils of the tropical breadfruit tree been found as far north as Greenland? These cold places must have once been warm and wet. The world is not as it has always been. And somehow, despite the tumult, species adapted, moving thousands of miles to habitats where they could survive. Won´t species today just do the same as temperatures rise in the years ahead?
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.