4/11/2014 10:15:49 AM
The cops got their guy… eventually
Stabbing suspect Alexander McDonald has been charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of torture, to which he pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Thursday in Los Angeles. Bail was initially set at $2 million and raised to $4.1 million.
That’s all fine and dandy, but you know who isn’t being charged for murder? The LA Cops who decided someone looked like McDonald so they killed him
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, John Winkler, 30, a freelance production assistant for Comedy Central's “Tosh.0,” was mistaken for stabbing suspect Alexander McDonald, 27, and was fatally shot on Monday night in West Hollywood. The incident happened when deputies responded to an “assault with a deadly weapon, man with a knife” call at an apartment complex. The suspect had been described as a thin, white male wearing a black shirt.
OK, so like 1/3rd of the entire population on any given day?
“As deputies continued attempts to contact the people in the apartment, the apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out. He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck,” the Sheriff's Department said in a press release.
Winkler followed, “lunging at the back” of the first victim, which led deputies to mistake him for the attacker.
“Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him. Victim Winkler was struck by the gunfire and fell to the floor, and the male victim also collapsed; struck once by the gunfire.”
Emphasis mine. So here we have an admittedly confusing scenario. Call about a stabbing, people rushing out covered in blood, mass hysteria. So what do the cops do? Shoot everyone who comes out of the door. Including the one they had already identified as the victim.
Here’s the dirty little secret – I’m not really going to get onto the cops’ cases here. Why? Because they had limited information and a rapidly unfolding event that required split second decisions. They were the wrong decisions, to be sure, but I bet as soon as the first officer opened fire, the other officers simply responded in kind, assuming the decision to shoot has already been made.
What I really want to point out is the logical disconnect that many anti’s have – Here, we have cops, duly trained for just such scenarios (as the anti’s would have you believe) and even they couldn’t make the correct call because of the nature of the events. The anti’s shrug it off and basically say there’s no way their training could possibly give them every scenario blah blah blah.
And then they’ll turn around and demand that gun owners take massive amounts of training because we might end up killing the wrong person (an event so rare as to be statistical noise).
So, it’s impossible to train cops well enough and we shouldn’t hold them responsible, but gun owners? If they even clear leather incorrectly, they should go to jail forever.
If you agree the cops here should be given leeway, then you also agree that “less trained” (a joke, really – cops don’t get that much training if any at all) people should not be held responsible for making the same types of decisions.
On the other hand, if you believe a regular, non cop should be thrown in jail for murder, then you also believe these cops should also be facing charges because they ignored their massive training that was supposed to avoid these events and killed not only an innocent person, but shot the person they knew was the victim.
Which one is it?