Wednesday, May 14, 2014

That lovely episode of "They started shooting, so I did too!" in Miami?

It's even worse than the first bit I saw indicated.
As in the second Boston bombing “gunfight,” all the shots in both these outbreaks of gunshot contagion were fired by police, at a formerly-armed but now-unarmed “threat.” At least 377 shots were fired, but some officers were unable to account for the rounds they had fired, and some slunk away without giving statements, so it may have been more than that. And exactly as happened in Boston, the fangs-out response of dozens of officers from a half-dozen agencies left the neighborhood jammed with police cars, blocking SRT and EMTs from ingress to the area.
This is absolutely inexcusable.  Period.  Both that it happened, and that it involved this.
But Montesano and Valdes weren’t the only ones struck – two Miami Dade police officers were hit as well – caught in the crossfire. One officer was shot in the arm and the second was hit in the arm and grazed in the head. If the bullet had struck just a half an inch to the side the officer would have been killed.

The sound of the gunfire was deafening – literally deafening. Two Miami police officers sustained ruptured ear drums from the cacophony of shots.
RUPTURED EAR DRUMS?  Bleep.  And yet wait!  There's MORE!
“They were saying put your hands up, and the guys were still moving after they shot maybe 50, 60 times,” Vandiver recalled. “And the guy tried to put his hands up. And as soon as he put his hands up, it erupted again. And that was it for them. That guy tried his best to give up.”

One of the neighbors summed it up pretty well:
“The policemen that had on the black and white vests were out there laughing like it was so funny,” said one of the neighbors, “because they got a free shot off them people. Shooting all them bullets like that, that don’t make no sense.”
No, it doesn't.

1 comment:

Roger Ritter said...

As a character in the Girl Genius website put it, "Surrender and die!"