50 Shots

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This past weekend 5 NYPD
officers emptied 50 shots into a car with unarmed men inside.
One officer, by himself, emptied 31 shots……that’s two clips
worth. We had the situation 7 years ago of Amadou Diallo killed
with 41 rounds. Last year 10 L.A. cops fired 120 rounds into a car
within 18 seconds. And now we have NY Mayor Mike Bloomberg
who (as Sir William S Gilbert said in PINAFORE .."… can
not tell at sight a Mauser rifle from a javelin”) is
“disturbed” by this latest mle, and doesn’t see how 50 shots were
needed. He said that the force was excessive.

Once again
our government has set up the components for an inevitable situation.
And then when the totally foreseeable event occurs, they refuse
to question the premise that brought it about in the first place,
because that would crimp the government agenda. The agenda is to
use cops as initiators of force under the excuse of “crime prevention."

We have a thing
in Anglo-Saxon law of being innocent until proved guilty. This is
incompatible with the concept of “crime prevention." Crime
prevention, which is politically popular under democratic mob-moron
rule, requires law enforcement to go after criminals before they
have committed a crime. Which means innocent people will always
be the target of law enforcement. Going after the guilty means one
has to wait until after there has been a crime. Politicians,
always pandering to the unthinking masses, are always quick to tout
“crime prevention” because it sounds like it protects people.

The origin
of cops goes back to the Middle Ages when a volunteer was elected
to stay awake to guard against nocturnal invaders/criminals etc.,
and to sound an alarm to wake up the rest of the people. This has
morphed into the professional constable, a peace officer such as
the formerly unarmed Bobbies in London; but in recent years
the cops have become totally militarised, presumably because the
criminals have more guns etc. They have also become militarised
because the government, again for reasons of political pandering,
has launched various wars on ____________ (booze/drugs/harlotry/crime/terrorism
— or any politically unpopular vice). This past year Mayor Bloomberg
has been waging a war on guns, which is another excuse for militarisation.

Cops have been
turning into SS/Gestapo Officers. Unlike the old days, when cops
broke up bar fights or kicked bums off park benches and patrolled around
the neighbourhood visibly armed in crisp blue uniforms with
shiny brass buttons, or directed traffic, or hung out with the corner
druggist smoking and eating free donuts, cops are now infiltrating
the citizenry as undercover agents with military weapons. Often
they are agents provocateurs.

In the recent
Queens incident, the officers were “undercover” in a strip club,
and then misunderstood a presumably boisterous situation, causing
them to become involved in a conflict which ended up with the
cops firing 50 rounds at a car killing one, wounding another, and
putting 11 shots into another, who is now in hospital in critical

In the first
place, the NYPD sends these guys into a sleazy strip club to
look for trouble, which, in this case means guns and prostitution. They
pretend they are not cops, which means acting like typical strip
bar patrons – which means ordering alcohol (BTW there was no
breath test after the incident) and acting like frat boys. Then
when they find something that “appears” to be trouble, they jump
in, and the episode reaches critical mass. Because they were
undercover, they were not recognisable to other cops, or to
patrons who thought the agents might be criminals. Indeed the
victims in the Queens case freaked out when a cop pulled his weapon
out on the street. The driver hit the gas grazing the cop which
prompted the first shots. The cop said he identified himself, but
the driver was too busy worrying about the gun.

In the second
place, cops all carry semi-automatic Glock or Beretta hand
guns. When I was a kid, cops carried 6 shot revolvers, and 12
extra bullets in bullet loops on their belts. Anyone familiar with revolvers
knows how cumbersome this can be to reload. Today they carry 5
or 10 extra magazines on their belts, each magazine carrying
15 or 16 rounds. The old double action revolvers had a fairly
hard trigger pull, unlike the new autos. If you used them as
single action, you had to cock the hammer back first. In both
cases you had to think about each shot. A number of retired
cops I have talked to said that was a factor in the Diallo case.

NYPD Commissioner
Ray Kelly said that cops are taught to fire three bursts, then examine
the situation before firing again. In reality, a cop pumped up with
fear, rage, and adrenalin won’t do this. I also question whether
they really are trained to do this. I saw a clip on the
news from a cop training film. The objective was to train officers
how to empty a clip onto a target as fast as possible whilst keeping
his hand steady. It almost sounded like full auto. Then the officer
changed his clip with lightning speed and popped off another
clip. The objective is to fire a lot of rounds quickly into
a small target pattern.

So we have
the PD recruiting bouncer types. They tell them that they are needed
by society and that they are heroes. Then they drop them into a
hyper macho culture fostered by a close-knit tradition and the cop
unions. Then the PD and the unions tell them how dangerous their
job is, and they might not see their family again. They say that
they need to be over-gunned to be safe. The PD then gives them high-capacity
firearms with easy trigger pulls. They tell them they are fighting
a “war." They then tell them to go “in country” after telling
them that the criminals may be armed, and to be careful. In other
words they propagandise them with Marine Corps cant.

Then Bloomie
wonders how there are 50 shots.

1, 2006

Lelong [send him mail] grew
up in the NYC area. He started in radio in North Carolina as a reporter.
In 1994 he moved back to New York City where he has been working
as a producer and newsroom sound editor for a news-talk radio station.
He currently lives in Queens and enjoys skeet and sporting clays
shooting, bird hunting, and sailing.

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