One person's saying he heard he was a fugitive; most are suggesting he was in protective custody. *shrugs*
Yeah, there are places he would, in fact, be cheered as a hero not even two hours out of Oakland.
Thanks for the link--I'm flipping back and forth between all the network news trying to get something more than "Douglas County is working on a press release."
2009-01-14 06:26 am (UTC)
Bart Police, let's just take away their guns. They don't need a law degree to be hired.
Oh, and could we stop paying for Proof of Payment checkers? I know it's a very expensive ticket on the mainly poor who skip out on paying the fare and slipping through the back doors, but seriously, do we really need to be giving anyone the full time job to do this stuff? Multiple people? Insane. Fire them, not social workers.
Also, don't read the comments. It's just not worth it.
I was just telling Mikki on her post that SFGate = don't read the comments for just about any story.
Yeah, it's a waste of time. You don't need to leave Livejournal to see that much stupid on parade.
Exactly, with a heaping side dish of "as long as we're anonymous, why don't we be racist here as we've always only dreamed of being in real life?"
an LJ friend said his dream was a program that blocked out comments on all mass media websites because they are all so awful but he couldn't help looking at them anyway. You're totally right about the sports ones.
I suffer from this disease.
Oh. For some reason I thought fightingwords
meant don't read the comments to this post here. As if there were some doofus trolling again...
It's not like that doesn't happen!
Well, yeah! It made perfect sense, but of course, being inquisitive and also a masochist, I decided to look at her comments anyway. Good thing too... :)
maybe he was relocated over there? I remember reading something about him being moved several times due to death threats.
Yeah, that's what most folks are guessing, though I find it curious that they wouldn't say so. Could still be the case, tho.
Makes sense to go to Nevada, his name and adressed were published and his family was receiving death threats.
Why oh why did I not heed your warning on not reading the comments? I am actually scared of what the moderators removed.
I think I looked at 2 and kept it moving.
Yep. Saw that a couple days ago. Also, the shooting in Houston. I guess it's open season.
WHen is it not open season?
reading pages and pages of comments articles is how I engage in self abuse.
Also just heard he actually got caught as a fugitive. So I guess he did try to flee.
RILLY? Do you have a link?
Watching the news right now. That's what they said. I'm also reading Watchmen at the same time so I only really heard "caught" and "fugitive"
2009-01-14 07:43 am (UTC)
He's a blooming idiot. Can I go that far? Gee, what's the difference between reaching over there, to grab my tazer (Aren't the buttons different on a tazer than how one pulls the trigger on a gun?) and reaching as I've been to trained to do lots of times, not like the tazer, to go for my gun...gee, let me put the guys I work with in the line of fire...
I mean, I can see grabbing the wrong thing, I can even see getting it like, six inches out of it's holster, but anything more than that, breaks so many protocols, trainings, the circumstances under which any of this should/might be considered are so far fetched, that this guy is going to need a Twinkie Defense. And then, to quit the force, rather than let the Union and the team of lawyers the police have, on his side... I mean, you know what? Maybe he's just doing us all one big karmic favor after killing someone, maybe he's just handing himself over on a platter of stupidity so they can throw the book at him, as ought to be done, at the least expense to the tax payers.
I think Bart, ought to be forced to put a bronze statue up, of Oscar laying on the ground handcuffed with three officers standing over him, just to give some kind of monument to what should not have ever been taking place.
I've heard, but have not gotten it validated, that they carry their tasers and guns on opposite sides. I'd like to know for sure.
2009-01-14 07:55 am (UTC)
also had this convo today. taser is carried on the left side of the body.
Yeah, that's what seems to be the case.
Police issued tazers are actually very similar in shape and design to their firearms. The idea is that police officers are trained to use firearms and are supposed to practice with them and qualify with them on a fairly regular basis. Shaping the Tazer so that it has a familiar shape/firing mechanism/sight picture etc. cuts the training costs. However, a tazer has distinctive patterns on the trigger to help identify the differnece. A tazer weighs about a tenth of what a loaded firearm weighs. A tazer has about a 3/4 lbs pull on its trigger if anything at all. A police issued firearm (unmodified, single action) should have at least a 5-6lb trigger pull.
This guy quit the force because he f'd up and he knew it. I am sure the police unions and legal department let him know in no uncertain terms that there was nothing they could do for him. You can bet that was the first call he made. Can you imagine what his partner that was less than a foot away from the bullet was thinking? After the "Oh sh_t!" That man needs a medal for not issuing a beat down right there on the platform.
I agree with the statue, but over time it would turn into the cops being heroes protecting the riders from thugs.
2009-01-14 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the run down.
As for the Statue, I miswrote, I think two of the officers should be where they were, on top of Oscar, putting them in the line of fire. I feel like an ass talking about someone who is not a "historical or public" figure like this, but he should be a historical figure, so this stops happening.
Man, that shit's worse than cutting or heavy drinking. I swear I'll give myself an ulcer from that crap some day.
Fuck an ulcer. I have BRAIN DAMAGE!
But tomorrow, after the protest, I get a new couch. That makes me happy.
Wait, I thought that was happening tonight?
Nathan had a headache, so we're going tomorrow.
I totally thought you meant not to read the comments in your journal.
So of course I was like, ooh dramaaaa!
And here I am.
Go back a couple entries if you feel like rubber-necking. It's given me brain damage.
Yeah, that's exactly the reason I thought you meant your journal.
And apparently you were not alone.
I'm Sorry, but I just had a vision of Dog the bounty hunter finding this guy in Vegas...
Yeah, leaving the state? That looks good. Not at all like you know you're in the wrong and are running away.