As reported by Fox News, citizens in Inglewood, California are outraged about this latest police shooting (the fourth since May). A homeless man carrying a toy gun in his waistband was shot 47 times when he appeared to reach for it.
Is this not disgusting? Cops want to be treated as if they are military. If one of our brave soldiers in Iraq was confronted with this situation, he either would have disarmed the guy, or would have shot him three times in the chest. Even with an M-16, no solider would waste a 40 round clip on one person. But here we are talking about a homeless guy in California. 47 times? 47 times with a toy gun still in his waistband? It’s like these cops develop a culture among themselves where they roam the streets thinking they are soldiers in Iraq. They think they are above the law, and that all of us citizens are their subjects, and that they can kill us at their whim.
And unfortunately, our brave soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, through ridiculous rules of engagement, can’t fire on an enemy until they’ve had a bullet practically ricochet off their helmet.
Now, as I have said before, I’m not saying that this is true of all cops, or even many cops in West Virginia. Many of our cops in West Virginia, at least around here, are brave soldiers who have been to Iraq at least once. But I’m sure this is true of many, many police organizations in California, as it is in Florida where I grew up. It is a culture of law enforcement. Especially in Florida where you have a large elderly population. They love cops. They want 10 cops for every one retired person. And for some reason, California just breeds bad cops and incompetent agencies.
And then you have those poor embattled cops in liberal areas of the country, such as Oregon. There, the far left loonies distribute decks of playing cards with cops’ names and faces, encouraging violence against them, when they are only trying to do their job.
– John H. Bryan, West Virginia Attorney.