Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Oakland Cops Execute Mentally Ill Man with Toy Gun

Either the cops who do this kind of thing are not up to snuff when it comes to recognizing a toy, or those realistic-looking toys have to go. What do you think?


The incident was the third fatal officer-involved shooting in Oakland in a week.

6 comments:

  1. Where did you read that the man was mentally ill?

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  2. Jim:
    Where did you read that the man was mentally ill?

    He doesn't have to read things like that, Jim. He merely has to "flesh things out a bit," and voila, he has a reason to blame anyone who owns or uses guns, for any tragedy involving a gun.

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  3. Jim, Zorroy's right. But in all fairness he should have added that my "fleshing out" the story is usually based on something written in the story itself. I admit there have been fun times when I just made shit up, but this isn't one of them.

    The guy was "patrolling" up and down the street, dressed in camouflage, carrying a rifle and muttering (I think that was in there) to himself. I called that "mentally ill."

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  4. Well considering police in California have also shot a man holding a water sprinkler, I don't think the problem is realistic looking toy guns. I think the problem is people pointing things at cops.

    "The guy was "patrolling" up and down the street, dressed in camouflage, carrying a rifle and muttering (I think that was in there) to himself. I called that "mentally ill.""

    I could do the same, but that doesn't make me mentally ill. It just means I chose to do patrol up and down the street, dressed in camouflage, while carrying a rifle and muttering to myself.

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  5. Officer reform needed!February 3, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    Water sprinkler guy didn't even know cops were there. They were hidden , all in positions of cover and dud not identify themselves. All Of these facts came straight from the police chiefs mouth. You can't point something at someones who's hidden, that you can't see and dont know is there. Sone Officers are just too trigger happy and with no severe discipline in place when officers themselves use unnecessary lethal force- why should they change. They could of shot camo, mumbling guy with rubber bullets no prob.. Or shot to disarm- NOT KILL.

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  6. Thanks for straightening AztecRed out. I guess he was exaggerating a bit when he said the water nozzle guy had aimed it at the cops.

    Too many cops, just like other gun owners, are not up to the life-and-death responsibility that goes with carrying a gun. That's the problem.

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