Ken Leighton 7:59 a.m., May 22
Oceanside Cop Back to Work
My stepbrother and I usually agree on things. But we argued for hours about the cop in Oceanside.
I was bothered that a jury found him not guilty, after he unloaded his .38 into a womans car, hitting her young son.
My stepbrother said we weren't on the jury, and maybe there are things we didn't hear.
But really, I heard all I needed to hear.
A crazy woman was tailgating him after a roadrage incident. She followed him into a parking lot in Oceanside. When she pulled her car next to him, he pulled out his gun and pointed it at her.
Right there, he's wrong. He's an off-duty cop and should know better.
What person thinks it's okay to point a gun at someone? What if she would've panicked, accelerated and drove her car through a building? What if she reached for something, perhaps a cell phone to call police, and he fired his gun thinking she was going for a gun?
Instead, she pulled up in front of him. And called 911, to report a man pointing a gun at her. The cops wife called 911.
She then backed her car up, and her mirror hit his. And he did what he thought was appropriate. He unloaded his gun into her car, hitting a 7-year-old in the leg.
Of course, after the fact, he claimed his life was threatened.
Now listen...I think this woman should lose custody of her kid. She had alcohol and drugs in her system, and was driving. All that, with a previous DUI and long track record. This is a woman that shouldn't be raising a kid. And she should probably be doing some jail time, too.
But that doesn't mean the cop should get off. If a jury found him not guilty, I could live with that. I just won't like hearing that the police aren't going to terminate him. Any officer that uses that kind of judgement, really shouldn't be out on the road. Right now, they're trying to decide if he just needs more training. Now, how insane is that? When cops do something wrong, they just get more training. It makes no sense.
There's a local cop now that's being charged with assaulting a prostitute. He's apparently done this often in the past. Should he just get "more" training? Or, should he be fired and go to jail? He knows right from wrong, and should be held to even higher standards.
And, I'm usually the one on these blogs supporting the police. They have a tough job, and every time they fire their weapon or try to arrest someone...people gripe that it was an old lady. Or that it was a guy rushing to the hopsital, or [insert cop complaint here].
I thought police had extensive psych things they had to pass. And, I seem to recall a documentary that showed the various things they have to deal with. One was an obsticle course where they have a gun drawn and are ready to fire. Things jump out at them, and they have to make a split-second decision. Sometimes it's a cardboard cut out of a little girl holding a teddy bear. And I'm always surprised when I see how well the cops handle those situations. And that's probably because they wait an extra second before firing. That second could result in an officers death. I can appreciate the danger of that.
But when I talked to someone that used to work security at House of Blues, she told me how much cops would flip out when they weren't allowed to bring their guns into the club. I initially thought that was crazy, too. Who wouldn't want off-duty cops with their weapons? It's like having extra security.
But I've changed that way of thinking. Because often times, it's the cops that get out of line.