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Nailed It

Revisiting the police shooting at a Central Florida Target store, it looks like the police DID get this one right. There was a gun in the car (a gold plated Glock with a 30 round magazine) and the criminals tried using their car to ram police vehicles and run over a deputy.

The deputies involved were detectives and were not road deputies, so did not have body cameras. However, the police did release security camera video from the Target store that shows the Audi with the critters in it ramming police vehicles.

Of course, there are apologists for the criminals. Sandman USAF had this to say:

There is no law in Florida that says I can’t carry an extended magazine just like I can have a military style rifle thay I have used in Afghanistan. No one should die for petty theft of some trading cards.

My reply to that was this:

Lie. The rifle you would have carried in Afghanistan would have been a military M4, which is classified under US law as a “machine gun” and has been outlawed since 1986. There is a law that says you can’t carry a handgun unless you have a permit, which people under 21 cannot get. They didn’t die for Pokemon and Pizza. They died because they tried to use their car as a weapon against cops.

Had they surrendered to the cops, it is likely that nothing would have happened to them. Target doesn’t want even charges pressed. Even if Target wanted to press charges, a plea deal would have meant misdemeanor petty theft charges and some probation. Instead, these pillars of the community (/sarc) turned what would have been a stern talking to into attempted murder of a cop and a police shooting. Stupidity.

4 replies on “Nailed It”

As the old saying goes, Know when to hold em, Know when to fold em.
In this case, they should have folded…

Sorry. Not sorry. About 40 years ago, I was 16 when I had a couple of overzealous Boomers box me in in traffic about 10pm one night (front and rear on my bumpers, railroad embankment on right, oncoming traffic on left) in suspicion of what I was doing driving in their neighborhood. I can tell you that if I was a teenager again, especially this day and age, and had a couple of unmarked cars box me in suddenly, I would be punching the accelerator as well. Between adrenaline dump and tunnel vision all you can think of is getting out of that situation (kill zone); you are not reading anything sewn on someone’s jacket or vest or listening to them, because they are more likely criminals than a dozen or more law enforcement who just happened to be hanging out in the Target parking lot. Only reason I did not floor it many years ago is that I was in my dad’s car and the consequences for wrecking that car would have been far worse then having a couple of old folks at my window yelling at me in traffic. The overzealous neighborhood watch decided to follow me back to my house where my 6 ft 7, 340 lb dad came out and promptly read them the riot act and offered to call the police for them himself. Some people just want to create a situation where there should never have been one.

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