Cops shooting again at the wrong person

It seems like they’re so determined to kill that renegade cop, they’re shooting at everything that moves:

David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way.

Seconds later, Perdue’s attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and officers opened fire; none of the bullets struck Perdue.

His pickup, police later explained, matched the description of the one belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner — the ex-cop who has evaded authorities after allegedly killing three and wounding two more. But the pickups were different makes and colors. And Perdue looks nothing like Dorner: He’s several inches shorter and about a hundred pounds lighter. And Perdue is white; Dorner is black.

“I don’t want to use the word buffoonery but it really is unbridled police lawlessness,” said Robert Sheahen, Perdue’s attorney. “These people need training and they need restraint.”

The incident involving Perdue was the second time police looking for the fugitive former LAPD officer opened fire on someone else. The shootings have raised concerns that the fear Dorner has instilled has added another layer of danger.

H/T Price Benowitz LLP, Maryland Wrongful Death Attorneys.

3 Responses to Cops shooting again at the wrong person

  1. jawbone February 11, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    The LA police chief was worried about the police getting a bad rap due to Dorner’s charges that his firing was not handled properly?

    Oh my. At the rate they’re shooting up their citizenry, they’ll be lucky to be called Keystone Cops. Maybe serial murderers will be the term applied when they take out a few innocent civilians.

    Plus, I’ll bet a lot of people who have lost loved ones to shooters are amazed that they didn’t see this kind of intensity from the police when those murderers were being sought.

    On NPR yesgterday a top of the hour news summary referred to the three murders attributed to Dorner as “a string of murders.” Somehow, to me, that implies a somewhat larger number, but, well, this is The Story in crime coverage right now.

  2. Izquierdo February 11, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    It’s very interesting how there’s a double standard involved when a cop gets shot. It’s as though their lives are worth far more than those of ordinary mortals.

  3. lless February 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Amidou Diallo would add that it’s also amazing how much better their aim is when the “wrong guy” is black.

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