Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another Example of Cops Getting Special Treatment?

Off-duty SDPD officer identified in alleged road rage shooting : North County Times - Californian This one appears to be a pretty clear example of special treatment.
OCEANSIDE -- Police weren't saying much Monday about a suspected road rage incident Saturday night in which an off-duty San Diego police officer shot and wounded a Camp Pendleton woman and her 8-year-old son.

The off-duty officer, Franklin "Frank" White of Oceanside, fired an undisclosed number of shots during the incident, which happened at about 9:30 p.m. in a shopping center parking lot off Old Grove Road, said Oceanside police Sgt. Kelan Poorman.
Frank White is on vacation paid administrative leave. If anyone except a cop did this, I think there is a better than even chance they would be cooling their heals in jail. It looks like the boys and girls in blue have closed ranks to shield one of their own.

Do you think the 8-year-old boy posed a threat to officer White, or did he fire his weapon negligently? Just asking.

OK, the facts are not all in (or police haven't released them). "Innocent until proved guilty" and all that... Let's see how things stand when the other shoe drops. But then I don't believe he will ever face a jury of his peers. I think an internal investigation will conclude that he acted appropriately. But then I am completely cynical.

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