Eight officers who mistakenly fired more than 100 shots at a pickup carrying two women delivering newspapers violated the LAPD’s policy on deadly force, commission finds. Chief Beck must now decide on discipline.Hey, remember that one time when a whole bunch of our heroic defenders in blue mistook a couple of Latina paper-carriers for a 6’6″ black guy and then unloaded a hundred rounds or so at them, each other, and random suspicious dwellings on what was once a quiet residential street?
Could happen to anybody, right? And I’m sure that if you or I pulled a maniacal stunt like that the local authorities would just agree that boys will be boys and mistakes were made. But professional police officers are held to a higher, brighter standard than that, you civilian you. So despite their best efforts, the LAPD brass hasn’t quite been able to find the memory hole.
The findings come after months of internal debate over whether the officers should be excused in light of the intense pressure they were under…
But don’t worry, citizens. I’m sure that in the end our leaders will decide the brave warriors have suffered enough. Or the arbitration board will. One of the two.