Brad said the thing I was thinking.

“Bomb Squad”

Yeah, I know this isn’t the first time a police department has dropped a bomb on somebody. But I can only think of one other time they specifically set off a bomb to kill a specific barricaded shooter, and even that was a little more ambiguous than this.

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4 Responses to Brad said the thing I was thinking.

  1. Ken Hagler says:

    There was also 1985, when the Philadelphia PD bombed Philadelphia from a helicopter.

  2. MJR says:

    Look on the bright side it could have been worse. The cops could have called in an air strike…

    You know it’s bad in the “land of the brave and the home of the free” when countries like the Bahamas are issuing travel advisories to their black citizens about travel to the US of A.

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, I had the Move bomb in mind when I wrote the post, that being the third time I know of (and the only one I know where police literally ‘dropped a bomb,’ as from an aircraft.) The Move bomb, which burned down a neighborhood, was widely acknowledged as a very bad idea.

    In Dorner’s case the cops set fire to the building, probably with an incendiary bomb or three, but I don’t recall they ever came out and said so. Certainly they weren’t sending any SWAT teams in, because their first duty was to get home etc.

    In this last case in Dallas, though, they actually just trundled in an expensive robot and blew it up, and made no bones about it. Brad’s point, that this is a rather ominous escalation of police violence, is an important one.

  4. MJR says:

    Another example of the slippery slope your government is on. It’s good that you are isolated because no matter who takes power in November I just can’t see any good coming of it. From my perspective up here in Canada I’m sad to see what was once a great nation being slowly morphed into a third world failed state. Don’t get me wrong there is a ways to go yet but the road is going to get more and more unpleasant.

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