A Lot of Bad Things Can Happen in 11 Minutes

Even if you can call 911 before bad things happen, you will wait. How long you wait depends, in part, on where you are. New Data Shows DPD Taking Even Longer To Respond To 911 Calls.

Adding the 911 time, though, shows it actually takes police more than 11 minutes from the moment a resident dials 911 for officers to arrive on scene.

Those are the numbers for priority 1 calls. Lower priority calls will take longer.

The official numbers are 9 minutes, but it takes a little more than 2 minutes (on average) for the call to be dispatched from the 911 center to the cops who will respond. There is some push to start using the real numbers.

11 minutes is a really long time to wait in the event of a violent encounter. And the situation is not getting better, and the monthly numbers seem to say that things are getting worse.

The department has pointed to its staffing as the cause, as it continues losing officers at a faster pace than it can hire new ones.

And I don’t expect their staffing troubles will be eased anytime soon.


Can’t Let a Cop Go Down for Murder. Have To Try Something

So it look like the Dallas PD is going for character assassination of the guy who was executed. Why Did Dallas Police Search a Man’s Home for ‘Narcotics’ After One of Their Own Killed Him?

KXAS reports that the day after the shooting, a Dallas Police Department investigator obtained a warrant to search Jean’s apartment. The warrant, signed by 292nd District Court Judge Brandon Birmingham, says the police intended to look for “any contraband, such as narcotics,” that could “constitute[e] evidence of a criminal offense.”

Because justification after the fact is all they have left. Because they can’t let the rules that apply to the Little People apply to Cops. (Hat tip to A Geek With Guns.)

It’s More Justice Than I Expected

JusticeDallas police and the Texas Rangers finally admit that they can’t give a cop a free pass on murder manslaughter. Dallas officer Amber Guyger charged with manslaughter after killing neighbor in his apartment.

The 30-year-old Guyger, who is white, fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday. Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment.

Gee, imagine that, a cop getting “favorable treatment.” But seriously, if she hadn’t been a cop, she would have been arrested on the spot.

This was such a bone-headed move, that I still can’t wrap my brain around it. As I asked the other day, how the hell do you walk into the wrong apartment, and not know it isn’t yours? Forget the 2nd part of that question, just answer the first.

I also don’t get how drawing and firing a weapon is Manslaughter, proving once again I am not a lawyer. (Maybe stupidity is a mitigating factor. Stupid vs Reckless?)

I Predict That Nothing Will Happen to the Cop

But if you walked into the wrong apartment, and shot someone who lived there, thinking you were in your own apartment, what do you think would happen to you? Dallas police officer enters wrong apartment, fatally shoots man.

WTF!? How the HELL do you not know which apartment is yours? (You don’t recognize the furniture, the rugs, the pictures?)

Details surrounding the death of Botham Shem Jean, 26, were not immediately available early Friday. Dallas police said in a statement that preliminary information suggests the officer involved called for help, and told responding officers that “she entered the victim’s apartment believing that it was her own.”

An honest mistake? Yeah, that would work as a defense if anyone aside from cop used it, I’m sure. (I really need to create that “Cops Behaving Stupidly” category.) The officer in question is on “administrative leave,” which is bureaucratic weasel-wording for “paid vacation.”

A Lot of Bad Things Can Happen in 15 Minutes

That 15 minutes was with firefighters on the phone saying they were being chased by a man with a knife. DFR changes response to violent calls after slow DPD arrival.

On a good night Dallas PD would respond to that situation in 8 minutes.

When fire crews arrived they saw a woman in a courtyard area near the laundry room waiving them down.

When firefighters stepped out of the engine a man emerged nearby carrying a knife attempting to attack the female.

Firefighters eventually tackled and disarmed the man. But even the cops agree – they didn’t sign up for that.

There was a lot of back and forth at the 911 call center and the details are at the link.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but help won’t be there instantly, and depending on what you can, or can’t, communicate to the 911 dispatcher, you may or may not get top priority. And why is someone violating a court order of protection not a priority 1 call?

But even if you can call 911 before bad things happen, you might want to consider what you are going to do for that 8 minutes. Or 15 minutes.

Texans Are Still Armed. Home Invaders Are Still Getting Shot

Another failure of the victim-selection process. Dallas homeowner shoots robbery suspect.

Two men dressed in black jumped the fence of a home on Kleberg Road near Highway 175 just before midnight Monday. They were attempting to rob the home, police said.

But they didn’t get very far because the homeowner was also armed. He pulled out his gun and shot one of the men in the abdomen.

The guy who got shot turned up at a local hospital. The 2nd guy is still on the run.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Texas, it is your legal right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

“Mom Shoots Kidnapper in the Head: Police”

The headline reads: Mom Shoots Man Trying to Steal SUV With Kids Inside: Cops. The title of this post is the title on the video, which is more to the point.

This is Texas, after all.

The woman jumped back into the vehicle and ordered the man to stop the car, police said.

When he refused, she pulled a gun from the glove box and shot the man, who then drove the SUV into a utility pole, according to police.

He is expected to survive to face the 2 kidnapping charges along with other charges.

Parents are supposed to protect their children. And self-defense – and defense of family – is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.