Broward County Sheriff’s Dept. Back in the News

But then you knew they weren’t the best run department in the country. ‘Quit F**king With Me, Boy’: Florida Deputy Under Investigation After Grabbing Black Dad’s Neck in Video.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office announced the internal investigation into Deputy James Cady, who reportedly has a history of making false arrests, after a complaint was filed by the Broward Public Defender’s Office when the body-cam video emerged last month. The complaint was first reported by the Miami Herald.

He has a history, but THIS time, the “internal investigation” will do things right, and get to the Truth (capital “T”) and serve Justice. Or something. Yeah, I believe that.

A Florida deputy is at the center of an internal affairs investigation after 2017 body-camera footage showed him calling a black father “boy” and grabbing him by the neck during an expletive-filled encounter.

So they will be all big and tough when confronting a man who isn’t doing anything wrong, and has an infant in his arms, but call them to the scene of an active shooter and they will freeze up and do absolutely nothing of consequence. And the Left thinks I should be completely dependent on these guys for my safety.


Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Floridians are almost as heavily armed as Texans, but the bad guys don’t seem to be getting that memo. Brevard homeowner shoots, kills 2 masked intruders, deputies say.

So how would you respond to two masked intruders in your home in the middle of the day?

A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said two masked, armed men broke into the home, and the homeowner shot them.

Deputies said one of the intruders died in the home. The second intruder later died at the hospital.

Cops believe the shooting is justified.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida, it is your legal-right.

Update on a Self-defense Shooting

The Sheriff’s Office in Lake County, Florida has released two 911 calls. 911 caller hears screaming in intruder’s fatal encounter with Lake County homeowner: ‘Maybe he shot the [expletive]’.

“I hear somebody yelling and screaming now, so maybe he shot the [expletive],” one of the unidentified callers says in the recording.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress just before 5 a.m. at the home on Dee Street, Lt. John Herrell said

For details on the story, see my previous posting on this incident at this link.

Floridians Are Almost As Heavily Armed As Texans

This guy didn’t get that memo. Prowler shot by homeowner listed occupation as ‘Theif’ on Facebook.

The homeowner told deputies he had been staying across the street at his father’s house while his own home was being renovated. The man called 911 about midnight to report an intruder, but deputies found no one and left. The man then decided to return to his empty house in case the prowler returned.

About 5 a.m., he heard a noise outside by his shed, went outside and confronted the prowler. A struggle ensued, and the homeowner shot the prowler, officials said.

The homeowner is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The would-be bad-guy is dead. Cops suspect that he was responsible for a rash of burglaries in the area.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Home Invader Meets Armed Homeowner

Can you guess what happens next? Suspect Arrested After Attempted Coral Gables Burglary; Other Suspect Sought.

According to police, the suspect kicked in the front door of a home in the 4900 block of Orduna Drive in Coral Gables. That’s when the suspect was met by the armed homeowner.

The homeowner shot the miscreant, who then decided it was better to run. (Floridians are almost as heavily armed as Texans, but the bad guys just don’t seem to be getting that memo.)

Officers caught up with him a while later. He is charged with Burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and resisting arrest without violence. They are still searching for the getaway driver.

Self-defense is a Human-right.

Sounds Like Self-defense to Me

Though if you just read the headline… Man found shot to death in doorway of Orange County home.

The man who owned the home, and the guy who lived in the home (they don’t have “landlord” in their vocabulary?) got into a physical altercation.

Sheriff’s officials said a 53-year-old man was found shot to death in the open doorway of the home.

The homeowner, a 47-year-old man, was found inside the home with significant head injuries, officials said. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Like I said, sounds like self-defense, which is a human-right. The investigation is ongoing.

Tesla, Thermal Runaway, and Negligence

This started with an article over at The Silicon Graybeard, which was of interest to the geeks who love all things tech. (Which includes me!) It was on the problem of Thermal Runaway in lithium ion batteries. And they are a problem.

As the number of electric vehicles continues to grow, the number of fires is going up. I did a piece about burning Teslas five years ago, in February of ’14. At that time, Tesla seemed to have a catastrophic fire rate of about 1 in 4000 cars. For perspective, at the same time, GM had just recalled 370,000 of their GMC Sierra pickups for a software fix that had caused eight fires, or 1 in 46,250, less than 1/10 the electric Tesla’s rate.

This prompted a search, which was going to try and get better numbers on Tesla and the current state of affairs. (I may still keep looking for that, and if I find it, I will post it somewhere.) But instead I tripped over something I missed. Since I don’t have any connection to the CNN, MSNBC, EIEIO 24-hour-news, I don’t know if this got much coverage. Though my guess is any coverage was drowned out under “Oh, my God, the .gov is shut down!” or “Russia, Russia, Russia!” Teens burned to death after 116 mph crash. Lawsuit blames Tesla for the speed and fire.

Now ordinarily I wouldn’t think they would have much of a chance with the lawsuit, but then there is this.

The suit presents James and Jenny Riley, Barrett’s parents, and the Montserratts as victims of Tesla negligence. Three days after Barrett Riley got ticketed for zooming the Tesla at 112 mph through a 50-mph zone on March 3, the suit claims, the Rileys had Tesla mechanics install a device that put an 85-mph limit on the car’s speed.

But when the car was serviced from March 29 through April 3 at Tesla’s Bahia Beach Broward County service center, Tesla mechanics “improperly removed the speed limiter/governor without the permission and consent of” the Rileys, the suit says.

Oops. Of course it is Beyond the Pale to assume that parents would actually do some parenting and take the keys away from the kid. Get them a Trabant, They couldn’t go 50 MPH. Or an early VW, though both of those lack any safety equipment. And I do mean Any. (My dad had a VW bus, that was lucky to go 45 MPH.) But then that wouldn’t fit with the whole Aventura, FL scene. I could barely afford to park my car in Aventura, not that there was much reason to go there. I seem to remember a decent deli. (Real NY pastrami.)

The thermal runaway connection? The batteries caught fire in the crash, and were nearly impossible to douse.

“The two battery packs in the car contain hundreds of small batteries that power everything on the car,” Corboy said. “If one of the batteries catches fire, every battery around it catches fire in short order.”

And an electrical fire burns differently from a gasoline or oil fire. Water and foam do not knock the fire out. As the NTSB report says, after using 200 to 300 gallons of water and foam in an attempt to extinguish the burning car, the battery blazed up again on the tow truck. It rose again in the storage yard, requiring fire rescue workers to put it out.

The current state of battery technology is almost good enough. The trouble is, in order to pack in enough battery power to try to make the range acceptable, given the hours-long recharging time, engineers have to leave out all that bulky fire-suppression material.