Cops And Domestic Violence

JusticeThey usually get a free pass.

First up, a story from Oklahoma. New details in OKCPD officer arrest for domestic abuse.

According to the records, the victim told investigators Maldonado said things like “I’m gonna kill you, you’re dead, I’s [sic] gonna kill you tonight, your white privilege is over.”

Innocent until proved guilty… It is somewhat amazing that he was arrested.

Next up a case from California. LAPD officer accused of repeatedly beating, severely injuring girlfriend. The most interesting part of the story is what they don’t say.

So. Three times he’s accused of beating her since April. Only the most recent incident, that resulted in “great bodily injury to the victim,” got the attention of prosecutors. The two previous assaults were not interesting.

LAPD has a “statement” about how this kind of thing won’t be tolerated. Except it apparently was tolerated since April. I’m a bit surprised he didn’t kill her, or that any part of the system acted before he killed her. Of course the story isn’t over yet.

For my view on how cops are generally given a free pass by other cops, see Were there two sets of rules regarding domestic violence? That is about the story of Drew Peterson, a cop from Bollingbrook, Illinois, who wasn’t called to account until after his 4th wife died. And they never did find any evidence about her, but after she disappeared, they reopened the investigation into his 3rd wife’s death, and convicted him. There were calls to 911, but no reports and no arrests. Multiple. Calls. To. 911. But the cops were not going to arrest one of their own! You don’t think the rules apply to cops, do you? Rules are for the Little People.


How Would You Respond to an Armed Home-invader Threatening Your Kids?

Parents are supposed to protect their kids, after all. Homicide Investigation Underway After An Alleged Home Invasion In NE OKC.

While the case is being investigated as a homicide, police said if this was a home invasion the residents had every right to shoot the intruder.

“Someone entered your home, you either know them or you don’t, you’re either fighting by them or you’re not, you have a right to protect yourself,” said [Oklahoma City Police Lt. Carlton] Hardman.

And Oklahoma, if memory serves, has a version of the Castle Doctrine known as “Make My Day.”

In any event, Self-defense is a Human-right, and in Oklahoma, it is your legal right as well.

Oklahoma Homeowner More Responsible Than Cops

At least when it comes to following the rules of safe gun-handling. Oh, and the homeowner’s story doesn’t match the cops. Are we shocked? Oklahoma police open fire on homeowner.

Storms. Power-outage leads to alarm going off. Cops arrive and start shooting.

Williams says he gave a warning and saw a flashlight cross the room. That’s when the shooting started.

“I made a split-second decision not to discharge my gun because I didn’t have any background, couldn’t see where my bullets would go, and I could not identify my target 100%,” Williams said.

So do you think, that in a darkened home, the cops were following all the safety rules about “knowing what’s beyond your target?” I don’t.

April 19, 1995: Oklahoma City Bombing

Eastern side and rear of St. Joseph's Cathedral, located at 225 Fourth Street, NW. in downtown Oklahoma City Doesn’t seem like it was really 24 years ago. Oklahoma City bombing.

Image by Nyttend, via the Wiki. Click the image for a better view and more info.

The Oklahoma City bombing occurred when a truck packed with explosives was detonated on April 19, 1995, outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, leaving 168 people dead and hundreds more injured. The blast was set off by anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh, who in 2001 was executed for his crimes. His co-conspirator Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison. Until September 11, 2001, the Oklahoma City bombing was the worst terrorist attack to take place on U.S. soil.

It seems like most people are for forgetting about OKC.

Relatives of Dead People Still Don’t Like Self-defense

JusticeThey never do. No Charges Filed In Deadly Shooting In OKC, Victim’s Family Speaks Out.

The family just wants revenge.

“Why is there no trial? How come we’re not even trying to get justice for my brother? I don’t care about money. I don’t care about any of that. I just want this guy in jail,” Kevin said.

And of course the dead guy was “very respectful.” He’s shown in pictures fishing, and being an all-around American boy next door.

The DA on the other hand, has a different set of concerns.

Prosecutors say the evidence suggests Chappell shot in self-defense.

And there it is. Facts. But this is the 21st Century, and facts are a 20th (or even 19th) Century concern. Today it is all about feelings.

Despite your feelings, self-defense is a human-right, and in Oklahoma, it is also your legal-right.

Domestic Violence and Self-defense

A story with the bad-guy dead, and his victim alive because she had a gun. OKC Woman Says She Shot Husband In Self-Defense

They released him from jail at 3:45 in the morning, where he was being held for violating an restraining order. Around 6:00AM he was breaking into her house.

Mason told officers her husband came into the home armed with a knife and threatened her. She grabbed a pistol and fired at him.

If you need an order of protection, you need a plan for your personal safety. As you can see from this incidence, having a firearm for your personal safety is an effective plan. You need those plans because the system will not protect you. (They released him at time most people would call the middle of the night. Any bets on whether she was warned he was being released?)

Having a firearm is of course no guarantee. There are none in this life. But in this case it likely saved her life.

Oh, and neighbors were shocked, but there are no really good quotes.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good guys 1, Bad Guys 0.