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.)

Texans Are Still Armed. Robbers Are Still Getting Shot.

This memo doesn’t seem to be circulating everywhere in Texas. Robbery Suspect Shot, Killed By North Texas Homeowner In Front Yard.

Detectives said Tran and his girlfriend were in front of the home waiting to purchase a camera that was being sold online by someone they did not know.

While they were outside, the man approached them with a gun demanding money. Police said he “began assaulting Tran, threatening to shoot him and his girlfriend. Tran produced a handgun and shot the robbery suspect.”

One of the joys of conducting business online with people you don’t know.

No charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing. Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

When Only Cops Have Guns…

Only cops will negligently discharge their weapons at airports. Houston police officer mistakenly fires AR-15 at Hobby Airport baggage claim.

An AR-15 rifle wielded by a Houston police officer mistakenly fired into the floor at the baggage area of Hobby Airport on Thursday night, according to authorities.

And in the most clueless bit of all…

“As far as I understand it, (the gun) was not dropped,” [Houston police Capt. Jerome] Stevens said.

Which you know was in answer to a clueless reporter’s question. (If it went off when dropped, they have other problems as well.)

At least he was pointing the weapon in a safe direction. (Hat tip to Wirecutter and WiscoDave.)

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.”

Texans Are Still Armed. Home Invaders Are Still Getting Shot

You would think the bad guys would have gotten that memo by now. Homeowner shoots suspect who kicked in door of home with children inside in Fort Bend County.

How would you respond to someone kicking in your front door at 4 o’clock in the morning?

Deputies say the family, which includes two young children, woke up to the sound of the suspect crashing through the front door. He also got close to the kids’ rooms.

The homeowner’s wife grabbed the children and took them into the master bedroom.

The homeowner shot the intruder twice. He is expected to survive.

No charges are expected against the homeowner because Self-defense is a Human-right, and in Texas it is your legal right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.