Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Face of a Killer

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder, and rightfully so.  His use of deadly force was clearly not justified.  Anyone who's been in law enforcement for any amount of time knows that. Those who haven't, well, here you go.

Mr. Van Dyke blatantly violated Chicago PD's own use of force policy.  The CPD's criteria for the employment of deadly force requires that the assailant display "actions" that "will likely cause death or serious physical injury."

Seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald, as evidenced by the dash-cam video released (by judge's order) by the CPD, was unjustly killed.

Typically, three factors must be in place for someone to use deadly force:


  • To have ABILITY, someone must have the power/strength to kill or cripple someone.  Laquan McDonald likely met that criterion.  He was young, mobile, and likely pretty strong at 17.
  • JEOPARDY requires the assailant be acting in a manner that can reasonably be interpreted as the person had the intent to kill or cripple someone. Laquan McDonald very obviously was not acting in that manner.
  • OPPORTUNITY an assailant must be capable of immediately employing deadly force.  For example, someone with a bat who is 10 feet away from you definitely has the opportunity to do so.  He does not have the opportunity if you're on the other side of a 6ft chain link fence.  Laquan McDonald had a 3" folding knife, and was, according to some reports, 10ft away from Van Dyke.  I suppose McDonald had opportunity to employ deadly force immediately.  In this case, it seems a little subjective. You can obviously be killed by a 3" knife, but it would have to be perfectly placed.

In the end, McDonald did not all the criteria.  He had the ability, and he arguably had the opportunity, but he did not put anyone's life in jeopardy by walking away from/parallel to the officers in the video.  He didn't lunge, he didn't raise up the knife, and he didn't display any intent of attacking anyone.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Special Double Wannabe Edition

On the Paris tragedy, his idiotness Donald Trump said, “And I’ll tell you what, you can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation."

Look shit-for-brains, I hardly think that 8 hours (or so) of state-mandated handgun training is sufficient to make a difference in a surprise attack by trained terrorists with fully automatic weapons.  In fact, some states have no live fire requirements and no minimum number of hours of training required to get a concealed carry permit.  An inept, inexperienced handgun owner would have been no better than any of the unarmed citizens in any of those crowds in Paris. They would've been too busy shitting their pants to draw their weapon, I can tell you that mucch.


Uncle Jeb said today on Meet the Press that he'd have no-fly zones over Syria.  I wonder how the Russians would feel about that.

Where do these morons come from?

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Special Wannabe Edition

Dear Ben Carson:

Stop being such a pussy, will ya?  The media is not desperate to tarnish you.  They're not out to get you - No more than Fox News has been out to tarnish and get President Obama for the last 8 years; not by any stretch of the imagination.

The media is doing what the media does. Good or bad, you're not any different than any other candidate that ever was. You're not special.  You're not anything new.  You're a guy running for president, and you're under the microscope. Suck it up, buttercup.

So shut the fuck up and get on with your run.  Jesus H. Christ.