A family claims that while waiting to pass through a DWI checkpoint in south eastern North Carolina, officers began indiscriminately firing into one of the vehicles. Jared Cleerdin described the scene, saying that “every cop turned around and started unloading like super trigger happy […] everybody was just blasting this car to pieces. It was absolutely terrifying.”
He went on to say that “it was way beyond reckless […] these are professional people, professional officers, and they’re training, they’re highly trained and they’re not supposed to do stuff like that.”
According to the original report from WECT, the sheriff’s office would not comment on the incident, or provide any information as to why officers suddenly opened fire. All reporters could gather was that seven officers in total had placed on administrative leave.
The comment section of the report (at least this morning) was a typical mixture of sycophantic police-worship and disgust for the reckless behavior. Here’s one of the former variety:
No reports of other vehicles being hit by stray bullets. No reports of bystanders or passerbys (sic) being hit by stray bullets. I would say that these trained officers performed as they were trained to perform. What may look random to the untrained can very well be precisioned (sic) and calculated by those who are trained. People can make all the comments they wants out these officers being reckless but they can’t escape these two facts that rebuke such remarks.
If we are to believe that each of these officers acted in a manner consistent with the above description, shouldn’t we expect to hear that from the police departments involved? If this wanton disregard for human life is indeed the appropriate way in which to handle this sort of thing, wouldn’t the police spokesmen be heralding the officers as heroes? The refusal to comment on the incident seems to raise doubts over this claim.
Furthermore, the use of lethal force is meant only to be used in the event that an innocent life is at risk. In which case, taking the life of a suspect is said to be justified. If indeed someone’s life was in danger, and the police employees used “precision,” how did the two targets manage to survive the fusillade? Considering that “officer safety” is the watchword of public relations officers and police unions across the country, we ought to be hearing all about the grave danger these two individuals posed to the officers.
Silence from the government’s police force appears to speak volumes in this situation.