After the L.A. cops started eating their own yesterday, inevtiably, innocent bystanders were caught up in the frenzied search for Christopher Dorner. Police employees from the Los Angeles area wrecklessly targeted as many as three people in two incidents, as LAist reported:
The first officer-involved shooting happened at about 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue in Torrance, according to the L.A. Times. Two women delivering newspapers in a truck were struck by gunfire by L.A. police detectives from the Hollywood division. One woman was shot in the hand and the other in the back, Jesse Escochea, who captured video of the victims being treated, told the Times. Both victims were transported to a hospital.
The Times describes the crime scene: “After the shooting, the blue pickup was riddled with bullet holes and what appeared to be newspapers lay in the street alongside.”
The second incident occurred at Flagler Lane and Beryl Street about 5:45 a.m. and involved Torrance police. No injuries were reported.
Here’s a picture of the first shooting. Note that as many as two dozen rounds were fired into the vehicle, and were aimed at the head and torsos of the two occupants.
Reason Magazine’s Scott Shackford wrote “We’ll see if any disciplinary actions follow. That should be interesting, given a huge chunk of Dorner’s diatribe was about how the police abuse the citizens they’re supposed to protect.”
All of this is happening when people across the country are engaged in a roaring debate over gun control. One of the major points made by gun controllers is that individual citizens lack the proper training or discipline required of gun ownership, and that we should all be satisfied to let the police agencies protect us.
Such incidents as this one, along with last summer’s episode of nine bystanders being peppered with bullets from New York City police employees, should raise doubts that monopolized protection agencies are the best possible system. It also throws water on the idea that only the government’s bureaucrats are responsible enough to be licensed gun carriers.