Uniform Recall: Police costumes do not impart common sense on the wearer

In Editorial on December 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Nobody's Fool" (Image Internet Movie Firearms Database)

Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Nobody’s Fool” (Image: Internet Movie Firearms Database)

“Ollie, you know my feelings about arming morons: You arm one. You’ve got to arm them all. Otherwise it wouldn’t be good sport.” (‘Judge Flatt’ – Nobody’s Fool 1994)

We’ve all heard the refrain: “Only the police and military should be permitted to have guns in America.”

That would be tantamount to arming the least responsible party, if deputies of the Polk County (Iowa) Sheriff Department set the standard. Sheriff William McCarthy’s band of mis-armed misfits has done it again.

According to a story published today in the Des Moines Register, Deputy Michael Lose reported a burglary in which his duty sidearm and four other weapons were stolen. Missing, are two Glock .40-caliber handguns, an Ithaca 20-guage shotgun, a 12-gauge H&R Ultra Slug Hunter shotgun, and a 12-gauge Remington shotgun. One of the missing Glocks was Lose’s department-issued (taxpayer funded) duty weapon.

The handguns and ammunition for them were in the center console of his garaged truck and the long guns were ‘laying on the garage floor next to the truck’.

But wait! There’s more!

Lose admitted to investigating officers that his overhead garage door ‘may have been left open on accident’.

Guns (or common sense) have not been friends to McCarthy’s deputies in recent years.

In the summer of 2009, Deputy Keith Onley allegedly left a round chambered in a shotgun in his displayed cruiser (ironically honoring ‘the heroes of public safety’) in a public park. A twelve year-old boy pulled the shotgun’s trigger and the resulting discharge injured a three year-old girl standing nearby.

Earlier that year, Deputy Dale Petersen shot a suicidal man with what he believed was a ‘less-than-lethal’ beanbag round. Ooopsie-daisy…it was actually an unauthorized frangible door breaching round. It was never explained how Petersen came to have the unauthorized ammunition (now known as ‘the mystery shell’) in his cache. The county (taxpayers) settled with the deceased man’s family for around $400,000.

Petersen later distinguished himself in the summer of 2012 when he shot his mouth off (pun intentional) at two female bicyclists while he wrote them a series of nonsensical tickets. A judge later dismissed Petersen’s tickets. McCarthy failed take the opportunity to dismiss Petersen and thereby raise the IQ of his department.

Until McCarthy’s marauders can keep better tabs on their weapons, they should be issued: Defensive Implement – Hand-operated – Air-cooled



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