Aren't you supposed to search the suspect for weapons before you put him in the back of the patrol car?
Thank God the thug was a bad shot
Sounds like he murdered the suspect and made up a story to cover his ass.
An opinion of the DA doesn’t mean much. If the guy wants to sue the LEO for the wound and the risk then he certainly can. Probably he can also try for the attempted murder even despite this DA - a single man can’t issue “get away with murder” cards. Not supposed to, at least.
Can’t take any chances with those drunks. I have a great thought let’s create a force to protect unarmed citizens rather then shoot them.
No words. Just. No. Words.
Wow, taking a RIFLE shot at someone handcuffed in the back of the patrol car?!
I guess the real question is; Why didn't the 'officer' have a throw-down to plant on him?
Woulda made the whole "I was in fear for my life" thing more believable.
Somebody didn't follow standard serve and protect protocol.
The last time (and only time) I was hand cuffed was in 1966. My hands were behind my back in cuffs. If I had access to a weapon about the only thing I could have shot would have been my ass. The only way I could have been a threat is if I managed to kick open the locked door or tear down the barrier with my teeth. At this point it would have been necessary for the officers to stand perfectly still and while I would be mooning them to use a weapon against them.
I suspect that before this would have been allowed to occur an officer would have laid a billy club upon my head with great vigor and enthusiasm.
The story stinks.
More evidence that Sacramento is a cesspit.
Guy totally forgot his training. You're not supposed to handcuff them before you shoot them - it makes it more plausible when you plant the gun or knife on them, and then say that you "feared for your safety."
The officer needs to watch the training video again, obviously.
Yea, well it was pretty apparent that he was outmatched /s
Cuffed in the front? If he was cuffed in the back there’s no way he could be a threat.
My question is how did this officer miss with a rifle shooting at an immobile suspect in the back od a squad car.
Sounds like a negligent “oops, my finger was on the trigger” shooting.
I’m trying to imagine what would happen if I, Joe Average, did this.
Let me see if I’ve got everything:
1. You have reason to believe a man you already searched for weapons, cuffed, and placed into the back of a police vehicle is still armed.
2. Officer, believing for some reason that our perpetrator can fire this mystery weapon with his mind, his tongue, or his unusually dextrous penis that can unzip itself, takes aim at the suspect with an AR-15 assault rifle.
3. Officer is wielding a long gun here. Not a Glock .40, 9mm, or a .45, nope an AR-15.
4. The officer aims at the threatening, handcuffed perp, shoots, and MISSES. Let’s set aside for a second that he’s in the back of a patrol car and handcuffed. How far was Serpico away from the suspect when he took his shot?
5. I can’t stand lawyers, but this is one time where some flesh eating mouthpiece should just seek to own these morons for every taxpayer nickel.
We had a similar incident in our town here. Officer put 7 rounds in an unarmed suspect sitting in a parked vehicle from behind.
We have an LEO problem in the US right now.