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NC town's chief can't shoot, loses gun and badge
Associated Press ^ | April 11, 2012

Posted on 04/11/2012 10:18:16 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

RICHLANDS, N.C. (AP) -- The police chief of a North Carolina town has been prohibited from carrying a badge and gun because he couldn't shoot straight.

Police Chief Thomas Bennett was suspended as a law enforcement officer after failing his recent annual firearms qualification exam.

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1 posted on 04/11/2012 10:18:21 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Looks like Andy and Barney will be running the show in Mayberry.


2 posted on 04/11/2012 10:20:10 AM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Richlands, NC ... Police Chief Thomas Bennett was suspended as a law enforcement officer after failing his recent annual firearms qualification exam.
Ironic that Camp Lejeune, home to the best shooters in the world, is only 3-4 miles away from Richlands.
3 posted on 04/11/2012 10:25:59 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just put a picture of a dog on the target.


4 posted on 04/11/2012 10:26:18 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bennett has been police chief in Richlands, near the Atlantic coast, since 1999 and plans to retire in July.

This seems just 'mean'. Just 3 months left to go before retirment, and as a Police Chief he is neither likely to be in a squad car, nor using his weapon. He's in management, and at the end of his career. This seems just like a public insult, to what otherwise appears to be a good man.

5 posted on 04/11/2012 10:28:16 AM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I known several who couldn't stand inside a barn and hit a wall.

There is a retired NYC cop in town who is downright scary.

6 posted on 04/11/2012 10:31:20 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Guy is retired in July anyway.

He just wanted to get on with it.


7 posted on 04/11/2012 10:33:47 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Barney Fyfe Lives!


8 posted on 04/11/2012 10:37:32 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Anoreth; ProfoundBabe

One of you could phone the gentleman and offer to teach him to shoot, as a patriotic North Carolinian gesture.


9 posted on 04/11/2012 10:42:51 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA! Y a su pueblo? VICTORIA!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

At least they had some requirements for their officers.
Anyone else remember the lard a** that tazered a girl and killed her because he couldn’t chase a handcuffed girl a few feet?


10 posted on 04/11/2012 10:45:03 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

A gun club I belonged to allowed the local PD to use their indoor range for quals, practice whatever. They would never say exactly what the use would be b/c of ‘security’ and made a big fuss that they should be the only ones attending so the range on those days was closed to the membership. All this ended after the 3rd time the club had to make repairs to the building b/c of ‘errant’ rounds (usually thru the roof). In the end the PD travelled across the state to the NG range where they were assured there would be no termination of access. The NG range was outdoor only with nothing around for miles and miles so ‘leaks’ would likely go undetected.


11 posted on 04/11/2012 10:50:43 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Free ThinkerNY
If he had passed tests in the past and,perhaps,he was older (50’s/60’s) it could be a medical thing.Eyesight,perhaps...or neurological.
12 posted on 04/11/2012 10:57:37 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: driftdiver
Just put a picture of a dog on the target.

:: snort ::

Dammit, you made me laugh about something I don't laugh about.

I hate it when that happens.

13 posted on 04/11/2012 11:20:27 AM PDT by Talisker (He who commands, must obey.)
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To: Jack Burton007

Glad to see a training officer enforcing policy!


14 posted on 04/11/2012 11:57:45 AM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it can bring tears to eyes.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

15 posted on 04/11/2012 12:02:47 PM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: oh8eleven

Richlands to the front gate of Camp Lejeune is 30 minutes. I know because my husband makes the drive every day. It’s more with traffic. That being said, most of the Richlands police department are locals. The vast majority of the Marines that go into law enforcement here go with the Sherriff’s department. Richlands is pretty much run by two families.


16 posted on 04/11/2012 2:44:37 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: Hodar

We figure he pissed someone off. This is an itty bitty hick town. We have lived here 5 years, and there isn’t a heck of a lot of crime here. It’s mostly farmland and woods. Jacksonville’s population has just recently started to creep over here.


17 posted on 04/11/2012 2:49:36 PM PDT by USMCWife6869
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To: Tax-chick

Funny you should mention that. Just returned from the range. I was RSO for Markmanship night. One of the participants is a deputy (I won’t divulge county) that is struggling with small bore rifle and admits he can’t shoot pistol.

Kinda makes you wonder!


18 posted on 04/11/2012 6:57:40 PM PDT by ProfoundBabe ("Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." - OW Holmes)
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To: ProfoundBabe

Pretty sure I can shoot a .22 rifle at a target with my eyes closed and hit center mass every time.


19 posted on 04/11/2012 7:08:06 PM PDT by Anoreth (It's not stupid, it's advanced!)
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To: Anoreth; ProfoundBabe
shoot a .22 rifle at a target with my eyes closed

Now imagine how well you'd do if you wore your glasses!

20 posted on 04/11/2012 7:18:52 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Quien vive? JESUS! Y a su nombre? GLORIA! Y a su pueblo? VICTORIA!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Police chiefs are political creatures that serve at the pleasure of the mayor. In my town we had a retired chief (anti-gunner) who was proud of the fact he hadn’t qualified with his sidearm in three or four years before retirement nor did he carry his weapon if he could avoid it. In his case, I’m convinced the man knew his limitations. He was a total flop as a LEO. Fortunately we’ve had several new chiefs and none of them are like this doofus.


21 posted on 04/11/2012 11:15:49 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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