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Seattle police 'embarrassed' by rifle left unattended on cruiser
Seattle Times ^ | 6/28/11 | Christine Clarridge

Posted on 06/29/2011 3:09:32 AM PDT by LibWhacker

Seattle police are looking into the "very embarrassing" circumstances that led to a semi-automatic assault rifle being left on the trunk lid of an unattended patrol vehicle in public.

Everybody's done it.

You place an item on top of a car only to remember later — after you or someone else has driven off.

But when the forgetful individual is a Seattle police officer and the item is a semi-automatic rifle, it's more than a little embarrassing. It's also the focus of an internal investigation.

Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb conceded Tuesday it was "very embarrassing" that a semi-automatic rifle was left on the trunk lid of a police cruiser in downtown Seattle on Monday.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: banglist; police; rifle; roof; unattended

1 posted on 06/29/2011 3:09:40 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Oh No! A Semi-Automatic Assault rifle? Semi-Automatic? Really? Semi-Automatic? Oh my goodness! I thought those were banned! What the heck is a Semi-Automatic Assault rifle good for anyway? It’s not as if anybody NEEDS one! Nobody NEEDS a Semi-Automatic Assault rifle to go HUNTING...


2 posted on 06/29/2011 3:17:39 AM PDT by golux
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To: LibWhacker
...it was "very embarrassing" that a semi-automatic rifle was left on the trunk lid of a police cruiser in downtown Seattle on Monday

Only a semi-auto? Well that might explain why no one snagged it and drove off.

3 posted on 06/29/2011 3:28:31 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: golux
Everybody's done it. You place an item on top of a car only to remember later — after you or someone else has driven off. Yeah, I remember leaving my infant child on the hood of my car and drove off...oh silly me, then I remember leaving my paycheck for the month, over 8k, in small bills, in the front seat of my convertible while I went to a movie( hey, it happens to everyone). Moral of this article is democrats can get away with murder( Blockovitch should have been tried in Seattle)
4 posted on 06/29/2011 3:31:02 AM PDT by shadeaud (" If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Maybe it also had a “clip” and a “shoulder thing that goes up:”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ospNRk2uM3U


5 posted on 06/29/2011 3:32:11 AM PDT by golux
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To: LibWhacker

—added “banglist” to keywords—


6 posted on 06/29/2011 3:50:22 AM PDT by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: golux

What? No bayonet lug?


7 posted on 06/29/2011 3:52:37 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: LibWhacker

Was it one of the ones that have bullets that explode gunpowder when you pull the finger pull thingy?


8 posted on 06/29/2011 3:55:13 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: LibWhacker
semi-automatic assault rifle

How can you tell a computer belongs to a lib 'journalist?' It's got a special key labeled "saar".

9 posted on 06/29/2011 3:55:45 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: golux
Maybe it also had a “clip” and a “shoulder thing that goes up:”


10 posted on 06/29/2011 4:04:57 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

Those Garand clips aren’t going to work to well in that M4


11 posted on 06/29/2011 4:08:41 AM PDT by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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To: Rearden

absolutley NOT...thats the point


12 posted on 06/29/2011 4:10:28 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: golux
If you think that’s cute, check out some of the stuff in the daily beast article on Melson's deal to testify:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/06/27/atf-head-kenneth-melson-to-testify-before-congress-on-operation-fast-and-furious.html

“The briefers explained that the goal of the investigation was to track the guns to the larger cartels so a bigger case could be made, and that three of the most popular weapons that had been trafficked included an AK-57 variant known as the 7.62, .50-caliber weapons, and an AR semiautomatic variant known as the 5.56.”

AK-57 variant?

13 posted on 06/29/2011 4:11:41 AM PDT by HammerT (Buy them so they CAN'T Ban them!)
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To: Vaquero

14 posted on 06/29/2011 4:20:05 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: HammerT
AK-57 variant?

It's the "obama 57 states" commemorative model.

15 posted on 06/29/2011 4:21:48 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: HammerT

That’s the rare variant made by Birdman Weapon Systems. Looks like they got shut down some time ago.


16 posted on 06/29/2011 4:22:42 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: LibWhacker
The terminology is quite interesting, as this somehow bucks the standard rap that an ar15 rifle in the hands of the police is a patrol rifle, while the same rifle in our possession is an assault rifle.

Perhaps the fact that it was outside the police car and not in the hands of an officer is responsible for for the article labeling it with the devil's moniker. It would be interesting to see at what point the rifle transformed from "patrol" to "assault".

If it were halfway out the window of the cruiser would perhaps be the most straightforward way to tell. My guess is that if the barrel is pointing OUT, it is a patrol rifle, and if it is pointing IN, an assault rifle.

Just want make sure we understand the rules...

17 posted on 06/29/2011 4:26:03 AM PDT by earlyapex (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: LibWhacker

Oh my! How many people were killed when it jumped up by itself and started shooting innocent bystanders?


18 posted on 06/29/2011 4:35:19 AM PDT by conservaterian (Sarah/DeMint '12)
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To: HammerT

AK-57? Sounds like a .50 cal shoulder fired assault weapon. I want one!


19 posted on 06/29/2011 4:44:51 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: LibWhacker
Raising Arizona
20 posted on 06/29/2011 4:54:30 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: LibWhacker

21 posted on 06/29/2011 4:54:47 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: LibWhacker
The police officer diligent in his care for department equipment will never leave a weapon unattended on his car's trunk lid.


22 posted on 06/29/2011 4:55:07 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Smokin' Joe

“Only a semi-auto? Well that might explain why no one snagged it and drove off.”

Probably thought it was a new reality show - “Bait Gun.”


23 posted on 06/29/2011 5:24:30 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down!)
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To: shadeaud

Everybody’s done it.

What the writer meant was, “all cops do it”.


24 posted on 06/29/2011 5:32:13 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: LibWhacker
...semi-automatic assault rifle...

Yo, Christine, here are some more stupid terms you can use.

Bolt action assault rifle

Single shot assault rifle

Double barrel assault shotgun

(Libtard display of stunning ignorance.)

25 posted on 06/29/2011 5:33:56 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

semi-automatic assault rifle

They are big guns sort of like the big semi-trucks


26 posted on 06/29/2011 5:35:57 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: tlb

Thats to weapons in one.

27 posted on 06/29/2011 5:44:04 AM PDT by chainsaw (I'd hate to be a democrat running against Sarah Palin.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

ROFLMAO!


28 posted on 06/29/2011 5:51:57 AM PDT by HammerT (Buy them so they CAN'T Ban them!)
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To: LibWhacker

Sorry, but if my patrol rifle is not slung around me, it’s in the rack. Period. That needs to be a cardinal rule and I don’t know why it was ignored here.

I still shudder when I think about the troops I trained with at the House of Pain in Columbus GA, who let their rifle get unattached from their body.


29 posted on 06/29/2011 5:53:56 AM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: Molon Labbie

The cop put it down for a sec, cuz he was in a secure facility and relaxed too much. Then he forgot about it. I find just as much fault with the lieutenant who didn’t see it and drove off with it on the trunk.
Shoot, I left my pistol in a lockbox at the jail one time when I resumed patrol because I had other things on my mind. Made a traffic stop and realized I had no sidearm. Kicked that guy loose over the PA with apologies and sheepishly returned to the jail for my pistol.


30 posted on 06/29/2011 6:10:02 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Brother, I am just positively anal about my rifle, it would be like detaching my right arm, setting it down and forgetting it. It would just feel...wrong.

The pistol deal? Lol. BTDT. My BUG rattled around like mad in the holster till I could get the full size roscoe back in there.


31 posted on 06/29/2011 6:20:30 AM PDT by Molon Labbie
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"The high-powered weapons usually are kept in the trunk or between the driver and passenger seats."

You mean, it's not normally carried on the trunk of the Patrol Car?
32 posted on 06/29/2011 6:20:36 AM PDT by Fish Speaker (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Molon Labbie

I hear you. I never misplaced my shotgun or rifle, either, but then again, we had take home cars.


33 posted on 06/29/2011 6:27:25 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: HammerT

The all state variant


34 posted on 06/29/2011 6:38:18 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: tlb

35 posted on 06/29/2011 6:51:32 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: tlb

Thanks for posting that. I was going to try to find that on FR.


36 posted on 06/29/2011 7:20:03 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (zero hates Texas and we hate him back. He ain't my president either.)
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To: golux

Oh man, I am laughing so hard at her.


37 posted on 06/29/2011 11:31:41 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Vaquero
I prefer this view...


38 posted on 06/29/2011 12:33:55 PM PDT by TXnMA (There is no Constitutional right to NOT be offended.)
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