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Officers leave loaded rifle unattended on trunk of patrol car...then drives away
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 29 June 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 07/01/2011 10:23:20 PM PDT by smokingfrog

This is the shocking picture of a fully loaded assault rifle left unattended on the trunk of patrol car in a busy Seattle street.

The bungling officers were nowhere to be seen after leaving the AR-15 on the trunk of their patrol car outside a busy hotel and shopping street on Monday night.

Shockingly, after the officers returned, they failed to notice the menacing rifle and drove off.

It was only after a woman chased the car as it drove away, that the officers realised their mistake.

Passer-by Nick Gonzales, who photographed the shocking scene above, also alerted two bike cops after seeing the rifle at around 9 pm Monday night, describing them as being 'shocked as hell'.

Speaking to Seattlepi.com, Seattle Police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said: 'We'd really like to express our gratitude to Nick the Slog tipper who flagged down the bike officers and also a separate woman who alerted the driver of the patrol car that there was an unattended rifle on the car.

There is a chain of command investigation that will look into the circumstances that contributed to this incident.

'Just the fact that the rifle was left on a patrol car unattended is embarrassing, and people should expect more from the Police Department.'

According to the website, Seattle police keep rifles in three states; unloaded, patrol-car ready and tactical ready.

A full investigation has been launched.

The Police officers involved - highly trained and specially selected to carry the lethal weapons - have yet to be named.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: banglist; donutwatch; rifle; wearetheonlyones
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Keystone cops: Officers leave loaded rifle unattended on trunk of patrol car...then drives away with gun STILL in place


1 posted on 07/01/2011 10:23:26 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Thank goodness it didn’t jump up and start shooting people....

(Donut shop going to close early?)


2 posted on 07/01/2011 10:25:26 PM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: smokingfrog

Nice rifle. Amazing no one pulled their ‘hoodie’ tight and ‘liberated’ it.


3 posted on 07/01/2011 10:25:58 PM 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: smokingfrog

When I was about 14, I got my butt kicked by my Dad for pulling a stunt similar to that. I could have accidentally shot one of my brothers.


4 posted on 07/01/2011 10:27:31 PM PDT by unkus
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To: smokingfrog

But the police say it is the citizens that can’t be trusted with weapons.


5 posted on 07/01/2011 10:29:49 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: smokingfrog
They are going to need a new scope, at the very least.

/johnny

6 posted on 07/01/2011 10:33:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Amazing no one pulled their ‘hoodie’ tight and ‘liberated’ it.

A) I wasn't there. B) I don't wear a hoodie.

But your premise is correct. Found money in my book.

/johnny

7 posted on 07/01/2011 10:36:04 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: smokingfrog
"...the menacing rifle..."

I'm surprised that evil machine didn't up and kill a bunch of innocent bystanders. I'll betcha it threatened a lot folks, though.

Someone ought to sue the cops for leaving that dangerous contraption unattended. Could'a killed somebody.

8 posted on 07/01/2011 10:47:56 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: smokingfrog

“menacing rifle”?

No sensationalized bias on display there!

Did it mug some one, threaten to shoot unless given drugs, exactly what “Menace” did the inanimate object pose?

The cops are almost as dumb as the reporter.


9 posted on 07/01/2011 10:47:56 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: smokingfrog

The Europeans still can’t get over the American gun culture. There are millions variants of those same rifles across America in average households.


10 posted on 07/01/2011 10:57:43 PM PDT by Dogbert41
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To: smokingfrog
A government unionist is the last person who should be given a firearm.

11 posted on 07/01/2011 11:07:00 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: smokingfrog
The Police officers involved - highly trained and specially selected to carry the lethal weapons - have yet to be named. What a JOKE.

These guys are the typical goofballs that, thankfully, infest only a small part of most military and police units.

These guys are no better than the disgraced and useless IDIOT DEA "agent", Lee Paige, who shot himself in the foot JUST AFTER stating that he was the ONLY person in the room, that he knew of, that was "professional" enough to carry a Glock 40 (actually, it's a .40 caliber Glock 22 Lee - perhaps you had your mind on the FORTY or FORTIES you drank before mishandling your weapon in a classroom full of young kids and causing a NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE and the resulting self-inflicted gunshot wound)... BOOM!

Just before shooting himself, Old lee also tried to up his bad self and skreet creds by talking about "50 Cent" and "Too Short".

He demonstrated himself worthy of a skreet name of his own... "TOO DUMB".

12 posted on 07/01/2011 11:09:35 PM PDT by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: DocH
The Police officers involved - highly trained and specially selected to carry the lethal weapons - have yet to be named.

What a JOKE.

These guys are the typical goofballs that, thankfully, infest only a small part of most military and police units.

These guys are no better than the disgraced and useless IDIOT DEA "agent", Lee Paige, who shot himself in the foot JUST AFTER stating that he was the ONLY person in the room, that he knew of, that was "professional" enough to carry a Glock 40 (actually, it's a .40 caliber Glock 22 Lee - perhaps you had your mind on the FORTY or FORTIES you drank before mishandling your weapon in a classroom full of young kids and causing a NEGLIGENT DISCHARGE and the resulting self-inflicted gunshot wound)... BOOM!

Just before shooting himself, Old lee also tried to up his bad self and skreet creds by talking about "50 Cent" and "Too Short". He demonstrated himself worthy of a skreet name of his own... "TOO DUMB".

13 posted on 07/01/2011 11:10:50 PM PDT by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: smokingfrog

Could happen to anybody...


14 posted on 07/01/2011 11:14:20 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: DocH
These guys are the typical goofballs that, thankfully, infest only a small part of most military and police units.

You don't know much about Seattle PD, do you?

15 posted on 07/01/2011 11:16:43 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour (With The Resistance...)
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To: smokingfrog
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16 posted on 07/01/2011 11:50:03 PM PDT by Morgana (I never said a thing.....................)
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To: smokingfrog
Seattle is not known for having the brightest PD. Last year, a cop shot a local guy for holding a tiny knife (he was whittling) less than 10 seconds after exiting his car to confront the dead guy. The cop shot the guy not for making threatening gestures with the knife, but because the guy didn't put the knife down but rather kept whittling. The in-car tape was pretty damning. The woodcarver was very well-known among downtowners, I guess. Big stink made.

Seattle has an idiot mayor and city council, and an idiot police chief (one of many PC mouth-breathers through the years). I know I should be shocked at this latest example of SPD criminal stupidity, but after living in Latte Land all these years, I am really not surprised.

17 posted on 07/01/2011 11:51:49 PM PDT by 60Gunner (Ma'am, that is not a seizure. That is a dance move.)
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To: smokingfrog
Heh. In Iraq, such items are honey pots, used to justify sniping at a person who attempts to pick it up.

I wonder if it is CRIMINAL to leave a loaded weapon where a child can get it?

18 posted on 07/01/2011 11:56:09 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: 60Gunner
The cop shot the guy not for making threatening gestures with the knife, but because the guy didn't put the knife down but rather kept whittling.

You forgot the most important part; the guy the cop shot was deaf.

19 posted on 07/02/2011 12:07:48 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Join the AFL-CIO. The Communist Party needs new blood.)
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To: unkus
When I was about 14, I got my butt kicked by my Dad for pulling a stunt similar to that. I could have accidentally shot one of my brothers.

When I was 10, I got my butt kicked too. Dad put newspaper on the floor, squatted down and showed me how to field strip a Army Colt .45. Then told me to do it. I started on it and my butt hurt and I went face-first to the floor. When asked, "What the heck?", he said I hadn't checked it to see if loaded. Seeing him take it apart/put it together did not constitute a check. 49 years later and I never forget to check...

20 posted on 07/02/2011 4:31:01 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: 60Gunner

“Big stink made.”

It’s not a big stink until a murder charge filed.


21 posted on 07/02/2011 6:20:30 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS or RINO's.)
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To: smokingfrog
As others have said, maybe it’s time for the Police to give up their guns.

Bloomley’s group: Mayor’s Against the basic human right of self-defense or against common sense or whatever they call themselves want to get guns off the street, well a good start would be with loco government.

They don’t let correction’s officers in the pen carry guns because they can be grabbed and used by the cons, so why should Leo’s put themselves in the same danger?

A really worthwhile gesture by Baloney’s anti-self defense group would be for all of their security details to turn in their guns, that would show the world they are serious about this issue, that would show everyone they are serious about protecting the chillren.

I think everyone would applaud them for taking this first step in disarming the police and protecting the people.

22 posted on 07/02/2011 6:36:05 AM PDT by BerserkPatriot (There are no 1st Amendment rights without 2nd Amendment Rights)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Nice rifle.

I'm not too sure. To my eye, it looks like it has an A1 upper with a fixed carrying handle. It also looks like it has just about every available piece of cheap mall ninja crap from a laser to a flashlight screwed onto it. And extra mags on the buttstock. It must weigh a ton.


23 posted on 07/02/2011 6:41:19 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sooth2222

Might be heavy, but right there could be had cheaper than a Sears and Roebuck .22.


24 posted on 07/02/2011 7:40:03 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: The Magical Mischief Tour
You're saying that all, or a large part of that force is made up of goofballs?

Wonderful.

25 posted on 07/02/2011 7:56:31 AM PDT by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: smokingfrog

The daily Mail must have gotten too many pro-gun posts for they have shut down any further comments.


26 posted on 07/02/2011 8:23:09 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: trebb

Our Dads were made of the same stock. Gun safety and handling is always # 1 priority. Then the fun begins.


27 posted on 07/02/2011 9:57:44 AM PDT by unkus
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To: I see my hands

This is too good a quote not to borrow. :-)


28 posted on 07/02/2011 8:04:37 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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