Even in Chicago, some officers have the right orientation
"They pretended that the victim had not broken the law by defending himself with an illegal handgun.
“Nothing was said about the gun going off,” he said. “The police come over to make a report. The guy said to me, ‘Well, you’re lucky you weren’t killed. You should’ve had a gun with you. If you had killed the guy, then you would have had to say you took the gun off him.’"
It is to bad that both officers and citizens have to engage in this type of deception to avoid a prosecution of the citizen.
This illustrates the hypocrisy that must be tacitly accepted at all levels of Chicago law enforcement: gun are being used by citizens for self defense, and police officers are helping them lie about it. I am sure that the DA's know about it, as well as city government officials, but they all insist on keeping the gun registration ban in place, and on fighting the NRA lawsuit.
Posted by: Left Coast Conservative at June 14, 2009 08:22 AM
I guess it's good that the cops had the "right" attitude, but "say you took your gun off the criminal" doesn't strike me as good legal advice. . . . at best, he's offering to join you in a criminal conspiracy to hide evidence.
Posted by: Don Gwinn at June 14, 2009 08:56 AM
At a deeper level, what this means is that Chicago is done with "the rule of law" that is the basis for a republic. Chicago is left with some bizarre "have/have nots" aristocracy where you don't know if you're privileged or not until you see who shows up.
Gives a whole new meaning to "good cop/bad cop", don't it?
Posted by: Jim D. at June 14, 2009 10:32 AM
Better advice might be to tell the cop he was trying to kill you, and then STFU ... including talking about things like who shot him.
As far as your defense attorney is concerned, the pistol fell out of a clear blue sky, hit the ground, and went off, killing the attacker.
Posted by: Kristopher at June 15, 2009 11:39 AM
Ya know, a lot of cops, even in bad places, are good guys.
A lot aren't. I remember when I was an NJ resident, a cop who was shooting in the lane next to me at the range was asking me only the sort of questions about my NJ legal ARlike rifle that a cop looking to make a bust would ask. It was very clear to everyone he was not happy with a mere citizen having such a rifle, and I was pretty damned grateful I was well versed in how my rifle was legal.
It's a shame you can't tell them at a glance.
As for the rule of law...what a mess.
Posted by: geekWithA.45 at June 15, 2009 02:09 PM
Chicago cops advocate lying and conspiracy? Why am I not surprised, given the "political" culture within which they work?
Posted by: DirtCrashr at June 16, 2009 10:56 AM