San Diego concedes in suit over open carry
CalGuns Foundation happily announces that San Diego, in reparation for having arrested a person engaged in legal open carry, has agreed to clear his record and cough up $35,000. The officers didn't know, and San Diego PD had not trained them to know, that in CA open carry of an unloaded firearm is lawful, and thought that the fact he had loaded magazines on him (lawful, too) made it a loaded gun.
Sweet! Too bad there wasn't another zero or two added on to the penalty...But it's a pretty fair start.
Posted by: Greg in Allston at September 29, 2010 09:09 PM
are their officers really that stupid? good on the man winning that suit! and yes I agree there should be some extra 00s added to that.
Posted by: Grif at September 30, 2010 05:28 AM
"Grif" posted, September 30, 2010 05:28 AM:
"are their officers really that stupid?"
ANSWER: Not any more!
Posted by: Tarn Helm at September 30, 2010 06:27 AM
Too bad the cops involved, their training officers, the Chief of Police, the Police Commission, the Mayor, and the idiot DA aren't held PERSONALLY responsible for the costs.
As long as the taxpayers are on the hook, there is little reason for them to change. How long before some TWB (thug with badge) does it again? - the only difference is that this time the media won't be covering it and (hopefully) the DA will realize that it's not a legitimate case.
Make the miscreants strictly liable and the misbehavior will STOP, RFN.
Posted by: Flighterdoc at September 30, 2010 09:17 AM
Grif: Whenever there is a chance that an officer could be sued, they suddenly become ignoramuses in order to hide behind their badges from said lawsuit.
If they admit they knew the law, their act becomes malicious, and they are no longer protected.
Ignorance of the law is always a good excuse if you are a cop.
Posted by: Kristopher at September 30, 2010 12:51 PM
Hey, as a gun rights advocate I just want to thank this man for fighting for his right to carry a firearm in public at the cost of thousands of tax dollars that ordinary people paid despite our horrific economy so that the police are available and equiped to protect lives. Thank you so much for being the bigger man and taking our money instead of just demanding that the police be better trained. That's $35,000 we paid that could have gone to buying the police better radios, vehicles, bulletproof vests, or that could've gone to classes to better educate the "thugs with badges" on the law they accidentally broke in the interest of public safety. Thanks so much you douchebag.
Posted by: Michael at January 9, 2011 11:43 PM