The police can’t investigate every crime and some agencies won’t try.

Police Chief Charles McClelland leaves after speaking to City Council at City Hall regarding the police department's budget, Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Police Chief Charles McClelland leaves after speaking to City Council at City Hall regarding the police department’s budget, Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

We, the people, are on our own. The police have no responsibility to provide personal or property protection to you as an individual citizen except with limited exceptions of a special relationship such as being in custody/under arrest. This ruling has been handed down multiple times in recent years with Warren v. District of Columbia often cited as one of the leading cases in this area of law.  And for once, a police chief (Chief Charles McClelland, of the Houston Police Department) has gone so far as to publicly state that the police can’t and won’t actively respond to every case.

“We work violent crimes first. If someone steals your trash can or your lawn mower out of your garage, there are no witnesses, there’s no evidence, there’s nothing for a detective to follow up on, it’s not assigned,” McClelland, a 37-year veteran of HPD, told City Council members during a budget hearing. “There has never been a time that I have been employed there that the Houston Police Department has had the capacity to investigate every crime that’s been reported to the agency.”

via Chief: HPD can’t investigate every crime and should not try – Houston Chronicle.

Don’t misunderstand this as a “gotcha” or indictment against HPD or any other agency. To be fair, the Chief is just stating a reality.  And I highlight it only as a call to recognize the fallacy of the idea that the government will protect you. It simply can’t be done. Agencies will always struggle with their budgets and the availability of resources/officers. They cannot be everywhere at all times and that means some calls for help will go unanswered and may never be investigated after the fact. In short, you’re on your own.

-GM

Chinese police begin carrying guns during patrols

In a society largely devoid of guns, the Chinese police have elected to start carrying them. Why? Because no one in their right mind wants to fight with “even” odds against a knife. You can see details here…

Chinese police begin carrying guns during patrols.

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More info on theater shooting

Sheriff’s Detective Allen Proctor wrote that Reeves spoke to Oulson during the movie previews, then got up and informed management.

When Reeves returned to his seat “additional words were exchanged” and Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, the report said.

After officers read him his rights, Reeves told the detective that Oulson struck him in the face with an unknown object, and that’s when he removed a .380 caliber gun from his pants pocket. The report said Reeves fired the gun and struck Oulson once in the chest and that he “was in fear of being attacked.”

Judge Lynn Tepper said she found the evidence significant enough to warrant the no bond order.

via Details emerge on retired officer involved in theater shooting.

Our man on the beat, Jason, says he’s hearing from a reliable source that “the old man went and got the manager of the theater after the initial confrontation. Manager and old man confront texter, texter throws popcorn bucket in old mans face and becomes aggressive. Old man draws, and the gun is grabbed, possibly by the wife, possibly by the victim. Struggle over gun and gun goes bang…”

I agree with Jason’s assessment on Facebook that it seems odd that a 20+ year police veteran would shoot someone for simply throwing popcorn or “an unknown object” at him. It would seem there has to be more to the story. If there really was a struggle over the gun, that’s would go a long way toward filling in some holes. However, there’s a whole question of whether or not a gun should have been introduced into this discussion in the first place. That’s not an argument against carrying a gun. However, it is a question of whether or not producing said gun as a threat was justified.

Older retiree facing a younger, stronger, man is an argument that there is a disparity of force but, that isn’t necessarily justification for producing a firearm. Verbal threats alone are not justification for the threat of deadly force (i.e. drawing a firearm).  If you escalated things without justification and that turned into a fight over the gun, it may foul any claim of self-defense. This is a case to watch as their are obvious implications for all of us who choose to go armed.

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Texting, hazardous to your health in more ways that one…

WESLEY CHAPEL (FOX 13) –

A moviegoer lost his life inside a Pasco County theater Monday afternoon after a dispute over texting with a retired police officer.

According to the sheriff’s office, the dispute happened before the 1:20 showing of ‘Lone Survivor’ had even gotten underway at the Cobb CineBistro at Grove 16 complex on Wesley Grove Blvd.

Investigators say two couples had gotten into an argument over noise.

“The victim was on his cell phone; he was texting. We believe he was making some kind of noise. This noise led to an altercation between the suspect and the victim,” Sheriff Chris Nocco explained.

via Man killed after dispute over texting in theater – FOX 13 News.

The fact this happened in Florida will again lead to liberal media bringing the “Stand Your Ground” law into the discussion even though it really has nothing to do with this incident. The shooter in this case is someone who should know/understand use of force better than most. If he can’t articulate a reasonable belief of an imminent threat of bodily harm to himself or someone else, a jury will decide his fate. For the time being, 71-year-old, Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police officer, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Unfortunately, no matter what happens, the lives of those involved will never be the same and a child has lost her father.

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FOX 13 News

Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime | The Detroit News

“If more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice about attacking them,” – Detroit Police Chief James Craig via Detroit police chief: Legal gun owners can deter crime | The Detroit News.

Another police chief breaks with tradition and stops thinking politically. The Interpol chief had similar comments a few months back. This is REAL common sense. The gibberish we hear from the Bloombergs, Feinsteins, Schumers, Obamas, and Bidens of the world will continue. But if more police chiefs come around to thinking more about law enforcement the way many sheriff’s do, we might actually make some real progress in this country again.

-GM