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Saving Lives – Not the Goal of Some Law Enforcement Agencies

Jake has more information on the shooting by the sheriff’s deputy in Virginia that caused a major interstate system to be shut down for the better part of a day. It turns out that the sheriff for which the deputy worked had information that he went rogue and was planning to kill his ex-wife. You’d think information like that would call for a regional alert that all law enforcement agencies should be on the look out for an out-of-jurisdiction officer and maybe even get some protection to the intended target.

Nope, not when it’s your staffer. Instead, the sheriff called one local department where the intended target lived (not where she was shot) and left a message for a supervisor. That’s right, he left a message. And this is while he ordered his own dispatch not to issue an alert to other agencies. Seriously, go read more at Jake’s place. That sheriff has some serious questions to answer from the victims and their families.

6 Responses to “Saving Lives – Not the Goal of Some Law Enforcement Agencies”

  1. Jake says:

    It’s an extraordinarily disturbing revelation. It should also be noted that he did not prevent the dispatcher from sending a Deputy to the current wife’s home to protect her “in case he came back” – and that she happens to be a fellow LEO (Roanoke County Deputy).

    Thanks for the link!

  2. Min says:

    Disclaimer; not cop bashing.

    I have seen reports, some anectodal and some evidenced, that many police forces are looking more and more like exclusive clubs. This is a generalisation of course. I’m curious as to why this shift is beginning to show itself more readily. Of course they should look out for their own but a situation like this goes above the call of brotherhood. A threat is just that and should be handled with professionalism.

  3. Laughingdog says:

    “That sheriff has some serious questions to answer from the victims and their families.”

    Unless the victims and families live in the voting district of where he works, he can pretty much ignore them. It’s not like they have any chance of suing him, since he at least put forth slightly more effort than the police involved in the Castle Rock v. Gonzales case.

  4. The Second Anonymous says:

    >I’m curious as to why this shift is beginning to show itself more readily.

    Internet.

    Otherwise it would had just been another local news with the dirty stuff sweep under the big, thick rug.

    Without bloggers and the inter-tube, things like the Gun Walker scandal, shooting of Jose, etc, would take forever to get momentum, if at all.

  5. Lamont says:

    Oh no…not the Only Ones?! This can’t Be?!?!?!?

  6. Arnie says:

    And some law enforcement folks claim we the people can’t be trusted with guns. Hypocrites!

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