PA Police Promote PSH

I don’t see how this “case of mistaken identity” had a positive outcome, other than no-one was harmed by the police responding to a bogus “Man With Gun” call. And then the cops double down and encourage people to make bogus calls. Topped off by the Lancaster Safety Coalition “review[ing] footage” and “see[ing] how the tripod could be mistaken for a gun at first glance.” Mrs Grundy in the 21st Century?

5 Responses to “PA Police Promote PSH”

  1. Alpheus says:

    Two thoughts:

    First, if I were a terrorist, I would probably carry my weapon of choice in some sort of container, say a violin case, or a rifle bag, that will make it less clear that I’m actually carrying something I’m going to use to terrorize a population…so if you think it’s a gun for that purpose, you’re probably wrong…but that’s probably just me…

    (If it’s actually a gun, then the person wielding it is probably not up to nefarious purposes, on account of not hiding it…)

    Second, if I were a terrorist, and I wanted to terrorize Lancaster, I now know that I should watch for a photographer to walk into a ten-story building, and call in a report for suspicious activity. Not only will I be tying up a portion of the police force now on a wild goose chase, I’ll be complimented on being vigilant and doing the right thing!

  2. Ian Argent says:

    Isn’t open carry legal in PA?

    • Jeff O says:

      It is, but apparently the LCP feel it’s acceptable to search a privately owned building floor by floor to find said ‘person exercising their constitutional rights’.
      I’m glad the LCP doesn’t see what I’ve got under my desk at work, I don’t doubt they might have provided me with some stainless jewelry!

  3. Alien says:

    Police would “much rather respond to a call like this and determine it to be unfounded, than not get a call for something that ends up being the real thing,” he said.

    Of course they would; not only does it justify the PSH and their response to it, they won’t suffer any consequences when they shoot a confused photographer who “acted in a furtive manner” when the cops show up with guns drawn (“exigent circumstances” and qualified immunity, doncha know).

    • Zermoid says:

      If more people would exercise their rights to be armed then the police would only need to respond to pick up the bodies of perps after the “real thing” happens.