If the BLM rage machine saved their anger for stories like THIS one, we might take them more seriously…
Sometimes, the cop really IS the bad guy. This will be one of those times.
Punta Gorda (FL) Police Department officer playing a “bad guy” in a role-playing scenario became a killer in real life when he pumped real bullets from a real handgun into a 73-year-old retired librarian.
There are “accidents” and there is THIS. This was entirely preventable if they had taken their safety protocols seriously.
Mary Knowlton, 73, was shot during a roleplay scenario in which the officer was playing a “bad guy” and fired several times at the woman who was supposed to be playing the victim, according to Sue Paquin, a photographer who was covering the event for the Sun and witnessed the incident.
…This was gross incompetence and a violation of every force-on-force safety protocol that I’ve ever been exposed in a training environment, and likely rises to the level of a criminally negligent homicide.
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This wasn’t the failure of just one person, but of the entire group:
The officer’s live weapon and ammunition were not removed from the training area. He was not (competently) searched. No one inspected his weapon to make sure it had a conversion kit that can’t use real bullets, and they didn’t inspect his ammunition to ensure that each and every round on his body and in his gun was a marking round.
…This failure to follow protocols lead to a woman’s death, and there should be criminal charges for the officer who fired the shots and whoever was in charge of this scenario.