• Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco

    From Digital Man@VERT to All on Sun Jun 16 17:39:53 2019
    So you've probably heard about this story: https://www.pe.com/2019/06/16/man-killed-in-corona-costco-shooting-was-a-gentle-giant-cousin-says/

    The cop is not in custody. If this was anyone else, they'd be in jail right now, likely charged with homicide, attempted homicide, and who knows what else. But this guy is out free to roam, because of his job?!?

    I know the entire story is not known at this time (argument, assault, mental handicap, or whatever) - but what pisses me off is the immediate change in stature and narrative by the cops once they learned the shooter was one of theirs. They minimize the entire scenario, saying just that 2 others were "injured" (not "shot", as they were) and they took a long time to come out with the fact that the dead man was unarmed. And say it was an argument that resulted in "a shot fired", when all reports are 6-8 shots fired - and clearly the fact that 3 people were shot implies more than one "shot fired".

    My wife and I regularly shop at this Costco, often with our kids. We could have been there, very easily, so this is extremely close to home.

    Cops, on duty or not, need to be capable of a great amount of restraint. This guy appears to have had a short-fuse and a hair-trigger and should never have been trusted to carry a gun in public (based on the currently known facts).

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  • From Denn@VERT/OUTWEST to Digital Man on Mon Jun 17 08:10:32 2019
    Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Digital Man to All on Sun Jun 16 2019 05:39 pm

    I know the entire story is not known at this time (argument, assault, mental handicap, or whatever) - but what pisses me off is the immediate

    I have a rule I follow when I hear a news story, wait 3 day's by then the whole story should be out, news outlets usually print sensational headlines that most of the time mislead the reader.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Digital Man on Mon Jun 17 13:26:09 2019
    Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Digital Man to All on Sun Jun 16 2019 05:39 pm

    So you've probably heard about this story: https://www.pe.com/2019/06/16/man-killed-in-corona-costco-shooting-was-a-g entle-giant-cousin-says/

    The cop is not in custody. If this was anyone else, they'd be in jail right now, likely charged with homicide, attempted homicide, and who knows what else. But this guy is out free to roam, because of his job?!?

    I know the entire story is not known at this time (argument, assault, mental handicap, or whatever) - but what pisses me off is the immediate change in stature and narrative by the cops once they learned the shooter was one of theirs. They minimize the entire scenario, saying just that 2 others were "injured" (not "shot", as they were) and they took a long time to come out with the fact that the dead man was unarmed. And say it was an argument that resulted in "a shot fired", when all reports are 6-8 shots fired - and clearly the fact that 3 people were shot implies more than one "shot fired".

    My wife and I regularly shop at this Costco, often with our kids. We could have been there, very easily, so this is extremely close to home.

    I heard about that over the weekend, though I only saw the headline. It's pretty scary. And I agree, they shouldn't change the story when they find out it's a police officer. I think he should be treated like any citizen in this case, and I'm not even sure it makes much difference if he was off duty or on duty.

    Nightfox

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Digital Man on Mon Jun 17 16:35:39 2019
    Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Digital Man to All on Sun Jun 16 2019 05:39 pm

    So you've probably heard about this story: https://www.pe.com/2019/06/16/man -killed-in-corona-costco-shooting-was-a-gentle-giant-cousin-says/

    The cop is not in custody. If this was anyone else, they'd be in jail right now, likely charged with homicide, attempted homicide, and who knows what


    wow that's crazy. we have a cop here who raped a woman he picked up and he only got 1 year.
    they didnt even want to give him that.
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  • From Zombie Mambo@VERT/ZZONE to Denn on Tue Jun 18 13:38:12 2019
    Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Denn to Digital Man on Mon Jun 17 2019 08:10 am

    Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Digital Man to All on Sun Jun 16 2019 05:39 pm

    I know the entire story is not known at this time (argument, assault, mental handicap, or whatever) - but what pisses me off is the immediate

    I have a rule I follow when I hear a news story, wait 3 day's by then the wh story should be out, news outlets usually print sensational headlines that m of the time mislead the reader.

    Sound advice.

    Cops are always going to be cops. They arent perfect and some are corrupt.
    But they are a brotherhood and they look to protect each other, and sometimes, they get it wrong or do it in a less than honorable way.

    Overall tho, most cops are good and we need them and should respect them.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Digital Man on Mon Jun 17 06:47:00 2019
    Digital Man wrote to All <=-

    Cops, on duty or not, need to be capable of a great amount of
    restraint. This guy appears to have had a short-fuse and a hair-trigger and should never have been trusted to carry a gun in public (based on
    the currently known facts).

    I'd love to hear about a law enforcement agency teaching de-escalation techniques. Seems like a lost art. If anything, the outliers people
    see on the 'net appear needlessly escalated, by the police.

    It's scary to think that my son is going to be driving soon and if
    pulled over, need to make decisions that could change his life, for a
    traffic stop.



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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to poindexter FORTRAN on Wed Jun 19 13:21:37 2019
    Re: Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to Digital Man on Mon Jun 17 2019 06:47 am

    It's scary to think that my son is going to be driving soon and if
    pulled over, need to make decisions that could change his life, for a traffic stop.

    A while ago, I witnessed a 15 or 16(?) year old driver get into a car accident, and I heard him say he didn't have his license. He was the only driver in the car, and he ran a stop sign and hit another car. I'm sure his parents were furious about that..

    Nightfox

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Jun 20 09:11:00 2019
    On 06-17-19 06:47, poindexter FORTRAN wrote to Digital Man <=-

    I'd love to hear about a law enforcement agency teaching de-escalation techniques. Seems like a lost art. If anything, the outliers people
    see on the 'net appear needlessly escalated, by the police.

    Cops here use guns as their very last resort, and any police using firearms on members of the public tends to generate big news stories, especially if it's a fatality. Around 20 years ago, there was a period with a high number of incidents involving police firearm use, and that sparked an inquiry and led to the adoption of capsicum spray and tasers as non lethal alternatives.

    It's scary to think that my son is going to be driving soon and if
    pulled over, need to make decisions that could change his life, for a traffic stop.

    I've always been one to engage with the police and treat them as people in the conversation. As it turns out, most of my traffic stops in my younger days were because of my ham radio hobby (and the resulting antennas on the car). Cops were curious, and wanted to know what I had in the car, so I'd indulge their curiosity and have a chat. And as I was legally licensed, I knew I had nothing to worry about.

    These days, it seems a similarly equipped car without probationary plates attracts less curiosity. Traffic stops nowadays are routine random breath tests - again, nothing to worry about, I hardly drink at the best of times and make it a point not to drink then drive. I usually thank them for getting the drunks off the road. :)


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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Thu Jun 20 09:13:00 2019
    On 06-19-19 13:21, Nightfox wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-

    A while ago, I witnessed a 15 or 16(?) year old driver get into a car accident, and I heard him say he didn't have his license. He was the
    only driver in the car, and he ran a stop sign and hit another car.
    I'm sure his parents were furious about that..


    Ouch, poor kid, that would be a hefty fine here (for running the stop sign), and possible further penalties for the accident, depending on the circumstances and outcome. Not the best way to learn to obey road rules. :(


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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Vk3jed on Wed Jun 19 17:12:29 2019
    Re: Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Vk3jed to Nightfox on Thu Jun 20 2019 09:13 am

    A while ago, I witnessed a 15 or 16(?) year old driver get into a
    car accident, and I heard him say he didn't have his license. He
    was the only driver in the car, and he ran a stop sign and hit
    another car. I'm sure his parents were furious about that..

    Ouch, poor kid, that would be a hefty fine here (for running the stop sign), and possible further penalties for the accident, depending on the circumstances and outcome. Not the best way to learn to obey road rules. :(

    He shouldn't have been driving alone without a license, either. I'm sure there was a fine for that, and I'm not sure how insurance here works in that situation either. Where I am, if you don't have a license but have a learner's permit, there must be a licensed driver at least a certain age (18, maybe?) in the car with the driver. I don't know if he had his learner's permit..

    Nightfox

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Vk3jed on Wed Jun 19 17:21:11 2019
    Re: Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Vk3jed to poindexter FORTRAN on Thu Jun 20 2019 09:11 am

    These days, it seems a similarly equipped car without probationary plates attracts less curiosity. Traffic stops nowadays are routine random breath tests - again, nothing to worry about, I hardly drink at the best of times and make it a point not to drink then drive. I usually thank them for getting the drunks off the road. :)

    I suppose it's good for them to do that. Here, I don't think they do random breath tests - I think the police would only stop a driver if they were obviously driving irratically, posing potential danger to other drivers and people around them.

    I've never been in the habit of drinking alcoholic beverages. I might only have just a few drinks a year. That's mainly because I've never found any alcoholic beverages I really like, and most of the drinks I tried early on made me feel sick, similar to having a cold. I think the types of drinks that make me feel like that seem to be beer or similar (Mike's Hard Lemonade, etc.), and other things like wine and liqueurs don't make me feel bad like that. I've just tended to shy away from alcoholic beverages in general.

    Nightfox

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Thu Jun 20 11:07:00 2019
    On 06-19-19 17:12, Nightfox wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    He shouldn't have been driving alone without a license, either. I'm

    If he didn't have one at all, that's correct, another big fine here. And once you've obtained your license, you have to carry it with you when you're
    riving.

    sure there was a fine for that, and I'm not sure how insurance here
    works in that situation either. Where I am, if you don't have a

    Well, I suspect insurance wouldn't cover him, Insurance companies are pretty picky about who's driving. Here, we also have "no fault compulsory third party", which is paid as part of your car registration, but covers ALL road users for road related injury, regardless of who's at fault. The CTP does not cover property damage, you have to insure for that yourself privately.

    license but have a learner's permit, there must be a licensed driver at least a certain age (18, maybe?) in the car with the driver. I don't
    know if he had his learner's permit..

    Same here too.

    The confusing term was "didn't have his license", which is actually ambiguous, "unlicensed" would have been 100% clear, because not being in possession of one's license while on the road is also an offence here (i.e. leaving it at home).


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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Thu Jun 20 13:37:00 2019
    On 06-19-19 17:21, Nightfox wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    These days, it seems a similarly equipped car without probationary plates attracts less curiosity. Traffic stops nowadays are routine random breath tests - again, nothing to worry about, I hardly drink at the best of times and make it a point not to drink then drive. I usually thank them for getting the drunks off the road. :)

    Random breath tests have been a thing here for decades. Most well known are the so-called "booze buses", which also contain the necessary instruments for an official reading, which can be used on charges. Over the last 10 or so years, they have been doing drug tests as well, for cannabis, meth and ecstasy.
    Surprisingly, despite the amount of random testing done, I haven't been tested for drugs yet. My only concern is false positives in the screening tests, but the lab blood test used for evidence should clear that up. I did see a young guy on one of the reality shows that follow cops around test positive to both the roadside and second screening tests, but the lab test cleared him of any drugs. Never found out what caused those 2 false positives.

    I suppose it's good for them to do that. Here, I don't think they do random breath tests - I think the police would only stop a driver if
    they were obviously driving irratically, posing potential danger to
    other drivers and people around them.

    Yeah it's proactive policing. I'm all for it, if it improves road safety.

    I've never been in the habit of drinking alcoholic beverages. I might only have just a few drinks a year. That's mainly because I've never found any alcoholic beverages I really like, and most of the drinks I

    From a taste point of view, I would make a good alcoholic, as I do like the taste of a lot of alcoholic drinks. However, age (and wanting to sleep better) and sporiing interests have combined to really cut my drinking down from "light" (a few drinks on a Saturday night) to almost not drinking. Like you, I now drink alcohol only a few times per year.

    tried early on made me feel sick, similar to having a cold. I think the types of drinks that make me feel like that seem to be beer or similar (Mike's Hard Lemonade, etc.), and other things like wine and liqueurs don't make me feel bad like that. I've just tended to shy away from alcoholic beverages in general.

    In the long term, that's a good thing. :)


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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Vk3jed on Thu Jun 20 09:34:39 2019
    Re: Re: Off-duty cop shoots 3 unarmed shoppers at my neighborhood Costco
    By: Vk3jed to Nightfox on Thu Jun 20 2019 11:07 am

    Well, I suspect insurance wouldn't cover him, Insurance companies are pretty picky about who's driving. Here, we also have "no fault compulsory third party", which is paid as part of your car registration, but covers ALL road users for road related injury, regardless of who's at fault. The CTP does not cover property damage, you have to insure for that yourself privately.

    That sounds similar to some insurance companies here. In recent years, I've been hearing some insurance companies here are attached to the car rather than the driver (I believe).

    The confusing term was "didn't have his license", which is actually ambiguous, "unlicensed" would have been 100% clear, because not being in possession of one's license while on the road is also an offence here (i.e. leaving it at home).

    The driver I had mentioned earlier, I had the impression he meant he was unlicensed.. He was fairly young too, maybe 16 or maybe even 15, which is below the minimum age to have a license (16 here).

    Nightfox

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  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Nightfox on Fri Jun 21 18:52:00 2019
    On 06-20-19 09:34, Nightfox wrote to Vk3jed <=-

    That sounds similar to some insurance companies here. In recent years, I've been hearing some insurance companies here are attached to the car rather than the driver (I believe).

    The driver is a pretty important factor for insurance companies here. Premiums skyrocket for young drivers, or those with a bad record.

    The driver I had mentioned earlier, I had the impression he meant he
    was unlicensed.. He was fairly young too, maybe 16 or maybe even 15, which is below the minimum age to have a license (16 here).

    Fair enough. I know the minimum driving age in the US is younger than it is here (18 here, 17 in other states).


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