A Wisconsin Department of Justice agent who was accused of illegally manufacturing and selling weapons won’t face criminal charges, according to a letter sent Friday to The Associated Press.
Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter said the agency will now decide whether to launch an internal investigation into Jay Smith.
Smith was a supervisor at a Division of Criminal Investigation office in Superior when one of his agents reported he had been making and selling guns to other law officers, including Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, without a federal permit. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been investigating Smith since December.
The case was being handled by the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota.
Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News’ decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger.
“They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That’s not acceptable to me,” Falco said, according to Newsday.
It’s almost like publishing that information was irresponsible.
The hour-long Univision report revealed the existence of another 57 guns recovered by Mexican authorities, including some of those used in the mass-murder at a party just one year after Obama’s inauguration
In an exclusive story, the New York Post reports that a 31-year-old police officer has been identified as a suspect in the theft of firearms from the locker room at the Ninth Precinct headquarters in the East Village. At least four handguns were taken and allegedly sold on the street, the newspaper said.
Via Glen Reynolds.
A few days back GP noted a strange case in Detroit where an off-duty police officer’s gun just went off at a party when a woman hugged him from behind while dancing. Adaisha Miller, 24, was killed by the shot.
It sounded fishy at the time, and it’s not getting much less murky as “more information” comes out from various sources.
The police say Parrish’s gun, reportedly a .40 S&W M&P, was in a soft holster on his right hip. A lawyer for the Detroit Police Officer’s Association says it was an inside-the-waistband holster and covered by the officer’s shirt.
One expert said several questions need to be answered to know whether such an accident is possible.
David Balash, a former Michigan State Police firearms examiner, questioned whether the holster could pivot or whether Parrish was bending over, given that holstered guns typically point with the barrel toward the ground.
“It’s just an incredible angle that they’re asking you to believe,” Balash said. “If the muzzle of the firearm were initially in a downward position, it would be such a dramatic twisting and turning of a weapon.”
In response to those who’ve wondered how a killing shot could happen from a gun holstered at the waist, the Detroit PD have now stated that Miller was “dancing on her knees.”
The official said that explains how Miller was shot in the chest while dancing behind Officer Isaac Parrish during a fish fry early Sunday at his home on Archdale.
The official said the angle of the gunshot is possible because Miller was not standing and described it as some type of “exotic dance” where Miller, 24, was tugging at Parrish’s waist.
The Miller’s mother says that witnesses have told her that she and Parrish were “side by side and she got a birthday hug from Parrish when the gun went off.”
Though the police’s story sounds like it could be a bit fishy, the account of the side-by-side birthday hug doesn’t make any sense.
Miller’s mother says a doctor told her the bullet went through a lung and hit her heart.
Also worth noting is the fact that the police say that alcohol was not a factor despite the fact that Parrish was not given a breathalyzer or blood test at the time and that department police forbids carrying of firearms when BAC is above 0.02%.
Bizarre story from the Motor City:
Miller, who would have turned 25 today, was fatally shot early Sunday morning while attending a party on Archdale in Detroit. Police reports say she was killed when an off-duty Detroit police officer’s pistol fired as she embraced him.
Police said that Miller hugged the officer — whose name has not been released — from behind as he was dancing, and the gun discharged.
The story is that the officer had a department-issued .40 S&W M&P in an inside-the-waistband holster. And it “went off” when Adaisha Miller hugged him from behind while he was dancing with his wife.
Sounds made up.
Main Points of the “Active Shooter” training course
Evacuate: If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises.
Hide out: If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you.
Take action: As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter.
Taking action is a last resort?
Run away if it’s possible, hide if it’s not. Only resist if you can’t hide and your life is in danger.
How is this training for Border Patrol agents any different from what’s recommended for average citizens?
Another incident of a hoax 911 call bringing the cops down on people at home.
Coincidentally, it seems to keep happening to bloggers who have gotten themselves crossed off of Brett Kimberlin’s Christmas card list. (Brett Kimberlin is the convicted Speedway Bomber.) What are the odds?
To their credit, it sounds like the police were already suspicious of the call being a hoax.
Seattle’s recent spike in violence and murder has more to do with gangs and the tolerance of a “thug culture” than it does with firearms ownership, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today, in response to a remark from a police official.
Seattle Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz is quoted in a newspaper asserting, “A person who has a gun is more likely to use a gun.”
But CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb retorted, “With all due respect, Chief Metz needs to say that to the more than 365,000 law-abiding gun owners who now possess active concealed pistol licenses and haven’t fired a shot in Seattle or anywhere else, except in self-defense. He needs to make that assertion to the estimated one million gun owners in Washington State who do not deserve being lumped in with a bunch of criminals who cannot legally own or carry firearms.”
Seattle’s homicide rate so far this year is about four times last year’s and that was before the recent rampage by Lee Stawicki in a “mellow cafe.”
Stawicki’s family described him as mentally ill and angry.
Any GP readers out there up to the challenge?
Site Picture announced today the Law Enforcement v Shooting Stars (L.E.S.S.) tournament is now open to all shooters across the United States in a move prompted by law enforcement to compete with the best of all the rest. Shooting enthusiasts,hobbyists, pros and those who love shooting, can now compete with our nation’s finest showcasing their athletic ability using a production weapon battling to win $80,000 in grand prizes. Northeast sign-up deadline is June 6, 2012, June 30th for other regionals.
Site Picture produces L.E.S.S., which is earmarked as the most anticipated shooting competition in 2012. “In response to law enforcement gunning to prove they will beat all other action shooters, Site Picture delivers the event that determines the best,”said Dawn Goldman, chief marketing officer. “We will settle this once and for all but who will it be, law enforcement or best of the rest?” This tournament levels the playing field by requiring an unmodified handgun be used. Showcasing shooting skills, precision, accuracy and technique four winners are guaranteed $15,000 each with a chance at $5,000 in a bonus round.“Action shooters often compete just to win but these prizes make winning L.E.S.S. tournament financially worthwhile,” announces Goldman.
Site Picture is partnering with the National Law Enforcement Fund by donating $2.00 per registration with $10,000 of that pledged to ‘Matter of Honor,’ the campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum. Registration is $150.00 discounted to $100.00 if completed by May 31, 2012. Law enforcement fees are sponsored therefore $45. Registrants receive a goody bag with items from sponsors.
“Competing is convenient because the tournament largely takes place at local ranges,”explains Goldman. “Every attempt will be made for participants to compete no more than 40 miles from their home with only the top 20 from every region traveling on.” The Northeast preliminaries begin June 16-23; Southeast – July 14-21; Midwest July 21-28; and Southwest – July 28-Aug 4, 2012.
Site Picture brings notable exposure to action shooting sports by promoting safety and community. This sport contributes to safe handgun use. L.E.S.S. will showcase proper handling. “I’m excited to be part of Site Picture, as it’s a community where shooters communicate and share ideas,” states Max Michel, three-time World Speed Shooting Champion, and Team SIG SAUER Spokesman, who’s endorsing the event. “They’re committed to creating exposure for the sport.” Confirming Michel’s sentiment, J.J. Racaza, Steel Challenge record holder, double grandmaster in the USPSA/IPSC and Department of Homeland Security agent says, “Site Picture has the potential to become the hub for all shooting needs. A one-stop shop for information, products, and sites about shooting.”
Tournament scores post like any other sport, live and real-time for everyone to watch. Scoring is based solely on speed and accuracy. The tournament will stream live in H.D. quality from www.Sitepicture.co with updates on Site Picture’s Twitter Page.
More tournament info HERE.
A guy driving through Monterey, Tennessee got pulled over for speeding and the officer took $22,000 in cash because he said the driver “couldn’t prove it was legitimate.”
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a staff memo today arguing the House should hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, saying the Department of Justice has refused to produce internal documents relating to a botched operation.
The DOJ says it’s cooperating and has released over 7,600 pages of documents already.
The memo released today said the DOJ has not released materials in 12 of 22 categories of documents demanded by Issa.
“For over a year, the department has issued false denials, given answers intended to misdirect investigators, sought to intimidate witnesses, unlawfully withheld subpoenaed documents and waited to be confronted with indisputable evidence,” the memo stated.