Driving a truck in Los Angeles has become a real hazard:
David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way.
Seconds later, Perdue’s attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and officers opened fire; none of the bullets struck Perdue.
His pickup, police later explained, matched the description of the one belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner — the ex-cop who has evaded authorities after allegedly killing three and wounding two more. But the pickups were different makes and colors. And Perdue looks nothing like Dorner: He’s several inches shorter and about a hundred pounds lighter. And Perdue is white; Dorner is black.
It’s a damned good thing that the police are unable to hit their target, otherwise Mr. Perdue would be a dead man now. What makes matters worse is that this is the second time the Los Angeles Police have unloaded on a random truck since their manhunt began. Perhaps the police believe the fastest way to convince Dorner to turn himself in is to injure or kill innocent individuals. That strategy may work if you’re trying to appeal to somebody’s humanity but recent developments have lead me to believe the Los Angeles Police Department disqualifies applicants who display any real humanity.
I think it goes without saying that the likelihood of these officers being prosecuted for assault, attempted murder, or even reckless endangerment hovers somewhere between zilch and nada. Yet these are the people gun control advocates believe to be responsible enough to carry firearms.