And how many cops carry around 'throw-aways?' These are guns, usually 'Saturday Night Specials' they obtained illegally and use them to plant on someone they just murdered so they can claim, "It was self-defense, the suspect drew a gun and I was forced to shoot to protect myself."
We need more police officers like this one and not the ones in the story.
This story coming out of Pennsylvania is an excellent example:
Here's the story in the local paper, that leaves out some very vital info. Read it first, then the rest of the story will follow:
Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso fatally shot; George Hitcho Jr. is in custodyNotice how they are already polluting the jury pool, trying to garner sympathy for the dead cop by repeating the line about his children?
Freemansburg police officer Robert Allen Lasso was shot and killed on the job early Thursday evening while responding to a disturbance call in the borough.
George Hitcho Jr., who was taken into custody by police, owns the 440 New St. home that Lasso was responding to when he was shot at 5:06 p.m., police said.
Lasso, 31, was pronounced dead from his injuries at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill at 5:42 p.m. He had been with the police department for seven years, and was married with two children, ages 5 and 3.
“The law enforcement community is a fraternity, and when an event like this happens, it affects everyone in the community,” said Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli. “This is like a punch in the stomach.”
Hitcho, 46, has not yet been charged, but Morganelli said he is considered the sole suspect in the shooting and is not likely to be released from custody.
A shotgun was recovered at the crime scene, according to Pennsylvania State Police Captain William Teper.
Morganelli would not say if Hitcho has a criminal record or past history of violence, but records show he has at least one criminal conviction.
Lasso had encountered Hitcho before, according to court records.
He charged Hitcho on Dec. 11, 2006, with possession of drug paraphernalia in Freemansburg. Hitcho pleaded guilty April 2, 2007.
Authorities provided few other details about the shooting or the disturbance that led up to it. Teper said witnesses from the neighborhood are still being questioned and search warrants are being sought.
“We’re in the early stages of this investigation,” Teper said. “We will be working around the clock on this investigation.”
Authorities did not comment on whether anyone else was present when Lasso was shot.
Morganelli said he will likely handle the prosecution himself, and pointed out killing a police officer in the line of duty is an aggravating factor that could allow him to seek the death penalty.
Dozens of police cars responded to the 400 block of New Street, where shocked neighbors watched the police activity from the sidewalks.
One neighbor who did not want to be identified said she was in her living room in a house across the street when she heard a gunshot.
“I heard the pop and came out of the house,” she said. “I ran up the stairs (next to Hitcho’s house) and saw a cop down.”
She said it appeared he was shot in the head.
Another neighbor said she dealt with Hitcho only once, when he allegedly threatened her young son for throwing a tennis ball against the side of his house.
“All I knew of him was the neighbors said he was bad news, stay away from him, don’t talk to him,” she said. “So I never did.”
Co-worker Steven Lindstedt is a part-time Freemanburg police officer who has worked with Lasso for the last 10 years on the borough force. He said Lasso’s wife, Jennifer, teaches in the Bethlehem Area School District, and they have two children, Frankie and Rose. They were married in September 2003, according to a newspaper wedding announcement.
Morganelli said he believes this marks the first time a police officer has been killed in the line of duty since Phillip Fahy was killed in 1969.
The Pennsylvania State Police’s major case team is handling the investigation, along with assistance from multiple departments, Teper said.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said an autopsy will be performed today. He ruled Lasso’s manner of death a homicide caused by a gunshot wound.
Now here's the rest of the story that leaves out some very important facts. (And why did I have to go to an English online news outlet to find the rest of the story?)
Police officer shot dead after pointing stun gun at man's dogs as he attended domesticIn civilized areas, when neighbors complain about barking dogs, they'll send the cops and they'll call Animal Control to take the dogs to the pound, and not shoot them like the idiotic Police Chief ordered.
A police officer killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in a small eastern Pennsylvania borough had pointed a stun gun at two dogs before being shot, court records reveal.
Freemansburg police officer Robert Lasso had pointed at the attacking dogs when the homeowner pulled out a shotgun and fired the fatal blast on Thursday evening.
In police custody, the alleged gunman, 46-year-old George Hitcho Jr, said he had told Mr Lasso to get off his property and not come on unless he had a warrant, authorities said.
'He tried to kill my dogs and pointed a gun in my face,' Hitcho said, according to the documents. 'I do not care if you a cop or not ...Unbelievable.'
Police Chief George Bruneio, who arrived after Mr Lasso requested assistance, instructed him to 'shoot the dogs' and that's when the homeowner pulled out a shotgun and fired, authorities said.
A badge and a gun does NOT give cops a license to kill or beat the crap out of someone for kicks.
Here's a couple of examples of how some cops think they're above the law they've sworn to protect and uphold:
Four officers are under investigation for their participation including Officer Jeffrey Asher.
This is not Officer Asher's first reported abuse of power while on the Springfield Police Dept. He has been involved in four previous reported incidents, settling 3 out of court for a total of $225,000.00.
"Greene posted a 20-minute video on the Internet showing Jones being beaten repeatedly by an officer with a flashlight while a group of officers stood by and watched."
Police stood by and watched while another cop was beating this guy into a coma?
How would you like to have those cops in your city or county?
Cops Need to Learn They CAN'T Break the Law in Order to Enforce the Law.
And another video about psychotic cops, many who think that as soon as they get that gun and badge, they have a license to kill, then lie about it afterwards.
Indiana Police Beat Up Pregnant Woman Leading To Her Miscarriage
The Indianapolis Metro Police chief plans to investigate allegations of police brutality involving one of his officers.
An Indianapolis woman is suing the city in federal court. LaDonna Dixon claims the officer beat her so severely during an arrest that she had a miscarriage.
"[He was] punching me, kicking me, after he maced me," Dixon said.
"He says I was resisting arrest, but I don't see how I'm resisting when I'm already handcuffed and maced," Dixon said.
Dixon claims that the beating continued even after she told the officer she was three months pregnant. She says she miscarried at Marion County's arrestee processing center, just hours after her arrest.
"Justice, I mean...can't bring back my child," Dixon said.
Check out the number of Youtube videos that show cops acing like NAZI GESTAPO agents, beating the hell out of people or just shooting them w/o cause.
Here's a Youtube link to check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzwttYZG9gQ
This has got to stop.
The police are supposed to protect us from the 'bad guys.'
But who will protect 'We the People' from the police?
Mr. Ruger; Mr. Smith; Mr. Wesson; Mr. Remington; Mr. Glock; Mr. Colt......