Case 1: Omar Mateen, whose father that raised him to Jihad is apparently appearing on the campaign trail with one of the candidates. (Gotta sew up that mass-murderer vote, evidently). Mateen was the Moslem version of a man, who bought his ticket to 72 virgins by murdering 49 people at a gay nightclub. But it’s not his dad’s run at 15 minutes of political fame that concerns us; it’s the mechanics of the shooting.
(Aside: Omar, enjoy your virgins. But first, guess what the dead gays get in paradise? Turns out, 72 of them get one virgin — you. Grab your goat-smellin’ ankles).
Mateen’s autopsy revealed the 29-year-old… was shot at least eight times by police officers as they responded to the shooting…. He was struck in several places, including the chest, abdomen and foot.
Eight hits is pretty good. Out of how many?
The Orlando Sentinel reports that officers shot at Mateen about 150 times during the standoff …
Ew. That’s not so good. Even counting the foot shot, 8/150 comes to about 5.3% hits. Put another way, there were 142 other rounds sailing through the ether, addressed “To Whom it May Concern.”
…and his autopsy indicates he was likely shot from long range while facing police.
The writer probably doesn’t understand this, but on an autopsy, “close range” means, “with powder burns” and “long range” means “no powder burns,” most of the time. So “long range” could be three feet.
But at least the cops shot better than Mateen, right? Er… maybe not.
Friday’s release featured 27 men, not including Mateen, and four women. The victims included in the report suffered a total of 130 gunshot wounds, and the majority died of multiple gunshots.
We don’t know how many rounds Mateen fired from that article, but he managed to get an average of four-plus into each of the targets he hit. For his 130 hits to have been as wild as the police’s 8, he’d had to have fired at least 2,400 rounds.
But… it’s possible the police scored a few more hits than the eight on Mateen.
It remains unclear if anyone in the club besides Mateen was struck by police gunfire, but Orlando Police Chief John Mina said the possibility would be investigated.
They have to know the answer to this question already, and if the police hadn’t hit any of the innocents on the scene, they’d have published that fact already. Ergo, the cops killed Mateen, but only after first being his force multiplier.
Case 2: A Chicago cop punches the ticket of a small-time career criminal as said crim smashes a stolen Jaguar into police units. Naturally, it has produced a Black Criminals’ Lives Matter backlash. This body-cam shot seems to show the moment of truth. Rather than repeat the same analysis, we’ll start off by quoting the author of 50% of the common sense published on Chicongo crime, Second City Cop:
That is a freeze-frame of one of the body cams. You can see the shell case exiting the ejection port. You can also see the tail end of the vehicle driving (scraping?) the squad. It’s nothing that hasn’t been in the media, so spare us any faux outrage.
That’s also a cop within the arc of muzzle travel….fractions of a degree. Tenths of seconds, split second decisions, tunnel vision, etc. We’ve heard it. And if you have any experience on the job, you’ve heard it, too.
And you ought to admit, seeing it in this form is a sobering and valuable lesson to everyone.
The gun appears to be not quite back in battery at the moment of the screencap. The white SUV in the left foreground is a cop car. The dark car of which the taillights are just visible right of center is the criminal’s ride. If you follow the drainpipe of the brown building down, you’ll see another Chicago cop’s blurry face, blue shirt and black protective vest. Here’s another cop car camera’s view of the incident: criminal’s in the Jag, you should be able to pick up the positions of the Explorer (l) and the police SUV (r). It’s possible, even likely, that the cop visible “downrange” in the video came from the vehicle this camera was in, or the SUV on the right.
Q: Why would a cop fire in a situation like this, with a friendly in Polish Ambush position on the opposite side of the perp? (Apologies to our readers from Polsko, it’s an expression).
A: Because that cop does not see his mate right in front of him. He’s amped up, his bloodstream is full of stress hormones, he’s selected the Fight option and rejected Flight or Freeze, and his perceptual field has narrowed to his target. He shoots and places the brother cop at risk because he can’t even see the guy.
And that’s part of how cops get shot by friendly fire, military SOF occasionally tag one another whilst playing hide-and-seek with bad guys, an entire team of dozens of Air Force smoked a pair of Black Hawks in Northern Iraq, and AC-130s have blown hell out of a 3rd Group team (in 2001) and an NGO hospital (in 2015).
The psychology works against target PID and backstop consciousness in any fight. There are things you can do, including to train under stress inoculation conditions and make as many “pre-decisions” as possible. But those things are limited in their potency, compared to what millions of years of evolution do to your observation and cognition under stress.
Previous (and subsequent) Second City Cop coverage of this shooting:
It includes this summing-up (SCC considers the cops who fired in this case as good as unemployed already, not because they broke the law — they didn’t — but because they live in a cop-hating city with a cop-hating mayor and police commissioner.
Some people aren’t going to happy we did this last post. The Department is getting it from all sides, politically at all levels, in the media, from the community. We’re going to be accused of piling on, or pitting old against new, cops against cops, siding with them against us. You couldn’t be more wrong. These videos are all out there. The politicians are already against us, beholden to the mob. Those who support the police will continue to do so, those who don’t probably never did. We didn’t put any of this out there, so don’t blame us. Comments that do so will be deleted and forgotten in short order.
But these videos, believe it or not, can help, even if it’s not the way we’d prefer – showing exactly where the shortfalls in training are, the things cameras record (visual and audio), where mistakes are made (and yes, mistakes were made). We’re guessing that two guys are going to lose their jobs, and a third is going to carry around a burden no one wants.
And one last thing: we said SCC was 50% of the common sense published on Chicongo crime. The other 50%? Hey Jackass!, who else?
For a Southern California cop’s view of the incident covered under Case 2 above, see Chicago Car Thief Is Latest Martyr for Black Lives Matter, by Jack Dunphy. Excerpt:
In the videos, we first see two officers responding to the pursuit, only to find themselves in the disadvantageous position of coming head-on with the car being chased: these officers are headed south on Merrill Avenue near 74th Street when the stolen Jaguar is coming north. The body camera worn by the passenger officer shows him inexplicably with his gun already in hand as he exits the car and the Jaguar comes into view. When O’Neal tries to weave his way between a parked SUV and the police car, he clips them both. The passenger officer opens fire as the Jaguar passes. He fires his first rounds with one hand, putting one through the hood of his own police car and placing his partner, who had exited the driver’s seat and narrowly avoided being hit by the Jaguar, in genuine danger of being shot. The passenger officer appeared to fire about ten rounds in total.
Do Read The Whole Thing™. We were chafing at some of his criticisms of the officers because, while there are screwups all around here, what about the responsibility of the criminal in this case? And in the end, we learned we should have trusted Dunphy, because he did bring the mantle of responsibility back around, to rest on the dead shoulders of car thief Paul O’Neal.