December 21, 2014

The Cost Of Political Manipulation And Incompetence Continues To Rise

An on duty Florida Police Officer is murdered. Officer Kondek was formerly a NYPD police officer before moving to Florida.
Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call for service around 2 a.m. EST, the Tarpon Springs Police Department said.

The officer later died of his injuries at a local hospital, the police department said.

And another savage tried to murder a NYPD officer.
Only hours after two New York policemen were ambushed and executed in Brooklyn by a man claiming he wanted revenge for the death of Eric Garner, a man in the Bronx allegedly attempted to murder a third New York policeman. He only failed because his gun didn't work when he pulled the trigger, police say.

On Saturday night at 9 p.m., Raymond Leonardo, 18, was allegedly shooting out windows with a .357 caliber revolver when police arrived. According to law enforcement, he refused to drop the gun and aimed point blank at one policeman.

But when he pulled the trigger, it didn't fire, officials claim. Leonardo fled with the gun in his pocket, then was captured after running a few blocks. One police source offered a simple cause for the gun’s inability to function: “It looks like he used up all of his bullets.”


Gorges Smythe said...

Two wrongs don't make a right, but some of this may not have happened if the cops hadn't murdered the guy selling cigarettes.

sig94 said...

Gorges - problem is, the cops didn't murder him. He may have broken departmental rules and regs which prohibit those kinds of take downs, but he did not commit murder. The man resisted arrest. He was huge. He had some serious health problems and 30 prior arrests and he stated that the was not going to be arrested. He was an idiot.

Why arrest this man for a petit offense of selling loose cigarettes? Because Mayor De Blasio wanted the cops to do exactly that and the local merchants who pay the taxes who sell legal cigarettes called to cops to complain.

Because of high taxes, over half the cigarettes sold in NYC are smuggled in from other states and sold on the street. NYC wants that tax money ... badly. The Mayor's office leaned on the cops to increase their enforcement efforts - at the behest of merchants.

Four of my friends, cops, were arrested and charged with manslaughter when a junkie caught breaking onto cars resisted arrest and died - of a heart attack. The political climate in our city was such that the Chief of Police suspended the cops and the DA indicted them. Of course the media had a field day with it.

The trial was a laugher. Ridiculous. I attended every day of it. The reporting was so one sided that I thought I was witnessing a completely different trial. The officers were completely exonerated in record time.

One of those officers was my relief. If that incident had occurred one day earlier, I would have been one of those arrested officers.

I have used choke holds on people resisting arrest. I was taught to use that in the academy. That has changed, but under duress you tend to behave as you were trained. If the choke hold was originally in your bag of tricks, you probably will use it.

I hope I am reading your comment correctly, but ... murder? Not even close.

sig94 said...

All were charged by an Onondaga County grand jury in January with assault, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon - the nightstick.

Two prosecution witnesses, a hospital orderly and a parking lot guard, testified that they saw one of the officers hit Mr. Mora in the head with a nightstick.

An autopsy revealed an inch-long cut on the back of the head, but Dr. Charles Hodge, a neurosurgeon at Upstate Medical Center, where Mr. Mora was taken after he collapsed, testified that he doubted the wound was caused by a blow from a nightstick. Such a wound would have been star-shaped and not linear as this one was, he said.

Earlier, in protest against the charges, more than 150 members of the 450-member Syracuse Police Department had filed into Police Chief Thomas Sardino's office and dropped their nightsticks on the floor.

There were over 250 of us lined up in the halls and stairwells slamming our batons on the walls. We didn't drop them, we threw them on the receptionist's desk. The desk was buried in wood. The Chief and deputy chiefs fled the building. We refused to carry police batons for months.

Gorges Smythe said...

I agree that he was an idiot, but I believe he wasn't the only one there. Plus, following orders is only an excuse to a certain point.