Re: Death Penalty (was Re: Didn't need no welfare state)

From: James Wetterau (
Date: Thu Apr 20 2000 - 08:28:54 MDT

James Rogers says:
> On Wed, 19 Apr 2000, James Wetterau wrote:
> >
> > Then there are the kinds of
> > guns and bullets police officers have access to -- "cop killer"
> > bullets.
> "Cop killer" bullets are essentially a media-generated urban
> legend.

My point is that the cops in New York City are permitted to use
bullets the general public cannot use -- the so-called "cop killer"
bullets -- despite their patrolling streets packed with large numbers
of innocent bystanders. I find it disturbing in the extreme that in
New York the average citizen is essentially completely disarmed, but
hardly any weapon is too lethal for a cop walking the beat. I'm not
making any claims about the so-called "cop killer" bullets, except to
note the irony of the cops using them after the public had been told
how horrible they are.

A few years ago an undercover transit cop (a division of the NYPD that
used to patrol the subways -- I believe they've since merged into the
regular force) was saved by his bulletproof vest from fellow officers
who saw him draw his gun on a suspect and began shooting him (mostly
in the back). The case made the transit police look particularly bad
since it seemed the officers may have assumed that the undercover cop
was a wrongdoer due to his race. I think he sued the city
successfully for many millions. Subsequently the cops have shifted to
the so-called "cop killer" bullets. I guess today the undercover cop
would be dead.

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