There are so many statements that make one's head spin. A sampling:
The District Commander was close enough to observe his walk and the sag of his pants, but needed to radio to an officer that was closer?Central District commander Maj. Dennis Smith spotted a man walking awkwardly with his pants sagging to one side, the "classic stance of an armed man," said Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III.
Smith radioed an officer closer to the man, who approached him and may have spoken to him before the man began shooting
What, nobody bothered to check to see if there were any people on the street?Several tactical officers, who patrol the area on weekend evenings, shot at the gunman, firing at least 20 bullets on one city block, police said.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on the street at the time. Bealefeld said most of the shots were fired at fairly close range.
So out of at least 20 shots fired on one block, about a dozen hit the car. Where did the others go? (Hold on. Wait for it!)was peppered with about a dozen bullet holes in the back windshield, trunk and bumper.
Again, there was not a "large crowd" in the area. But how about the presence of even a single other person?mi said that there was no evidence that a large crowd was in the area where the officers fired. It was unclear whether they shot at the car when it was moving. The officers who fired on the suspect were part of the SWAT team, and among the most highly trained members of the force, he said.
And how do they know that? I guess the best way to tell is to look afterwards and see if there are any "extra" bodies laying about.the police officers that responded to the incident were highly trained and no innocent lives were put in jeopardy
Seriously, I'm not trying to bash the cops that were involved in this running gun battle. they might, or might not, deserve bashing, but that's for a different time and different place.
This is all about rolling on the floor while beating my head against a brick wall over the statements that were released by the BPD and the way the newspaper employee (No, I will not call him/her a reporter.) strung it all together.
And yes, you folks in Maryland really do need to get your situation improved. Some of you - you probably know who you are - are invited to come a bit south into the Old Dominion.