Thursday, May 24, 2007

One of those days...

...when maybe you should have stayed in bed.

Pity this poor Kitchener Police Officer.

CTV gives the sanitized version.

570 News gives the full story.

And the local CTV station says it was a Grade 8 Orientation day! I bet those kids got a bit more excitement than they bargained for!

11 comments:

Mac said...

I'll bet there's one police officer who is about to get his butt kicked by his boss.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Yeah. No kidding!

Last I heard, they were still searching for the gun, etc.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

More here:

"It all started around noon-hour when plainclothes officers were doing street-level investigations at 812 King St., across the street from the high school.

One of the officers noticed activity at the nearby high school. Two officers crossed the street to check it out.

One officer left his duffel bag, containing his service revolver, handcuffs, pepper spray, baton and police radio, on the ground.

Larkin estimates the bag was left unattended for just 20 seconds, before the officer realized he left it behind.

But when he returned to get it, it was gone."

Anonymous said...

Ontario premier McGuinty and Toronto mayor Miller (M&M) want handguns banned in Canada. Because they "might" be stolen from us collectors and target shooters. I wonder what M&M will say about police officers giving away police issue handguns. With ammo...

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Anon - Yeah. I guess they should call for a ban on handguns for police officers too then.

Swift said...

I wonder if the officer will be charged with unsafe storage? A civilian was charged when thieves stole guns from a safe that they took two days to open.

PGP said...

Indeed!
BTW - Miller's stats on the number of guns that are used in crimes are suspect! Kind of like Al Gore reports on weather!

Mac said...

Swift, I would be surprised if the officer wasn't charged... plus there's the police internal discipline process as well. It's a kind of a double-whammy.

I don't know about Kitchener but out here, if a police pistol is stolen, all the stops are pulled out to try to locate it as soon as possible. Some of the gangs take great pleasure in collecting police memorabilia and a pistol scores high on their list of things to obtain.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Mac, that's interesting about the gangs. Here's a report from the Record on the latest efforts to retrieve the gun.

I think the officer is question is in serious trouble, although according to the story he is still on active duty and has been issued another gun.

Seems that the area has a lot of drug problems.

Gee whiz. Why don't they ban all guns in Canada? Look how well it works with drugs.

Mac said...

I don't see the officer being fired but he might wish he was before this is over.

Can you imagine how he'll feel if his service pistol was used in the commission of a crime?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Mac, yeah exactly. The weapon is obviously in the wrong hands or it would have been turned in by now.

Kinda scary.