Monday, October 25, 2010

Doubling Down On Stupid or The Magic Gun Theory

Confederate Yankee has doubled down on the Erik Scott shooting. Unfortunately they are doubling down on stupid, relying on a theory of police and even firefighter/paramedic misconduct involving a magic disappearing gun, similar in intellectual achievement to the magic bullet theory of the Kennedy assassination and a Seinfeld episode.
In summary, the Magic Gun Theory is this:
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers received a call of an armed man at the Costco acting in an strange manner.
LVMPD officers arrived and were then surprised when the suspect, Erik Scott, emerged.
Scott was pointed out by Costco security.
LVMPD officers confronted Scott.
Scott has a cell phone in his hand.
LVMPD officer William Mosher sees the cell phone, mistakes it for a gun and shots Scott with all this taking place in two seconds.
LVMPD officers panic when they discover that Scott has no gun on him.
Then it really gets weird.
Confederate Yankee thinks that Scott was carrying only one gun, a Kimber .45 pistol. The other gun involved was a Ruger .380 pistol, but that was not carried by Scott but at his home. After the shooting, Scott's body is transported by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue ambulance with two firefighter/paramedics and a police officer. While in the ambulance, a firefighter/paramedic finds the Kimber in a holster either on Scott's belt or in his right pocket.
The police officer, and two firefighters then are persuaded/encouraged/convinced to lie and claim that the gun they found was the Ruger.
But with no Ruger in their possession, the LVMPD need to convince the Las Vegas Office of the Public Administrator to illegally search Scott's home to find the Ruger and then introduce it into evidence. The Kimber meanwhile is surreptitiously returned to the crime scene and photographed.
So, here we have a gigantic conspiracy to frame an innocent man involving not only the LVMPD, but Fire and Rescue and the Office of the Public Administrator as well. This includes all the police officers and detectives at the scene, their supervisors, the attendant firefighter/paramedics and their supervisors, and the Public Administrator and his numerous underlings. All because William Mosher mistook a cell phone for a gun.
Just one problem, numerous witnesses testified that they saw Scott draw the Kimber (in its holster) from his waist and point it at Mosher. So, here we have it, not only was the whole of the LVMPD, Fire and Rescue, and Public Administrator involved, but also dozens of witnesses.
Half a dozen shoppers testified that they saw Scott either pull his gun or reach for his waistband before the officers opened fire. Most said they heard only one officer giving commands. There has been some speculation that the three officers gave Scott conflicting commands that lead to confusion.

Annette Eatherton, who was shopping with her husband, said she saw Scott reach for his waist and then heard an officer say, "'Don't do that. Don't do that,' and he did it, and they shot him." After the first shot, Eatherton said she saw a gun enclosed in a "gun rug" fall to the ground in front of Scott.

Her husband, Wentworth Eatherton, himself a former concealed weapons permit holder, gave a similar account and said he thinks Scott was probably trying to disarm, rather than draw his pistol and shoot. Still, he said, Scott should have followed the officer's commands.

"I really think he was just exasperated with the whole thing and wanted to hand them the gun which is where, I think, the mistake was made," Wentworth Eatherton

Shopper Barbara Fee testified that she and her 10-year-old granddaughter were sitting outside the exit door when they saw police confront Scott just feet away.

An officer yelled at Scott to get on the ground, but he reached for his hip, pulled a black object from his waist and aimed it at the officer, she said.

"I thought he was going to shoot the officer," she said. "Fortunately the officer was quicker."
Christopher Villareale testified that he watched the entire confrontation unfold after being one of the last shoppers to leave the store. He said he heard an officer order Scott to get on the ground and saw Scott lift his shirt and pull a handgun from his waistband.

"I honestly thought that civilians were going to get shot," Villareale said. The officer probably saw Scott as a threat to himself and the dozens of people milling around the front doors, he said.

"He's probably thinking this guy is going to harm me or these customers, and I thought he did the right thing in shooting him," he said.

Villareale, who has a concealed weapons permit, said he had an incident with police about a year ago. He said he called police, and when officers arrived he put his gun down, laid face down on the ground and let himself be handcuffed.

After police investigated, they set him free and gave him his gun, he said. If Scott had followed the officer's orders at Costco, that day would have ended much differently, he said.

"I just can't imagine grabbing a gun when you have a police officer pointing a gun and saying get on the ground. Why would you not comply?" Villareale said. "I think he made a very tragic error in grabbing it."
Incidentally, those witnesses included Samantha Sterner, his girlfriend.
She said that as they walked toward the store's exit, she told Scott he was probably the reason for the evacuation, and that he seemed surprised.

They reached the exit door and Sterner said she saw an employee point Scott out to a uniformed police officer outside.

"He (Officer William Mosher) immediately draws his weapon and tells him to get on the ground," she said, adding that Scott put his hands up with the intention of disarming.

Sterner said she screamed at the officers that Scott was in the military and had a concealed weapons permit. She told them not to shoot, she said.

Scott raised his shirt to reveal the gun and had grabbed it to put it on the ground when the officer fired his pistol, she said.

Sterner said the officer "was too aggressive," and she believed he would have fired even if Scott had complied with all directions.

"I just think that this officer was out of line," she told police.

Scott was shot seven times by officers Mosher, Joshua Stark and Thomas Mendiola. When a detective asked Sterner whether Scott took any medications, she said he was on a blood pressure drug and had also taken a pain pill the day before because of a car accident.

Scott's postmortem blood test showed high levels of the painkiller morphine and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
Of course, Sterner is obviously a liar, but one would tend to believe her when she admits that Scott had a gun in his hand when he was shot, not a cell phone as her lies were about Scott's extensive drug use.
But the question is why are Confederate Yankee and Bob Owens at Pajamas Media riding this hobby horse to oblivion? Even Vin Suprynowicz has done the limited modified walkback. Why are others doubling down on stupid? Oh, and still no sign of any West Pointer led targeting of the LVMPD.

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