Thursday, February 04, 2016

I'm not believing this, any of it.

Stairwell shooting cop trained to have gun drawn: fellow officers | New York Post:
(January 29. 2016) (posted February 04)
Two cops, including one who worked the same beat as rookie Officer Peter Liang — now on trial for fatally shooting an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project — said Thursday they were taught to have their guns out at times for fear of possible “ambush.” 
Okay, I believe that ...
Defense attorneys have argued the gun was faulty, saying in opening statements that Liang’s finger was alongside the trigger — not on it — following police protocol. 
... but I do NOT believe that!
But Detective Marc Acevedo told jurors Liang’s gun was on the high end of the NYPD’s acceptable range for trigger-pull — the force required to fire the weapon. The Glock needs 11¹/₂ pounds of pressure to fire, out of a range of 9 to 12 pounds.
AND if that statement was intended to support Liang's testimony, it's the second miss-fire in this whole sad New York Tale.

The gun did not just 'go off'.  There was no malfunction of the Glock; there WAS a malfunction of the Liang.   Why don't the cops just admit that the kid fucked up, and take it from that point?  It's a high stress situation, and it seems obvious to the casual observer (who was not there) that the cops were jumpy and when the guy suddenly appeared at the head of the stairs the cop plugged him.


Well, he probably wasn't intending to do that, but when you have a 11+ pound trigger-pull, that Glock isn't going to shoot unless you really, really mean it!   And Liang really, really meant to pull that trigger.

I shoot pistols in competition that have a 3# or an 8# trigger pull weight, and there's a huge amount of difference between the two.  But an 11# trigger pull?

Has anyone asked WHY the NYPD mandates a "9 to 12 pounds" trigger pull weight?

It's because in times of stress, people tend to grip the pistol really hard, and if your finger is on the trigger that can translate to a jerk of the trigger finger.

This 2010 Las Vegas Negligent Discharge (ND) video  illustrates the problem: *

* (yes, you've seen this video here before; it's one of my favorites)

Fortunately, the Las Vegas ND only frightened a couple of people to the point where they wanted a costume change, right now.

But the New York situation was a whole different, and more fatal, scenario.  Obviously in New York the officer was pointing his pistol at the man looming above him (which is a 'dominating' position, and generally tends to make people feel more ... defensive) or else his round wouldn't have HIT HIM!

Not a strike against the officer; that's where the gun is suppose to be pointed.

Still, when testimony suggests that the officer's finger was NOT on the trigger; that the pistol 'may have' bumped the wall of the stairwell, which 'may have' been a contributory factory ... I'm dubious.

When they (NYPD) assert that the ND was due to a malfunction of the gun, I'm calling

Even I, who don't like Glocks, am not ready to swallow that spew of bovine excreta.

And that's all I have to say about that.


Anonymous said...

The NYPD is used to dealing with a population that knows absolutely nothing about firearms. You and other knowledgeable gun owners and shooters easily see through their BS.

Anonymous said...

Glocks rock.