Gun control doesn’t apply to cops. Not even cops with active restraining orders.
A Piscataway police sergeant died from from a gunshot wound after he barricaded himself in his home, told police he had hostages, then stepped on his front porch and fired a submachine gun at officers who returned fire, authorities said.
A submachine gun. And here I thought those were illegal. What’s Frank Lautenberg and Mike Bloomberg got to say about that? Is there a “cop loophole” they can rail against?
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Powell, a 22-year veteran of the police department, began exchanging phone calls and text messages with township police who asked him to report to headquarters over a report he violated a restraining order.
Ah yes, phone calls and text messages. That’s how cops handle non-cops who violate restraining orders, isn’t it? They treat every citizen with kid gloves, not just their fellow officers, right?
Uh huh. Sure.
After nearly an hour of exchanges, Powell, who was off-duty, told officers he refused to come to headquarters and said he was holding hostages.
OK, then they decided to pay him a visit! Not when he was served with a restraining order. Nope. You or me? They’d seize our guns “for safekeeping” and lock ’em up down at the prosecutors’ office. But not a brother cop. He gets to keep his guns. Even the illegal ones!
At 6:48 p.m., Powell came onto the porch and fired multiple shots from a 9 mm submachine gun, and officers fired back, “concerned for the safety of the public and the safety of the possible hostages,”
As it turns out Mr. Tough Guy wasn’t actually holding any hostages. Thank God.
Frank Lautenberg was napping and unavailable for comment. But I’m sure he’s diligently working on linking this shooting to the NRA and as many Tea Party groups as he can fit in his press release.
Incidentally, I posted an abridged version of this as a comment to the NJ.com story. Some no-load pencil-dick deleted it. We’re not supposed to criticize cops, not even when they shoot at other cops. You know what comments are left up? The ones saying “RIP Officer Powell” as if he was gunned down in the line of duty. I guess because equating him with real heroes isn’t offensive to the site admins.