Friday, June 19, 2009

McMenacing? Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun At McD's

I'm waiting for a study to be released that documents a dramatic increase in these kinds of incidents. It seems to me that there is, but I have to admit I haven't been paying attention long enough to say for sure. At the same time, I'd like to hope this isn't how it's always been. But then again, when your policy is to emphasize hiring veterans and applicants of lower IQ, (seriously, why would they reject applicants because their IQs were too high? Think about that for a moment...) we should expect these kinds of incidents. And I don't have a problem with veterans, but veterans are trained with an entirely different mentality than domestic law enforcement (or at least, they used to be), and should not be allowed to police American civilians.

    DENVER (CBS4)
    A Denver police officer has been suspended after allegedly brandishing his gun at a McDonald's restaurant in Aurora after his order took too long to fill.

    Aurora police confirmed the CBS4 investigation saying the incident occurred May 21 at the McDonald's at 18181 East Hampden Avenue.

    A spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department said they plan to present the case -- now classified as a felony menacing incident -- to the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office Thursday for possible filing of criminal charges.

    Sources familiar with the case, and the fast food worker's account of what happened, say two off-duty Denver police officers placed an order from their car in the early morning hours of May 21. But once at the drive through window, the employee said the men became agitated and angry at how long their food was taking. The men thought they were being ignored, according to contacts familiar with the worker's account. The male clerk then said one of the officer's flashed his police badge and pointed a pistol through the drive through window in a threatening manner, before driving off without paying.

    Both officers are assigned to Denver International Airport although only one has been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the case.