Every line of this story is a horror.
A mob of cops
[always a bad sign]
gathered at a library
[on duty cops? please stay away from the public]
during working hours
[so when, like, other people were there]
to get trained in
[don’t they have isolated places for training?]
whacking civilians with a baton.
[oh. so appropriate. our tax dollars at work]
He showed off his quickdraw
[cowboy. rugged individualism. frontier justice]
with a loaded pistol
[wait, what? what about safety?]
and accidentally shot
[oops. should be passive voice. coptalk. “a gun was discharged”]
a fellow cop, killing her.
[could have been worse.]
The actual news story, so you don’t think I’m exaggerating.
A woman shot Thursday afternoon during a Special Police training session at a Washington, D.C. library has succumbed to her injuries, police said.
First responders were were called to the Anacostia Neighborhood Library at 1800 Good Hope Road SE shortly before 3:45 p.m. for the report of a shooting.
Police say the special officer who was shot was “unconscious and not breathing” when first responders arrived.
The D.C. Public Library system confirmed the woman was shot in a downstairs meeting room during a Special Police training session. A retired D.C. police lieutenant conducted the training on how to use an extended baton, Chief Robert Contee said.
Sources familiar with the investigation told News4 that when the trainer drew a pistol to illustrate how quickly it could be done, he fired one shot, striking an officer in the chest.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate. They are looking into why the trainer had live ammunition.
Arming cops is like giving a troop of baboons access to an armory.