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UPDATE: Off-Duty Baltimore Police Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Marine — 13 Times

Posted in Gun Rights, Guns, Self Defense by TeeJaw on Monday, June 7, 2010, 6: 00 AM

This story, at least as reported by Baltimore Channel 11, looks like a very bad shooting. Tyrone Brown, the marine, had no weapon, there was some sort of altercation, alcohol might be involved, the officer might have been intoxicated, Brown might even have been trying to defuse the situation and might not have been a threat to the officer. The officer refused to take an alcohol test. Not good. And the officer is not identified. Why not?

Just my theory, but I maintain that in cities or communities where law-abiding citizens are disarmed, as they are in Baltimore, the police are more dangerous to law-abiding citizens than they are to criminals. Just me, I have no evidence to back that up, and even if it’s true it would only apply to some cops. I believe it, and predict that someone will prove it someday.

Question: As a group, who is more trustworthy with guns (measured by negligent discharges and illegal use of guns), CCW permit holders or cops (federal, state and local)? No unproven theories here, the answer is well established by empirical evidence. It is an astonishing answer when it is considered that screening and qualification to be a cop is much more rigorous than it is to get a CCW permit.

Please keep in mind that the initial report from WBAL TV in Baltimore might yet prove to be incomplete or misleading. It’s also possible that I’m giving in to my cognitive biases, and that news stories such as this easily serve as confirmation of that bias.

Nah, no way.

UPDATE: Killer Cop Should Have Lost His Badge 5 Years Ago Now we know why they withheld his name.

From the Baltimore Sun:

“So now we know that Baltimore Police Officer Gahiji A. Tshamba, back in 2005, was intoxicated when he shot a man in the foot during a confrontation. What we don’t yet know — and hopefully answers will come today — is how Tshamba managed to retain his badge after the incident?”

I told you so.

But what I want to know is not how he kept his badge; how did he stay out of prison?

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