We've got a former sailor and LAPD officer that's running amok in southern California. It is his belief that he was wrongly discharged by the LAPD. It is his desire to correct those wrong doings, and regain his good name. It is his belief that he has taken every available avenue through the legal system, and the system has failed him because of lies from members of the LAPD. You can read his "manifesto" here.
So, I'm guessing this guy figured he had two basic options on how to exact his revenge on LAPD. Option 1 was to enter a police station or LAPD headquarters, guns a-blazin', and kill as many people as he could. He would get a body count, but he would assuredly die in the attack in fairly quick fashion, and be forgotten almost as quickly.
Option 2 is to terrorize his enemy. He understands that taking the LAPD head-on would accomplish little. But pick them off slowly, individually, methodically, and publicly, well, you kill two birds with one stone.
What tactics is he using?
- Pre-position supplies to allow your terror campaign to be extended
- Publish your intent - a general list of grievances and specific targets
- Kill some folks to show that you're serious
How much manpower and how many dollars are being sucked from all of these police agencies due to one man? He is running them ragged. Bleeding their coffers.
Perhaps more importantly, he's making them look inept.
Just like the NYPD cops that shot 9 civilians in Manhattan last August while trying to apprehend a bad guy, LAPD shot two old ladies in the town of Torrence because they were in a truck that looked like the one owned by the ex-cop.
Holy crap. No muzzle flash. No defiant roars from an attacker. Just a couple of old gals delivering newspapers.
Not as widely reported was another shooting by Torrence PD officers. Same deal - the truck matched the description of the bad guy. No one was hurt in that incident.
They look scared.
They look undisciplined.
They look untrained.
They look vulnerable.
As a study in what one determined, well-trained person can accomplish against a vastly superior force, it doesn't get much more vivid. It will indeed be interesting seeing how this whole episode plays out.
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