A bystander in Seattle has snapped a rather incriminating photo of an AR-15 that was left unattended on top of a Seattle Police Department car. It is unclear from the picture whether or not the rifle is loaded.
To make matters worse, another police officer allegedly entered the cruiser and drove off with the AR-15 still on the trunk.
What is most troubling about this photograph is that police agencies often charge citizens with a crime after leaving a weapon unattended. Just recently, 25-year-old Luis Bianchi faced charges for leaving a young child alone with a grenades and rifles. If Bianchi could face jail time for being a negligent gun owner, then why shouldn’t Seattle police officers face the same consequences?
The Seattle PD have been “very embarrassed” by the photo, according to police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. "The fact of the matter is that a police rifle was left on a car in public, and that is unacceptable," Whitcomb said, adding that “it shouldn't have happened."
According to eyewitness reports, one officer was unloading equipment from the trunk of his car and placed the AR-15 on a nearby cruiser. The officer, Sgt. Bill Collins, then allegedly walked off. Lt. Deanna Nollette then entered the cruiser and drove off without realizing that there was a rifle on the trunk. An eyewitness then saw the parked cruiser with the rifle on the trunk, snapped a photo, and flagged down cops riding bicycles to report the incident.
Whitcomb did not give any indication as to whether either of the officers would face disciplinary action. He added that the Seattle PD’s policy requires officers to inspect a patrol car before use, which would clearly indicate that at least one of the officers violated policy.
What do you think about the story? Every day there’s another story of police overstepping their bounds to hurt or frame innocent civilians. Is this another example of inept police officers, or do you think that this is just a simple case of human error?
Source: The Daily Sheeple