So Franklin Police roll up on a Brent Rose, passed out behind the wheel of his car parked in the turn lane of a major thoroughfare with the engine running. When he gets out, he falls into the bushes. He blows twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer, and the officers opt not to give him a field sobriety test because they’re scared he’ll fall down and hurt himself.
When questioned, Rose tells them that he went and got drunk at one bar then drove to another, where he doesn’t remember much after that. Officers also find a 32 ounce cup full of alcohol in one of his cup holders.
Instead of arresting him, the officers called a friend and let him go.
You see, Brent Rose’s day job was up until that point being a DUI Enforcement Officer with the Franklin Police Department. That makes all this just a stupid mistake instead of the serious crime with life-altering consequences if it were one of us.
I missed this when it happened, but here it is:
A police officer fired and later reinstated after threatening to shoot a motorist will never patrol the city’s streets again.
Daniel Harless, a 15-year veteran, will receive $40,000 from the city, a neutral employment recommendation and a retired-officer ID in exchange for his resignation as part of a legal settlement.
So in addition to the $40,000 he get’s 50 state lifetime concealed carry and the city can’t let future employers know he’s a ticking time bomb.
And this is rich:
As part of the settlement reached this week, the city has dropped its appeal of an arbitrator’s ruling that cleared the way for Harless to return to work pending medical clearance. Harless, too, will drop all claims, including a lawsuit that the city retaliated against him for applying for workers’ compensation and a grievance involving vacation and sick leave.
For those of you who don’t remember, here’s a rough time-line of how things happened:
- Officer Harless threatens to kill a citizen during a traffic stop
- Ohioans for Concealed Carry post video of the traffic stop
- Internal Affairs finds other cases of Harless behaving badly
- Harless files a workers comp claim that he’s suffering PTSD from an incident in….2003
- Canton fires Harless
Clearly those first three points had absolutely nothing to do with Canton wanting him off the force.
But, hey, at least now they’re rid of him and he can safely apply for a job at a different police department.
I certainly feel safer.
A while back I put up a post on what’s needed for a basic gunshot wound kit. That post came about because of my strong belief that folks who shoot regularly need to have one of these in their range bag, as well as the training on how to use them. My kit includes the very basics and was could fit in a quart-sized ziplock bag.
One of the things in the kit is the Hyfin Chest Seal. The seals I bought expired in August So I ordered new ones.
They’ve changed, slightly:
Old on top, new on bottom.
The new ones are a little larger than the old ones. The first thought I had was that I ordered a different size, but they have the same National Serial Number:
Now, I’m sure there is a really good reason for the size change. The guys who make these know a whole lot more about it than I do so I don’t want this to come across as a complaint. But it does present a problem for me:
The new seals don’t fit in a quart-sized ziplock bag.
Again, not a complaint, but I did want to put this FYI out there for anyone who built their kits using my post.
Update to the update:
I contacted the manufacturer and asked them if folding/creasing the seals will damage them, and why they made them larger. The response I got was:
1 – The Chest can be folded and creased without adverse effect in performance or quality.
2- More surface area coverage was desired by our customers according to feedback that we have received.
So that settles that. Now go ponder what the implications of #2 are…
Earlier in the week, we had forecasts of a half inch of snow for today. Then one inch. Then maybe a dusting. Then one and a half to two inches! Then three to four!
Schools announced closures for Tuesday. Grocery stores were raided. My business trip was canceled.
And this morning the forecast changed to “a light dusting.”
What happens when you have record gun sales, record new handgun permits, and fewer restrictions on where folks can carry?
How about the lowest number of murders ever recorded in a single year?
They have screaming. We have facts.
Just a quick update. I’ve been having problems with my Bersa Thunder 9 Pro failing to extract since I bought it. After some research, I guessed it was the extractor (which apparently did have a bad run a while back). I called Bersa up,* told them what was going on, and they sent me a new one.
At which point the new extractor sat on my shelf for several months…
Yesterday morning, I finally decided to attack the problem. What I feared was going to be a difficult task turned out to be “remove slide, drift out one pin, replace extractor.”
Conveniently, I was set to meet up with Wizard and a couple other folks at the range yesterday afternoon. I’m happy to report that I ran a box of ammo through it without issue instead of having to clear jams on a regular basis.
I’m now debating if I want to use it for my next IDPA match or my Beretta Px4.
*This was also the same time I ordered a new slide catch for my Thunder 380. After a few thousand rounds through it, the catch had rounded off to the point that the slide wouldn’t lock back.
SRSLY YOU GUYZ?
Lilwizard gets all this stuff, and I get a ball and a bone?
me: Huh… Kalashnikov died yesterday
me: He was 94
Nainko: but… ballet!
me: …um… Mikhail Kalashnikov … inventor of the AK-47?
Naienko: … oh
Naienko: Who was I thinking of?
This was posted on the front page of our local NBC affiliate.
Kudos to them and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, because that’s adorable.