Friday, April 9, 2010

Was Woods being initiated?

The following comment was posted to an earlier story about close-in shooting on steel targets:

"Mr. Philpott, you and Mr. Skinner are on to something. You are never going to get the whole story from the memos. Woods was the first one in the room. He wasn't part of the stack. MCSD exposed tells the real story. Initiation is what they called it. Departmental Memos are not legal documents. Not like reports."

Rangemaster Morrow's report reads, "Deputy Woods entered the room first and bypassed the dog target."

Q. Why wouldn't Woods shoot on the vicious dog target right in front of him and, instead, move to the left of the vicious dog target and stand only two feet from it?

The following reports of the corrections officers (observers) were addressed to Lt. Cedergren:

Corrections Officer Acevedo wrote in his report, "I observed Deputy Wood make entry into the room first."

Corrections Officer Grisolia wrote, "I saw Deputy Woods enter the room first ..."

Corrections Officer Carlson wrote, "I saw Deputy Woods enter the room first ..."

Corrections Officer Christensen wrote, "On the above date and approximate time, I was standing on the right hand side of the scenario mock up during the live fire SWAT training exercise. During the sixth rotation, the entry team made entry as they had on previous entries. After all entry team members had engaged their targets and the line was clear, I heard Deputy Woods say he had been struck by fragments of the frangible rounds."

Officer Knezevic wrote, "On the above date and approximate time, I was standing on the right hand side of the scenario mock up during the live fire SWAT training exercise. During the sixth rotation, the entry team made entry as they had on previous entries. After all entry team members had engaged their targets and the line was clear, I heard Deputy Woods say he had been struck by fragments of the frangible rounds."

N.B., Christensen and Knezevic wrote EXACTLY the same words. Same punctuation. Same absence of hyphens. Same phrasing.

How could it happen that two officers would use exactly the same 71 words in their own reports??? There is only one way!

Deputy Manes wrote, "Dep. Woods was the first in the room..."

Not one of the reports says that all SWAT team members, including Woods, entered the room as a group. They say that Woods entered first.

Here's the question. How long was Woods in the room before the second man, Sgt. Embry, entered the room?

There is no report filed by Sgt. Embry.

Why isn't Sheriff Nygren over this like hot butter on popcorn? A deputy is injured in what could have been a fatal accident, and he dismisses the injury as "road rash".

2 comments:

Gus said...

Thanks to the reader who submitted this comment directly to me:

"I think what the reading public needs to know is that officers are supposed to write their reports totally independant of each other. Not supposed to discuss it between themselves, in order to prevent officers "covering for each other". Having the same wording is very questionable."

ƒraπk €ra¢kþ¤††²™®© said...

Wow Gus, you are so occupied with your wild goose chase, you aren't even posting your usual ramblings. I miss those.