Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Florida Deputies Struck, Killed by Fellow Deputy's Car

PAHOKEE, Fla. — Two Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies who had tried to stop a stolen vehicle on a rural road in the Everglades were killed when they were struck by a fellow deputy's patrol car early Wednesday. The driver of the patrol car was injured, authorities said.

Scores of officers combed the region looking for two suspects in the car theft, and later said they arrested one man.

The deputies, described as very close friends, had put spikes on a road that punctured the stolen car's tires. But when they ran to remove the spikes from the road they were struck at about 1:45 a.m. by a canine patrol vehicle that was pursuing the car thieves, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said.

"They probably did not estimate the K-9 was coming at the speed that it was," Bradshaw said at a news conference.

"You're talking about a road that is absolutely pitch black," he said.

"Everybody involved in this was doing their job. They were doing it the right way but this is a dangerous job," he said."

Way to go, asshole. Everyone was perfect, no mistakes were made, so expect this to happen time and time again, correct?

What continues to tick me off about law enforcement. Rather than owning up to a cluster fuck they pretend that oopsies are all part of a days work. But let a civilian screw the pooch and they're more than willing to point fingers and push for negligent homicide.

Its called a double standard. Coming from the hired help no less.Who should be held MORE, not LESS accountable.

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