Apparently, out in Moscow on the Potomac, a guy flipped out and started stabbing his girlfriend and her two children. One of the kids made a screaming 911 call, and the cops showed up...
...and waited on the doorstep for 45 minutes for a responsible adult to show up and tell them it was okay to bust down the door.
"In general, officers should seek the approval of an official prior to making any forcible entry," police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump told The Washington Examiner.By the time the entire Keystone Cops farce outside had resolved itself, the bad guy had already finished playing Cuisinart with the occupants and turned his knife on himself. Unfortunately, he did a piss-poor job of suicide and put us through all the annoyance and expense of a trial. And now the po-po are being sued, which we'll also get to pay for.
- You're on your own.
- The DC Police Department trusts its officers with less discretion than McDonald's trusts its fry cooks.
- No, really: You're on your own.
- Door locks are great when the bad guy is on the other side of the door. Otherwise, not so much.
- Boy, howdy, aren't you glad you don't live in D.C.?
(H/T to Breda.)