The press conference by the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Office indicates that the police on scene were San Bernadino Count Sheriff personnel, not LAPD
The weapons they displayed are not burned, and are not consistent with having been through a fire. They keep talking about a “pyrotechnic chemical agent,” but if those weapons displayed were the actual weapons from the cabin, there was no actual fire.
The original post will remain up. I don’t send mistakes down the memory hole.
I have a question about the recent killing of the ex-LAPD fugitive in Big Bear, California. (Like all criminal suspects, his name will not be repeated on this blog)
Big Bear Lake is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States along the south shore of Big Bear Lake and surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest. It is located 25 miles (40 km) northeast of the city of San Bernardino,
The LAPD is the city police force for the City of Los Angeles. Los Angeles, not surprisingly, is located in Los Angeles County. The two counties touch, but they are emphatically not the same.
In California, a city police officer has jurisdiction only within the city. Outside his jurisdiction he has the same rights and powers as an ordinary citizen, unless the Sheriff gives consent. The only special thing about being a city police officer outside your jurisdiction is that you can still carry a gun. The only thing that would have permitted the LAPD to operate in San Bernadino County is if the SB Sheriff-Coroner gave them permission.
How is it that the LAPD was apparently the lead agency in an attack on a cabin outside of Los Angeles City, in another County? Why wasn’t the San Bernadino Sheriff’s Department in charge of that scene? The SBSD has been contracted to provide law enforcement to the city of Big Bear Lake since 1981.
This is wholly aside from the question of why the LAPD burned down a house around a fugitive rather than surround him and wait for his surrender. That strikes me as murder, plain and simple. I just want to know if the murderers were also outside of their jurisdiction. If the San Bernadino Sheriff-Coroner gave permission for the LAPD to act like they did, then he’s just as guilty.