1. TJIC
    October 29, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    I saw some speculation on twitter that the perspective might be off, and the cop was really further away, or not pointing the rifle where he seems to be pointing the rifle.

    Looking at this carefully, I see several clues that the cop IS standing right up against the driver side door. Look at the reflection of his trouser stripes on the door; that makes it clear that he really is as close as he looks.

    There is no excuse for this other than raw intimidation.

    No wonder so many people consider police the enemy.


  2. Mike Paar
    October 29, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    Let’s examine the other cop in the photo, the one dressed in black, in full battle-rattle, and looks as though he’s completely clueless. As an astute judge of intelligence, character, and military worthiness simply based upon appearance, I can plainly see they chose a true winner when they hung a badge on this raw recruit. Wholly void of original thought, he was ripe for indoctrination in the Us vs Them radicalization so prevalent within law enforcement these days. Likely ex-military (or Walmart greeter perhaps ), human resources knew when they offered him the job he would never refuse an order. While difficult to say with any degree of certainty at this angle and with that helmet covering the head, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this is Lieutenant John Pike’s mother…


  3. Josh C
    October 29, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

    I have asserted on the twitters that the rifle is not actually pointed at the guy in the car. Let me be clear: that is an amusing distraction.
    Ultimately, some idiot brought an inappropriate weapon to a roadblock, then posed with it instead of holding it ready. That, in turn is just icing on the proper-role-of-police cake, which suggests that roadblocking an entire city is freaking always inappropriate.


  4. Mike Trent
    October 30, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    Not visible in the picture is the real reason for the stop and what the first cop is actually aiming at: Mike Stuart, taking a nap in the back seat with his G3 lovingly cradled in his arms.


  5. Old Joe
    October 30, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Anybody think that this might be a staged photograph for PR or other similar type purposes so that people will think that law enforcement is ready and on the job? I can’t believe that any normal citizen would be so calm looking with a rifle shoved in their face.


  6. Doug Deaton
    October 31, 2013 @ 11:21 pm

    The officer in the photo is not aiming his weapon at the driver. Even the photographer who took this picture has acknowledged this. See the link below for a detailed description of what is actually occurring in this photo:



    • Mark Bennett
      November 1, 2013 @ 7:02 am

      The photographer may well be correct (though “looking through a long camera lens” presents perspective issues as well), but your “analysis,” as presented—lines and circles drawn on a photograph—is unconvincing.


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