By Wyatt Earp | November 27, 2008
Where else can you bury five police officers in twelve months – all killed in the line of duty – and have a bail commissioner give $800 bail to a man who points a gun at police officers? Cripes, this toad could have bought his freedom with loose change found in his sofa!
There is more outrage over the release of a man who is accused of pointing a loaded gun at police officers. The suspect was cut loose on $800 bail on the same day police buried Sergeant Timothy Simpson who was killed in the line of duty. Officers and community leaders are angry and calling for action.
Police said 20-year-old Amado Lopez had 10 live rounds in a .40 caliber handgun when he pointed it at police last weekend and ended up getting shot by officers. Despite being called a danger to the community, police say bail commissioner Abraham Polokoff let Lopez out on low bail. Lopez remains on the street.
“He pointed a gun at a police officer. We’re lucky we don’t have another police officer shot or killed,” said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
The department has buried six officers in 15 months. So when word spread that Lopez was just released on $800 bail after pointing a loaded .40 caliber gun at three officers, everyone asked ‘why?’
Lopez got low bail even though he was charged with aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and making terroristic threats. He has six prior arrests, including one for attempted murder – a case that was dropped.
“This guy’s got an extensive criminal history. And to do something like that and say $800 is all he needs to walk is just ridiculous. It makes a joke out of the entire system,” said Commissioner Ramsey. (H/T – FOX 29)
So tell me, what is stopping thugs from pointing guns at police officers now? It isn’t the thought of prison, because pointing a gun at a police officer here will get you time served. It certainly isn’t the death penalty, because the state never employs it. And now, it isn’t even a high bail request, because judges simply ignore it.
Of course, if the officers shot the toad – and they would have been well within their rights – the community and the media would crucify them. What a country!
UPDATE: This from commenter Caz G.
Homicide detectives this morning are investigating the shooting death of Feltonville man last night in a North Philadelphia tavern.
Police officers responded shortly after 9 p.m. to the 300 West Bar on the 300 block of W. Lehigh Avenue and found a Amado Lopez, 21, riddled with bullets on the barroom floor.
Live by the sword . . .