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New update on the Cambridge cop, the restroom stall and his gun

Cambridge Police today released their most detailed update yet on how a CPD officer's gun came to discharge in a restroom at Cambridge Rindge and Latin. As you may recall, in the last update we were told, the officer had entered the stall to use the facilities and somehow the gun went off. In today's update, we learn the gun fired as he was getting ready to leave:

Based on information developed in the preliminary investigation, Police Commissioner Christine Elow announced that while in a single-stall staff restroom Officer Frank Greenidge removed his department-issued firearm from its holster and placed the firearm on a bathroom stall hook by the trigger guard. The firearm reportedly unintentionally discharged as it was removed from the hook. There were no injuries, and the school day continued uninterrupted.

The officer remains on administrative leave as the investigation continues. Police add:

The Cambridge Police Department has strict policies and standards regarding the use, maintenance, and storage of all department-issued firearms. Conduct by a member of the Cambridge Police Department that is found to be non-conforming with department policies and standards will be thoroughly and objectively investigated to assure that there is accountability.

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I can't imagine anyone with any basic grasp of firearms handling doing something like this. I've seen my drunk cousins be less careless with weaponry.

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Ooh, here's a handy loop for hanging up a gun.

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The firearm reportedly unintentionally discharged as it was removed from the hook. S/b
The firearm reportedly negligently discharged as it was removed from the hook.

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The gun always had the intention to discharge. That's what it is made to do. The cop was negligent in allowing it to discharge. A major part of his job is preventing that. He screwed up.

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A major part of his job is preventing that.

Apparently you are unfamiliar with 21st-Century policing.

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How about "The Cambridge cop negligently discharged the firearm while removing it from the hook."

The cop did a dumb thing, and the gun reacted as it does.

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I wonder, however, if the cop accidentally squeezed the trigger of the gun while taking the gun off of the hook.

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why was the safety off too?

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When guns are loaded, they can and often enough will inadvertently go off due to careless handling, thus resulting in injury or possibly even death to the gun holder, and/or whoever else happens to be in the vicinity at the time.

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Geezus, dude...

Everyone knows you're supposed to just tuck the barrel under your arm and squeeze it like a rolled up magazine.

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…. splainin’ to do.

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smoothly... and safely

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ISTR the gag playing out in one episode where Barney unintentionally discharged his sidearm into the ground, then had to turn to Andy for his spare bullet, which was in the Sheriff's shirt pocket for safekeeping.

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the Cop Slide cop and they can share notes about proper duty belt handling around children.

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This should be higher.

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That is not what happened.

Trained officers understand they have a chambered round and would never hang their weapon on a hook. The worst part of this is they actually released this as findings of fact with a straight face.

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Do you think the truth is even worse than this?

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I mean, trained officers wouldn't remove the weapon from the holster in the first place - they would remove the belt.

Extreme conjecture warning: One thing that would make it make sense would be if he was contemplating self-harm and deflected at the last moment.

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If the hook was actually involved, the gun would've been pointing up at an angle when he went to remove it or hang it. This all sounds too stupid...

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because his next job could well be at the mall. :-(

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