The guy he harassed just happened to record the event on his cellphone.
As my final farewell gift, I leave you with this story of a guy legally carrying an unconcealed weapon who was accosted by a Philadelphia cop who, as is often the case, didn’t know what he was doing. The story has been around for a couple months, but I think it’s new to The Agitator, so some of you may not have heard about it.
On a mild February afternoon, Fiorino, 25, decided to walk to an AutoZone on Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philly with the .40-caliber Glock he legally owns holstered in plain view on his left hip. His stroll ended when someone called out from behind: “Yo, Junior, what are you doing?”
Fiorino wheeled and saw Sgt. Michael Dougherty aiming a handgun at him.
Of course, when they later found out that “Junior” hadn’t done anything wrong, they let him go. But, then he posted the recording on youtube and cops, being cops, just couldn’t leave well enough alone. They just had to invite the DA to join their performance of “We are dumb as dirt”.
The Police Department heard about the YouTube clips. A new investigation was launched, and last month the District Attorney’s Office decided to charge Fiorino with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct because, a spokeswoman said, he refused to cooperate with police.
The guy plans to sue after his case is resolved, but it sure seems to be another clear example of the cops retaliating against someone who tarnished their reputation by recording their incompetence. I’m hoping he wins. Luckily, Philadelphia has been busy cutting school budgets so it should have plenty of ready cash to fork over to Mr. Fiorino when the city finally comes to its senses and settles.
Stossel has a more concise version of the story if you just want the highlights.
Anyway, that’s it for me. I’m outa here. It’s been fun and you’ve been great, but I know we’re all glad Radley is back so he can get the site back to its normal rhythm. Oh, and thanks for the compliments on the puppy pictures. :-)
[Posted by Dave Krueger]