Keystone Cop Sting Goes Bad

Posted on August 1, 2012


The Keystone Cops of silent movie fame were funny, very funny. But when the Keystone Cops you’re talking about are part of our federal government law enforcement, it’s no longer funny. people get hurt and people die.

We all know about the Keystone Cop operation called Fast and Furious was run by our bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). This was a sting operation where gun dealers in the Southwest, were told by ATF to sell automatic weapons to known illegal gun dealers so that the ATF and other federal agencies could trace the guns to the Mexican drug cartels.  But there is a small problem. None of the thousands of gun were equipped with chips so there was no way to trace them to their final destination, the drug cartels. As a result, Border Patrol officer, Brian Perry and a DEA officer Jimmy Zapata, and hundreds of Mexican citizens have been killed by these very guns. It is suspected that Fast and Furious was actually designed by the Obama administration to show that legal gun dealers were providing guns to the Mexican cartels and, therefore, more control on the sale of  guns was needed. Eric Holder has not cooperated with a House investigation and he is now charged criminally and civilly with contempt of Congress.

Thanks to Bruce McQuain at Questions and Observations I learned of another recent Keystone Cop fiasco that caused death, injuries and destruction. The post by Bruce was about a story he found at this Texas blog. You really have to read this. It is an incredible story.

The story involves a small business  owner, Craig Patty, in North Texas. By small business owner, I mean that he owned two eighteen wheel tractor-trailer units. Mr, Patty was awoken one morning by a phone call from a business acquaintance:

“Your driver was shot in your truck,” said the caller, a business colleague. “Your truck was loaded with marijuana. He was shot eight times while sitting in the cab. Do you know anything about your driver hauling marijuana?”

Now, Mr. Patty was confused. The reason he was confused is that a few days earlier he had been informed by his driver that the truck was in a shop for repairs. So, how could his driver be using it to haul marijuana? Well, according to the story, the DEA had contracted Mr. Patty’s driver to use Mr. Patty’s truck to haul marijuana from the Texas/Mexican border as part of a sting operation to catch the drug lords. However, the DEA forgot to get Mr. Patty’s permission. He was totally in the dark.

But, here is where the Keystone Cop part comes into the story. The cops didn’t just find Mr. Patty’s shot up truck with a dead driver in it on the side of some lonely road. No, dozens of them were there and witnessed the attack on Mr. Patty’s truck  and driver.

At least 17 hours before that early morning phone call, Chapa was shot dead in front of more than a dozen law enforcement officers – all of them taken by surprise by hijackers trying to steal the red Kenworth T600 truck and its load of pot.

In the confusion of the attack in northwest Harris County, compounded by officers in the operation not all knowing each other, a Houston policeman shot and wounded a Harris County sheriff’s deputy.

Yeah. I’m still shaking my head, too. So, has the DEA taken responsibility for this disaster and compensated Mr. Patty and the victims or their families? Of course not. As is all too typical, not with just the Obama administration but with government in general, when there is a SNAFU it is quickly followed by a CYA operation.

Eight moths after the incident, Mr. Patty is still to hear anything about his request for recompense from the DEA. Why is it so hard for the heads of government agencies to admit when their agents have made serious errors and tell the public that a thorough investigation will be carried out and that those responsible will be punished accordingly and that the victims and/or their families will be properly compensated for the governments actions. If they did that, the public would have more respect instead of disdain for our government. I, for one, am fed up with the government’s reprehensible behavior. All Americans should be fed up!

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

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