Keystone Cop Sting Goes Bad

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?


28 thoughts on “Keystone Cop Sting Goes Bad

  1. We have allowed the government WAY too much power when they can take over private property and this story really crosses the line. This should be front page news but of course it is not. I have always had an aversion to sting operations and they seem to be more in play than ever.

  2. This is all the government does is set up people so they can say they bust people. This subject is huge. The CIA runs the drugs and just about everybody knows it by now. DEA agents have said when they get to the top of a distribution ring, they inevitably find the CIA.

    These “law enforcement” alphabet soups are to control we the people, not real criminals.

  3. Unfrigginbelievable…We The People must put a stop to this BIG GOVERNMENT…WE KNOW BETTER THAN YOU SERFS…BS!

    The only way to do it is start FIRING PEOPLE…Start with OBAMANATION, then move on to REBOOTING CONGRESS with TERM LIMITS, then bring a BIG HAMMER DOWN ON THE CAREER BUREAUCRATS who sit incognito within all the ABC’s [no matter what administration] of this bloated abortion of a Government that has our Founders rolling in their graves!

    JusSayin’ PLU from SSF

  4. This is just despicable and unforgivable. I’m beginning to think that this government has just gotten too large to serve the purposes of the citizens. When people start dying and private property is stolen, that’s pretty definite.

  5. To quote the fiery Ann Barnhardt, ” … the crimes will only get exponentially worse until we are the New Vendee and infernal columns of the Free Shit Army are being sent into suburbia to kill every human being in their path in the name of hope, change, “tolerance” and free shit”

  6. Ya know, I used to think that the government could at least get law enforcement right. Lately…ehhhhh not so much.

    I really can’t blame the cops on an individual level though; not when the underlying cause of the trouble is all the ridiculous laws we have on the books.

  7. WOW! This is the first I heard of this story; we have yet another death at the hands of the federal government, when is the media going to start doing its job? It is disgraceful that this is the first we have heard of this.

    1. The incidebce happened eight months ago and as the Bunkerville comment says, if it weren’t for bloggers no one would know about this. What is the DEA doing using a civilian in a sting operation? Incredible!

  8. “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”

    I had always been a supporter of government law enforcement action until Waco. What changed my mind was the television coverage of a bunch of ATF agents playing cowboy for media coverage in assaulting the Waco compound. It was pure theater until an ATF agent was killed by someone defending their rights and property. It was f’ing dumb!

    There was no real reason for the Feds to be there in the first place, even the FBI. The local sheriff could have served the cult on the illegality of the weapons, and nobody would have been hurt. But, NOOO… Our feds had to generate publicity for one of the most useless agencies in the Federal Government. Then the FBI got US Army tanks to exterminate the recalcitrant Branch Dividians.

    That is the mentality of the Federal Government. They only want positive PR to meld with their self-generated image.

    We see the same mentality in the Department of Justice in the Fast and Furious debacle. Now, we have the Houston betrayal of a citizen owned company hijacked for the government’s PR purposes.

    Do you wonder why we have those Second Amendment privileges?

    1. Yep! The Branch Dividians may have been odd; but to my knowledge the never bothered anybody.

      I support law enfocement but everybody must be held accountable for their actions without exceptions. Actually, I think law enforcement people dhould be held to a higher standard than others precisely because they have a badge and a gun.

      1. ” law enforcement people dhould be held to a higher standard than others precisely because they have a badge and a gun.”

        Amen to that, brother!

  9. I haven’t heard anything about the driver’s family. Shouldn’t there be some sort of compensation for the unnecessary death of a civilian who was only trying to help his government fight crime?

  10. Thank you all for your comments. This is all 100% true, and believe it or not, there is so much more. Stay tuned.


    Craig Patty
    Owner of 793

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