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  •  Just a note for folks to be very cautious with (5+ / 0-)

    police scanner news.  Oftentimes, reports are heard which are untrue.

    Not that anything fishy is going on, but what the public calls in and is broadcast out to the officers often proves to be a misapprehension.  Even between officers, what you hear may not be "real" when all the facts are known.

    Police traffic is the very rawest of reports.  I know, having been a sworn officer for many years, earlier in life.  All sorts of things get said.  It's not until the investigation is finished that you really know what's happened.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:26:00 PM PDT

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    •  I'm trying to be very selective about what I post (4+ / 0-)

      There's a whole lot of stuff on the channel, but most not related to this one location.

      The hand grenades reports and bomb squad have been confirmed multiple times.

      •  Even when bomb squads are dispatched, there (6+ / 0-)

        are often false alarms.

        I'm not being critical of you or the diary.

        I am saying from experience as a former federal law enforcement officer that people should not expect everything heard on a police frequency to be "real" the next day in the news.

        Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn't.  Things are repeated all the time over the radio. It often isn't until after the full investigation that everyone knows what's happening.

        In the meantime, for people in the area, don't panic and run outside or something like that. If you need to know something in the area about your own safety, rely on the police to let you know directly.

        Take it slow. And take police traffic with a grain of salt until we see what's happening.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:33:43 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry Gooserock, I didn't mean to direct that (2+ / 0-)
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      to you, but to anyone on the diary.

      I'm not saying the officer's death is false. I'm just saying please be cautious whenever relying solely upon radio traffic.

      There are other diaries popping up with things like grenades and explosives, etc.

      People should not panic. If the public needs to know something, the police in the area will contact them and let them know.

      If something big is really happening, it will be in the news soon enough.

      The police are dispatched to lots of things that turn out not to be there. So, please take it slow and see what develops.

      No one should panic. That's all I'm saying.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 10:30:09 PM PDT

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