Cop Opens Fire in Airport, Says He Was “Just Practicing Quick Draw Skills”

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2015/12/26

Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project

Des Moines, IA — Imagine for a moment that you were open carrying a pistol in a public space and all of the sudden, you accidentally squeeze off a round.

There are two possible scenarios that would take place; the first one being that police return fire and you are killed.

The second, less lethal result would be your inevitable arrest and charges of public endangerment, unlawful discharge, illegal use of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, terrorism, or a myriad of other charges associated with sending a deadly projectile hurling through walls and near the heads of innocent people. 

You would immediately be facing fines, jail time, probation, and firearms restrictions.

However, if you are a government agent who’s trusted with carrying a deadly weapon into places others cannot, you needn’t worry about any of those repercussions.

This week, in the Des Moines Airport, a police officer proved that he could fire his pistol in a weapons-restricted area and not be killed nor arrested.

On Wednesday, officer Brady Pratt of the Des Moines police department was “practicing his quick draw skills” and “unknowingly had his finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the ceiling tile,” according to a police report.

The deadly mistake sent a round travelling through a wall, into a ceiling tile and into another hallway where it finally stopped in the tile. Out of sheer luck, no one was killed or injured.

Instead of being killed or arrested, Pratt simply notified a supervisor who in turn promised an investigation.

“Discipline is always a possibility when [police officers] are negligent. The level will be determined by the circumstances. There will be a very thorough review,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek, Des Moines Police Department spokesman.

In 2000, a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit condoned the ability of police departments to discriminate against applicants who were too smart. 

We are now witnessing the imminent results of such absurd hiring practices.

A smart person does not deliberately tear gas journalists. A smart person does not point a rifle at an innocent person and tell them that they are going to kill him. A smart person does not severely beat a person with down syndrome because he sees a bulge in his pants, which is actually a colostomy bag. A smart person does not continuously shoot at an unarmed man who poses zero threat and whose arms are in the air.

Nor does a smart person “practice his quick draw skills” in a $#%@# airport!

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  • FullAmericanPatriot

    /facepalm
    Maybe they need to reevaluate that entire, “Your IQ is too high to join the force” thing.

    • damn liberal scum

      the real problem is so much worse then retarded hiring practices

  • yellowdogmichael

    Any one that knows anything about guns knows that you never, ever practice drawing with a loaded gun. Unless you are at the range and they allow drawing and firing practice. What a moron. Totally irresponsible and completely unacceptable from a police officer. He should be fired and prosecuted.

    • The_Random_Sample

      Whatever this bozo was actually doing, I strongly suspect that it was not “practicing his quick draw skills”. Rather, I suspect that was just the best explanation he could think of when he realized he couldn’t pretend that he didn’t squeeze off this shot.

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        totally agree

    • Dave Loar

      He was practicing with a loaded gun with the safety off and his finger pulling the trigger..You’re fired!

  • Christopher Johnson

    Grandson of Barney Fife.

  • Zac Segal

    What a Palooka.