taken it to the police station and said he found it in his yard. Once filing the report, he could reveal the photo of it resting on the trunk of the patrol car. Of course, this would mean he lied on the police report. I wonder if he would have been fined like the ATM money bag guy.
I suppose that perhaps the Seattle Police Department ought to schedule some firearms safety training when they can squeeze the time in among all that diversity and sensitivity training that is so vital to their mission, as
I suspect they need it...
Everybody's done it.
You place an item on top of a car only to remember later - after you or someone else has driven off.
But when the forgetful individual is a Seattle police officer and the
item is a semi-automatic rifle, it's more than a little embarrassing.
It's also the focus of an internal investigation.
Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb conceded Tuesday it was
"very embarrassing" that a semi-automatic rifle was left on the trunk
lid of a police cruiser in downtown Seattle on Monday.
"The fact of the matter is that a police rifle was left on a car in
public, and that is unacceptable," Whitcomb said. "It's very
embarrassing, and it shouldn't have happened."
According to two sources with knowledge of the incident, it began
when one officer was inside the secure parking garage at the West
Precinct and unloaded his equipment from a police cruiser. The officer
placed the rifle on the trunk of a nearby patrol car.
That officer, identified by sources as acting Sgt. Bill Collins, forgot about the rifle and walked off.