Last year, in the immediate wake of the murder of three Los Angeles Officers by Christopher Dorner, this happened.
At some point, the officers received a report that a pickup truck resembling Dorner’s was seen in the area of the house they were guarding. Shortly after 5 a.m., a truck turned onto the street. As the vehicle approached the house, officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the truck. When the shooting stopped, they realized their mistake. The truck was a different make and model. The color wasn't gray, as Dorner’s was, but blue. And it wasn't Dorner inside the truck, but a woman and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.A tragic, but clearly foreseeable event. And those officers, the Chief of Police, Charley Beck, decided after a year...violated Departmental policy.
Or to be tragically cynical, did they?
A panel of high-ranking police officials that reviewed the shooting urged Beck to clear the officers of wrongdoingYes, those two
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]