MAN SLEEPING IN CAR WOKE UP, ESCAPED FROM MASSIVE EL SEGUNDO POLICE PRESENCE
Being a cop is not an easy job. You wear a gun, are sworn to serve and protect, etc, etc, etc. Some people always love you. Others always hate you. That’s just the way it is! It doesn’t even matter how good of a job you do on the job. Like, ever. Well, until now, that is. Because this is so embarrassing it defies my ability to fully quantify it. And, even worse, this involve a SWAT team. A SWAT team! These are the highly trained teams who you call in when the fan is dropping and everyone is panicking. But somehow, the El Segundo SWAT team managed to not capture a sleeping man in his car.
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PARAMEDICS “SAW” A GUN, AND POLICE RESPONDED IN DROVES, INCLUDING SWAT
This all went down on May 30th. El Segundo saw just a little spike in police action, as a result of panic. Police responded to a report of a man slumped over the wheel of a car early in the morning. Paramedics first arrived and seemed to see a handgun in the car with the man. And so, panic. A LOT of police arrived. And then even more, including outside agency assistance for controlling traffic, K-9’s, an Armored Vehicle Bearcat, drones, even crisis negotiators! Oh, and SWAT, of course. A LOT of police. The man started moving inside his car. But he would not obey orders to get out. He was still asleep!
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MAN WOKE UP, LOOKED AROUND AND PANICKED, ESCAPED FROM SWAT WHILE EL SEGUNDO KNEW NOTHING
And, let’s remember, this is because paramedics thought they saw a handgun. Thought. Maybe. So everyone held position around the car for hours. Hours! And then? The man woke up. And, as you might imagine, he looked around and flipped out at what he saw. He started driving, backed into one of the armored Bearcats, and took off. So next up: a car chase! The stuff of legend! Except, well, the guy lost them. As in, he got away, he escaped, he scarpered. Went poof in the air. Aaaand, to make matters even more embarrassing, the hour long wait happened close to a school.
Did police tell the school about the “situation?” Well, yes, at least they did that. Did the school go into lockdown? Well, um, no. Despite the supposed handgun and non-compliant sleeping man in a car. But the school got more protection, right? NO. So far, there’s no word how much this whole little “operation” cost the not very safe city of El Segundo.