From an e-mail we received:
- When Pat Finucane died, [...] 1st district coppers took the keys out of his pocket, opened up and entered his condo and took, and inventoried all his guns [...]
No reason to take his keys, no reason to enter his condo and no reason to take anything from within
I was unaware of this aspect of the death of poor Pat.
Finucane had a family who I'm sure would have made some type of arrangement to ensure the guns would not go to the criminal element--and sold them to the coppers. At least they should have had that option.
We made a few discrete calls among trusted associates and discovered that although there is a Death Investigation RD number, there are no inventories listed. But when you run the report number through the CLEAR system, a number of guns appear under various inventory numbers. Shotguns, rifles, pistols. All inventoried.
Finucane died in the lobby of his building. It's on video. As far as we know, there wasn't any reason for coppers to be in his condo. A relative was contacted and she should have been given possession of the keys and control of the property until such time as a will was probated or a judicial hearing undertaken to determine heirs of Finucane's estate. Guns are not inexpensive and can be a significant asset.
Would someone like to enlighten us on what went on this past December? Because at the moment, it looks like some misguided persons violated a dead man's property, illegally removed items belonging to his legal heir(s) and placed them into ERPS where, G-d forbid, someone might use them as props to inflate the supposed number of gun seizures by the Department.
We would really hate for that to have happened. We really hope there's an innocent explanation.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, there isn't an innocent explanation - there's just the regular fucked up one.
A couple of white shirts on scene have contacted us and admitted it was handled wrong and the usual suspect (a gold star) was driving this bus. The situation is being rectified, not exactly expeditiously, but as well as a large bureaucracy can fix an obvious wrong.
To everyone who contacted us with decent verifiable information, thanks.
To those who blamed us for airing "dirty laundry," the fact that you don't know your duties regarding deceased persons' property is just sad. Providing excuses for the bad decisions certain people make speaks to the brainwashing you've received.
And to the other few accusing us of working for Loevy and Loevy or trying to get coppers sued or all manner of bullshit, grow up. Coppers fucked up at the direction of a high-ranking supervisor, but guess who won't be around (and who isn't even on the paper!) if a lawsuit is filed? If you said "the high-ranking supervisor," give yourself a pat on the back, you're already smarter than you were when you woke up. That should be the lesson learned here. The blog doesn't create news, but it can shine a spotlight on things we get from two, three or four concerned coppers that the family of one of our own is being screwed by the very Department he worked for. You asshats that blindly back the Department position, especially when they are in the wrong, does a disservice to everyone trying to do the job correctly every single day, past, present and future.
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