David Perdue was on his way to sneak in some surfing before work Thursday morning when police flagged him down. They asked who he was and where he was headed, then sent him on his way.Simply a case of mistaken identity?
Seconds later, Perdue's attorney said, a Torrance police cruiser slammed into his pickup and officers opened fire; none of the bullets struck Perdue.
His pickup, police later explained, matched the description of the one belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner — the ex-cop who has evaded authorities after allegedly killing three and wounding two more. But the pickups were different makes and colors. And Perdue looks nothing like Dorner: He's several inches shorter and about a hundred pounds lighter. And Perdue is white; Dorner is black.What? Torrance police wrecked and shot a pickup truck that was a different make and color, and they injured a man who was also a different make and color?
"As you know, officers of the Torrance Police Department attempted to kill Mr. Perdue" Thursday, the attorneys wrote in a letter to the agency's chief.This marks the second time that police have shot up the wrong pickup truck, injuring people in the process. The first time it was two women delivering papers, this other incident was a white guy. Just for the record, the guy they're looking for is neither female, skinny, nor white. It's hard as hell to claim mistaken identity.
No, the cops in California are jumpy as hell and they need to calm down, check a picture of their fugitive, and take a deep breath. They can't endanger the citizens they're sworn to protect. The manhunt for whathisname is starting to look like a Chinese fire-drill. My apologies to the Chinese.