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Cambridge police officer injured when gun accidentally fires

Cambridge police shooting scene

Shooting scene. Photo by Tim.

Cambridge Police report:

One of our officers has sustained an injury after their firearm was accidentally discharged outside the Cambridge Police Department at 125 6th Street. They are currently being treated at this time for a leg injury. The incident occured at approximately 12:18 p.m.

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To Protect And Serve

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Rude and ignorant. Assume when you have an emergency you don’t call 911 seeing as you have such a negative attitude towards police.

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We should expect professional behavior.

Period.

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"Calling the police often escalates situations, puts people at risk, and leads to violence. Anytime you seek help from the police, you’re inviting them into your community and putting people who may already be vulnerable into dangerous situations. Sometimes people feel that calling the police is the only way to deal with problems. But we can build trusted networks of mutual aid that allow us to better handle conflicts ourselves and move toward forms of transformative justice, while keeping police away from our neighborhoods. What follows is 12 things to do instead of calling the cops!

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Don’t feel obligated to defend property—especially corporate “private” property. Before confronting someone or contacting the police, ask yourself if anyone is being hurt or endangered by property theft or damage. If the answer is “no,” then let it be.

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If something of yours is stolen and you need to file a report for insurance or other purposes, consider going to the police station instead of bringing cops into your community. You may inadvertently be putting someone in your neighborhood at risk.

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If you observe someone exhibiting behavior that seems odd to you, don’t assume that they are publicly intoxicated. A traumatic brain
injury or similar medical episode may be occurring. Ask if they are OK, if they have a medical condition, and if they need assistance.

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If you see someone pulled over with car trouble, stop and ask if they need help or if you can call a tow truck for them. If the police are
introduced to such a situation, they may give punishments and unnecessary tickets to people with car issues, target those without papers, or worse.

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Keep a contact list of community resources like suicide hotlines. When police are contacted to “manage” such situations, people with mental illness are sixteen times more likely to be killed by cops than those without mental health challenges. [Note: Some suicide hotlines call police and rely heavily on law enforcement. Check local hotlines and make sure you ask about their protocols.]

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Check your impulse to call the police on someone you believe looks or is acting “‘suspicious.” Is their race, gender, ethnicity, class, or housing situation influencing your choice? Such calls can be death sentences for many people.

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Encourage teachers, coworkers, and organizers to avoid inviting police into classrooms, workplaces, and public spaces. Instead create a culture of taking care of each other and not unwittingly putting people in harm’s way. If you’re part of a group that’s holding a rally or demonstration, DON’T get a permit or otherwise cooperate with the police.

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If your neighbor is having a party and the noise is bothering you, go over and talk to them. Getting to know your neighbors with community events like block parties is a good way to make asking them to quiet down a little less uncomfortable. Or find another neighbor who is willing to do so.

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If you see someone peeing in public, just look away! Remember, for example, that many homeless people do not have reliable access to bathrooms.

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Hold and attend de-escalation, conflict resolution, first-aid, volunteer medic, and self-defense workshops in your neighborhood, school, workplace, or community organization. When possible, donate to these initiatives so they remain recurring.

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Don’t report graffiti and other street artists. If you see work that includes fascistic or hate speech, paint over it with friends.

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Remember that police can escalate domestic violence situations—especially those involving people of color. You can support friends and neighbors who are being victimized by abusers by offering them a place to stay, a ride to a safe location, or to watch their children. Utilize community resources like safe houses and hotlines."

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"If you’re part of a group that’s holding a rally or demonstration, DON’T get a permit or otherwise cooperate with the police."

That just guarantees the police will be involved, and I'm not talking Barney Fife with his revolver. Hope you've got something planned when the shields, nightsticks, and tear gas come out.

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after their firearm was accidentally discharged

That's what we call the past exonerative

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There are no accidents only negligence. Either poor equipment maintenance or unsafe handling.

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This is pure genius! - I'm going to use it in the future whenever copsplaining veers into passive voice.

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Google "past exonerative" for laffs and tears.

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to keep the bullet in his pocket from now on.

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Getting a little over-excited there, Chief?

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I need an order!

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Lucky no one was hurt. Do they have to take a safety course when they misuse there weapon ?

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If you're doing it right, this never happens. There is no reason for 'accidents' like this - any good firearms safety instructor will tell you that. It's not an accident, it's a failure.

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