Misidentified firearm causes panic response

"On March 14, a Vineland [New Jersey] Municipal Utility meter reader was reading meters near the Winslow School and St. Isidores day care in Vineland. The meter reader was using an automated electronic device to read water meters. This device is configured in such a way that it could possibly be mistaken for a firearm...."
You can imagine what happened.
http://www.vinelandcity.org/electric/vmeusite/index.htm
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Better make them in a different style. Some law enforce may shoot the meter reader. WW

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"WW" wrote in message

# Better make them in a different style. Some law enforce may shoot the meter # reader. WW

Yep. LAPD just killed a guy who pointed a cellfone. 90 shots fired, IIRC 15 hits. A meter reader wouldn't have a chance.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/04/case-of-man-shot-at-90-times-on-freeway-tragic-lapd-says.html
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In England, isn't it illegal to photo [cellphone] an official in the execution of his duties? "execution" now THERE's a good choice of word!
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"Robert Macy" wrote in message

# In England, isn't it illegal to photo [cellphone] an official in the # execution of his duties? "execution" now THERE's a good choice of word!
Don't know if it is illegal, but I have heard of people getting hassled for doing it.
In the case of LAPD, a car chase was being broadcast on TV. These normally end with the driver facedown on the pavement and a cop dogpile on top.
This chase ended with the perp fleeing the scene and turning towards the cops pointing a cellfone as if it were a gun. TV footage seems to vindicate LAPD.
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There was a case, some many years ago, where police were trying to find an armed suspect on the loose in a neighborhood. A plumber, with pipe wrench, was emerging from under neath a tight crawl spaced house and was shot dead, while half of his body was still under the house. No warning, of any kind, from the police, at all. I can't imagine how the plumber could possibly look threatening in his obvious crawl position and he had no clue of the ongoing suspect search.
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IN England the police will shoot you for carrying a piano leg on your shoulder.
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And send you to jail for fighting back when a perp is trying to kill you.
Harry K
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A once very civilized country where 110 years ago being armed was perfectly OK and when cops were chasing armed bank robbers in London, they had had no problems borrowing guns from the citizens, many of whom actually joined in the Hue and Cry to help the police. Now the criminals are still well armed, but the citizens are disarmed with the crime rate steadily rising as even their right to self-defense is being taken away from them from the nanny-state.
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In wrote:

Well, you can come home with a semi-automatic rifle that looks vaguely like a real AK-47.
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snipped-for-privacy@iphouse.com St. Paul, MN

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Hey, it can happen, I had an ATF agent tell me a 1939 Beretta bolt action rifle was a machine gun. Must have had really fast hands.
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