At least, that’s what he said:
Authorities say a Philadelphia police officer is recovering after he was shot several times during an ambush late Thursday night in West Philadelphia.
Philadelphia police commissioner Richard Ross says the officer was sitting in his patrol car around 11:30 p.m. at 60th and Spruce Streets when a gunman fired 11 shots through the driver’s side of the car.
Police are calling it an “attempted assassination.”
In a press conference, Commissioner Ross said the gun used in the attack was a stolen police firearm.
“It was stolen back in October of 2013. It was reported, and that is one of the things you regret the most when an officer’s gun is stolen, when it is used against one of your own.”
The officer, 33-year-old Jesse Hartnett, was struck several times, authorities say.
“Shots fired! I’m shot! I’m bleeding heavily!” Hartnett can be heard yelling on police radio.
Commissioner Ross says the suspect has given a full confession, saying he did it in the name of Islam.
“According to him, police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Quran.”
I’m sure the latter is a truthful statement of the man’s opinion. I’m also sure that it could be argued that “police bend laws that are contrary to the teachings of the Bible.” Or Jesus. Or Buddha.
What I want to know is whether killing someone for religious reasons is either terrorism or a hate crime.
The reason I’m asking is that the DA seems to think the primary problem is guns:
District Attorney Seth Williams says “I’m very thankful the officer is alive. This shows us the need for smarter laws when it relates to guns on the street. My office is going to do all that we can to ensure the defendant is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
Got that? The thug has a gun stolen from a cop, uses it to fire 13 bullets at a cop for violating the Koran, and this means we need more gun laws?
What’s the thinking here? The more laws violated, the more laws we need?