I received this in an email entitled 'letter to the editor of My Bossier'. It's from Anonymous. Of course I got the email so I know who it is from, but I'll respect his wish not to reveal himself. (I think he got arrested the last time he did that.)
Hey Jimbo! Here goes nuthin'...
Much has been made in the local media about the BCPD investigation of the brutal murder of local businessman Bill Norris, and two other men at his establishment on Barksdale Blvd. Some in the media have complained that they felt "used," because the BCPD gave them "misleading" information about the "suspect."
I could use a couple of hackneyed phrases. "All's fair in love and war...and this is war!" comes to mind. Indeed, this is a "war." Even though our police do not fight an "enemy foreign," they do fight enemies "domestic," so I'd go ahead on and call it a "war."
Another quote comes to mind. I'm pretty sure that this quote has been attributed to many Generals throughout the ages, but I saw it most recently attributed to General Norman Schwarzkopf. "If you find yourself in a fair fight, then it's time to change your tactics." How true. The object of a fight (especially one that you didn't pick) is to win, and move on.
My Daddy taught me at an early age that anything known as a "fair fight" was just a sport that folks paid money to watch. He told me, "When somebody picks a fight with you, find the biggest stick you can, and start wailing away. Beat the boy down until you're pretty sure he won't get up, and he won't bother you again."
(As a side note, my Grandma told me that my Daddy had to be pulled off of a boy by adults, because he had taken his little cowboy boot off and was beating the kid with the heel, right square in his forehead. The kid had picked a fight with Daddy. Daddy was 3 years old. So, that's where I'm coming from).
The Bossier City Police didn't pick a fight with Copperhead. No, Copperhead picked a fight with Mr. Norris (an unfair one at that), and two other men. The bastard (allegedly...) gunned them down in cold blood. By doing so, ol' Copperhead also picked a fight with the BCPD. He picked a fight with the folks that are charged with enforcing our laws...keeping our streets safe...and bringing the violators to justice (whatever "justice" means these days).
Historians have chronicled the "misinformation" passed down by governments for centuries. In fact, in the last 100 years there are numerous examples of the US government passing false information to the press in order to achieve the goal of victory over an enemy. Most notably in WWII, often bad info was given to the press in hopes that our enemies would react to it, and eventually help bring victory. It is common practice.
The Times, and any other local media outlet need to un-wad their panties, and read some history books.
If they can read.
Or, un-wad their panties.
The way I understand this thing, the BCPD had a pretty good idea early on that Copperhead had killed Bill. Honestly, I don't know enough about their fears that Copperhead would bolt, or "off" potential witnesses, or what, if he caught wind that he was a suspect. I just do not know. But, I know that a triple murder is not something they deal with every day. I know that a triple murder is something that rips at the heart of a community. I know that a triple murder is something that haunts the Police that are assigned to investigate it, and the Chief, who is under intense pressure (most of it from the media...who live in a state of pissiness) to resolve it.
I am almost certain that the phone calls from the media never stopped ringing at BCPD with questions like, "Do you have a suspect? Do you have a description? Have you got any leads? Can you come on our station and give an interview? Can you give me a scoop on this story...etc." ???
The media is a "tool. " So why not use 'em?
The only harm I can see in the BCPD releasing a possible description of the guy they were looking for in a deceptive way is that it probably caused some poor phone answering guy much grief. Having to say, "Thank you so much for the tip. We truly appreciate it. You're a good citizen for reporting this...yada yada yada," probably got old.
From what I understand, they already had a pretty good idea what had happened, and only made MORE WORK for themselves by doing this...in order to keep the wretched snake close at hand.
So, I won't fault the BCPD. Nope. The deceptive info release could do NO HARM to anyone, and could possibly have saved the lives of folks that actually were "talking." (Not that I know that folks were "talking," and needed some cover from the cops...I really don't know).
Anybody that has ever watched an old episode of "Law and Order" knows that cops lie to bad guys all the time, so as they can put them in the slammer for good. And, Police Departments all over the nation routinely issue statements designed to illicit responses from folks that tip one hand or another.
Just ax Fred Thompson. He knows.
I could take this further, by letting you know my suspicions about the Osama Bin Laden thing. At present, there is great outrage about how all these details have been leaked...about how much of our intelligence operations may be compromised...about how the terrorists will now know exactly how we're operating covertly against them.
I am 99.44% sure that all of these "leaked" details about just HOW we found Bin Laden are just plain old pasture punkins. This BS has been "leaked" by the CIA to news outlets, in hopes that it will be taken to heart by the ragheads that get their updates from CNN...and FOXNews...and the other tools. I sure hope I am right on this, and that there are some real adults in charge that live to screw with the media, and subvert the really bad guys by throwing them off their game.
I guess this is a loooooooonnnnnggggg way of saying what I could have said in short:
I do not give a flying fig that the BCPD said they were looking for someone that they were not. Good job. Fry the sumbitch!