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Four months later, authorities have released little information about what sparked the fight or how the gunfire played out, and no one has been charged with any of the deaths.
I certainly am not a 'cop hater,' having been one for 22 years, but this incident warrants outside scrutiny. The attitudes of the city, their officers, and their prosecutors is highly suspect due to their refusal to release information in more than a trickle. Obviously, if 177 (I've heard as high as 192) are arrested but none have been indicted in 4 months, something is wrong. Furthermore, 9 men are dead--and, from viewing the autopsy illustrations, and having read part of the coroner's reports, the recovered forensic evidence consists mostly of 'metal fragments,' and most of THOSE are 'copper.' Fragmented projectiles, with those fragments copper-coloured, indicate high-speed bullets that are designed to fragment. The .223/ 5.56mm round fired by most police patrol rifles (see below) has bullets specifically designed to do so. Further, head shots on a moving human target from a distance beyond about 15 feet are beyond the capabilities of most pistol shooters--but well within the capabilities of a rifleman; such precision, along with firepower, is the point of a patrol rifle. Handgun rounds don't fragment like that.
Something is wrong, terribly wrong.