AlterNet scribe Isabel Macdonald's scored again. You'll recall her as the Brooklyn-based journalist who along with cameraman Mark Read captured Arpaio losing it a few months back. This, during an interview with our corrupt top cop in his offices. I posted some of Macdonald's hilarious footage to my blog of Arpaio walking out of his office with his mic still on, crying for his top PR flack Lisa Allen, and referring to the two reporters as a couple of "hippies." Heh. Archie Bunker with a badge in action.
When Macdonald heard nativist alter kocker Lou Dobbs' recent radio tale of a gun fired at his home with his wife nearby -- a shot he alleged was part of a "climate" created by critics of his extremist views -- she called the New Jersey State Police, the law enforcement agency investigating the errant bullet out on Dobbs' farm. A spokesman laughed at Dobbs' characterization of the incident, according to a piece Macdonald posted to AlterNet yesterday.
"Sergeant 1st class Stephen Jones," writes Macdonald, "a NJ police spokesperson I interviewed by telephone yesterday, chuckled out loud after he heard about Dobbs' account of the gunfire incident. Jones commented that he `wouldn't classify it [the gunfire incident] as very unusual.' He also confirmed that there are hunters in the area, and stated that, `at this time of year hunter [shooting] complaints go up.'
"He observed that in the ongoing police investigation sparked by Dobbs' complaint, `nothing has been determined [regarding] what the intended target for this bullet was.'Nor did Jones confirm whether the shots near Dobbs' house appeared to be an accident or intentional.
"Another New Jersey police spokesperson, Julian Castellanos, noted that `it's a wide open area and there are hunters in the area.' Castellanos explained that the bullet had hit the house in vicinity of the attic; it `it the vinyl siding and fell to the ground' without penetrating the vinyl, he said."
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