Lou Dobbs' Account of Gunfire Incident "Chuckled" at by New Jersey Police Spokesman

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."

Pardon me while I spend a few minutes ROTFLMAO. The New York Times published a similar piece yesterday poking holes in Dobbs' story. Reporter Brian Stelter talked to Dobbs, who told him that the bullet to his attic came after a number of dastardly phone threats.

"Since that shot was fired," he told Stelter, "we have not received one threatening phone call."

(Sources could not confirm for me whether or not Dobbs' middle name is "Sherlock.")

The Times also quotes Dobbs' neighbor Bill Ross as saying, "Every day almost, it seems like somebody is target-practicing. To hear a gunshot, I don't think anything of it." 

Now that's funny. Almost as funny as the press release Sheriff Joe Arpaio's PR whizzes put out a couple of days ago, stating that Joe's crack security team was "re-examining the level and methods of security it provides to Sheriff Joe Arpaio" in light of Dobbs' three-week-late public announcement of a gunshot on his property.

The sheriff's office release also slandered the non-violent protesters who hold an almost daily vigil outside the Wells Fargo Building, where Arpaio rents two floors of pricey executive office space on the county dime. It suggested that by exercising their First Amendment rights protesters serve to "inflame" the sheriff's critics. The suggestion was that their demonstrations could lead to violence against Arpaio.

Are Arapio and Dobbs really such wimps that they believe folks are out to do them in based on such flimsy evidence? Well, yes, they are. But such bugbears also serve an ideological purpose. For while you are pursuing an agenda that oppresses an entire ethnicity, you get to be a victim yourself. Or at least ape the pose.

I applaud Macdonald on her work. Readers should also check out her recent, scathing piece on Arpaio retaining federal 287(g) authority in his jails, which quotes yours truly, BTW.

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