PA: Armed Citizen Saves Police Officer from Mob Attack

By Dean WeingartenSuperintendent Chitwood Darby, PA
Superintendent Chitwood, above.

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

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There have been a number of cases where armed citizens have saved police.  It is not a common occurrence, but it is not extremely rare.  It is part of why police come to see armed citizens as allies instead of enemies.  In this case in Upper Darby Township, which is a part of the Philadelphia metroplex, less than three miles from downtown Philadelphia, a legally armed man saved a police officer from a mob.  Murder of a police officer seems a bizzare affair for a group of High Schools students, but we are in the aftermath of the media blitz that engendered the “Black Lives Matter” attack on police authority and legitimacy.  From philly.com:

An officer who broke up a fight between two teen boys that had attracted a large crowd at that location was holding one of the combatants at bay when the teen's opponent attacked the officer, Chitwood said.

“As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps [on] him. Now he's fighting two of them and he's calling for an assist officer at the same time,” Chitwood said. “There's a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all move in towards the officer.”

That's when the good Samaritan, who lives on the block, came out of his house with a gun in his hand and told the teens to get away from the cop, Chitwood said.

The officer suffered significant injuries to his hand, and the backup officer who was called suffered a significant injury to his leg.  They may not be able to return to work for some time.

Some will say that the officer should have left them fight.  Then the officers are criticized when severe injuries occur.  This isn't the first time that Superintendent Chitwood backed up an armed citizen.  A year ago, in another incident, Chitwood had this to say, from 6abc.com:

“He was really shook up – really upset. And I told him point blank. I said, ‘You did what you had to do and as far as I'm concerned I don't see any criminal charges forthcoming,'” said Supt. Chitwood.

When the officers back off, homicides go up.  We are seeing it in many metropolitan areas across the country.  It even has a name: The Ferguson Effect.  Some people are predicting that the homicide rate for the entire United States will measurably rise as a result.
Police have proven to be a significant means of reducing crime in metropolitan areas.  Originally, in London, they were not armed and depended on citizens for assistance.  Close cooperation between police and citizens is essential to effective police work.  Armed citizens and police have good reasons to treat each other with respect, and to act to protect the rule of law.
Two things are likely to result from this altercation.  The police will be less likely to intervene, and they will be more tolerant of armed citizens.  Cooperation between legally armed citizens and police is a powerful antidote to lawless behavior.

 

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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    Sad, but true. The sociopaths will out to get him.

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    That’s when the good Samaritan, who lives on the block,

    Well dont be surprised when this guy gets shot soon….
    If those kids will attack an officer this guy has a tough time on his hands,
    one can only hope if attacked he shoots every one of them……

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    See soros blm obama and the 2 scm buckets of the doj caused this…

    Time to hang it up when you cant just shoot these piles of garbage….

    Bet that citizen kissed his gun before bed that night….