Saturday, February 16, 2013

He said, they said ...

San Bernardino Sheriff John McMahon:

We did not intentionally burn down that cabin to get Mr. Dorner out

Starting about one minute into a recording of police radio activity at the scene, on the other hand:

Voice One: All right [Steve? Stace?], we're gonna go, uh, we're gonna go forward with the plan, with the, with the burn ...

Voice Two: Cabin?

Voice One: Wanted to ... like we talked about ... [some time elapses] ... [inaudible] burners deployed and we have a fire ...

Voice Three: Copy, Seven, burners deployed and we have a fire.

... after which they proceed, in a disciplined and orderly fashion, one step at a time, to ensure that the cabin is "fully engulfed" in flames.

I suppose McMahon will argue that his statement was technically truthful -- that the intent of burning the place down was not "to get Mr. Dorner out." They didn't want him "out," they wanted him dead. And unless that audio is fake, there's no reasonable doubt whatsoever that the the fire was set intentionally and pursuant to a plan to burn the cabin down.

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