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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Police Beat: Knives Are Less Deadly Than Guns

Posted by on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 10:57 AM


According to this police report, officers arrived at the parking lot of a nightclub on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and found a group of females attending to a female who was down on the ground. The one on the ground had a deep cut on her left cheek. The nightclub at that time was mostly empty, and the few people who were still around had nothing to say about why the woman was on the ground and had a laceration on her face. The street law of no snitching appeared to be in full effect. However, a woman who claimed to be the victim's mother stated she and her daughter were in the club's outside seating area when a female unknown to her, the suspect, exploded into a loud argument with a man who was also unknown to her.

The mother thought the woman was going to assault the male with a bottle, so she intervened to prevent the assault. The suspect then became angry and shoved the meddling mother away. At this point, the daughter confronted the suspect and a fight erupted. At one point, the mother alleges, a knife entered the fight from seemingly nowhere. This weapon (described as a small folding knife) was used to cut the daughter's face and claim the fight. Once the victim was defeated, the suspect and her male partner fled the scene in a Cadillac DeVille. The license plate number of this vehicle, however, was captured as it departed. At the time of this report, this important piece of information did not lead the police to the suspect. The victim's wound was treated by the Seattle Fire Department.

Yes, this was a bad situation, but if a gun had been involved, it could easily have ended in a fatality.


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"The street law of no snitching appeared to be in full effect."

What "street law" is that?
If I see something happening on the street I'd have no problem reporting it and providing descriptions.
So what "street law" am I breaking?
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on April 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM · Report this
@1 LOL
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on April 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 3
Why are your people always cutting or shooting each other?
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on April 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
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I'm a little surprised that Charles didn't blame the Cadillac DeVille.
Posted by Solk512 on April 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
intervening in any public dispute between couples always seems to turn the danger onto the good Samaritan.

better to encourage them to kill each other and save humanity from their offspring.
Posted by Max Solomon on April 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM · Report this
lark 7
Good Afternoon Charles,
Indeed, you're correct. It would have been far worse had a firearm been involved. Alas, this "bad situation" isn't over from your account. A gun may yet appear in another scenario. Still, what deeply troubles me is the instigation. Bad temper almost always ends up in a bad situation. The recipient or somone else gets hurt or worse. Ridiculous and sad.
Posted by lark on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM · Report this
University of Calgary man murdered 5 people with a knife. Who knew you could kill someone with a knife? Not the Stranger's token boy.
Posted by xcasd on April 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 9
I take it that Shutterstock didn't have a small folding knife?
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on April 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Uhhh, Charles... the attacker was just sloppy... three inches lower and the carotid artery cut would have bled her out before the fire dept got there. Just luck that she survived... Nothing to do with respective lethality... Ignorance on the part of the knife wielder... Ignorant people also miss the target with guns.... I think clubs and machetes have killed more globally in the last several decades than guns.... The intent, not the tool is most important, I think..;-S
Posted by pupuguru on April 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM · Report this
venomlash 11
@1: So you're ADMITTING that you'd just report it to the police instead of jumping in with your gun and subduing the perp? Some "good guy with a gun" you are.
Posted by venomlash on April 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM · Report this
I had to train in both defensive firearms and basic knife defense. Neither are my thing and I didn't enjoy either. But knife training was freaky.

You think gun people are kooky, hang out with people into knives. The Filipino martial arts guys were pretty cool generally, but the Sayoc Kali knife guys? They were like comic book villains. Bristling with knives 24/7. Those are some scary motherfuckers.

The first thing the FMA knife instructors would do was to show you the Big Book of Knife Wounds - a massive album of ER and EMT photos of gory stab and slash wounds. Just so you knew what you were in for. There were hundreds. The interesting thing was every person survived.

According to the cops in the program stabbings were many multiple wounds and the attackers MEANT it. It's more like: "STAB. STAB. STABSTABSSTABSTABITTYSTAB."

With guns? Idiots pull a gun thinking just the gun itself is the big statement. And it goes off. It's like: "BANG! Oh. Shit!" The fatality of which depends on calibre and would locations, etc.

People rarely get accidentally stabbed. Knives don't just go off. Guy comes at with a butcher knife? He wants to kill you.

Taking all that into account though, knife wounds are statistically more survivable than gun shot wounds. But the whole concept is terrifying.

Posted by tkc on April 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM · Report this
That's a very colorful write-up. I could almost hear the shouts of "disrespect" ringing out while reading about this incident.
Posted by cliche on April 16, 2014 at 2:46 PM · Report this

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