We often chronicle the abuses of judges, lawyers, and police officers on this blog. Occasionally, however, we can celebrate acts of restraint (here) as in the case of the police in Huntley Illinois. Peter J. Reilly, 85, walked into a police station and pulled a gun on the police sergeant. The sergeant did not shoot Reilly or taser him. He ordered him to drop the weapon and then walked around and grabbed the gun, which turned out to be a BB gun.
Reilly was upset over the fact that he was given a parking ticket for an expired meter. If it were not for the restraint of the officer, he would have expired in the lobby of the police station for a dumb act like this — particularly after he refused to follow orders to drop the weapon.
Obviously, Reilly does not appear entirely in control of his senses. However, the officer came around from the protection of the bulletproof glass window and took away the weapon. When you see some officers tasering grandmothers and invalids, it is worth a hat tip to the member of the Huntley Police Department.
They were also restrained in charging him with a misdemeanor for unlawful use of a weapon.
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