Best friend: Cop killer feared gun ban, “Zionist-controlled” government, and military policing

Posted Apr 5, 2009, 7:35 PM PT by Jed Lewison • First broadcast: Apr 4, 2009

According to his best friend, the man who shot and killed three Pittsburgh police offers “very politically active” and held extreme right-wing beliefs. According to the friend, Edward Perkovic, Richard Poplawski was especially fearful of a gun ban:

He always said that if anyone tried to take his firearms he was going to stand by what his forefathers told him to do and defend himself, and I guess he went about it the wrong way.

Here’s video of Perkovic, posted by Pittsburgh TV station WPXI:

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Here’s a transcript of key quotes about Poplawski’s political beliefs:

He just believed in our right to bear arms. He believe in hard economic times, we’re going to put forth gun bans and that sort of thing. He basically believed in what our forefathers had put before us, and was being distorted by the Zionist-controlled government, and he didn’t believe in that.

There was a domestic dispute at the household and I guess the police came to take his firearms away from him, and he always said that if anyone tried to take his firearms he was going to stand by what his forefathers told him to do and defend himself, and I guess he went about it the wrong way.

He just basically told me he didn’t like the Zionist control over our government, he didn’t like that there was about to be military policing, he didn’t believe in the fact that there was about to be a gun ban. He didn’t like anything that was going on in the political forefront, and he was basically very politically active, and he didn’t agree with what was going on right now in the United States of America.