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You Should Exercise Some Discretion

 

Calls for a police response are prioritized by two categories — Emergency and Non-Emergency. The following story is definitely a non-emergency call. This would have been at the bottom of my priority list and do you know when I would have responded to this call? The answer is: Never.

One of the officers said police had received a call that marijuana could be smelled in the hospital room in Bolivar, in western Missouri — where the substance is illegal, though medical marijuana will soon be available in the state. Sousley, who said he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, told the officers that he had taken THC oil pills in the parking lot of Citizens Memorial Hospital but that he did not have marijuana and he did not want them going through his things.

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WCSO Backs Away from Portland

 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has made the decision to limit their support of the Portland Police Bureau. The Sheriff does not have a beef with PPB.

According to the internal memo, the decision has nothing to do with any bad blood between the agencies – rather the current political climate in Portland and what the agency’s legal counsel calls an “anti-police attitude.”

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a unanimous Supreme Court decision forbidding states from seizing assets in excess of the penalties a convicted person faces. They also unload on Labor Secretary Alex Acosta as a judge rips the former U.S. Attorney for striking a 2007 plea bargain with Jeffrey Epstein and not sharing those deliberations with the accusers at the request of Epstein’s lawyers. They react to North Carolina officials ordering a do-over in a North Carolina congressional race after a shady absentee ballot strategy by the Republican campaign. And they react to the Robert Kraft news, which broke as they were recording.

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A Chicago Police Officer’s Quote of the Day

 

So what? We can’t get felony approval for anything without finding twenty witnesses, a dozen surveillance cameras, a victim interview, the offender’s mother’s statement AND a confession on video…..and even then, it’s probably going to be a C.I. (Continuing Investigation) until such time as God himself descends from Heaven to declare “This [redacted] is GUILTY and has forfeited his eternal reward.”

The back story on this quote is that that the State Attorney for Chicago, an elected position recused herself from the Smollett case.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are grateful to see Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson rebuke Jussie Smollett for perpetrating a hate crime hoax and damaging the reputation of the city. Johnson also blasted the media for ignoring serious issues while providing wall to wall coverage of Smollett. They’re also horrified by reports of a active duty military officer who plotted to kill many people with bombings, shootings, and outbreaks of disease. And they correct MSNBC hosts Katy Tur and Ari Melber for claiming that George Washington was a “native son of New York”.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America walk through three major media embarrassments in recent days. They react as CNN’s Brian Stelter suggests everyone but the mainstream media is responsible for lavish coverage of the alleged assault of actor Jussie Smollett, which now appears to have been fabricated. They also shake their heads as the reporters covering Kamala Harris ooh and ah over the clothes she tries on at a campaign stop in South Carolina. And they push back hard as the New York Times suggests Republicans are “painting” Democrats as socialists, baby-killers, and anti-Semitic in advance of the 2020 campaign.

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Imports

 

I just learned – everyone else probably already knew – that Border Patrol uniforms, provided by VF company, are manufactured in Mexico. More

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Effect of Black Lives Matter on the Murder Rate

 

The BLM movement started in 2013 and picked up steam in 2014. I reviewed data in two cities, Chicago and Baltimore, which had murder spikes from 2015 onwards. The Baltimore data was through 11/15/17 and I assumed the last 45 days of 2017 would be at the same rate as the murders through 11/15. For 2018, I used the average of 2015-17. Taking the average of 2013-14 as my baseline, there have been an excess of 852 murders in Chicago and 517 in Baltimore for 2015-18. Thus the total in these two cities is 1,368. It’s reasonable to assume that almost all the additional murders have been of blacks. Some cities such as NYC have not had murders spike, but the 1,368 in two cities probably translates to a total of around 3,000 additional murders countrywide. BLM has incentivized cops to do much less aggressive policing in poorer neighborhoods and the murder rate has jumped as a result.

 

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Horror at MDC Jail in Brooklyn

 

Over the weekend, it became clear that in the middle of a polar vortex, there were prisoners in Brooklyn who had been living without heat for days:

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss President Trump’s latest offer to secure the border and end the partial government shutdown and how the tide is turning against Democrats for refusing to negotiate. They also roll their eyes as Kirsten Gillibrand and Joe Biden are profusely apologizing for holding positions years ago that anger the progressive base of the Democratic Party now. And they react to signs that Maryland GOP Gov. Larry Hogan may be positioning himself for a primary challenge against President Trump.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to House Republicans stripping Iowa Rep. Steve King of all committee assignments after his controversial comments in the New York Times. Jim also reveals some his interesting discoveries after combing through the record of California Sen. Kamala Harris as she prepares for a 2020 White House run. And they wonder why New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is bothering to run for president and planning to run as a champion of women in a Democratic primary full of them.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud new Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for suspending Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and naming two stellar judges to the Florida Supreme Court. They also discuss Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard joining the 2020 presidential race and how her defense of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad could impact the campaign. And as many breathlessly await the Mueller report on Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reports that the report will likely be anti-climactic.

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Don’t Taze Me Bro!

 

Gladstone, Oregon is located in the Portland Metro area. Bolt cutters, choosing the wrong bike rack, and wearing an “Elevate Oregon” sweatshirt, priceless. More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the Senate for approving the criminal justice reform bill known as the First Step Act. While still a bit uneasy about some details, they generally like the emphasis on teaching inmates how to live an honest life when they get out of prison and become an asset to their communities. They also wonder why President Trump is suddenly ordering the U.S. to withdraw from Syria when ISIS is badly degraded but not yet eradicated. And they shake their heads as Michael Flynn’s legal strategy backfires and the federal judge in the case embarrasses himself with false accusations and flippantly suggests Flynn is a traitor.

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A 484 Charles Dickens Story

 

Christmas is coming, so get your Christmas shoplifting done early. I know I’m somewhat cynical, and definitely acerbic; let’s chalk that up to my street education as a cop. Father Flanigan was wrong, there is such a thing as a bad boy, and there are some people that Will Rogers never met. Come to think of it some of my pysch, and sociology professors were rather clueless about human behavior.

Christmas time is when the Dickens story, A Christmas Carol, is read and presented on television. I never ran into the ghost of Christmas past on the streets. That’s a problem for a homicide detective or the cold case unit. I did, however, run into a character from Oliver Twist, Fagin.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announcing there will be a vote on the criminal justice reform bill known as the FIRST STEP Act. They also discuss Time magazine’s selection of Jamal Khashoggi and other murdered and persecuted journalists as the “Person of the Year” and take time to explain that no one can equate President Trump’s treatment of the media to the murders and imprisonment for the press in other parts of the world. And they assess MSNBC hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi being appalled that each person supposedly being considered by Trump to be the next chief of staff is a white male.

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