Tag: Law Enforcement

Violence of the Left: Are We at a Tipping Point?

 

The irrationality of the Left, abetted by a hateful and biased media, is mind-boggling. Over the last couple of years, we’ve watched violent demonstrations on college campuses, Republicans accosted in restaurants, Antifa ignored when they attack peaceful demonstrators, media distortions and piling on to support the Left. And then there was the assassination attempt of Steve Scalise, with the intent to kill other members of Congress. We’ve been watching, frustrated and incapable of stopping the violence of the Left. We’re beginning to understand that the danger is real:

It’s beginning to dawn on many Americans that some mayors, police chiefs, and college presidents have no interest in stopping this violence. Left-wing officials sympathize with the lawbreakers; and the police, who rarely sympathize with thugs of any ideology, are ordered to do nothing by emasculated police chiefs. Consequently, given the abdication by all these authorities of their role to protect the public, some members of the public will inevitably decide that they will protect themselves and others.

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Blue Lives Lost

 

This year, 137 American police officers lost their lives. A member of the emergency communications center in the Boone County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana suggested to the sheriff a special project to honor all of them. As a result, they set up a Christmas tree with 137 blue ornaments, each with the name, rank and end of watch date of one of the officers who died. Included in that group was Deputy Jacob Pickett from Boone County.

Officers from Boone County spent a weekend writing the names of those officers on the bulbs. Joni Scott, Chaplain of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, commented:

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America is now two plus years into an important story in which there have been untold efforts to avoid having the truth revealed. The latest of these involves foreign allies, Great Britain and Australia, reportedly begging President Trump to reverse his order to declassify the FISA warrant request to surveil an American citizen and Trump […]

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Police Lives Matter. So Does My Life.

 

Matthew Walter suggests in The Week that the only proper response to the (very) questionable killing of Botham Jean by an off-duty Dallas police officer is to disarm the cops.

I think we should consider the possibility of a return to a style of policing in which officers do not, under ordinary circumstances, carry guns or wear black body armor. Bandying weapons around is not the best way to promote respect for the law.

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Shouted Out “Who Killed Michael Shereda?” When After All, Was It You and Me?

 

Another verse of Sympathy for the Demos? On Saturday, the 1st of September, 57-year-old Michael Shereda was surrounded with family, celebrating the joyous occasion of one of his granddaughter’s first birthday. Nearby, 22-year-old Miguel Mansour, sat on a bench inhaling a hallucinatory gas. Mr. Shereda moved, alone, to tell Miguel to stop his lawless conduct in front of children.

On Friday, September 7th, over 100 people gathered to honor Mr. Shereda’s memory as the murdered man was laid to rest. Miguel Mansour is in jail, pending psychiatric evaluation, prior to possible prosecution for first-degree murder. He had stabbed Shereda in a rage.

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As I write this, Officer Cem Duzel of the Colorado Springs Police Department is fighting for his life. He was shot early Thursday morning and rushed to the hospital, where he is in critical condition. The Colorado Springs Police Department sent out a tweet regarding the instance, asking the media to respect Officer Duzel’s family’s […]

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Former NYPD and LAPD commissioner William J. Bratton joins City Journal editor Brian Anderson to discuss Bratton’s 40-plus-year career in law enforcement, the lessons learned in New York and Los Angeles, and the challenges facing American police. Bratton began his career in Boston, where he joined the police department in 1970 after serving three years in the U.S. Army’s […]

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Andrew C. McCarthy on Russiagate, Clinton-Trump Investigation Double Standards, Mueller’s Mandate, DOJ-FBI-CIA Politicization (Part II) http://traffic.libsyn.com/bigideaswithben/20180530_Andy_McCarthy_Interview_Part_2.vF.mp3 With Michael Horowitz’s IG Report due out this afternoon, I just released Part II of my in-depth conversation for the Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast with former federal prosecutor and National Review contributor par excellence Andrew C. McCarthy. […]

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Caution: Using This Product Against Armed Citizens Might Result in Injury or Death

 

A video showing an armed plainclothes Brazilian police woman fighting back against an armed attacked has gone viral and is popping up all over my social media feed. My friend John Corriea breaks down the video from a tactical perspective on his YouTube channel, but caution: There is no blood shown, however, someone does wind up assuming room temperature. The video itself and how’s it’s gone viral, though, have some interesting implications for the larger efforts to fight back against gun control and keep and expand our right to self-defense.

One of the methods currently used by those opposed to the right of self defense is the proven strategy of making guns “uncool,” and holding gun manufacturers liable for their misuse, which is essentially the same methods used against the tobacco companies to limit the use of their products.

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Since April 12, 2018, five American Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s) have been shot and killed in the line of duty. Let that sink in. Five in two weeks. When you visit the Officer Down Memorial Page you will find that 46 LEO’s have lost their lives since January 1st. Some have been killed in automobile […]

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Putting a Face on Law Enforcement

 

As we drove home on Friday from Gainesville, we heard the news that two cops had been killed in Trenton, FL. It turns out that Trenton is in Gilchrist County and wasn’t far from where we were driving.

The two cops were dining in a Chinese restaurant in Trenton on a lunch break. Their names were Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, married and father of two, and Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, who had a girlfriend. The shooter walked into the restaurant and killed them both, then killed himself inside his car.

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The Randomness: On David French’s Quest to De-Risk Crime

 

As a fellow Iraq war vet, I deeply respect the service and perspective of National Review columnist David French. He volunteered out of a sense of obligation to serve in a war he had endorsed. The man put his rear end where his mouth had put others. That he was “inside the wire” as a legal advisor should be beside the point. He risked much more than any pundit. Oh, but that he would do the same with his punditry on policing. On this Mr. French is consistently, dangerously wrong.

I have spent much of three decades observing, reporting on, and training in police work. That study is further informed by my tours as an infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan. And the lessons I’ve learned are clear: Mr. French’s ideas will get good people killed by shifting the risk of criminality off of the lawless. Sadly, his effort to de-risk criminality hit a nadir with his column on the death of Stephon Clark.

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Law Enforcement Tackles Mental Illness

 

In the last few months, in fact for years, many of us have lamented the conditions of the mentally ill. Once we freed them from institutions, we condemned many of them to lives of uncertainty, isolation and in some cases violence. Although we decry those decisions, very little has been done to work with the mentally ill in ways that are practical and helpful, not just for those who are ill, but those who have to encounter them daily.

One local law enforcement agency in Florida is developing a program to help the mentally ill who are incarcerated; in addition, there are nationwide programs to deal with this serious issue of mental illness, its effects on the community and on law enforcement itself.

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Surely Congress and the President care at least as much about children as they do about the environment. Is a school shooting at least as terrible as an oil spill? Then why do public officials, including military commanders, face personal liability for violations of environmental law, while law enforcement leaders face no real personal consequences […]

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  Since that fateful day of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL, a hornet’s nest has been stirred, and it’s long overdue. President Trump is hearing from all sides, hosting law enforcement, governors, as well as students and parents. I heard on the radio part of his discussion with Diane Feinstein and other […]

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Ever Get the Feeling You’ve Been Cheated, Jake?

 

Jake, for some time now, you’ve been one of the few mainstream media reporters I could tolerate, because you seemed like you played it straight. I may not always agree with how you presented the news, but it seemed like you took the time to try to understand both sides and let that understanding guide your stories.

So my question for you is this: When did you find out that a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy stood by at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and did nothing as 17 children were slaughtered? Was it before the town hall, or after it? Would have moderated this Two Minutes Hate had you known that it was cowardice that led to this slaughter, not one particular style of gun? Would you have let Sheriff Lobo Israel run roughshod over Dana Loesch knowing that the incompetency of his department had a direct impact on the scope of the slaughter?

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A story in the news this morning highlighted new challenges that law enforcement now face in states with legalized pot. They said the uptick in vehicle accidents due to drivers high on pot should come as no surprise. Stores selling marijuana in all forms have lines round the corner, and this is before they received […]

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I live and work in Chicago. I regularly see reports of criminal activity around my workplace, which bans guns, naturally. I carry various items for self-defense, such as a long flashlight or pocketknife. However, it seems like self-defense starts at a more fundamental level. Obviously, we do not walk around assuming every person is going […]

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Congressman Steve Scalise returned to work today – barely a headline. He was injured on a ball field over three months ago, part of a heinous act of hate, toward the Republican team. Miracles happen. His speech today was a testimony to all that makes America the magnificent country it is, especially his last comment: […]

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Dealing With The Angry Autistic Child – It Ain’t Easy

 

A video has surfaced on FoxNews from Florida about an officer who was fired for his apparent mishandling of the unruly behavior of an Autistic boy in a school which prompted me to respond with the following.

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