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Friday, April 16, 2021

Officer Down

Police Officer Edelmiro Garza, Jr.
McAllen Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, July 11, 2020
Age 35
Tour 9 years

Police Officer Ismael Chavez
McAllen Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, July 11, 2020
Age 39
Tour 2 years, 6 months

Police Officer Edelmiro Garza and Police Officer Ismael Chavez were shot and killed from ambush while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a home in the 3500 block of Queta Street.

They had approached the front door of the home when they were suddenly ambushed and shot before drawing their weapons or making an emergency broadcast. Other officers who were sent to check on them came across the scene and immediately requested backup.

The subject who ambushed them committed suicide as additional units arrived on scene.

Officer Garza had served with the McAllen Police Department for nine years.

Officer Chavez had served with the McAllen Police Department for 2-1/2 years.
Rest in Peace Gentlemen…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Good news from Iran: The Israelis are still working to stop the Iranian nuclear program

American Thinker was good enough to publish my article on the “power failure” at the Iranian nuclear weapons develop facility Natanz.

Good news from Iran: The Israelis are still working to stop the Iranian nuclear program

One of the many disasters of the Obama years was the Iran nuke deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In exchange for one billion seven hundred million dollars (400 million in cold, hard, cash), we got...their promise they will be good.

Well, no one expected the Iranians to keep their word, and yes, they have continued to work toward nuclear weapons.  But today we've heard of some good news from the Iranian desert.  Their nuclear research facility took a hit.

According to the New York Times on Sunday:

A power failure that appeared to have been caused by a deliberately planned explosion struck Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment site on Sunday, in what Iranian officials called an act of sabotage that they suggested had been carried out by Israel.

How the Obama Crew Makes Things Worse

The blackout injected new uncertainty into diplomatic efforts that began last week to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal repudiated by the Trump administration.

Iran did not say precisely what had caused the blackout at the heavily fortified site, which has been a target of previous sabotage, and Israel publicly declined to confirm or deny any responsibility. But American and Israeli intelligence officials said there had been an Israeli role.

How bad is to be determined, but we can credibly assume the Israelis did it.  Thank God we've got the Israelis.

Here's a link to a photo of the Natanz Nuclear Facility, Iran.

And here's Iran's reaction:

Iran Calls Natanz Atomic Site Blackout 'Nuclear Terrorism'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Sunday described a blackout at its underground Natanz atomic facility an act of "nuclear terrorism," raising regional tensions. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, stopped short of directly blaming anyone for the incident. Details remained few about what happened early Sunday morning at the facility, which initially was described as a blackout caused by the electrical grid feeding the site.

Many Israeli media outlets offered the same assessment that a cyberattack darkened Natanz and damaged a facility that is home to sensitive centrifuges…If Israel caused the blackout, it further heightens tensions between the two nations, already engaged in a shadow conflict across the wider Middle East. It also complicates efforts by the U.S., Israel's main security partner, to re-enter the atomic accord aimed at limiting Tehran's program so it can't pursue a nuclear weapon…

"…We still do not know the reason for this electricity outage and have to look into it further," Kamalvandi said[.] ... Asked if it was a "technical defect or sabotage," Kamalvandi declined to comment[.] ...

Natanz suffered a mysterious explosion at its advanced centrifuge assembly plant in July that authorities later described as sabotage. Iran now is rebuilding that facility deep inside a nearby mountain[.]

We can only hope that the Israelis' work against the Iranian nuclear weapons program is successful.  The United States will not oppose it for the foreseeable future.

If you want an excellent book on the Israeli's targeted program, read Rise and Kill First.  Originally, the Mossad targeted former Nazi officials and Palestinian terrorists.  But as the years have gone by, the Nazis and the Palestinians have gone mostly quiet, and now the Israelis have a more pressing enemy.

Iran also blamed Israel for the killing of a scientist who began the country's military nuclear program decades earlier. The Stuxnet computer virus, discovered in 2010 and widely believed to be a joint U.S.-Israeli creation, once disrupted and destroyed Iranian centrifuges at Natanz[.]

The recent M.O. of the Mossad is to assassinate the target (e.g., a couple of motorcycles drive up and shoot him, or a bomb is used, etc.), and within a few hours, the operators are no longer in Iran.  And by the next day, the co-workers of the now deceased scientist/technician/official get an email with pictures of his body.  The message is clear: "you're next if you don't stop."  Remember, Israel was founded on two words: "never again."  The men and women who work these operations have no issue with killing nuclear scientists working to give the mullahs the means to wipe Israel off the map.

It's has been an open secret that Israel developed nuclear weapons by the early 1970s, and an open source says they have as many as 500 warheads (like America, they will neither confirm nor deny).  Reportedly, Tel Aviv was close to using them in 1991, when Iraq launched SCUD missiles toward Israel in the first Gulf War.  But I find something very disturbing.

In a Facebook discussion with a very liberal friend of mine, when I asked about the Iranians developing nuclear weapons, he said, "Who are we to say they can't have them...they have as much right as any other nation."  I looked at his post and wondered how much he had to drink this past week.  The problem is that his view reflects many on the left.  Part is their innate anti-Semitism.  And part is the naïve belief that the West in general, and the United States in particular, has no standing to criticize any other nation.  See the usual canards (slavery, mistreatment of the Indians, etc.).

Again, it's an open secret that the only nuclear-armed nation in the Middle East is Israel and has been for a half century.  And in spite of multiple attacks on the Jewish homeland, it has not used them.  Does anyone with a two-digit I.Q. think that if the mullahs in Tehran had nukes over the last forty years, they would have not used them?

As the idiot with the cognitive decline in the White House (actually, Obama and the other real powers behind the throne) rush to restart the Iran nuke deal, and start an Operation Warp Speed for Tehran's weapons program, let us hope Tel Aviv can keep knocking the program down.  Israel will not let Iran have nuclear weapons and will use any method it can to peacefully prevent this.  Otherwise, the Israelis will choose other methods.

Michael A. Thiac is a retired police patrol sergeant and a retired Army intelligence officer.  He can also be found on A Cop's Watch

Image: Omid Vahabzadeh, Fars News Agency via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY 4.0.        

Officer Down

Lieutenant Bobby Almager
Corpus Christi International Airport Department of Public Safety, Texas
End of Watch Friday, July 10, 2020
Age 53
Tour 24 years
Badge 4104
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lieutenant Bobby Almager died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak within the agency, including multiple officers on his squad.

Lieutenant Almager had served with the Corpus Christi International Airport Department of Public Safety for 24 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Officer Down

Officer Alfonso H. Murrieta
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations, U.S. Government
End of Watch Thursday, July 9, 2020
Age Not available
Tour 32 years
Cause COVID19
Location Arizona
Communicable Disease, COVID-19

Officer Alfonso Murrieta died after contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty at Tucson International Airport in Arizona.

Officer Murrieta volunteered to assist with local policing duties at the airport after an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst members of the Tucson International Airport Police Department disrupted staffing.

Officer Murrieta had served with the United States Customs and Border Protection - Office of Field Operations and the former United States Immigration and Naturalization Service for 32 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Officer Down

Captain Glenn Allen Green
Pike County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi
End of Watch Monday, July 6, 2020
Age 73
Tour 12 years
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Monday, June 29, 2020

Captain Glenn Green died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak amongst staff and inmates at the Pike County Correctional Facility.

Captain Green was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had previously served with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. He was predeceased by one son and is survived by his wife, daughter, and two grandchildren.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

This is too stupid for TV or the movies...

So it has to be real!

Ages ago, I was ordered (like the entire unit) to an Army sensitivity class. Can't recall if it was sex, race, gender identity, panning, bi-ing, or questioning status. After loosing an hour of my life which I'll never get back, I walked out with a completely disgusted look on my face. And a friend said it well, "I can summarize that hour into two words. BE PROFESSIONAL!" If you can't tell, I am no fan of the racial/sex complaint industry. Talk about a waste of manpower, money, and time. 

Well, to give a classic example, I just finished an excellent book, Concepts of Nonlethal Force: Understanding For from Shouting to Shooting, by Charles Heal. In Chapter 14, he covers canines, aka dogs or K9s, used in police operations. And Mr. Heal said it well, "You can't make this up." A city council person wanted the dog euthanized because he was, ready...racist

Dog cleared of profiling, back on duty

"Simply stated, there is no evidence that Dolpho (the dog) was dangerous or uncontrollable in the past," said a 13-page report by borough Solicitor John A. Bacharach...

...The report absolves Dolpho and his owner-handler, Officer Shawn Barger, of any wrongdoing in a June 7 incident when Dolpho attacked Brandon Livingston, 9. The dog bit the boy on the thigh to the point where Barger had to lie on the dog to force him to release his grip. 

The officer had been chasing a drug suspect who is white. Brandon is black. 

Livingston's mother brought the matter to the attention of Councilwoman Wanda Jones Dixon, who suggested the dog attacked Livingston because he is black and should be put down because of that. 

Jones Dixon doesn't entirely agree with Bacharach's conclusion. 

"There was wrongdoing because the dog bit the child," she said. 

She called it an injustice that the dog was returned to duty Wednesday and said she will warn parents. 

The June 7 incident started when Barger saw an apparent drug deal and followed a car containing the suspect, later identified as Donald John Wilczak, the report said. Wilczak eventually jumped from the car and ran, and Barger chased him. During a struggle on a porch in 700 block of Boquet Street, the remote release device on Barger's belt apparently was activated unintentionally, and the door on the police wagon opened, the report said. As Barger radioed for assistance, the suspect got away and ran west. 

The report said Barger saw Dolpho standing on the sidewalk next to the police Jeep, looking at Wilczak as the suspect turned onto Margaret Street. Barger yelled "pletz," the command for "down," but Dolpho ran to the top of Margaret Street. Barger turned onto Margaret and saw 10 or more children running away, screaming. One was Brandon, whom Dolpho grabbed by the thigh and pulled from the porch steps to the street, the report said. 

Barger ran toward Dolpho yelling for him to stop, but the dog did not release the boy. The report said Barger tackled Dolpho and choked him off Brandon, then lay on Dolpho until the dog calmed down. 

Carol Carlin of Frank Street told Bacharach that she saw Wilczak between her house and the one next door. That path would have taken Wilczak through or near the children on Margaret Street and within a few feet of the Livingston's porch, the report said. 

At a borough council meeting three days after Brandon was bitten, Brandon's mother and Jones Dixon charged that the dog had been trained to attack blacks. 

Ms. Dixon, just curious. How can you train a dog to attack black people (or people of color, as opposed to people of pallor) when dogs are, by nature, color blind

Bacharach's report said Dolpho's trainer, Kenneth J. Molen, said the dog might have become confused or overstimulated by the noise and confusion. Molen said he does not train dogs to distinguish or focus on any race and that his training regimen does not use decoys that appear African American, according to the report...
K9s can sometimes get confused, especially with multiple people in the area. One thing patrol cops are trained to not do is get in front of a K9 pursuing a suspect. If he confuses you with the bad guy...you will have a bad day, and the bad guy has a better chance of getting away. And yes, an agitated K9 is a bear to control at times. Every K9 handler I've know has scars on their arms from controlling the dog. As one friend of mine said, "Occupational hazard."    

As this incident occurred two decades ago, I have no doubt Dolpho has crossed the Rainbow Bridge by now. Hopefully this bull s%^& complaint didn't adversely affect his service to the public, and he enjoyed a long and healthy retirement, sharing this war story with his buddies. Remember, if you ain't getting complained on from time to time...you are likely not doing your job. :<)

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Officer Down

Corrections Officer Kenneth Harbin
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Institutional Division, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, July 4, 2020
Age 60
Tour 30 years
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Sunday, June 28, 2020

Corrections Officer Kenneth Harbin died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates at the Daniel Unit in Snyder, Texas.

Officer Harbin had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for over 30 years.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Officer Down

Police Officer Anthony Dia
Toledo Police Department, Ohio
End of Watch Saturday, July 4, 2020
Age 26
Tour 4 years
Badge 2755
Cause Gunfire

Police Officer Anthony Dia was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a Home Depot store at 1035 West Alexis Road at about 12:30 am.

A drunk subject had started to harass participants of an informal car show that was in the parking lot of the store. Officer Dia was the first officer on the scene and attempted to contact the subject. The man produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Officer Dia in the chest. Despite his wounds, Officer Dia was able to return fire as the man fled.

The subject fled into a nearby wooded area where he committed suicide.

Witnesses to the shooting began to provide medical aid to Officer Dia. Another responding officer transported him to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Dia had served with the Toledo Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Mercy Health Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and parents.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

This is unfathomable. Arresting a child who barely understands law.

When I was in the police academy, we discussed Texas penal code, and the assistant district attorney made a point. Children were classified as those under ten years of age (i.e. nine years and below), and the could not held criminally responsible for their actions. A eight year old shoots someone, he cannot be put in jail for murder, aggravated assault, etc, because he is too young to understand his actions. Now the state can take civil actions against the child, such as placing him into a reform home, removing him from his parents, etc. Juveniles (ten to sixteen years of age) could be held (to a degree) responsible for their actions.  

Now comes from North Carolina one screwed up abuse of the law. 

Virginia Bridges The (Durham) Herald-Sun

DURHAM — The 6-year-old dangled his legs above the floor as he sat the table with his defense attorney.

He was accused of picking a tulip from a yard at his bus stop, his attorney J Boyer said, and he was on trial in juvenile court for injury to real property.

The boy’s attention span was too short to follow the proceedings, Boyer sai she handed him crayons and a coloring book.

“I asked him to color a picture,” she said, “so he did.”

He didn’t know it, but no matter what the judge decided, the experience could change the boy’s life, from how he sees the court system to increasing his chance of getting into trouble again and being sent to alternative school.

Boyer and others say children that age don’t have the mental capacity to understand the juvenile justice process and its consequences. They can’t make informed decisions, like whether to talk to police and what to tell them, when to go to trial and whether to admit to the accusations against them...

...“Should a child that believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the toot fairy be making life-altering decisions?” asked New Hanover County Chief District Court Judge Jay Corpening...

The answer, your Honor, is no. In Texas, we detain/arrest a juvenile, a parent or an attorney must be present because the kid cannot make informed decisions. That's why children cannot vote, sign contracts, or decide they want to change their sex (sorry, had to put that in).

I'm just shocked (couldn't find the full detains of the arrest) that this was ever brought to the cops. If someone had called me, I would have told the complainant to get with the parent and you two work this out (I assume a six year old has adult supervision nearby). 

The article mentions a Democrat member of the legislature is working on correcting this. Let's hope it happens soon. This is an abortion of law, and something that brings disrespect, and disregard, for the law. 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

More books, more books!

My wife Beth is always on me about buying books, and I have to say it, she has a point. My "To Read" bookshelf have over 100 books on it. But my retort is, "There are worse habits to have." And I've discovered buying used books for a lot of what I'm reading now. I just picked up a four volume biography of General Marshall, hardcover, used and in good condition, for less than fifty dollars.

I am currently re-reading The Leader's Bookshelf by retired US Navy Admiral James Stavridis, and R. Manning Ancell, which is a review of fifty books on leadership. I read the summary of Dereliction of Duty by retired Army Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, and yes, I immediately got on Amazon and ordered a slightly used copy. I promise Beth, I will get to it. 

But while I was reviewing this, I found this article by General McMaster, and found it fascinating. I agree with the general that Ronald Reagan did the proper thing in challenging the Soviet Union. In the Gipper's immortal words, Reagan,  “Here’s my strategy on the Cold War: We win; they lose.” Rawhide was always to the point. 

Now with China rising as our new major advisor (Although Putin is trying to make Russia the Soviet Union 2.0), I find this article very insightful.
Among the best remembered summits of the 20th century are those of Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan’s commitment to dialogue with America’s primary adversary and what then-Secretary of State George P. Shultz called his “personal chemistry” with his Soviet counterpart were hallmarks of his presidency. But even more important was the fact that Reagan had a clear strategy for victory in the global contest with the Soviet Union.

Reagan’s approach — applying intensive economic and military pressure to a superpower adversary — became foundational to American strategic thinking. It hastened the end of Soviet power and promoted a peaceful conclusion to the multi-decade Cold War. 

Now it is useful to ask if a similar approach would be equally successful in America’s contest with an even more formidable rival, the People’s Republic of China, a challenger with whom the free world’s economies are intertwined and increasingly interdependent.

In 1983, Reagan approved National Security Decision Directive 75, which set the course for an assertive, competitive approach to the Soviets, in contrast to the “live and let live” aspirations of détente... 

...Working from (George F.) Kennan’s original intuitions (on containment), the operational approach that Directive 75 emphasized was “external resistance to Soviet imperialism” and “internal pressure on the USSR to weaken the sources of Soviet imperialism.” Rather than trying to reduce friction with the Soviets as prior administrations had done, Directive 75’s aim was “competing effectively on a sustained basis with the Soviet Union in all international arenas.” Within nine years, the Soviet Union collapsed, worn out by economic pressure, an arms race it could not win and internal political contradictions.

The goal of a competitive strategy versus Chinese Communist Party aggression should be different. The United States and like-minded liberal democracies must defend against the expansion of the party’s influence, thwart its ambitions to dominate the 21st century global economy, and convince Chinese leaders that they can fulfill enough of their aspirations without doing so at the expense of their own people’s rights or the sovereignty of other nations.

These efforts must apply Reagan’s fundamental insight — to win against a rival of China’s magnitude requires sustained pressure against the true sources of the adversary’s power.

China is an economic juggernaut. Through its engagement with the United States and other major markets, it has made itself central to global supply chains, moved to dominate strategic industries and emerging technologies, and built up a military designed to win a war with the U.S. and its allies. Numerous multinational corporations and global financial institutions pump capital, technology and know-how into China. This transfer of capability and competitive advantage can be used against the free world to devastating effect. As the CCP puts it, China is poised to “regain its might and re-ascend to the top of the world.” 
To foil China’s plans for preeminence, the United States and its partners should restrict investment into Chinese companies and industries that support the CCP’s strategic goals and human rights abuses. The U.S. should work to block China’s access to Western technology in areas that contribute to military advantage and to construct a new global trade and supply chain system that reduces dependency on China. With India, Australia and Japan, the U.S. must also maintain preponderant military power in the Indo-Pacific to convince Chinese leaders that they cannot accomplish their objectives through threats or the use of force....

H.R. McMaster, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was national security advisor from 2017 to 2018. He is the author of “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.” Jonathan D.T. Ward is the author of “China’s Vision of Victory” and the founder of Atlas Organization.

Friday, April 2, 2021

A sobering end of the week...

Eighty-five years ago today, my mother, Mary Jane Autin Thiac, was born in Charity Hospital, New Orleans LA. She passed on December 17, 2020. 

Over the years, the passing of my parents was something always on the back of my head. I've always put it off, not wanting to contemplate it, but knowing it was coming, at some point. And as painful as it is, it is much preferable to the opposite. It's right a child bury a parent, that the parent pass before their offspring. I would not wish burying a child on my worst enemy. 

A fear I had over the years as a cop was the worse thing. And my mother having to deal with that nightmare. Not trying to be overly noble, but my grandmother buried all three of her daughters before she passed (her two sons passed within two years of Momee passing) and again, that's something no human should have to endure. At least Mom won't deal with that. 

Dealing with complicated relationships, like adult children and their parents, is challenging. My parents and I were no different. But Mike and the Mechanics' classic The Living Years is a soothing song to contemplate this matter. 

I'm heading to work in a few hours, so I wait to have a drink for Mom when I get home. Happy Birthday Mom, I love you.

Officer Down

Chief Deputy Lee R. Weber
Hughes County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota
End of Watch Friday, July 3, 2020
Age 38
Tour 5 years
Badge 36-1W
Cause Drowned

Chief Deputy Lee Weber drowned in the Missouri River two miles north of Fort Pierre while attempting to rescue his 8-year-old son who had fallen out of a moving boat.

Multiple agencies are involved in search and recovery efforts for his body.

Chief Deputy Weber dove into the water without a life jacket in an attempt to reach his son but was swept away by the current. His son was rescued by other nearby boaters. Chief Deputy Weber's body was recovered on July 9th, 2020.

Chief Deputy Weber was a veteran of the South Dakota National Guard and had served with the Hughes County Sheriff's Office for five years. He is survived by his wife and six children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Unlike the Defund the Police morons, this may be listed as a more efficient use of resources.

There are some calls for service that require a cop, such as robbery, assault, major accidents. However, there are some minor calls (stolen property where there is no evidence, etc) where a civilian can handle the matter. Many agencies allow phone in or Internet submitted reports to be submitted. This frees up police manpower for more critical actions. 

Hopefully this works out well for Fort Worth.  

The first nine members of the Civilian Response Unit will respond to low-risk calls in marked cars 

Fort Worth Police will soon dispatch civilians to some low-risk calls instead of sworn police officers. According to NBC 7, the first nine members of the new “Civilian Response Unit” will graduate Friday after six weeks of training at the police academy. The civilians will drive marked cars that say “Civilian Response” but the vehicles won’t look like squad cars, reports NBC 7. They’ll also wear different uniforms. The team will respond to some non-violent calls including abandoned cars, loose cattle, burglaries and credit card fraud. 

 "We're not armed, we aren't going to have guns or anything like that but we are here to provide the best service,” said Vanessa Clementino, one of the new graduates... 

...The unit was trained in basic investigative techniques, like searching for fingerprints. They’ll also all be assigned ballistic vests, but Gorrie says they don’t plan to ever need them. "We're very clear on the fact they cannot go to a scene where a suspect could be present or could return,” (Forth Worth Police Lt. Chris) Gorrie told NBC 7... 

Hate to tell you sir, but I don't plan to use my Sig-Sauer tonight, but it's there, just in case. 

Wish this group well.  

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Officer Down

Sergeant Kelvin Dewayne Mixon
Edwards Police Department, Mississippi
End of Watch Thursday, July 2, 2020
Age 59
Tour 22 years
Badge E-3
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Sergeant Kelvin Mixon died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among members of the Edwards Police Department.

He remained on a ventilator in the ICU for several weeks before passing away.

Sergeant Mixon had served with the Edwards Police Department for 22 years. He is survived by his wife, son, three daughters, grandchildren, and siblings.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Officer Down

Parole Officer IV Joseph William Lange
Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Parole Division, Texas
End of Watch Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Age 56
Tour 25 years
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Parole Officer IV Joseph Lange died after contracting COVID-19 while performing offender supervision duties.

Officer Lange had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Parole Division for 25 years and was assigned to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. He is survived by his son, mother, father, and two half-sisters.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Oh the horror. The cops killed a man with a knife to another man's neck. In jail!

As I'm getting older, I have less tolerance for members of the 4th Estate and their clueless commentary on law enforcement. Case in point.

Police fatally shot a jail inmate after an officer was taken hostage and cells were unlocked

In a video apparently live-streamed on Facebook, a corrections officer knelt on the floor of a jail, an inmate in a black-and-white striped uniform standing over him.

“It ain’t nothing against the C.O., man,” said another detainee, who was filming from inside a cell. “We ain’t got no mirrors in here. The water don’t work, toilet backed up. This is what we dealing with.”

As a quick aside of the main point, we don't give prisoners mirrors. They will be broken and the pieces used as weapons. 

The scene unfolded Saturday at the Oklahoma County Detention Center after the guard was “overrun” by at least one inmate, officials said. It ended with police shooting and killing the suspected hostage-taker, who allegedly held a makeshift knife to the officer’s neck. Inmates also used the guard’s keys to open cell doors...

...With up to 2,700 inmates on a daily basis, the 268,000 square-foot Oklahoma County Detention Center is the largest in the state, according to the sheriff’s office...

...Saturday’s unrest began just after 4 p.m. in a tenth floor, 37-person pod that houses those considered most difficult to manage, jail administrator Greg Williams said. At least one inmate overpowered the corrections officer as he was distributing medication and took his radio and keys, he said...

“...We ain’t got no showers in two weeks,” he said. “Our power was just out two days. Ain’t got nothing to do with this C.O. He just so happens to be a product of the situation.”

Tactical officers from the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Sheriff Tommie Johnson III said they tried to de-escalate the situation but the inmate had the corrections officer “in a hostage position, with something held to his neck.”

Sheriff’s office spokesman Aaron Brilbeck described the item as “a makeshift knife...” 

No kidding Ms. Shammas, we have a prisoner threatening the life of a corrections officer with a knife. Or bladed object, to be more accurate. It is amazing how prisoners fashion weapons of simple medal they pull off of objects in the jail. And when he is threatening the life of a third person, the cop can use deadly force to stop it. 

I don't know if the prisoner was accurate in his statements on "no showers in two weeks." It may shock some people, but prisoners lie (I know, can't believe it!). But my answer to them would be the same as the one I gave a sixteen year old thief I was transporting to juvenile hall, who hated the handcuffs. 

If you don't like handcuffs, don't steal! 

Hey guys, don't like jails or prisons, don't be a criminal!

Nice work Oklahoma City! 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Read, read, read...and read some more.

When I think of reading and professional development, two great quotes from Otto von Bismarck put it well:

“Only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” 

“Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.” 

One of the great podcast I enjoy is Policing Matters, a great source of law enforcement issues. And this linked podcast reminded me, again, to listen to a man's full statement before I pass judgement. In this episode, Jim Dudley speaks with retired Los Angeles Sheriff's Office Commander Sid Heal. He discussed options for "non-lethal" force, AKA "intermediate force," for cops on the street. 

My wife is one me about binge buying books quickly. Well, I immediately ordered Concepts of Non-lethal Force, and put it on my "to read" shelf. Actually, fully stocked five level book shelf. And by Sunday I'll be reading this. 

Have a great weekend. 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Officer Down

Police Officer Jason Judd
Peoria Police Department, Arizona
End of Watch Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Age 52
Tour 21 years
Cause Motorcycle crash

Police Officer Jason Judd was killed in a motorcycle crash at Liberty High School near 97th Avenue and Deer Valley Road.

He had completed a motor demonstration for the Youth Citizen Police Academy Camp when he was involved in the crash on one of the sidewalks. The juveniles had already departed the demonstration and did not witness the crash.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Judd was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had had served with the Peoria Police Department for 21 years.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Officer Down

Sergeant Craig Vincent Johnson
Tulsa Police Department, Oklahoma
End of Watch Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Age 45
Tour 15 years
Badge 2150
Cause Gunfire
Incident Date Monday, June 29, 2020

Sergeant Craig Johnson succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous morning when he was shot multiple times during a traffic stop near the intersection of East 21st Street and South 89th East Avenue.

An officer on Sergeant Johnson's squad had conducted the traffic stop at 3:30 am and determined the vehicle had to be impounded. The driver refused to exit the vehicle despite the use of de-escalation techniques and non-lethal force, including pepper spray and a taser. As Sergeant Johnson and the other officer continued their attempts to remove the driver, the man reached under the driver's seat and retrieved a handgun. He opened fire on both officers, striking each multiple times in the head and torso.

The man then fled the scene with the assistance of a friend whom he had called for help during the traffic stop.

The subject was arrested later in the day and subsequently charged with first-degree murder. The friend who aided his escape was charged with being an accessory to a felony.

The other officer who was shot remains in critical condition.

Sergeant Johnson had served with the Tulsa Police Department for 15 years.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Monday, March 22, 2021

Worse Than Fair Weather Fans...

Longtime friend and host of Right on the Left Coast Darren Miller (and the guy who inspired me to start this blog...don't hold that against him) has an excellent post from Sunday. I'll try and give it an excerpt, but I suggest you read the full text on ROTLC.

By K. Lee

I had a conversation with my brother in Oregon, last night. Besides the usual family matters, he brought up a call he received from a ‘friend.’ The friend wanted to check on my brother and the family amidst rising violence toward Asian Americans. While my brother appreciated the gesture, he told his friend that it wasn’t necessary. The friend said he had been concerned about all the anti-Asian violence ever since Trump and the “China” virus rhetoric.

The friend knows my brother is a staunch conservative, so my brother got irritated. He asked the dude, what’s Trump got to do with the Georgia shootings and where was his phone call last year? The friend said he didn’t get what my brother was getting at. My brother replied that there were over 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian violence last year, yet you didn’t check on us. The friend said he didn’t know. My brother said, of course not—because no one besides us Asians cared. But now that you see a perp is a white male from the South, you start to care. You have to make this about YOU making a political statement rather than really caring about us, the Asian Americans...

...You use our victimhood, turning it into your political gains—whether to infringe on the 2A or keep portraying Trump as that boogeyman. You sided with the rich NBA players over the freedom fighters of Hong Kong. You sided with Disney and NIKE over the lives and the dignity of the Uighurs in western China. You praised Antifa while they harassed and doxxed a gay Asian journalist. You sided with the rioters and looters that stole, robbed, and burned down our shops and businesses all last summer.

Yesterday, we found out the killer in the Georgia shooting rampage is a disturbed young man who is an Asian fetishist. Not exactly the perp that my brother’s friend wished for. I find it twisted and sick that there are a lot of white folks who get a ‘hard on’ for minorities’ victimhood. It’s as reprehensible as someone who has an Asian sexual fetish. Which is confusing—because one moment we are categorized with the ‘Whites’ when we are applying for colleges and universities and we don’t get the same affirmative action benefits of other POC when applying for a job— yet we are marginalized victims again, to serve your political purpose... 

Thank you Darren for posting this. 

Officer Down

Correctional Officer Jose Marquez
Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois
End of Watch Sunday, June 28, 2020
Age 52
Tour 15 years, 6 months
Badge 764420
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Friday, May 29, 2020

Correctional Officer Jose Marquez died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among inmates and correctional staff at the Cook County Jail at 2650 S. California Avenue in Chicago.

Officer Marquez had served with the Cook County Sheriff's Department - Department of Correction's for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Got it, the cops screwed up, we didn't let the rioters have "room to riot."

I'm recalling the words of HERONORDAMAER of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, during the Freddie Gray riots of 2017, when she said, “We also gave those who wish to destroy space to do that as well.” Then again, we are talking "experts," and their "studies" now.

Reading Sunday morning's Houston Chronicle, the usual suspects are saying police screwed up, that the innocent rioters were not allowed to destroy, excuse me. peacefully protest. Then again, it's a NY Times article, so it's be fair, balanced, and accurate, right?  

Reports slam policing during BLM protests

For many long weeks last summer, protesters in American cities faced off against their own police forces in what proved to be, for major law enforcement agencies across the country, a startling display of violence and disarray.

In Philadelphia, police sprayed tear gas on a crowd of mainly peaceful protesters trapped on an interstate who had nowhere to go and no way to breathe. In Chicago, officers were given arrest kits so old that the plastic handcuffs were decayed or broken. Los Angeles officers were issued highly technical foam-projectile launchers for crowd control, but many of them had only two hours of training; one of the projectiles bloodied the eye of a homeless man in a wheelchair. Nationally, at least eight people were blinded after being hit with police projectiles.

Forgive me for an obvious question. I'm recalling James T. Kirk in Star Trek The Worst, AKA Star Trek V The Final Frontier, when the captain asks the purported almighty, "What does God need with a starship?" The "crows of mainly peaceful protesters trapped on an interstate," what were they doing on an interstate? People cannot be on highways because there is an excellent chance of getting killed. In January 2017, I was part of a field force where the site commander said, "Let them protest all they want on the sidewalks, median, but don't let them get on the interstate..." I was thinking, "Chief...I would pay ten bucks to watch that!" 

No question (if true) Chicago should have their arrest kits ready. Then again, it's a radical Democrat city, so expect things to be screwed up. And something about 'journalism" these days, it may not be completely accurate. For instance, two arrest kits out of 100 may show a slight failure on deployment preparation, not a complete failure of a system. Seeing Pravda on the Hudson is not putting this in context, e.g. "Chicago has old and brittle plastic cuffs in 250 of 1000 arrest kits..,"let's just take this with skepticism. 

Complaining that Los Angeles police may have not been fully trained is a legitimate question. However, how much time is needed for the officer's to get trained on foam projectors? Also, this article says "at least eight people were blinded after being hit by police projectiles." OK, did those incidents have anything to do with the BLM/ANTIFA riots? This "article" implies that, and it's not beneath the 4th Estate to lead people to a false conclusion. 

Almost uniformly, the reports said departments need more training in how to handle large protests. They also offered a range of recommendations to improve outcomes in the future: Departments need to better work with community organizers, including enlisting activists to participate in trainings or consulting with civil rights attorneys on protest-management policies. Leaders need to develop more restrictive guidelines and better supervision of crowd control munitions, such as tear gas. Officers need more training to manage their emotions and aggressions as part of de-escalation strategies.

I've heard the cliche of cops needing "de-escalation" training for ages, but one thing I don't hear from the experts. Perhaps the "protestors" should better manage their emotions and aggressions. Protesting is one thing, blocking roads, destroying businesses, assaulting people just trying to get to work, that's another. But for some reason the experts never seem to think the BLM/ANTIFA rioters are at fault for the destruction they cause. 

I recently wrote a post (for another publication) on how the Derek Chauvin trial is not an open and shut case. If the prosecution fails to make its case (and seeing they are being led by a politician, not a prosecutor, that's makes it tougher), we are going through this again this summer. Perhaps the usual suspects should start training the rioters in "de-escalation" and "managing their emotions."  

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Two great men, one gone long before this time.

Two of the greatest flag officers the American Army has every produced. First, George Patton. You could call him a soldier's soldier, but more than that, he was a warrior. He was not a man of peace, and in the immediate aftermath of the end of World War II, there was a great question. What would Patton do? That question was unfortunalety answered way too soon. Patton's neck was broken in a car crash, and he died just before Christmas 1945. He was buried near his troops in Hamm, Luxembourg.  
 One of my bucket list items is to visit Patton's grave, but I can say I have visited Ike's. In the summer of 1986, I was marooned at Fort Riley KS (stay there for two months and you will understand), but towards the end I was able to get out. And I drove to Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, and I was very impressed. And I paid my respects to the 34th President and General of the Army.  
In recent discussions with friends, a point I've made is how lucky we were. For the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Europe, in Ike, Patton, and Bradley, we had the right men, at the right place, at the right time. Ike was not an army or corp commander. His skill set was for something much larger, and he handled the intense duties of leading, coordinating, and planning the greatest armed invasion well.

The thought of Patton in charge of SHAEF puts shivers in the back of any same man. As much as I admire him, he needed to be in the field, not working with friends and allies, or allies (i.e. the Russians). If Patton was in Ike's spot, we might still be fighting WWII (yes, slight exaggeration). And in the middle, commanding 12th Army Group, Omar Bradley handled four armies and 1.3 soldiers masterfully. 

I don't see another World War II sized conflict in the nuclear age. But if it does occur, we can only hope we get leaders like this again. 

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Christmas 2020...a bit late.

UPDATE: Yes, I know this is late. My postings have been sporadic at best. I've been tasked with starting a new job, and starting some other writings. But I want to dust off ACW, and with that in mind, I've been trying to get more time for reading, especially my periodicals. So, I'm off to a lousy start on my New Years Resolutions. But I gotta start somewhere. Here is the post that should have been published right after Christmas. 

This year has been rough by any account, and I am not exempt. But I must say I did well in presents. The wife gave me a cigar holder, Sherlock Holmes pipe, and pipe lighter. Can't wait to season the pipe, as soon as I get over a really bad cold.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Officer Down

Sergeant Dale Multer
Travis County Constable's Office - Precinct 5, Texas
End of Watch Saturday, June 27, 2020
Age 61
Tour 24 years
Cause COVID19

Sergeant Dale Multer died after contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while serving civil papers.

Sergeant Multer served 24 years in law enforcement and was planning to retire next year. He is survived by his wife, two children, and his grandchildren.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Officer Down

Correctional Officer Richard Bianchi
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California
End of Watch Thursday, June 25, 2020
Age 53
Tour 10 years
Cause Automobile crash

Correctional Officer Richard Bianchi was killed in a vehicle crash on Highway 44 four miles east of Old Station Road near Redding.

He was en route from the High Desert State Prison to Redding Hospital to perform guard duty for an inmate at the hospital. His department vehicle left the roadway and overturned, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.

Officer Bianchi had served with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two adult children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Woke Naval reading...

 I am a prolific reader, if I say so myself. My goal for 2021 is 36 books, and according to my spot on Goodreads, I'm two books ahead. And I subscribe to eight magazines. In both my professions, I believed reading was essential. Two of the best books on the subject was The Leader's Bookshelf by Admiral James Stavridis, and Call Sign Chaos: Leading to Lead by General, and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. 

One thing I do love is all four of the services have professional reading lists, organized by ranks and area. But today I read an article from National Review which should scare any military professional. 

Woke Books Have No Place in U.S. Navy Training

Roger J. Maxwell

How will reading Ibram X. Kendi help us fight our enemies better?

...Over the past several weeks, it has become quite apparent that the United States Navy is no exception to the relentless onslaught of “woke” politicking.

On February 23, the chief of naval operations Admiral Michael Gilday released an updated version of the Navy’s Professional Reading Program. The program, a long-standing tradition that curates suggested readings for all members of the Navy, has a stated aim of educating and training the sailors that compose this branch of the Armed Forces. According to the Navy’s official website on this program, Admiral Gilday believes that in order to “outthink our competitors, we must study and apply lessons we’ve learned from the past.” He further holds that “one of the very best ways to do that is to foster an environment where every Sailor deepens their level of understanding and learning...” Many of the 48 books listed in the newly released reading checklist cover topics relevant to the Navy’s overall mission of becoming a more lethal fighting force: naval strategy, deep-dives into future world superpowers, leadership development, technology changes in the domain of warfighting, etc.

Very good point Admiral Gilday. However, do you really want a 19 year old reading this propaganda.

...However, the checklist also included several books that are overtly political in nature, threatening what should be the apolitical nature of our nation’s fighting forces. As just one example, Ibram X. Kendi’s overly wrought screed How to Be an Antiracist somehow landed on the admiral’s book list. Writings in a similar vein appear on the list as well, including Jason Pierceson’s Sexual Minorities and Politics, as well as Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. The inclusion of these books, especially given the hot-button topics they cover (and the controversial takes they provide) seems to place the Navy squarely into the realm of politics, which it has stridently attempted to avoid in the 200-plus years of its existence.

The inclusion of these books on an official DoD website is an embrace of partisan politics by a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. One need only look at the contents of these pieces of literature (“literature” being used loosely) to understand just how true this statement is. Kendi’s book argues that capitalism is a racist construct. Alexander’s obfuscates real issues of violent crime in order to argue that incarceration rates for minorities are predominately, if not exclusively, based on race. Perhaps most egregious of the three, the openly partisan nature of Pierceson’s “textbook” practically hits the reader over the head with its agenda. Each piece of writing offers its own particular viewpoint; it just so happens that each is of the woke, left-leaning variety....

I would also list as another not applicable book,  No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. When the author says there shouldn't be accommodations made for disabled people (e.g. Special Olympics), he's lost it. Sorry, but a man in a wheelchair cannot move as fast as man on the Olympic track team. 

As the woke books are on the lower "Foundation" section of the list, I have to believe there is an intention of political indoctrination of young minds. Getting memories of the political officers in the Soviet Army and Navy, or the current political officers of North Korea or Cuba. Admiral Gilday, I would respectfully suggest sir you (actually your staff weenie who got tasked with this undertaking) review the Marine Commandant's Professional Reading List or the Army's Chief of Staff Professional Reading List. The list being a lot more reading focused on military operations, strategic vision, history, logistics, leadership and statesmanship for younger developing minds. We are dealing with enough political issues in the service right now (The Commander in Chief stating we must pay for sex change surgery, allowing male soldiers to wear nail polish, lowering standards to attend elite schools). We don't need anything else to weaken the force.