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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

An FBI agent needs de-escalation training

A few years ago I was talking with a police lieutenant and I gave him my opinion on federal agencies.. “The FBI is like any large police agency. Two to five percent of their personnel walk on water, they swim on land. They are that good. Two to five percent, what the hell did mom think when they let him out of the basement. And the remaining ninety some percent are varying degrees of strengths and weaknesses, trying to do the job as well as they can.” 

Well, this is not the feds at their best.

FBI Agent On Stakeout Allegedly Assaults NYPD Traffic Agent Over Parking Ticket

The incident occurred near 46th Street and Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside at approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 19, 33-year-old NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agent Dipankar Dipu told the New York Daily News.

Law enforcement and traffic enforcement agents’ union sources said Dipu spotted a black 2015 Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows parked illegally as he was making his rounds, according to the new outlet.

“The Jeep was about 30% in the bus stop area and about 70% in a meter zone,” Dipu told the New York Daily News. “There was another car completely in the bus stop and I went to that car and the told the motorist to move, which he did.”

The traffic enforcement agent said he then approached the Jeep, having no idea there was an FBI agent inside who was in the middle of a stakeout.

“I was trying to look through the window to see if there was anybody in the car, but I couldn’t see anything,” Dipu recalled.

He noticed the Jeep did not have a meter receipt, so he generated a citation, the New York Daily News reported.

Dipu said he was placing the ticket on the windshield of the vehicle when he heard someone moving around inside.

The occupant then slapped an FBI placard up on the dashboard, the New York Daily News reported.

OK. If you are a “stakeout,” perhaps you should not advertise that fact by putting an agency placard on the dashboard. I thought one of the requirements for a stakeout was to be not seen.

Dipu said he had no idea the vehicle was involved in an FBI stakeout, and said he wouldn’t have generated the citation if he realized what was going on…

…According to law enforcement sources, FBI Agent Kenneth Diu came barreling out of the Jeep and confronted Dipu, demanding he cancel the citation.

“He was very arrogant,” Dipu told the New York Daily News. “He became angry with me, yelling at me to ‘Void the ticket! Void the ticket! You have to void the ticket!’”

When he explained he didn’t have the power or technology to do so, Agent Diu allegedly told him he was placing him under arrest.

“He tried to snatch my machine from my hand, but I resisted him,” Dipu told the New York Daily News. “But the second time he snatched it from my hand forcefully and I could not protect it. He took it, went into the car and locked the door.”

OK, assuming this is accurate, the only person who has committed a crime is the FBI agent. Threatening a false arrest, and theft, even in New York City, are criminal acts.

…“He just pushed me forcefully on the bonnet of his car and put both of my hands behind my back forcefully,” Dipu told the news outlet.

Agent Diu had one handcuff on Dipu when police and the traffic enforcement agent’s supervisor arrived at the scene, he said…

…Agent Diu was required to pay the parking ticket, but was not immediately charged in connection with the alleged assault, the New York Daily News.

The NYPD said on Saturday that an investigation into the confrontation remained ongoing, according to the news outlet…

This should be investigated, and if the agent did act like this, he needs to be held to account. Also, a traffic ticket can be voided with some simple action afterwards. Or by, dare I say, coordinating with the locals before the stakeout. More than once I’ve gotten a message over my car computer to stay away for a address, as there were some police actions happening. 

Again, maybe the agent is a good man and just screwed up o that day. And he deserves his chance to explai himself. But this shows that some simple attention to detail (Don’t park in a no parking zone) or prior coordination can prevent this from happening.  

Friday, April 22, 2022

Beautiful Ebony Eyes...

A song I've loved since I've first heard it. I have to say I was surprised to find it had a "video" before music videos were out. Likely a playing of the song for American Band Stand or something like that. Either way, it's a great look of the song being presented. Enjoy. It's been a long week. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Witness to an Execution, April 21, 2022

 On June 27, 1990, Houston Police Officer James Irby was murdered in the line of duty. His murderer’s (I will not dignify him by mentioning his name, he will only be referred to as the murdered, or POS) debt to the Irby family will never be repaid. Two weeks ago Officer Irby’s daughter posted a touching tribute to her father on The Officer Down Memorial Page:

Hey Dad , 


Well it’s finally here the “man” and I use that term loosely who took you from us is finally going to be put to death on the 21st of this month , almost 32 years later … justice … if you can call it that, I would have much rather have had you these last 32 years but I am glad it’s going to finally be over. I am not angry anymore and I am choosing not to be sad. After the 21st I am going to close the chapter on all this hurt and loss and just finally just let go. I will never let your memory die your grandson’s carry on your name and my son will grow up knowing his grandfather was a hero. I wish you were here. I wish that you could meet the man that I am hopefully soon going to marry , he is amazing and has taught me so much. No one will ever replace you no one ever could. I hope you know how very important you have been to me in my life even though I never got to know you. I have tried to live my life to honor you and honor our family. There are so many families just like ours who have lost fathers , sons , and husbands in the line of duty and I hope and pray they know that they are not alone because you are watching over them just like you watch over me. Thank you for being my guiding light and the angel on my shoulder. 


I love you


Cally Irby 


April 9, 2022

While his debt to his family will never be settled, the State of Texas settled their debt with this POS on the evening of April 21, 2022. With the assistance of over one hundred of his fellow cops. 

The Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LEMC) fielded over one-hundred members on a Cop Killer Ride to the execution. Every time a cop killer is scheduled to for execution, they organize their members to ride up and support the family members. As the murderer is put to death, all the motorcyclists rev their engines, with a reverberation that can be heard in the execution chamber. The last sound they hear on this earth is coming from police a few yards away.

On the early evening April 21, 2022, these riders, backed up by dozens of members of The Blue Knights LEMC, The Reguladores LEMC, The La Familia LEMC, The Expendables LEMC, and The Protector LEMC, ride up to Huntsville TX. After a stop at a local restaurant for an early dinner, they ride to the Walls Unit of the Texas Penal System.

Within minutes of arriving at Huntsville, multiple officers from the Houston Police Solo Division (Motorcycle unit) arrive and are placed in front of the prison. Afterwards, the hundreds of riders are met by Ms. Cally Irby, who thanks them for their support of her family. And, as is normal for this event, we wait.

A concern we all share is will this get this delayed, again. Texas executes at 600pm, but we haven’t heard yet. There is the possibility a judge may put another hold on the execution. The POS has been on death row for over 32 years, longer than some of the riders and other cops out on the grounds have been alive. In 2014, we had to wait an additional three hours for Officer Guy Gattis’s murder to be put down.

Thankfully the courts do not delay justice. We didn’t know at the time, but an appeal to the Supreme Court was heard, and declined, less than two hours before the execution. Thank you, Justice Alito. The Irby family has waited long enough.

And the word comes! At 610pm, the ride organizers give the signal, the murderer is being executed. Rev the bikes!


In past executions, we’ve been informed by witnesses that the bikes are heard loudly in the execution chamber. The last thing the POS hears before he meets his final Judge is the sound of our pipes!

The official word comes out, the murderer was pronounced at 639pm. The oldest prisoner on death row has now been put down like the rabid animal he was. 

A few minutes, reflection on what we are here for, final words, handshakes, hugs, and a solemn vow between many here. We will be here again. We will honor the fallen and support their families. 

I am the police, and I'm here to arrest you. You've broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law but I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with gray bars. If you run away I will chase you. If you fight me I will fight back. If you shoot at me I will shoot back. By law I am unable to walk away. I am a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am fate with a badge and a gun...

Brian Taylor:  End of Watch introduction.

The bill is settled to the sounds of roaring engines.

Rest In Peace Officer Irby. We Got The Watch.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Four decades later, I Love Rock-n-Roll!

Can't believe it's been this long, but it has. In 1981, a great concept hit the air. Music videos (Had no idea what the hell they were), and it premiered on a new network called Music Television. August 1, 1981, MTV premiered with Video Killed The Radio Star

Well, the next year the former lead singer from The Runaways, Joan Jett, brings a new song onto MTV, and it became a rock anthem for the ages. This was a recent compilation video, showing her and the Blackhearts playing it all over the world. 


She was interviewed on Oliver North's War Stories, and she loves to play with the USO. But no matter what, this video is one for the ages. Back when MTV was great, and not another reality TV hellhole, one of the classics. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, I Love Rock N Roll!

Have a great weekend. 

Officer Down



Corporal Michael Ambrosino
Horry County Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Age 58
Tour 36 years
Badge 479
Cause COVID19
Incident Date Sunday, July 19, 2020

Corporal Michael Ambrosino died after contracting COVID-19 as the result of a presumed exposure while on duty.

Corporal Ambrosino had served with the Horry County Police Department for seven years and had served in law enforcement for 36 years. He had previously served as a law enforcement in New York state with the New York State Department of Corrections, Philmont Police Department, and Coxsackie Police Department. He is survived by his wife.

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.