Jul 30, 2015

More Than Chicken Crap

In the words of the prosecutor of former officer Tensing in Cincinnati, the reason for the stop of the deceased, Mr. DuBose, was “chicken crap”. The reason for the stop was not having a license plate on the front of the vehicle, which apparently is a violation of the law where this incident took place. Of course numerous anti-police entities are making the claim that Mr. Dubose was “murdered” for “not having a license plate”. Let’s infuse the discourse with a little rationality here: Had Mr. Tensing stopped Mr. Dubose for not having a tag, then immediately shot him in

Jul 27, 2015

Sometimes, We’re Wrong

Among supporters of law enforcement officers, there is no shortage of police apologists, and rightly so.  Given the current climate of negative media attention and the toleration of outright lies that pass as truth at even the highest levels (such as “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” from the floor of Congress) we need both sworn and civilian men and women of intelligence who are ready to defend the appropriate, even when unimaginably difficult, job that cops do day in and day out. The job that involves (from my own personal experience) being spit on, assaulted, lied to, lied about, fled from,

Jun 1, 2015

Lessons in Losing a Brother

News of an officer involved shooting cut through the rest of the morning talk-radio chatter on the drive to work.  Most of the other officers at the department had also heard the news, but the disposition was unknown.  We all hoped for the best of course, but sharing a common in-car messaging system, several unanswered messages began to increase concern. Eventually, a voice on the other end of the phone from the Taylor Police Department (Taylor, MI) confirmed that in an early morning situation, an Officer had been killed in the line of duty. The next few hours, although I remember much

May 4, 2015

Dangerous Lies of an American Movement against Policing.

Officer Brian Moore died today.  He was 25 years old, loved his job, and was held with the highest respect from his fellow officers of the NYPD.  When I was 25 years old, I didn’t even know who I was yet.  I was stuck in that weird world between knowing how to be an adult and remaining a child.  Brian Moore was already serving his community, protecting it’s citizens, and putting his life on the line; a decision that would ultimately call him home at an incredibly young age. This is the 3rd NYPD officer to succumb to his injuries

May 1, 2015

A Police Officer’s Letter to His Children

I have never been the child of a cop so I don’t want talk to you as if I know what that’s like. While I obviously know how living the life of a law enforcement officer has changed me, I can see that it has changed you too. I’ve seen it in your eyes many times as we kiss and hug goodbye before I go to work. I’ve heard it in your voice on the phone when we’ve talked after I haven’t been able to see you in a day, or two or three.  I’ve been able to see it

Apr 12, 2015

4 Stresses That Cops Deal With That Non-Cops Should Understand

Being a cop doesn’t make someone more important than anyone else or any other profession but it does mean that cops are unique.  There are similar occupations (military, firefighting, ems/paramedic first responders) but just as a cop can’t claim to fully understand any of those particular jobs (with the exception in some cases of public safety departments) the job of a police officer stands unique in its own right.  The best men and women who take on the vocation of being a police officer understand that it truly is a “calling” and not just a job.  A good cop must be committed to a

Mar 17, 2015

To My Friends Outside My Police Family: This is Why We Can’t Stop Talking About It.

You may be my friend in real life.  You might just be someone who knew me when I was a child.  Maybe we grew up together and we follow each others life through social media. You see pictures of my child and I get to watch as you navigate your way through life.  You see my status messages that talk about how my family and I just took our 3 year old to the park or that my husband was just promoted at work.  Maybe you witness a birth announcement or the death of a family member as you look
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