Category Archives: Good Cops

One Year Anniversary of the Dallas, Texas Ambush

Bullets do not discriminate.

Grief does not discriminate.

On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was killed in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.  Both were killed by police officers. Protests organized across America.

On July 7, 2016, people organized a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, Texas.  At the end of the protest in Dallas, gunshots ranged out.  Five Dallas police officers lost their lives.  Nine other officers and two civilians were injured.

The Dallas Police Officers who lost their lives were;

Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, age 48. He joined the department in 2002.

Sgt. Michael Smith, 55,  had been with the department since 1989.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officer Brent Thompson, 43, had been with the department since 2009. Thompson was the first DART officer to be killed in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1989.

Officer Michael Krol, 40, had been on the force for 8 years.

Officer Patricio “Patrick” Zamarripa, 32, who had been with the department since 2011.

Micah Xavier Johnson was found to be the person who fired upon the group of protesters and police officers.  Johnson was an Army veteran who reportedly was angry over the police shootings of black men.   Micah Xavier Johnson was killed after police deployed a bomb-carrying robot. Read the rest of this entry

Police Officer Faces Disciplinary Action For Failure To Use Deadly Force

Some people wonder why police officers do not shoot to wound, or fire warning shots rather than first using deadly force.  In this incident, an officer for the Gautier, Mississippi Police Department fired a warning shot, and is facing disciplinary action because warning shots are in violation of department policy.

The incident is described by Gautier Police Department spokesman Casey Baxter.

On June 19, 2017, 27-year old Lamarcus Deantonio Williams was being pulled over for a traffic stop when he sped off.  The officer, who has not been named in media reports, followed Williams.

After about a mile and a half pursuit, Williams stopped the car, got out, and ran off with something in his hand.  According to Baxter, there were repeated commands to stop and “let me see your hands,” but Williams turned and charged the officer.  That’s when the officer fired a warning shot into the ground.  Williams ran past the officer and the officer tackled him. Read the rest of this entry

Pennsylvania State Trooper Found Guilty of Assault and Official Oppression

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Trooper Ryan Luckenbaugh (left) Christopher Siennick (right)

A jury convicted suspended state Trooper Ryan Luckenbaugh for simple assault and official oppression.  It began when Luckenbaugh kicked a handcuffed Harrisburg man in the face.

Christopher Siennick was riding his skate board on May 16, 2015 when Luckenbaugh and his partner, Trooper Michael Trotta drove past Christopher, who gave them the finger.

Penn Live reports that Luckenbaugh and Trotta chased Christopher, tased, pepper sprayed, and handcuffed him.  Christopher’s mouth was running with saliva in reaction to the pepper spray.  When spittal fell on Luckenbaugh’s shoes, he responded by saying, “Spit on this” and he kicked Christopher in the face.   At Luckenbaugh’s trial, Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Zawisky said, “Certainly, Trooper Luckenbaugh knew he couldn’t kick a handcuffed man in the head.”

The incident was caught on dash cam.

It didn’t stop with the kick to Christopher’s head.  Luckenbaugh filed an arrest warrant that alleged that Christopher ignored his verbal commands to get off the street, and threw something that hit his cruiser.  Christopher spent two weeks in jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Harrisburg police officers intervened to stop the abuse and contacted the District Attorney’s office that prompted the investigation into Luckenbaugh’s actions.  The dash cam recording shows that both of Luckenbaugh’s claims are not true.

Christopher is known in the area as a local activist.  At trial, defense attorney Edward Spreha Jr. called Christopher  “the local leftist”. countered.

It took the jury 45 minutes to decide the verdict.   Christopher Siennick had a one-word reaction to the verdict. “Cowabunga!” he said.

Luckenbaugh’s sentencing is scheduled for April.  Senior Deputy District Attorney Stephen Zawisky said he’ll probably seek jail time.

Luckenbaug’s partner, Trooper Michael Trotta, was terminated for misconduct.

 

 

In Memoriam of Officer Andrea Danielle Heath

Another case where a cop that whistle blows is punished. May Officer Heath rest in peace.

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The untold story of Andrea Heath (“Officer Heath”), of the Riverside (California) Police Department,  is one of the most saddest and heart wrenching stories of corruption, abuse and harassment that I have ever read.

According to her online obituary, Ms. Andrea Danelle Heath, was born on March 28, 1969, in San Bernardino, California. She was a graduate of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Training Center. On October 8, 2013, Officer Heath committed suicide, after enduring, what was alleged to be, years of harassment and abuse at the hands of her fellow Police Officers and various law enforcement personnel.

A copy of the Civil Complaint can be viewed here.

Below is the report from Kia Farhang, with the Desert Sun News. Kia Farhang is a local reporter for The Desert Sun. He can be reached at (760)778- 4625, kia.Farhang@desertsun.com or on Twitter @KiaFarhang.

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Chicago Police Escort Girls Without Fathers to ‘Daddy Daughter Dance’

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The second annual “Daddy Daughter Dance” was held in Chicago over the weekend, and the event sponsored by the Chicago Police Department proved to be a success.

The event, which was held at the South Shore Cultural Center, matched up Chicago police officers with girls who don’t have fathers in their lives. Also in attendance were officers and their own daughters.

“After last year’s event, we had several officers and the young ladies that they escorted, they kept up with one another and it really bridged a gap,” said Sgt. Kimberly Woods. “It let the girls know that officers are just people too and we dance, and we dance funny like your dads do.”

The Chicago Police Department and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives planned the dance to encourage healthy relationships between daughters and their fathers.

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Police Officer Comforts Autistic Teen

In general, when the media reports cops who do something kind, it’s towards animals.  It’s not often, or often enough, that we read stories about law enforcement doing something kind for people.  So, I thought I’d share this uplifting story.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department posted the story on their Facebook page on May 13, 2016.

Officer Tim Purdy is with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina Police Department.  An unnamed teen student had left school and may have been suicidal.  The teen has a history of violent behavior due to a neuro-development disorder.

According to Yahoo news, when Officer Purdy spotted the student, he approached him, sat with him on the concrete and tried to connect with him. At one point, Purdy even made the teen laugh. Read the rest of this entry

Any Discussion Open Thread

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small.

Hope that this week finds you healthy and happy, and not yet fed up with politics, politics, and more politics.  There are several things I have to do in the next few days, so I might not be able to blog on any particular issue that comes up in the news.   We can use this open thread to discuss anything; up-date anything.

I found a few very interesting stories.  In the first, Taylor Thyfault was a cadet in police training who was hit and killed during a high-speed chase in May 2015.  Since then, his mother has been texting his old phone as a way to deal with her grief. She never expected a text back.  Here’s the video. Read the rest of this entry

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES IN THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

Gronda, you put allot of time into this, and wrote candidly and honestly in words that I have not been able to express. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Gronda Morin

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When I first wrote the following blog over a year ago, the portrayal that I tried to convey, would not have received much traction or consensus within the general American population. THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT HAS MADE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN MOVING PEOPLES’ HEARTS AND MINDS, TO WHERE THERE IS DIALOGUE ALONG THE LINES, THAT SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. Now there are even reputable news outlets keeping tabs on police shootings, so that we finally have facts for reference. For example a 12/24/15 Washington Post article reports that there have been 965 police shootings for the year 2015. Other reports indicate numbers up to 1199 citizens have been shot; however all resources detail the criteria used to arrive at their numbers. This data was virtually non existent over a year ago.

HERE IS THE YEAR OLD BLOG:

There is something off key regarding the back and forth rhetoric between the police and…

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Officer Who Responded To Sandy Hook Receives Disability

One of the first responding police officers to Sandy Hook claimed post traumatic stress disorder.   The city denied his claim, and the police chief wanted him to return to work.  Attorney David Allen explains how the officer was eventually  granted disability, and how the payments work.

It’s a short video packed with information.

 

 

 

Good Comes From Bad In The Hartford Police Department

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Last year in August, Rabbi Donna Berman helped organize a protest march over the tazing of a Hartford. Connecticut teen. Luis Anglero Jr., 18 years old, was tazed by Detective Shawn Ware. Witnesses believed that Detective Ware tasered Luis repeatedly for up to 40 seconds, but the investigation, which was digitally downloaded from the taser itself, showed that the taser was only active for a burst of 5 seconds.

Surveillance footage obtained by Fox CT shows the cop shocking Luis, who appeared to stand there with his arms at his side that summer night.

Luis was hospitalized after the incident, and charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer. Emotions ran high as the Chief of Police marched with protesters. Prosecutors subsequently dropped the charges against Luis. The video is below, but the story doesn’t end there.

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Chicago Cops Coach Youth Baseball League On South Side To Broker Peace

The best to them!

The Chicago Defender

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At a time when interactions between African-Americans and police are fraught with tension over allegations of excessive force by cops across the nation, a team of Chicago officers are making efforts to improve relations with youth on the city?s South Side, reportsThe Huffington Post.

The Englewood Police Youth Baseball League hopes the sport of baseball will help combat violence by uniting athletes in Englewood?one of the city?s most violent communities?with mentors from the police department, notes the report.

?Showing them that police are human, that we?re their friend, that they are safe around us. That?s an extension of being a police officer,? Angela Wormley, police officer and volunteer coach, told the news outlet.

The league launched in May as part of a partnership with Get In Chicago, a program that works to eliminate juvenile violence, and the community welfare organization Teamwork Englewood…

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How To Fix The Broken Police Culture

Police culture. The first time I heard that term was in an article written by Brian Willis titled “7 reasons the police culture is broken (and how to fix it)”, published on policeone.com. Brian Willis is Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), He was once a full time police officer from 1979 to 2004 with the Calgary Police Service. He also has a website.

chokeNot long ago, a friend and I talked about the hiring and training of police. We spoke about the draft. You might ask, what does the draft have to do with the police?  My son served 12 years in the Armed Forces. He worked and attended college before joining the military.  When his second enlistment was completed, he received letters from law enforcement agencies. Some were local and others were from other states. There was active recruitment of military personnel to apply for positions in law enforcement and border patrol. My son was not a combat enlistment, but the recruitment letters for “combat veterans” kept coming.

In wars before Viet Nam, the enemy was easily recognizable by uniform. It was army against army.  In wars since then, and particularly starting with Persian Gulf II, the enemy can look like, and can be, a civilian.

Rather than wars being country against country, it is “them against us.” Read the rest of this entry

Thoughts for today, #171 …. “Not mutually exclusive”!!

EXACTLY!

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~~June 10, 2015~~ 

THIS SAYS IT ALL

I strongly believe that policemen do their job while risking their lives. Their loved ones stay at home expecting them to return safe but always have the lingering thought in the back of their minds. For this, we thank both the law enforcement officers and their families.

Yet, too many cases are coming to the forefront that makes the public question the status of the police departments all over the country.

We grieve for each and every one that loses their lives in the line of duty. Yet, because of the nature of their work, they should be held to high standards.

This statement sums up for us how we can respect all law enforcement officers yet also question what is happening and has happened at the time of this writing.

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I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing

This is a very detailed story from someone whose boots were on the ground.

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On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with.

That’s a theory from my friend K.L. Williams, who has trained thousands of officers around the country in use of force. Based on what I experienced as a black man serving in the St. Louis Police Department for five years, I agree with him. I worked with men and women who became cops for all the right reasons — they really wanted to help make their communities better. And I…

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Ohio Cop Refused to Shoot Threatening Murder Suspect

The cop was not shot. He lived, and so did the suspect.

Jesse Kidder

Rookie police officer Jesse Kidder

New Richmond, Ohio, rookie Police Officer Jesse Kidder has been on the force for a year. A friend gave him a body camera and he was wearing that on Thursday when stopping a suspected murderer. Michael Wilcox has since been charged with killing his fiancee, Courtney Fowler. Wilcox is also under suspicion for the death of his best friend.

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Arrested for murder, Michael Wilcox

Wilcox took the police on a car chase through multiple counties on the Ohio-Kentucky border before Kidder caught Wilcox and arrested him. 911 dispatchers told officer Kidder that Wilcox could have a gun under his seat and may be threatening suicide-by-cop.

Kidder said since he knew backup was coming, he held off shooting Wilcox. Read the rest of this entry

We Want His Badge

The chants were “We want his badge! We want his gun! We want his job!” These were the words of Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a protégé of Rev. Al Sharpton and a civil rights activist and protestor at a recent march against a police shooting in the Phoenix area.

Fox 10 in Phoenix decided on a little experiment, have an outspoken protestor take a “use of force simulation”. Check it out below.

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After the simulation, in which he also shot an unarmed man, he said that the intensity of the situation was eye opening. He also stated that people need to comply and that you don’t lose dignity by complying. He still supports and calls for independent reviews of police shootings, but I believe his experience has also opened his eyes to some of the situations that police face. Read the rest of this entry

Retaliation Against Cop For Reporting Police Brutality

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Joe Crystal

Because of numerous reports of police brutality and use of excessive force, many have asked why the good cops do not report the bad  ones.

I no longer need to address that in the comment section of this blog.

Now former Baltimore police detective Joe Crystal tells his story in the following video. Joe has sued both the Baltimore Police Department and the police commissioner for not protecting him from retaliation.

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Now This is the Kind of Policeman You Hope For

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In a tumultuous time when law enforcement finds itself under intense scrutiny, a police officer and his wife in North Bend, Oregon show the true meaning of the phrase “to serve and protect.”

This is the Kind of Policeman You Hope For

Great job Officer Kinney! Also great job Chief Kappelman for giving recognition in a usually thankless job.

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Pittsburgh Detective, Jack Mook, Took Matters Into His Own Hands. “I Had Enough’

This brought tears to my eyes. I bet when he became a detective that he had no clue that in the greater scheme of things, it was for a purpose other than detective work.

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Jack Mook, a detective and boxing instructor in Pittsburgh, got curious when two of his students stopped showing up.

He went searching for them and found them at an abusive foster home. Then he took matters into his own hands. This is a classic tale of a by-the-books detective with a soft heart.

What a truly wonderful man! 🙂


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A Policeman’s Kindness in El Paso

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