Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chicago Shooting


In this video, Chicago Police respond to a call and one of the officers shot a teenager to death.  The officer fired 16 times in 14 seconds.  Most of the rounds were fired after the suspect fell the ground.  There were several officers on scene, but they did not fire.

The person shot was 17 years old.  According to reports that I have read he was two weeks away from his 18th birthday.  The autopsy found PCP in his system and that he was under the influence of PCP at the time.

He was carrying a knife, when he drew while walking down the middle of a four lane street.  The police ordered him to drop the knife and he did not.  Once he was shot and on the ground, he picked up the knife again.  Although this incident happened about a year ago, there have been few details released so some of this information may be in error; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


I am about as old as you can be and still be too young for the Vietnam War. My Army Reserve unit called up everyone who was higher ranking than me for Desert Storm and then war ended. I have worked private security, US Army Reserve, and police reserves for almost my whole adult life. I have never been in a shootout.

 I am not sure if I have actually saved anyone's life. I don't think I have made a lot of difference. But I still have two or three years left. And I know that on the way back to the station on my last shift something major could happen.

 It is our responsibility to be ready, even when no one else is, even when everyone else says we are wasting our time, even when it seems so many are against us. Be the sheepdog; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Campus Police

It is not unusual, in California, for junior college and community college campus police to not carry guns.  They sometimes carry OC spray, or batons, but seldom firearms.  They have full police powers, and attend full police powers.  I even know of some agencies that issue CCWs to the officers so they can carry off duty, but not on duty!

Their role was intended to be more in the nature of security guards, rather than police officers.  Their typical day was locking and unlocking doors, and setting burglar alarms.  They reported burned out lights and enforced traffic rules on campus.  It says POLICE on their cars, badges and uniforms.

Today the campus environment is not the safe, placid, worry free place it once was in years past.  Now there are gang members, radicals, and other criminals on campus.  There are neighborhoods around the schools that have gotten bad since the campus was founded.  There are also fears of a crazy gunman and of terrorism.  It's time to arm campus police, that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Resisting Arrest


In this video a police officer is attempting to arrest a man.  The man says he wants to go on his own.  The man says he is not resisting.  The man is lying, he is resisting.  When told he was under arrest, the man should have put his hands behind his back in preparation of being handcuffed, as instructed.

Pulling away from a police officer is resisting arrest.  Failing to obey a verbal command is resisting arrest.  Too many people today have the opinion that they have no duty to obey the commands of an officer.

Too many officers also have that opinion and don't force their will upon those who fail to do as they are told.  Officers are given authority to do their jobs.  Failure to use that authority when needed only leads to suspects thinking they can get away, and often then requires more force than would have initially been needed; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Watching the many videos on the Internet of police activity, I find several disturbing things in common.  Police fail to take control of the situation.  It is the job of the police to restore order when order has broken down.  Give firm, clear instructions. 

If the instructions are not followed, then give them a second time more forcefully.  If they are still not followed, then implement your plan to bring the subject into submission.  Use enough force to win the fight right away, in the least amount of time. 

Hitting the suspect one time, very hard, is much better than hitting them softly five times.  Too many officers don't have a plan of action.  They don't command, they ask, over and over again.  They use force, but not enough to solve the problem; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


The Internet is full of police videos.  Many times they make the police look bad.  Often the officers use force against people and the text that comes with the video says something about the officers were responding to a very minor crime, loud noise or jaywalking.

These videos require a little detective work sometimes to consider what is going on.  If the video starts with police action, then it is likely that the reason for the police action is likely been left off, or edited out. 

While many incidents may start with a minor offense, it escalates when the suspect refuses to cooperate.  The Oklahoma City bomber was captured due to a loose license plate.  It is the duty of a citizen to submit to the authority of an arresting officer.  Typically the people in these videos passively, and verbally resist and often actively resist.  That's a lot more than a loud noise or jaywalking; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.