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Monday, May 18, 2015


Police video that makes the police look good rarely makes the news.  Police punching someone without explanation frequently makes the news; if it bleeds, it leads school of journalism.  The news is more about sensationalism than about informing people.

Out of context nearly all police violence looks bad. Video does not tell the whole story. Video does not show what the officer thinks or believes is happening. It shows what the camera sees and we watch it in the safety of our own homes. 

There are 800,000+ police in the United States. Some of them are incompetent, poorly trained, and yes, even evil. Finding a few minutes of bad clips of video taken over a period of ten years is not hard and I see it on the Internet all the time, usually with mostly the same clips.  Consider you are always on video whenever you are in uniform, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Biker Gang


Two hundred rival bikers from five different gangs had a meeting at a shopping center in Waco, Texas.  Not surprising, it broke out into a fight, and then a gunfight.  Nine people were killed and 17 others sent to hospitals.  Several of those shot were shot by police.

The police were at the shopping center because they were warned of the meeting beforehand.  They had about a dozen local cops there and some state police as well.  Once the shooting started they called numerous other local agencies and the ATF.

Despite the good press the media seems to want to give to outlaw biker gangs, biker gangs are gangs.  They are on-going criminal enterprises formed and continued to perform criminal acts.  Those acts typically include drug distribution and crimes of violence, against other biker gangs and against police.  Be careful; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Sometimes you get an animal that is actually dangerous.  A ten or twenty miles from where I work they do get a bear in a hot tub once in a while.  With the drought mountain lions are moving closer and closer to urban areas too.  Most of the time you just leave it alone, wait for animal control and eventually they will arrive and tranquilize the animal and take it away.

The big challenge is keeping the people away.  The lookie loos want to see it and take it's picture and just get in the way.  They not only put themselves in danger but they upset the animal.  Sometimes an animal will be a danger and there is only one option, to shoot it.

The shotgun or the patrol rifle are the best choice for shooting an animal.  You want plenty of firepower and you don't what to shoot it ten times.  If time permits it's a good idea to get permission from the supervisor, but if the danger is too severe, shoot the animal.  Protection of human life is the first imperative; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 15, 2015


Sometimes you get an animal call.  I work in an urban area, but it's not so far from wilderness that coyotes, skunks, racoons, possums and other small animals don't turn up once in a while.  We have animal control on call, but they come from another city and they are a private group, not sworn and not public.  They don't work late nor on weekends.

So we have to deal with it on our own.  In most cases the animal has been hit by a car and is dead or dying when we arrive.  In those instances we stand by and wait for it to die.  Then ask a bystander for a shovel and cardboard box or big plastic bag and scoop it up, put it in the trunk and dump it back at the station trash.  Give it a bit of a whack to insure it's dead before trying to scoop it up.

If the animal is alive, and uninjured, and not immediately dangers, drive slow and hope it's gone when you get there.  Most of the time it will simply go away in a couple minutes.  If it's still there, don't rush in to capture it.  Give it time to go away while you keep the neighbors away.  Most urban wildlife is not too concerned about dogs and cars and will figure out where to go if left alone; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Use of force can be dangerous and so it's best to deescalate it to a no use of force incident if possible.  Still, that's not always reasonable.  If a suspect is actively resisting, if he is placing people in danger, then you may even need to increase the amount of force needed to control the event.

A fast, violent use of force can actually prevent further and more serious use of force.  Sometimes officers allow a situation get out of control necessitating even greater force that what was originally necessary to control the situation.

Police use of force must be reasonable.  Struggling around with a suspect for an extended period is not reasonable.  Fighting with a suspect for an extended period gives more opportunities for the suspect to take your gun, to get away, or for other people to get involved; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Use of Force

This just happened in East New York Bklyn
Posted by Noel Farrell on Thursday, May 7, 2015

In a free society we should be able to video the police, but we should be required to stay back at least 25 feet and we should not be allowed to do it in the roadway or other place we don't belong.  There should be a law that prevents people from getting too close to police in the performance of their duty.

 Those two cops were lucky the spectators did not jump in on the suspects side.  It seemed like a contact Tazer strike would have been a good idea when he refused to go down.  This suspect was resisting and the officers were having a hard time taking him down.

Even once he was down on the ground the officers were having trouble getting him under control.  A grown man who does not want to go to jail is difficult to control unless you are willing and able to apply significant force to him.  Sometimes even then; that's what the SGT Says.