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Monday, December 22, 2014

The Permit

The Permit, by William B. Scott, published by Pygmy Books, Woodland Park, CO, copyright 2012, ISBN 978-0-9842063-5-3

This book was sent to me free by the publisher in exchange for a review.  The book is about a man who was shot to death by police who were responding to a man with a gun call at a store in Nevada, the man had a concealed carry permit.  The man's father wrote this fictionalized account of the incident and it's aftermath as part of his attempt to obtain justice for his son.

Most of the book reads as a screed against police officers.  Police are generally considered to be criminals, bullies, and just looking for an opportunity to get into a shooting to kill someone.  The book also includes Federal authorities from the NSA who go around, vigilante style, murdering police with high tech weapons to infect them with deadly diseases, including mad cow disease.

The final straw was the end of the book when the main character sees the police involved in this shooting, in the afterlife.  The author describes their evil lives and the toll it has taken on their souls.  Their lives are so corrupt that they may not even be allowed to be reincarnated into new bodies after a period of rehabilitation.  So just to re-cap; the police are bullies and murderers, the Federal government murders American citizens using high technology weapons, and the God of the Bible is false, but reincarnation is true.  While I am sorry this man's son was killed, this is a terrible book and I do not recommend it to anyone; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, December 21, 2014



Anything you do can get you killed, even doing nothing.  Two of New York Cities finest were sitting in their patrol car when a man walked up to the vehicle and shot them both dead.  The killer was a career criminal who murdered his girlfriend, posted threats on line and then drove to NYC and killed two cops in cold blood.  He then killed himself when confronted by responding officers.  He claimed the murders were in response to the events in Ferguson.

It's a sad state of affairs when a large segment of our population is so alienated that they can't accept the lawful actions of police officers, even when a grand jury finds their actions were reasonable and legal and video shows the man shot was a thug and robber.  This is more than a police problem it is a problem for all of society.

If police officers are going to be murdered in cold blood, because another officer was lawfully doing his job, then there is a huge issue  that needs resolution.  Civic leaders need to be clear in their desire to work within the system to resolve problems.  People should not take to the streets in lawless rioting and protesting.  They should vote, they should run for office, they should serve on juries, and pass laws.  We have a system, it works, and taking the law into your own hands is anarchy; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Federal Police?

Why are college students rioting and protesting over Ferguson?  Why are these rather small incidents getting so much media coverage?  Why is the president and so many other national figures making statements on what is essentially a local matter?

I believe that just like the Obama Administration has worked hard with Common Core to nationalize education and with Obama Care to nationalize healthcare, President Obama wants to nationalize police services.

Law enforcement is a local responsibility.  It is paid for and controlled by local politicians and local police chiefs.  Your local small town does not need a bureaucrat from 3,000 miles away to micromanage the hiring, firing, promotion, pay, benefits, policies and procedures of your local police department.  Police need to answer to local authorities, not Washington.  It is an important part of our system of government that local politicians oversee their own police, not the federal government; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, December 15, 2014



Two armed terrorists are holding up to fifty hostages in Australia.  This tells us that radical jihad can attack anywhere, that even with strict gun control, terrorists will get guns if they want them, and we must be ready everywhere to stop a terrorist attack.

Every agency, no matter how small should have a protocol in place to deal with people who take hostages.  Will you negotiate with them?  What are you willing to negotiate about?  Will you exchange the hostages for other people?  For food, or weapons, or other equipment?

What do you do if the hostage takers start to kill hostages?  What if they only wound them, or sexually assault them?  Will you raid the place or shoot the terrorists if they are raping the hostages?  Can you raid a building with your agency or will you need help?  Have you a mutual aid protocol in place to get help quickly in an emergency? Figure these things out before the incident happens, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, December 14, 2014


There have been several controversial police use of force incidents recently.  One thing that people seem to forget is that police officers have right too, just like everyone else.  That includes a right to counsel, a right to remain silent, and a right to a presumption of innocence as well as a right to due process.

Many in the media don't seem to understand any of that. Or if they do, they seem to think it's not right for police officers to assert their rights just like anyone else.  I think that police unions need to do a better job of communicating with the media.

The police union representatives should have spokes people on retainer that can be called any time to respond to controversial police actions.  Controversial is not the same as illegal, immoral, or unethical.  Part of the reason there is controversy is the police side of things is not getting out to the people; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


PCP is making a comeback.  Back in the day, the call that there was someone on Angel Dust, a Duster, was known by officers to be a dangerous call.  It causes people to not feel pain, they make poor decisions, they think they are invulnerable, and often suicidal.  They also feel hot and one of the reasons we get called is that they take off all their clothing and run down the street.

Remember to ask someone to do something, then order them, then compel them.  This is true with people on PCP just like anyone else.  The difference is that you don't need to hurry each phase.  People on PCP sometimes need time to process information.  Keep your voice low and ask them to turn around and put their hands behind their back.  Sometimes they will.

If you think you have a suspect on PCP, try to get at least four officers on scene, more is better.  Also ask for paramedics right away too.  Suspects can be very violent and the drug itself can kill.  Their heart-rate can be very high and because they don't feel much pain, baton strikes, even gun shots can be ineffective.  Suspects can sometimes break handcuffs and even break their own wrists trying to get out of handcuffs.  These suspects sometimes die in custody due to hidden injuries or the drugs.  Get them to medical care or have the paramedics respond as soon as possible; that's what the SGT Says.