Saturday, May 31, 2014

Illegal Aliens

Some wrote recently that $15 an hour jobs were going unfilled in his part of California.  When he was asked for specifics, he could not provide any sources for those jobs.  Certainly there are not too many of those here in greater Los Angeles.  Many claim there are twelve million illegal aliens in the United States.
I think that illegal aliens drive down wages.  I think they do take jobs Americans don't want, but might take them if the pay were higher.  They also come here illegally and often continue illegal activity once they arrive.  What should we do to solve this problem?
We don't have to hire a single police officer.  There are about 800,000 police in the United States.  If each officer arrests only one illegal alien per month, and deports them, then the illegal aliens are all gone in less than two years. In many of our big cities a large percentage of those in custody are illegal aliens. I know myself that I encounter many people, driving cars, who don't have a drivers license. What Californian over 16 does not have a drivers license?  It is the Federal Government responsibility to secure the borders, but local police should do their part too; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Drug Cartels

“A chilling message from the cartels: Billboards with hanging mannequins warning cops to choose ‘silver over lead’ appear in Texas”

Mexican drug cartels are threatening police in Texas with death if they don't accept bribes from the cartels.  Police corruption is one of the most insidious things that can happen to an agency.  It not only destroys the police department, but also the very people they are sworn to protect.

Some have suggested that we use the military to protect our borders and to fight drug cartels.  I disagree.  Corruption in the military of that type would destroy our nation.  Police agencies should deploy special units to fight cartels in their jurisdictions.

Officers should get special background checks to insure they are not on the take.  They should have their background checked again and again frequently.  They need special protection for themselves and their families.  This should be true for judges and district attorneys too.  We need to insure this type of evil never makes a strong foothold north of the border; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Domestic Violence

An officer in New Hampshire was dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute.  He arrived quickly and was invited in by one of the members of the household.  Eight minutes after the call came in, the responding part time officer had been shot to death.

His back up officer from a nearby agency arrived and found his body.  The back up officer ran for his life as the suspect opened fire on him too.  The suspect died in a house fire at the residence.  No other officers were injured and while neighbors said there had been domestic disputes there before, there had been on previous police experience at either the address or with the suspect.

What can we learn from this?  Domestic violence calls are very dangerous.  Whenever possible, you should have two officers respond and the first officer on scene should wait for the second officer to arrive.  Watch the suspects hands.  Don't be afraid to ask the suspect to come outside rather than go inside where they can keep weapons; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Officer Murdered on Traffic Stop

An officer on patrol.  In uniform, in a marked patrol car.  He activates his overhead lights and makes a traffic stop.  Three people in a car, pull into a gas station.  He called in the stop to dispatch.  The suspect vehicle stopped. 

The driver exited his vehicle, placed a rifle on the roof of his car and shot the officer to death.  The officer did not even have a chance to get out of his patrol car.  The officer was killed without a chance to return fire.

When you make a traffic stop, don't linger in the car.  Get out of the car, even if you don't approach right away.  Walk to the rear of your car and approach from the passenger side.  If you don't get out right away, at least be aware of what the other driver is doing and be prepared to exit or shoot.  Don't sit in the car only to finish your conversation with dispatch.  You have a hand held radio, use that; outside the car; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Quick Response

The criminal who murdered six people in California over the weekend was typical of many of these types of criminals.  A self indulgent narcissist who blames everyone for his problems but himself.

He was rich, he was smart.  Driving around in his BMW murdering innocent civilians for no reason at all except to please himself.  When these types of crimes happen, it is imperative to determine where he is located and get there as soon as possible.

Once police arrived, he killed himself.  Once again, taking the self indulgent way out.  This is why it is so important to arrive quickly.  Most of these people will stop their killing spree and kill themselves as soon as they can when confronted by armed resistance.  That's why we don't need to stop for three other officers and wait to form an entry team.  We need to grab our rifle and go; that's what the SGT Says. 

Monday, May 26, 2014


Can you shoot one handed?  Can you shoot one handed both with your right and left hands?  Can you reload one handed?  The average police shooting takes place with the officer and suspect only six feet away from each other, in under three seconds, with three rounds fired.

Can you draw from a snapped and holstered weapon and fire three rounds, hat a man sized target center of mass in three seconds or less?  If you can, you are average.  Can you shoot four rounds in three seconds?  Or shoot three rounds in two seconds, from the holster?

Shootings are dynamic, and often fast moving.  Sometimes by the time your even realize you are being shot at, the shooting is over.  If you can shoot four rounds from the holster in under three seconds, then your are doing okay, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 25, 2014


After a shooting, once it's safe, and the suspect has been disarmed and restrained, render first aid to the suspect.  Certainly, it's okay to prioritized first aid based on injuries and who has been injured.  But the same officer who is guarding the suspect can provide at least some level of first aid.

Direct pressure to a bleeding wound, opening an airway, or applying a tourniquet to a bleeding arm or leg is not too much to ask.  We are the good guys and we need to behave like the good guys.  We don't shoot to kill, we shoot to stop.  We prove that by stopping shooting once the threat is over.

We also prove that we only shoot to stop by rendering first aid to the suspect.  No one expects you to let your partner die to aid the suspect.  No one expects you to neglect innocent victims to help the suspect, but in most instances there are very soon, plenty of hands around to assist in taking care of everyone.  That includes the suspect; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Don't Swear

Don't swear at people while you are on duty, in uniform.  Get used to talking to your friends, co-workers, relatives without using swear words.  Practice not swearing even when you are driving alone and someone else does something stupid.  Don't even swear when you hit your thumb with your hammer.

You want to get out of the practice of swearing so that in an emergency you don't swear.  You don't want to have to explain why you were swearing at the suspect while you were investigating him, arresting him, or even hitting or shooting him.

Anything you can avoid having to explain is a good thing.  It's difficult enough to explain why you had to shoot someone without having to explain why you were calling them names or swearing at them. It's all part of the use of verbal commands in your use of force tactical toolbox; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Black Hills Leather

Black Hills Leather is a company from Laredo, Texas that sells quality leather products for law enforcement and civilians.  A while back I got a custom holster from them.  It was reasonably priced and produced quickly.  It has been in service for over two years and has held up very well.

Check our your police leather gear and your uniforms.  Where are they made?  A while back my agency issued us uniform shirts.  I checked the tag and they were made in Viet Nam.  Communist Viet Nam that killed 50,000 Americans in a war to enslave the Republic of South Vietnam.

I was not happy and I make sure that all my police gear is made in the USA whenever possible.  To my mind, police gear is nothing to scrimp on, since your life might depend on it, so I try to buy American, or at least, non-Communist products; that's what the SGT Says.  

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Beretta is making a new back up gun or off duty gun called the Nano.  It comes in either 9mm or in .40 S&W.  It is a polymer frame and has few external features, making it easy to get out of a pocket or hidden holster quickly.  Fast, smooth draw are important features of off duty guns.

The most important thing about an off duty gun is not the caliber, number of rounds or much else, except that you actually carry it, all the time.  Too often officers don't carry it to church, or the beach, or the gym, or the store, or to many other places.  Eventually they stop carrying it at all.

Having a great selection today is an important advance of where were were 20 or 30 years ago.  Now there are many excellent concealed carry guns because of the large civilian market for concealed carry guns.  I am glad that decent, honest people can defend themselves and I am glad it has made many new guns for cops too; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Front Sight Blog: (video) This is what happens when you lose your mind in a gunfight...

A man commits an armed robbery and shot a police officer.  A huge manhunt was initiated and the man was found driving down the street.  After a short pursuit the man got his car stuck between a pole and a tree.

Police opened fire and killed the man, the passenger in his car and wounded two other officers in a cross fire.  About two dozen officers fired about fifteen rounds each, at suspects who were not shooting at them and who were unarmed.  Bullets hit many other vehicles, trees, and buildings.

When terminating a pursuit where there is a likelihood that the suspect is armed and dangerous, supervisors need to control their people.  Responding officers need to watch for crossfires.  If you are calling the pursuit, direct others where they should go so they won't be in a crossfire.  Since officers were receiving fire, they thought the suspects were firing at them and returned fire.  Officers on the other side then received fire and shot back.  Proper pursuit termination will prevent or minimize these problems; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


One of the most common things we do is to drive people around in our patrol cars.  Typically, they are suspects or convicted criminals.  Every single time you take a suspect or criminal into your vehicle, search them.  Check them for weapons, check them for handcuff keys, check their restraints to insure they are on properly, locked properly and in good condition.   Don't overlook cell phones, drugs or other contraband.

Officers also need to search the vehicle and particularly the space where the suspect will be riding.  Again, you are looking for weapons, handcuff keys, drugs, cell phones or other contraband.  A suspect may have a friend leave or place something in the car for them.  After the suspect is removed from the vehicle, be sure to search it again so that anything they dropped can be traced back to them.

Transporting criminals to jail can be dangerous.  Watch for friends, gang associates, or family who may be lurking near your starting or ending locations, or along choke points on your route.  You may want to vary your route and be sure to watch to see if you are being followed.  Don't forget to buckle up both your self and the suspect; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cap Weapon

People are always looking for new ways to carry weapons.  Some of then are looking for weapons to use against police.  This new product that fits into a special fitting under the bill of an ordinary looking baseball cap.

The cap comes in a variety of colors and designs as does the weapon.  That helps to disguise it's presence under the cap bill.  The cap has a Velcro patch on the front so any design could be put on the front, a sports team, or school logo for example.

This item could be sharpened and it would make a terrible weapon at close range.  Often criminals are only looking for a distraction so they can go for another weapon, your weapon, or just run away.  Always be on the lookout for unusual weapons, and watch the hands; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cop Bar

A former New York City police officer is opening a bar that has an NYPD theme.  I think this is a cute idea, but I would rather it was a restaurant that served alcohol than an actual bar.  Cop bars are nothing new, and bars often choose to serve a particular type of client.

The only problem with cop bars is that some cops take undue advantage of the ability to consume alcohol in public.  They get drunk and then think they can drink and drive because they are police.  They get drunk and then think they can shoot their duty guns at things inside and outside the bar.

They get drunk and then want to fight people from other agencies, non-police, non-sworn, and anyone else.  They use the cop bar as a place to meet cop groupies and then cheat on their wives.  A friendly, safe cop bar is a nice idea, but there are potential problems and the owner, manager, and employees need to try and keep their place a safe and legitimate bar; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Baby Patrol

All good Americans love cars.  Californians love them even more than most other Americans.  We have a car culture that gives rise to songs, car styles, and freeways.  Yet, there is a tragic downside to cars.  Children get locked into cars and die of heat stroke.

Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2013:  43
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2012:  33
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2011 : 33
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2010:  49
Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2009:  33

Most of these kids die because someone forgot the sleeping baby was in the back seat, strapped into the baby seat.  Mom or dad get to work or shopping and don't even think about that child in the back of that car.  The temperature rises from 70 in the air conditioning to over a hundred degrees in a few minutes.

The child dies without regaining consciousness.  Drive thorough parking lots just after everyone gets to work in the morning.  Drive through parking lots of shopping centers when it is daylight.  Look inside vehicles for children.  Remind the property security guards to check cars too.  If you find kids in a car on a hot day, remember it can be difficult to break a car window with a baton.  There are specialized tool for that, but tire iron works well too.  Don't forget to check to see if the doors are unlocked first however, that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Death Penalty

A man kidnapped and rapped two girls, and ten buried one alive, who later died.  He was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.  There is no doubt of his guilt.  The was executed by lethal injection, but his procedure did not go smoothly. 

He had a vein explode and he died less than an hour later from a heart attack.  Sometimes in medical procedures a vein will explode.  It's one of those things that happens.  Too bad, but he was being executed at the time.

There are 20,000 murders in the United States.  There should be 20,000 executions per year.  Many people claim we have an imperfect system, but that is true of all human endeavors.  Justice demands that murders be executed.  Officers risk their lives to capture these killers.  Jailers and prison guards risk their lives guarding these criminals.  It's unfair to police and penal staff to have to deal with people who should be executed because of constant delays or states with no death penalty.  There is no reason for these criminals to not kill a guard; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Private Patrol Cars

Some private security patrol guards like to "play police."  Often they work for, manage, or even own small patrol companies.  Private security has a critical role in the defense against crime and terrorism, but security guards need to keep within their role.

One thing companies sometimes do is use patrol vehicles that are not properly marked.  They try and select company names that sound like police or other government agencies.  Sometimes they put a push bar on the front of the car.  Private security vehicles have no reason to push cars out of the road, so a push bumper is a needless expense.

Private security vehicles should have the name of the company, their license number, and phone number on both sides and rear of the vehicle, along with "Private Patrol" or "Private Security" to clarify they are not police.  Private security guards should be proud of the job they do, and not pretend to be something they are not; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Double Tap Defense

Double Tap Defense makes a nice little two shot concealed carry handgun.  No concealed carry pistol is worth anything if you don't carry it.  The small size of this pistol and light weight certainly make it more likely that someone would carry it on a regular basis, it makes it harder to leave it at home, even in a simple, even small outfit.

.45 ACP is the load to carry whenever the choice presents itself.  Made in America with a lifetime warranty is also a big selling point. Small gun, bit caliber, large recoil is less of a concern with a small gun like this that will only be carried concealed, since it will only be fired in training or in defense of life.  I suspect the recoil would not be an issue in a real incident, and the two round capacity is also probably not an issue as a concealed carry gun.

The two extra rounds are nice but would probably require some level of practice to be able to reload under pressure.
Laying on the beach with this in your pocket is much better than the Glock in your car trunk or in your safe at home.  It's a third level gun. Not a duty gun.  Not an off duty gun.  It's a gun when almost no one would likely carry a gun, or as a back up to the back up gun; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Under the Table

A guy I know has been working part time under the table for a celebrity escort job.  He has been making over a thousand dollars a day and is paid in cash.  People don't pay a guard $200 per hour because they are without risk. 

Always consider what's the worst that can happen. If you are in a traffic collision, who will pay? How about if you are injured or even permanently disabled? Who pays if you have to shoot someone or make an arrest and have to go to court, or even go to jail?

This type of security work may be very tempting, but it can have a huge down side.  A few years ago several local officers were working security for a celebrity who was murdered in an ambush.  The officers were in big trouble with their agency.  They did not have guard licenses, were not working for a company, and had not reported the jobs to their agency.  Working under the table can bring big trouble, that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Dog Shooting

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a sample policy for police departments to use to determine the level of force that officers should use when confronted with a dangerous dog.

“Police officers shall not discharge their firearms at a dog or other animal except to protect themselves or another person from physical injury and when they have exhausted other reasonable means to eliminate the threat. If a decision is made that the animal must be killed, the officer must make every effort to insure that the discharge of his weapon is done as safely as possible. The officer should also try to kill the animal in a humane way to keep the animal from undue suffering or escape.”

While 40 years ago this may have been a good policy, I don't think that it is adequate for today's litigious environment.  It also places undue restraint officers to make a perfect decision each time, which is not reasonable.  There is also nothing concerning reporting or investigation or other legal requirements.  I think there could be much better; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Major Incident

If you are working a major incident it can be helpful to have a few extras with you, or in your car, or at least in you locker to help you out.  I always try and have a second uniform in my locker.  If I get wet or really dirty, I can always go and change clothing.  That includes tee shirt, underwear and socks.

On a hot day, a tee shirt can quickly get soaked through with sweat.  It can be very refreshing to go back to the station and just change your tee shirt.  While holding a long perimeter, the chance to retire from the line and get recharged can be very important.

I also carry beef jerky and often bottled water with me.  It's not much, but a quick bite to eat and some water can be very helpful after holding the line for a long time.  In cold weather, gloves, mittens, extra socks can be a lifesaver.  A hat and sun screen are also helpful too; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


In these days of small budgets and few if any raises, how do you keep your officers motivated to go out and do a good job?  How do you deal with budget cuts and lay offs?  First thing is remember a police department is not the building it's the officers.  It's not the cars or the guns, it's the people. 

Take care of your people as best as you can.  Laying off an officer is the last resort after all other remedies have been tried.  Cut benefits, cut paid time off, cut retirement, cut equipment purchases.  You officers came to you for work and I think you have a moral obligation to try and keep them employed. 

If you have to cut jobs, then work with the officers and with local agencies to try and get them a lateral transfer so they can stay employed.  It will help that officer and let those who remain know that you care about their well being.  It's the least you can do; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 9, 2014


On a major incident it is easy to overlook the physical limitations of the officers involved.  Too often officers sit on a perimeter or work an incident without relief until they collapse from exhaustion, or if the incident explodes they may not be at full alertness to handle the problem.

Everyone should get a ten minute break every hour.  The stress of constant alertness on a perimeter needs relief to keep every officer at his peak.  It's very tiring to stay focused on a closed door for hours at a time, knowing that the suspect might burst out of the door at any moment.  At some point the officer becomes more concerned with going to the bathroom or getting a drink of water than with watching the door.

To do this requires a ratio of one officer for every four or five on the perimeter to give breaks.  He moves into position with the officer and the officer then withdraws to a secure location for a break.  Once his break has ended he then returns to is original location.  Keeping your people sharp is an important task; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dog Fight

Sometimes an officer might be called to separate two dogs who are fighting each other.  This is a dangerous time because the dogs are already agitated and upset.  They also might be hurt and more willing to bite.

Rather than jump in and trying to grab the dogs, you need to try and separate them from a distance.  A garden hose works very well for this, but we don't often carry one around.  The fire extinguisher in the patrol car can work also, particularly a CO2 one, but a dry chemical one will often work too.  OC spray will also help to get the dogs to stop fighting.

Use a catch pole or other long stick to break them apart.  A loud noise may cause them to become distracted or scared, the police car air horn or siren might work.  A plastic trash can, bicycle or lawn chair might also be employed to break them apart.  Of course once they are apart does not mean they will stay apart; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Dog Shooting

There are some times when an officer may actually have to shoot a dog.  A dog that has gotten loose and has attacked and injured people is a good example.  Some dogs have owners who don't care for the dog, they only have the dog for illegal or immoral purposes.  Often these dogs are trained specifically to attack, frequently because they are used in dog fighting or to protect an owners drug business.

Most officers have never been trained in how to shoot a dog.  Shooting a dog with a Taser or a gun can be a problem because dogs are usually much smaller and shorter than a person.  Dogs also have a horizontal rather than vertical aspect ratio.  Because of their shape, dogs are hard to hit with the Taser, the Taser is designed for vertical humans.

Dogs also move quickly so it's hard to hit a dog with a gunshot.  Ideally, the officer should employ his shotgun to insure a quick death for the dog.  A handgun may not kill a dog right away.  If the dog is severely wounded the officer should be able to deliver a second shot to kill it, but not all agencies will permit that, and it may be dangerous to bystanders.  All dog shootings should be carefully investigated and an improper shooting should result in disciplinary action; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Advance Planning

Sometimes a little pre-planning can be helpful when responding to a call where a dog may be present.  Animal control is handled in many different ways all over the country.  I think no matter who's authority they come under, private, public, police or independent, they should share information with the police department. 

If police know there is a bad dog on the property, they can be extra careful when they decide to enter and can take precautions.  If there is no urgent need to go on the property, then they can call for animal control to contain the dog.  I am a big believer that whenever police do a "raid" on a premises they should always have at least one animal control officer to contain the suspect's dogs and other creatures.

Officers should also carry a catch pole in their patrol car trunk.  They should also be trained in how to use the catch pole.  Never issue equipment to officers without training them in how to use it properly.  A catch pole is so much more helpful than a simple leash because you can keep the animal a short distance away and prevent a bit.  Advance planning, it makes incident go smoother; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Dog Avoidance

Don't force dogs into a corner.  Even a timid dog might attack if he is threatened.  If you have to go into a yard or building with a dog don't stare at them.  Dogs consider a stare to be a threat.  Look at them from the side of your eyes.  Also, don't smile at them.  Dogs consider teeth to be a threat.

If you have to go inside a yard or home, take the dart cartridge off your Taser.  Activate the test of the Taser a couple times in the presence of the dog, while you are still outside the gate or door.  Most dogs HATE the electrical clacking sound of the Taser and will often run away from it.

Put your OC spray in your non-gun hand.  Most dogs can be stopped by OC spray, that's what mailmen carry.  Dogs will recover from the spray after a short while, so be aware he may return.  A highly motivated or trained dog may work through the OC but your average house pet will not; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Officer Deaths

In 2013 111 officers were killed in the line of duty.  Automobile accidents were the largest killer of police officers.  There is much you can do to reduce that toll.  Many times these were one vehicle accidents or collisions where the officer was at fault.

Wear your seat belt.  Even a minor collision at a slow speed can injure you badly without a seat belt.  Seat belts are not made obsolete by the use of the air bag; they are made more effective.  They can't help you if you don't wear them.

Slow down.  Officers often drive way too fast.  Single car collisions where the officer is driving 100+ mph are not uncommon, they should be.  If you crash on the way to the call, then you create more problems to be solved; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Dog Training

A police officer is in public with his K-9 handler and is captured on tape training his dog.  The person recording the event is obviously concerned with the methods the officer is using to train the dog.  The viewer complains that the officer is abusing the dog.  The handler was placed on leave while an investigation was conducted about the event.

I have never worked as a K-9 officer, but have have owned two Labrador Retrievers, large dogs, often used in police work.  My agency has always had dogs and I have worked with the handlers some.  I have held on my dog's leash while he pulled so hard that the dog choked on himself he was so driven to chase something.  I have seen K-9 officers pull their dogs up by the collar also to get them to stop a bit or to drop a toy.

Police dogs are highly energetic, very strong and very determined.  Without these personality and physical traits they would not be good police dogs.  They love to work and get very excited about doing their jobs.  Sometimes an officer has to do what appears to be harsh, just to control the dog.  It is best that these training sessions be done outside of public view because the average citizen does not understand how police dogs need to be trained.  Training human police recruits is sometimes a difficult thing for civilians to watch.  It's outside their normal behaviors.  I don't think this officer did the best training of the dog, I do think his major problem was training where he was in view of the public; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 2, 2014


Two Alaskan State Troopers were killed, shot to death.  The two officers were killed in a town of under 300 people out in the middle of nowhere. This is a reminder that for officers no place can be considered safe. 

No place is too remote or too peaceful to have criminals or insane persons intent on killing an officer.  It is easy to become complacent and think that nothing bad can happen.  We don't consider that even in small populations or remote areas that the unthinkable can happen, and it can happen to us.

We sometimes think that because we are in a wealthy community with a low crime incidence that nothing will happen.  It is often this very complacency that gets us killed.  We forget what can happen and only consider what has happened recently.  Be ready, all the time, every day; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chief & Guns

"...A gun is not a defensive weapon.”  “A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power,”  Recently a police chief made these two statements.  A gun is a weapon.  It can be used in the offense, or in the defense.  This is true for most weapons.  It is the circumstances and intentions of the user of the weapon that determine it's nature.

Police officers in his city carry firearms.  Do they carry them for the purpose of intimidation?  Do they carry them to show power?  If one of his officers was forced to use his firearms in a defensive manner to stop a criminal, would the chief go to court and testify that the officer used his firearm as an offensive weapon to show power?

This police chief was speaking at a political meeting and was in uniform.  I believe it is inappropriate for police officers to wear their uniforms when performing political actions.  It gives the impression that the speech is an official pronouncement from their agency.  This seems to be a poor showing by this agencies head; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.