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Sunday, January 21, 2018

North Korea's SLBM program.

I've often posted on how I've been interested, and concerned, about North Korea for decades. The Kim family is not as radical as you can get (See Iran), but they have a similar goal. Survival. They see what's happened in Russia, Egypt, and Libya, and they know being an adversary (hell, a friend or alley) of the United States can be problematic. And the Kim's, call them many things, you can call them survivors. And their ruthlessness compares to Stalin, Hitler and Mao.

With that as a backdrop, I've recently become a fan of this website, 38North.com. Back when I was in south Korea at Camp Casey, we had a bad joke, "We're 45 from the 38th." It would take 45 seconds for the artillery from North Korea to hit us.

Now here is an interesting report on North Korea's Sub-launched Ballistic Missile program. For some reason a nation that cannot feed it's population needs nuke launching subs.

North Korea’s Submarine Ballistic Missile Program Moves Ahead: Indications of Shipbuilding and Missile Ejection Testing

38 North November 16, 2017

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.

Commercial satellite imagery of the Sinpo South Shipyard from November 5 indicates that North Korea is on an aggressive schedule to build and deploy its first operational ballistic missile submarine.

The continued movement of parts and components into and out of the parts yards adjacent to the construction halls indicates an ongoing shipbuilding program. The presence of what appear to be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull in the yards suggests construction of a new submarine, possibly the SINPO-C ballistic missile submarine (SSB)[1]—the follow-on to the current SINPO-class experimental ballistic missile submarine (SSBA).[2]

A probable launch canister support, or launch canister, appears to be present within the service tower at the missile test stand suggesting the ongoing ejection testing of submarine launch ballistic missiles (SLBM). Such testing could support the continued development of SLBMs, a new ballistic missile submarine or a combination of both.

Both the SINPO-class submarine and submersible missile test stand barge remain berthed at the same locations as observed since last August and appear capable of putting to sea at any time of Pyongyang’s choosing; however, there are no activities suggesting a forthcoming at-sea or submerged test of a Pukguksong-1/KN-11, a potential Pukguksong-3, or other SLBM.

Building of a New Submarine

Throughout 2017 there has been continued movement of parts and components into and out of the two parts yards adjacent to the constructions halls in the center of the shipyard. Accompanying this has been the movement of the gantry and tower cranes that service the yards.[3] These activities suggest a prolonged and ongoing shipbuilding program, which is supported by the fact that the Sinpo South Shipyard has historically been the primary manufacturer of large submarines for the Korean People’s Navy (KPN).

Imagery from November 5 shows two larger circular objects that may be sections of a submarine’s pressure hull. The diameter of the first object is approximately 7.1 meters, while the diameter of the second starts at approximately 7.1 meters and reduces to approximately 6.1 meters. The larger object has what appears to be two internal cross members that could be used to support decks or internal equipment. If these assessments are correct, then the shipbuilding program is for a submarine with a beam broader (in width) than the ROMEO-class attack submarine (6.7 meters)—meaning it is potentially a SINPO-C SSB, the reported follow-on to the SINPO-class SSBA.

Figure 1. Continued movement of parts and components observed at parts
yards adjacent to construction halls. Image © 2017 DigitalGlobe, Inc.


Figure 2. Close-up of one parts yard shows potential pressure
hull components. Image © 2017 DigitalGlobe, Inc. 


Likely Ejection Testing of Missile

At the test stand, imagery from November 5 shows an object visible at the top of the service tower that appears to be either a launch canister support or launch canister. This object does not appear in previous satellite or ground images of the test stand. While there is no additional activity of note in the immediate area, the service tower remains in place. During the earlier development of the Pukguksong-1/KN-11, it was removed after testing campaigns. Therefore, the continued presence of this object suggests ongoing SLBM ejection tests. If correct, this is likely a continuation of the ejection test campaign reported during July of this year.[4] Regardless, additional ejection tests should be expected in the future for further development of the Pukguksong-1, a potential Pukguksong-3, or other future SLBMs. Such a test would also be valuable for validating missile launch systems for a new class of SSBs.

Figure 3. Close-up of the missile test stand indicates launch canister support
or launch canister present at service tower. Image © 2017 DigitalGlobe, Inc.















ICBMs, submarines with missiles. Look just over the border you see China with its submarines program and carrier development. Seems these nations are interested in projecting power.

No question, the Kim's have learned the lesson of Muammar Gaddafi. The US will turn on you (thank you Mrs. Bill Clinton) after giving up you WMDs. So unless you want to attack North Korea (ugly would not be a word to describe it) you're going to have to live with a nuclear armed rogue state. Personally, I would use an updated version of Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD). Return our tactical nukes to South Korea (open secret is we've had a nuke sub off the peninsula for ages to keep the NK army on their side of the DMZ), deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to South Korea, Japan and Australia. And finally, arm Japan and Australia with nuclear weapons. These are people who live by the words of Stalin, "Treaties are like pie crust, made to be broken." A signed document means nothing to the Kim’s, or China. Unless we have a fist to hit them with, they hold us at the disadvantage. And we cannot tolerate that.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Officer Down


Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Cohen
Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal, Maryland
End of Watch Friday, December 8, 2017
Age 33
Tour 9 years
Badge 403

Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Cohen was struck and killed by a vehicle on southbound I-270, near Falls Road in Montgomery County, while assisting at the scene of another crash involving an off duty FBI agent.

Deputy Chief Cohen was off duty when he encountered a single vehicle crash that was blocking the left the lane of the interstate. He activated his flashers and notified the Maryland State Police barracks that he was checking on the welfare of the driver, Supervisory Special Agent Carlos Wolff. He and Agent Wolff were standing on the shoulder of the highway when another vehicle swerved to avoid the crash scene.

The vehicle struck Deputy Chief Cohen and Agent Wolff, throwing them both over the jersey wall into the northbound lanes. They both suffered fatal injuries as a result of being struck.

Deputy Chief Cohen had served as a law enforcement investigator with the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal for nine years and served as a volunteer firefighter with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.

Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

At the very least, could they have put that animal away for fifteen years....

I remember a quote from a judge profiled in 60 Minutes ages ago. She was in the process of sentenceing a convicted felon to over 250 years and he was crying. So she comforted him with these words, "Don't worry, you won't serve half of it...."

Now the Harris County, TX District Attorney has made herself famous for wanting to, among other things, "reform" bail and reduce the number of people in jail. I wonder how her plan looks now.

Suspect in Spring couple's murder served only three years of 30-year sentence

Khari Kendrick is one of three suspects charged with murdering Bao and Jenny Lam.

Investigators say the suspects ambushed the Lams, tortured them and killed them execution style. They believe robbery was the motive.

Less than two months before this ruthless crime was committed, Khari Kendrick was in prison. He was serving a 30-year sentence for burglary, a weapons charge and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Of that 30-year sentence, he served just three years and was released with supervised parole.

Victim's advocate Andy Kahan was outraged. He said he can't believe the suspect was able to serve such a short sentence.

We reached out to the Parole Board to ask them about the short sentence and they said he was approved for parole for the following reasons:
1.He maintained a satisfactory institutional adjustment.
2.He completed prison programs, activities and treatments.
3.It was his first incarceration and he would remain under a period of supervision...

I posted last week on the new Philadelphia DA wanting to "reform" bail and reduce the number of people in prison. I wonder how soon Phili will have a story like this?

Thanks Ryan W for the link.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

K9 Down


K9 Ori
Antrim County Sheriff's Office, Michigan
End of Watch Friday, November 10, 2017
Breed German Shepherd
Gender Male
Age 1
Cause Struck by vehicle

K9 Ori was struck and killed by a vehicle while working on off-leash obedience training in Kalkaska County.

K9 Ori had only served with the Antrim County Sheriff's Office for two weeks.
Rest in Peace Ori…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Officer Down


Police Officer Donald O. Kimbrough
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch Thursday, December 7, 2017
Age 71
Tour 7 years
Badge 2257
Cause Gunfire
Incident Date Friday, August 25, 1972
Weapon Handgun
Offender At large

Police Officer Donald Kimbrough succumbed to complications of gunshot wounds sustained on August 25th, 1972, while responding to a robbery.

He and his partner, both in plain clothes, were in the area of a methadone clinic when they were informed that two men were shooting at people in the parking lot at the intersection of Belmont Street and Woodward Avenue. As the officers arrived on scene they confronted one of the armed subjects walking from an alley to a car that had just pulled into an adjacent parking lot.

The man complied, but a second subject sitting in the vehicle's driver's seat opened fire with a handgun, striking Officer Kimbrough in the chest. The first subject then picked up the shotgun and fired at Officer Kimbrough's partner. Both officers returned fire as the suspects fled in the car.

Officer Kimbrough was transported to Henry Ford Hospital where it was determined that the bullet had lodged against his spine, causing him paralysis from the waist down. Although confined to a wheelchair, he was able to return to limited duty until being medically retired in 1977. His health continued to deteriorate, and he died of complications of the original gunshot wound on December 7th, 2017.

The two suspects involved in the shooting were never identified and the case remains open.

Officer Kimbrough was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Detroit Police Department for a total of seven years before medically retiring. He is survived by his son.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 



Friday, January 12, 2018

Not good news for the "City of Brotherly Love"...

An article I read last year (and I've been meaning to blog on) shows how there is a new class of district attorney's out there, former defense lawyers, not tied to the "old ways" of doing things. Not looking at using capital punishment, or "excessive" bonds, etc. I would point out the new DAs listed in that article likely were put in when minority voters went out in November 2016 and voted a straight Democratic ticket against Donald Trump.

Well, got more news from the formerly great North East. We have another new district attorney who is making his intentions clear.
New Philadelphia DA fires 31 lawyers in office

The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner fired 31 staff members in the office, a dramatic shake-up and the first major staffing decision announced by the city's new top prosecutor, just three days after he was sworn in.

Krasner's spokesman, Ben Waxman, said the dismissals Friday were part of a "broad reorganization" of the office's structure and a way to implement a culture change in an institution Krasner frequently criticized during the campaign.

In seeking their resignations, the new district attorney "thanks them for their service to the city," Waxman said in a statement. "However, he made clear his intention to take the office in a different direction."

The sweeping change affected lawyers of all ranks and could represent a 10 percent reduction in the number of prosecutors. Names were not released, but current and former employees - none authorized to publicly discuss the firings - said the group included trial attorneys and some supervisor-level staff, many with decades of experience. As many as a third of the office's homicide prosecutors were told to leave, sources said....
In a city of 1.5 million, where there were 317 murders in 2017, one of the DAs first acts is to reduce size and experience level of his homicide prosecutors. New York City, with a population of 8.5 million, had 290.
"...The announcement was the first bombshell in what some of his supporters have hoped - and his critics have feared - would be a wave of drastic changes accompanying the installation of the career civil rights lawyer to the city's top law enforcement job.

During his campaign, Krasner pledged to reduce the number of people behind bars, never seek the death penalty, and seek to end use of cash bail - goals that were praised by fellow Democrats and liberal criminal justice observers, but met with skepticism or even scorn from other law enforcement officials. After his victory, Krasner reiterated his priorities but downplayed concerns about a possible exodus or mass purging of staff..
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And it shows. Now this is chickens%^&!
...Some of those let go, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss their termination, said they were told Friday morning to come to the office as soon as possible. When they arrived, they said, they were escorted by the office's detectives as they learned their fate - often without explanation - and cleaned out their desks. Several left in tears.

Andrew Notaristefano, a homicide prosecutor and district attorney's office employee for more than a decade, said he had a homicide trial scheduled to start Monday - and that he'd met with the victim's family Thursday night to prepare. He was at his desk working Friday when a human resources employee took him aside and told him he was fired, he said.

Notaristefano, who secured dozens of murder convictions during his career, said he was given "no explanation." He requested to leave after prosecuting his upcoming trial but was told no, he said. His request to speak to Krasner was also denied, he said...

Sorry Mr. Notaristefano, the new boss gotta get his people in now.
"...Michael Barry, deputy of the pretrial division, confirmed that he was asked to resign, with his last day next Friday. James Carpenter, chief of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit for the past six years, said he would also leave that day.

Derek Riker, chief of the Diversion Courts Unit for the last five years, said he was shocked to be let go because "I consider myself one of the progressive people in the office," responsible for cases that involve alternative treatment and programs instead of incarceration - the types of ideals Krasner campaigned to expand.

Gwenn Cujdik, a homicide prosecutor, asked what would happen if she didn't resign as requested. She said she was told she would be fired on Monday.

"A lot of us stayed because we were willing to stay and willing to work for (Krasner) and continue to do what we do," Cujdik said..."
I think you'll do better staying away from the SAS.
"...Lt. Philip Riehl of the Philadelphia Police Department's Homicide Unit said: 'These career prosecutors were dismissed in a classless and callous manner.. The entire system lost today.'"

In his statement, Krasner's spokesman said the new district attorney 'was given a clear mandate from the voters for transformational change. Today's actions are necessary to achieve that agenda.'"

Voters of Philadelphia, you will reap what you've sown. Last year I wrote an article for American Thinker, explaining how cops, when threatened by their political bosses, will simply "Go Galt." A cop will sign on, answer calls for service, but otherwise not do anything self initiated. They got careers, families, pensions, etc, to protect. And seeing how the new Philli DA is looking at his office, all I can say to the cops in Philadelphia is watch your back.

Monday, January 8, 2018

A unique way to avoid an obscenity, the inheritance tax

This is not a results of Obergefell v. Hodges, but it's still funny. When that abortion of constitutional law came out, two things crossed my mind:

1. Who is the man in the divorce? Which one of the two people looses the house, the kids, the money, etc.?

2. You know there were thousands of lawyers out there screaming, "Cha Ching!" More business for them.

But now we have two straight Irish gentlemen getting married to avoid inheritance taxes.
Two straight men marry to avoid paying inheritance tax on property

Best friends Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan are both heterosexual. O’Sullivan, 58, is also the carer of Murphy, 83.

In lieu of paying O’Sullivan for his time in caring for his friend, they agreed Murphy would leave him his house after he passed away.

But after finding out how they would have to pay €50,000 (£44,300 $59,300) worth of inheritance tax if Murphy just left it in the will, they decided to marry to bypass the fee...

...O’Sullivan told the Irish Mirror: ‘Eventually, Matt said the only way he could pay me was to leave me the house.

‘I told him that it was a great idea but that I would have to sell the house as I would have to pay inheritance tax, massive tax,’ he said.

Then he was chatting to a friend at a local pub in Cashel, County Tipperary, and she jokingly said they should get married.

So O’Sullivan popped the question one night.

The couple married at the Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital Registry Office in Dublin.

They walked down the aisle to a harpist serenading the couple and 11 witnesses watched on.

O’Sullivan said he checked with the police, revenue commissioners and a former attorney general who confirmed everything was legal...

This case involves two items I find obscene. One, Obergefell v. Hodges. Yes, I know this doesn't refer to outside the USA, but the Constitution does not cover marriage. That is something to be handled by the states. And the other is inheritance taxes. You spend your entire life working and building your wealth, paying taxes all during this time. When you pass, how that is handled is your business only. I don't care if your estate is worth one billion dollars or one dollar.

Mr. Murphy and Mr. O’Sullivan, may I congratulate you two, and wish you a happy life together. And hopefully there are bureaucrats in the Irish Finance Ministry screaming at this!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Officer Down


Police Officer Kenneth Copeland
San Marcos Police Department, Texas
End of Watch Monday, December 4, 2017
Age 58
Tour 19 years
Badge 432
Military Veteran

Police Officer Ken Copeland was shot and killed while he and other officers attempted to serve a warrant in the El Camino Real neighborhood on a man wanted for a crime of violence.

The officers were ambushed at the man's home on Cottonwood Parkway, near Capistrano Drive. Officer Copeland, who was wearing a vest, was struck multiple times. He was transported in a patrol car to Central Texas Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him surrendered following a brief standoff with members of the regional SWAT team.

Officer Copeland, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, had served with the San Marcos Police Department for 19 years. His death marks the first time in the department’s history an officer was killed in the line of duty, according to the city’s police chief.

Officer Copeland was working an overtime shift on the day he was slain. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A potentially revolutionary change in body armor....

Cops have a love-hate relationship with body armor. No question, it's saved countless lives over the years. It is also uncomfortable, especally for those of us in hot areas. There has been some possible changes in body armor, from some based on corn starch, and liquid. But if this works out, it's a real game changer.

Graphene Research Could Lead to Foil-Thin Body Armor

Some scientists believe the combination of two graphene layers could create a lightweight material that can stop bullets.

Researchers from the City University of New York’s Advanced Science Research Center discovered that by combining no more than two layers of graphene, they would be able to create an ultra-thin material that, when it is struck by a fast-moving projectile like a bullet, it suddenly hardens and protects the wearer, Morning Ticker reports.

Graphene is a sheet of a single layer of carbon atoms that is arranged in hexagonal fashion. Scientists have discovered that graphene has some extremely unusual properties, as it is the strongest material that has ever been tested and it very efficiently conducts heat and electricity. It was first observed by an electron microscope back in 1962, but it wasn’t until 2004 that scientists were able to isolate and characterize graphene.

Here is the full statement from the research center:
Imagine a material as flexible and lightweight as foil that becomes stiff and hard enough to stop a bullet on impact. In a newly published paper in Nature Nanotechnology, researchers across The City University of New York (CUNY) describe a process for creating diamene: flexible, layered sheets of graphene that temporarily become harder than diamond and impenetrable upon impact.

Scientists at the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, worked to theorize and test how two layers of graphene — each one-atom thick — could be made to transform into a diamond-like material upon impact at room temperature. The team also found the moment of conversion resulted in a sudden reduction of electric current, suggesting diamene could have interesting electronic and spintronic properties. The new findings will likely have applications in developing wear-resistant protective coatings and ultra-light bullet-proof films.

“This is the thinnest film with the stiffness and hardness of diamond ever created,” said Elisa Riedo, professor of physics at the ASRC and the project’s lead researcher. “Previously, when we tested graphite or a single atomic layer of graphene, we would apply pressure and feel a very soft film. But when the graphite film was exactly two-layers thick, all of a sudden we realized that the material under pressure was becoming extremely hard and as stiff, or stiffer, than bulk diamond.”

Angelo Bongiorno, associate professor of chemistry at CUNY College of Staten Island and part of the research team, developed the theory for creating diamene. He and his colleagues used atomistic computer simulations to model potential outcomes when pressurizing two honeycomb layers of graphene aligned in different configurations. Riedo and other team members then used an atomic force microscope to apply localized pressure to two-layer graphene on silicon carbide substrates and found perfect agreement with the calculations. Experiments and theory both show that this graphite-diamond transition does not occur for more than two layers or for a single graphene layer.

“Graphite and diamonds are both made entirely of carbon, but the atoms are arranged differently in each material, giving them distinct properties such as hardness, flexibility and electrical conduction,” Bongiorno said. “Our new technique allows us to manipulate graphite so that it can take on the beneficial properties of a diamond under specific conditions.”

The research team’s successful work opens up possibilities for investigating graphite-to-diamond phase transition in two-dimensional materials, according to the paper. Future research could explore methods for stabilizing the transition and allow for further applications for the resulting materials...
...Scientists believe it could be used to create solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LED), touch panels, or even phones. Researchers think that it would be possible to create graphene supercapacitors that would be able to replace electrolytic batteries as an energy storage device. And the auto industry is even experimenting with making cars out of this material...

Cool on the other items, but if this is usable for body armor, it's nothing short of incredible. K9s, horses, and two legged cops will have no excuse for not wearing protection from firearms.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Officer Down


Trooper Damon Allen
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas
End of Watch Thursday, November 23, 2017
Age 41
Tour 15 years
Badge 10525

Trooper Damon Allen was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on I-45 in Freestone County, just south of Fairfield, at approximately 4:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day.

He had contacted the driver and was returning to his patrol car when the man exited his car and opened fire with a rifle. Trooper Allen was killed at the scene.

The man was located in Waller County several hours later and taken into custody after exchanging shots with officers.

Trooper Allen had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Officer Down


Deputy Sheriff Eric Overall
Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Michigan
End of Watch Thursday, November 23, 2017
Age 50
Tour 22 years
Badge 664

Deputy Sheriff Eric Overall was struck and killed by a suspect vehicle as he attempted to deploy stop sticks at approximately 12:30 am.

Officers began pursuing the vehicle in the parking lot of the Lapeer County Jail after the man made threats against law enforcement. The pursuit traveled into Oakland County on I-69, where the vehicle exited on M-15. Deputy Overall had deployed stop sticks and had taken up a position well off the roadway.

The driver of the vehicle intentionally drove off of the roadway and struck Deputy Overall. The suspect's vehicle then overturned. Pursuing officers immediately took the man into custody.

Deputy Overall had served with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for 22 years.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sometimes life gives you some schadenfreude...

Domestic terrorist groups like Black Lives Matter and Cop Block can be annoying or dangerous, depending on what they are doing. So I must say this gives me a smile.


Cop Block Group Founder Arrested For Impersonating Police Officer

Canton, GA – The founder of the anti-police group Georgia Cop Block was arrested for impersonating a police officer and interrupting law enforcement radio traffic on Thursday, police said.

Jonathan Beavers, 29, has been charged with four counts of harassing communications, two counts of obstruction of an officer, and one count of impersonating an officer, Cherokee Sheriff’s Office (CSO) Sergeant Marrianne Kelley told the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger-News.

“The Criminal Investigations Division identified the suspect as Beavers and executed a search warrant at his residence. Investigators located evidence to further their investigation,” Sgt. Kelley said....

The fact he would impersonate an officer, I can see that. Why drive all around looking for police actions when you can make them up. but this is definitely believable:
Beavers resides with his mother, Woylene Waldroup, who denied that her son would ever think to impersonate an officer.

“He would never do that. Never,” Waldroup told WSB-TV.

That old, living with his parents, no apparent job. Snowflake.
...Beavers is the founder of Georgia Cop Block, an affiliate of a national unorganized collective called Cop Block, the Cherokee Tribune and Ledger-News reported.

Beavers frequently listened to police communications on his scanner, and would respond to locations where officers were dispatched, WSB-TV reported.

He would then record law enforcement officers’ actions using his cell phone...

...His father, Milton Beavers, claimed that his son was arrested because he is trying to hold police accountable for their actions.

"That's the first thing they said when they came through the door, 'Cop Block," Milton told WSB-TV. "They have a vendetta against Jonathan."

"They busted through the door. I made them go get the search warrant. They were in there looking for some sort of CDs," Waldroup said.

Even after investigators allowed Beavers’ parents to listen to the radio call that led to his arrest, they said they still were not convinced it was the voice of their son.

"They may have some audio stating that is Jonathan, but you actually have to prove Jonathan actually mashed that button and that button wasn't mashed accidentally," Waldroup argued...

I think I see where the snowflake gets his inspiration. Please Mr Waldroup, when the wolves are the door, breaking in, and you're scared as hell...call Black Lives Matter or Cop Block (sarcasm off).
Not to be outdone, we have the national group:
...Cop Block founder Adam Mueller, also known as Ademo Freeman, was arrested in February for drug trafficking. He then sold the group's Facebook page with over one and a half million followers to a media company that works to make money off of anti-police fake news...

Just so people know what Mr. Mueller was carrying:
LEBANON, Ohio -- The founder of CopBlock.org -- a blog routinely critical of police -- was arrested in Warren County on drug trafficking charges.

Adam Mueller, 34, was traveling on I-71 in Warren County Feb. 9 when he was pulled over for a license plate violation, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers said they could smell "raw marijuana" as they approached the vehicle. Twenty-four pounds of marijuana and 26 vials of hash oil were found in the car.

Highway patrol said the marijuana and oils seized in the stop was worth $56,040. Mueller was charged with possession and trafficking marijuana and possession of hash oil. He was also cited for a missing rear plate light...

The bad thing is he'll probably be fined more for the missing plate light than the narcotics.

Good to know law enforcement has such capable enemies....

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Officer Down


Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol
End of Watch Sunday, November 19, 2017
Age 36
Tour 4 years

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed in the line of duty while he and his partner were on patrol near mile marker 152 on I-10, in the area of Van Horn, Texas.

They were patrolling in rugged terrain when both agents suffered serious injuries. Agent Martinez's partner was able to notify dispatchers and requested assistance. Responding units and rescue personnel transported them to a hospital where Agent Martinez succumbed to his wounds.

Several federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are investigating the cause of Agent Martinez's death.

Agent Martinez had served with the United States Border Patrol for four years and was assigned to the Big Bend Sector. He is survived by his fiancee and son.

Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

The Boeing 787

A few years ago I read how the Air Force is looking at a replacement for Air Force One, as the current two Boeing 747s have been in use since 1989. I know that because I was temporarily at Andrews Air Force Base and when I went for a run, I passed by the hangers. And there were the two 747s, brand news (at the time) and looking awesome.

Well, the Air Force has an issue because the replacement for the 747, the 787, has only two engines. And the USAF is concerned about transporting the president without four engines.

I don't know how the AF will handle this, but I've looked at the new Boeing 787 and it is incredible. And take a look at that take off:


Here are some more pics of Boeing's new top end bird. Enjoy.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas...

I think I will start a Christmas tradition on A Cop's Watch. The post from last Christmas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Growing up in New Orleans, part of the daily routine was Phil Johnson's Editorials for WWL TV. He had two classics, one was for Mardi Gras.
"No one should be serious on Mardi Gras, and we will not be. But we reserve the right to be serious, tomorrow. Good evening."

Here is the second classic editorial, for Christmas Eve. He gave it for over 20 years until his retirement. And it's very good to enjoy. Merry Christmas all.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Officer Down


Police Officer Brian David Shaw
New Kensington Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch Friday, November 17, 2017
Age 25
Tour 3 years
Badge 29

Police Officer Brian Shaw was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue at approximately 8:00 pm.

The driver fled on foot during the stop, then opened fire on Officer Shaw as he pursued him. Although he was wearing his vest, Officer Shaw was fatally wounded in the chest during the foot pursuit. The subject fled the scene but was arrested on November 21st, 2017.

Officer Shaw had served with the New Kensington Police Department for only five months. He had previously served as a part-time officer for three years with the Cheswick Police Department, Frazer Police Department, and Springdale Township Police Department.

He is survived by his parents, brother and grandmother.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

An excellent look at the recent tax bill...

I often describe my politics as conservative with some libertarian tendencies. I read National Review and The American Specator regularly. I also read Reason, a libertarian magazine. While I often disagree with them on some serious issues (Reason is very supportive of open borders), I find the writing insightful and well researched.

From this morning, a good look at how the leftist (i.e. "mainstream") media is distorting the recent tax cut.

Democrats Are Fooling Themselves About Tax Reform's Unpopularity
There will always be arguments about the efficacy of tax cuts for corporations and the rich, but at some point people find out that they get one, too.

According to political analysts, 2018 Democrats will use the just-passed tax reform as a way to argue that the Republican Party is the party of the plutocracy, which is another way of saying that Democrats are going to use the same argument they've been using for the past three decades with varying degrees of success. A number of liberals have claimed that the passage of "unpopular" tax reform is historically analogous to the passage of Obamacare, which triggered the loss of hundreds of Democrat seats and, perhaps, control of the presidency.

This is wishful thinking for a number of reasons.

Yes, the tax bill is unpopular. Then again, I'm not sure you've noticed that everything Washington, D.C., tries to do is unpopular. Nothing polls well. Not the president. Not Congress. Not Democrats. Not legislation. Not even erstwhile popular vote-winning candidates. Certainly, a bill being bombarded with hysterical end-of-the-world claims that are rarely debunked by the political media is not going to be popular. Republicans won't pass anything if they wait around for things to be popular...

I think a legitimate criticism of the Trump administration on this matter is they were not out making the case for it, as much as they could have. During the fight for the Reagan tax bills in 1981 and 1986, Rawhide and his crew was out daily, engaging the opposition. Granted, Trump knows how to work social media. Damned, if Reagan had Twitter or Facebook.

...Why do so many Americans believe that the middle class is getting a tax hike? Because outlets they trust are constantly lying to them. Both in framing and content, the coverage of the tax cuts has been impressively dishonest. "One-Third of Middle Class Families Could End up Paying More Under the GOP Tax Plan" writes Time Money (they won't). An Associated Press headline reads, "House Passes First Rewrite of Nation's Tax Laws in Three Decades, Providing Steep Tax Cuts for Businesses, the Wealthy." And so on...
You mean reporters lie...I am shocked.

...There will always be ideological arguments regarding the efficacy of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, but at some point people are going to find out that they've gotten one, too. The nonpartisan liberals at the Tax Policy Center concede that 80 percent of Americans will see a tax cut in 2018, and that the average cut will be $2,140—which might be something to scoff at in D.C., but I imagine a bunch of voters surprised by these savings will be less cynical. Only 4.8 percent of Americans will see a tax increase....
Not to mention the lies about not being able to deduct business expenses or teachers not being able to deduct their expenses. Discussing this with some friends, with the change of the standard deduction, I may not need to itemize. My mortgage only has a few years left and I spend less for interest on that than my car note. That would be a lot of paperwork I won't have to do. Should be able to figure that out in 2019.

Like Obamacare, people don't know what's in the bill. But unlike Obamacare, the repeal of the individual insurance mandate gives millions a choice...
And starts to rid us of a constitutional abomination. I've read that Speaker Paul Ryan wants to tackle entitlement reform next year. Hopefully that includes real healh insurance reform, such as allowing people to purchase accross state lines, something the congress can do, without question.

...The passage of Obamacare, after all, upended lives. The Affordable Care Act became synonymous with "health care insurance," and voters attributed everything that went wrong with that insurance to the bill. And since Democrats offered a litany of fantastical promises about the future of health care, the disapproval was well-deserved. Millions began seeing their insurance plans discontinued as soon as Obamacare was implemented, despite assurances from the president and pliant Democrats that no such thing would happen. For many, premiums in the individual markets doubled over four years of Obamacare. Voters dealt with these tangible, real-life consequences...

Well. that was the purpose, to destroy private health insurance, and leave us all with a "private option," not a public one. We're not out of the woods yet (hell, we haven't started walking to the light yet) but this at least slowing our march to single payer.
...As an ideological matter, every time a Democrat claims that keeping more of your own money is tantamount to "stealing"—which happens often—voters should remember this is fundamentally a debate between people who believe the state should have first dibs on your property and people who don't. The only way to frame the bill as a tax hike is by using the 2025 expiration of individual rate cuts. And the only way they won't be extended is if Democrats decide to raise taxes again. These are debates Republicans should embrace....

And an excellent way to attack the regressives move to control more of your life.

That's not to say tax reform is a panacea for Republicans. It's far from it. Historically speaking, the party in power will likely lose a bunch of seats in the 2018 midterms. But the claim, as Democrats are sure to make, that those losses are unique or tied to the toxicity of an agenda item—particularly a tax cut, which is generally popular among Americans (when they know it exists)—is far-fetched.

The party is power doesn't always loose. The GOP gained seats in 2002, likely do to the rally behind the troops sentiment after 9/11. And I think circumstances have a lot to do with the losses. In 1982, the country was going through the second half of the double dip recession (1980, 1982), and in 2010 the country revolted against Obamacare and the general poor condition of the nation.

Plus, one thing may be changing. As I told a friend recently (the man is a Republican, not what I would call a conservative, did not vote for Trump, and despises the man), one thing the GOP base is tried of? Good losers. We're tired of the Doles, McCain's and Romney's, men who get the nomination because "it's their time...they've served the party over the years..." And these men can't make a cognizant argument of what they want to do (normally is a form of "I suck slightly less than the Dem.") and why they should be president. Has Trump done everything he said he would, no. But he can show an effort to repeal Obamacare, his judges have been excellent, he's pulled back layers of regulation, and it looks like the bureaucracy is starting to fear for it's existence. So the SOP may be very motivated come next November to insure Nancy Pelosi is sitting on the sideline.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Do They Know It's Christmas?

In 1984, the Ethiopian famine was in full force, and an Irish musician, Bob Geldof, was very moved. He said he couldn't stay on the sidelines and took action. With several musician friends of his, he established a musical relief group, Band Aid. They wrote this one song which knocked it out of the park.
To his emennce credit, Mr Geldof has continued his efforts to bring attention to African hunger, but his methods have changed a bit. Trade, not aid, is the new catch phrase and using his influence to get more trade with African nations. Better we not have to feed the world, better they can do it themselves.

Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Officer Down




DetectiveSean Matthew Suiter
Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland
End of Watch: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Age: 43
Tour: 18 years
Badge # 694
Incident Date: 11/15/2017
Weapon: Officer's handgun

Detective Sean Suiter succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to interview a person during a homicide investigation in the 900 block of Bennett Place.

He and his partner were canvassing the area when he observed a man attempting to hide in an alley. He notified of his partner and then approached the man to speak to him. A struggle ensued in which the subject was able to gain control of Detective Suiter's service weapon. The man then used the service weapon to shoot him in the head.

Detective Suiter was placed in a patrol car to be transported to University of Maryland Medical Center. During the transport the patrol car was struck by another vehicle. Detective Suiter was then transferred to another vehicle and transported to the hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to the wound the following day.

The man who shot him fled the scene and remains at large.

Detective Suiter, a U.S. Army veteran, had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Homicide Unit. He is survived by his wife and five children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

K9 Down


K9 Argo
Normandy Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Breed: German Shepherd
Age: 3
Gender: M
Cause: Fall
Incident Date: 11/5/2017

K9 Argo succumbed to injuries sustained two days earlier when he fell from the fourth level of a parking garage.

His handler had taken him to the garage to seek refuge during a hail storm. Argo became disoriented during the storm and inadvertently jumped over the garage's exterior wall. He was taken to a local veterinary hospital where he died two days later.
Rest in Peace Argo…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Officer Down


Police Officer Jaimie Cox
Rockford Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Age: 30
Tour: 1 year
Badge # 68
Cause: Vehicular assault

Police Officer Jaimie Cox was killed during a traffic stop near the intersection of East State Street and Dawn Avenue at approximately 1:00 am.

The vehicle attempted to flee during the incident and dragged Officer Cox before crashing two blocks North of the initial incident. Despite suffering critical injuries, Officer Cox was able to call for assistance. Responding officers found him on the ground near the crash scene. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that fled was found deceased in the vehicle from a gunshot fired by Officer Cox.

Officer Cox had served with the Rockford Police Department for one year and had previously served with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Division of Law Enforcement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, serving from 2004 to 2010. He was part of an Army National Guard contingent deployed from 2008 to 2009 to Nangarhar province in Afghanistan and received honors including the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was also awarded the Illinois National Guard Abraham Lincoln Medal of Freedom Ribbon.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

GPS and other crutches we've gotten too used to.

One of the best orders I was given when I was a lieutenant in Korea was to take a map and find out where I was. Took around fifteen minutes, resecting the mountains and other features, but I finally got it.

One of the frustrations I have with younger officers is they don't know how to use maps well. If at all. They have been raised on smart phones and GPS. Even the veterans have issues with paper maps, which is surprising. But I've also heard that the Navy has realized they have an issue with surface officers not knowing how to sextants and has reintroduced that training.

Last year I read an excellent book about a war with China, The Ghost Fleet. One of the first things they did was blind our GPS system. And that showed how vulnerable we are to over reliance on technology.

I found this article in the Wall Street Journal and it was interesting to see. It is one solution to a definite risk for America, but it's something to look at.
If GPS Failed, We’d Be More Than Lost
Congress should fund a land-based navigation system in case the other one goes down.

North Korea and Russia pose increasingly serious geopolitical threats to the U.S. and its allies. While these rogue nations possess nuclear weapons and formidable conventional forces, they have also used unconventional methods like hacking to attack government institutions and private companies. Add another target to the list of concerns: the Global Positioning System.

Built primarily for the U.S. military, GPS is now used by civilians across the globe. Smartphones, personal navigation units, and air-traffic control all rely on it. They’re part of modern life, constantly performing trivial and critical functions all over the country. Fifteen of the “18 Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource sectors” in the U.S. are GPS-reliant, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Temporary, local GPS failures have already proved chaotic. A truck driver in New Jersey used an illegal but easily acquired GPS jammer to prevent his boss from tracking him. As he drove past Newark Liberty International Airport, his jammer blocked air-traffic control signals. No one was injured, but someone setting out to do deliberate harm could pose a security risk in the future.

As troublesome as a minor threat is, what if GPS as a whole were attacked? The detonation of a nuclear device high in the atmosphere—and the creation of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, that would follow—present the most likely threat to the satellites that underpin the system. In September 1962, a nuclear test conducted by the U.S. accidentally destroyed a British satellite and streetlights in Hawaii, demonstrating the potential devastation of an EMP.

Anything that requires precise timing would be affected because GPS satellites serve as global timekeepers. The loss of clock synchronization across the world would cause the internet to stall and financial transactions to cease. Our ability to monitor and forecast the weather would be hobbled, too.

Even if America’s adversaries are not capable of pulling off such a feat, Mother Nature certainly is. In 1859, a ferocious solar storm known as the Carrington Event shot charged particles from the sun toward Earth. If it were to happen again today, experts believe that satellites all over the world could be destroyed. NASA warns that they can’t be protected. The U.S. would be wise to stockpile communications satellites to replace the ones the sun obliterates.

A better option is to build a land-based navigation system. The good news is that such a system, known as Loran, already exists and was used by the U.S. Coast Guard for years. But President Obama declared Loran obsolete in 2009, and Congress pulled funding for it. That was incredibly shortsighted. Loran is a great backup system because its signals would be difficult to jam and it would be less exposed to celestial events.

Congress is considering a bill, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act, that would revive and enhance Loran into a highly reliable, ground-based backup system. This kind of system will not be completely impervious to EMPs or solar storms, but it would be less vulnerable than GPS satellites. In a world full of threats, it wouldn’t hurt to have a backup.

Mr. Everett is a systems engineer. Mr. Berezow is senior fellow at the American Council on Science and Health.

I don't know if bringing back LORAN is the solution, but it is a solution. At the very least it should be looked at. Sometimes old and slow work well.

K9 Down


K9 Jax
Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Breed: German Shepherd
Age: 4
Gender: M
Tour: 2 years
Cause: Stabbed

K9 Jax was stabbed to death while attempting an apprehension at an apartment complex in the 500 block of East Weddell Avenue.

Officers had responded to a domestic violence incident in which a subject had stabbed his girlfriend. The man then barricaded himself inside of his home and refused commands to surrender. K9 Jax was stabbed when he was deployed to apprehend the subject.

The man was then shot and killed by an officer on scene when he attempted to attack the officers with the knife.

K9 Jax was transported to an emergency veterinary hospital where he died.

K9 Jax had served with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety for two years.
Rest in Peace Jax…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!



In Memory of all Police Dogs

They handled themselves with beauty & grace
And who could ever forget that beautiful face
Whether at work; or at home; whatever the test
They always worked hard; and did their best

They were real champions; at work or at play
But their lives were cut short; suddenly one day
While working on the job with their partner one day
They put themselves out on a limb; out into harms way

They gave the ultimate sacrifice; any dog can give
They gave up their life; so someone could live
The best of their breed; as his partner and anyone would say
Many hearts are now broken; that he had to prove it this way

Now as the trees are blowing in the gentle breeze
The sun is shining; thru the leaves on the trees
The meadows are green; and the grass grows tall
Off in the distance they can see a waterfall

As they look over the falls; down through the creek
The water flows gently; as a rabbit sneaks a peek
Far up above; in the deep blue sky
They see the birds soar high; as they fly by

They see animals playing; at the bridge by a waterfall
Chasing each other; and just having a ball
They play all day; from morning to night
There's no more rain; just warm sunlight

Off in the distance; they hear trumpets blow
Then all the animals look up; and notice a bright glow
The harps would play and the angels would sing
As they know they've come home; they've earned their wings

We remember that they died; in the line of duty
And are now with the Lord; sharing in heaven's beauty
Off to the meadows now; where they can play and roam free
With an occasional rest stop; under a tall oak tree

No more bad guys to chase; or bullets to take
Just a run through the meadow; down to the lake
A quick splash in the water; then back to the shore
Then it's off to the forest; to go play some more

These special dogs are back home; up in heaven above
They're cradled in God's arm's; and covered with His love
We'll light a candle for all of them; in the dark of night
In loving memory of all; these very special knights

By John Quealy

Monday, December 11, 2017

Officer Down


Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Age: 63
Tour: 43 years, 10 months
Badge # 5595

Senior Trooper Tom Nipper was killed in a vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop on southbound I-35, near Midway Drive, in Temple.

He was sitting in his patrol car during the stop when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The impact caused the patrol car to strike the stopped vehicle and Trooper Nipper. He was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Nipper had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for almost 35 years and served in law enforcement for 43 years. He had previously served with the Nolanville Police Department, Hereford Police Department, Coryell County Sheriff's Office, Belton Police Department, and Gainseville Police Department.

Trooper Nipper won numerous awards during his tenure including the Field Major’s award for going beyond the call of duty to find and save the life of an abducted child.

He is survived by his wife and three children.
Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch

Nemo me impune lacessit

Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky. All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh. 

Again, listen to the Nice Doggie....

I've told suspects on the street, countless times, much better to surrender than face a four legged cop. Beautiful case in point.
Video shows Ore. K-9 taking down combative inmate

ST. HELENS, Ore. — Recently released body cam footage shows Oregon deputies directing a K-9 to take down a combative inmate in August.

KATU reports that Columbia County deputies were called about an inmate, 47-year-old Chris Bartlett, who refused to cooperate as other deputies attempted to move him into a new cell. When the officers opened the door to Bartlett’s old cell, the suspect “threw the tote at the opening door, which was in line with my head. The tote is approximately three pounds and it is a hard plastic material,” the K-9 handler wrote in his police report.

The K-9 took down Bartlett and bit him on his right arm. The deputies were able to handcuff the inmate and brought him to medical staff to check for injuries, which were minor and didn’t require treatment.



The way the deputies handled the inmate drew criticism from the suspect’s sister, who identified herself as Shawna. She said Bartlett is “mentally unstable” and that he was treated wrongly by the LEOs...

Kiss my ass. I has a jail supervisor for a year and if I could have dog available for an unruly prisoner, so be it. If that moron had simply come out, none of this would have been necessary. I just the K9 didn't get an infection from Bartlett.