For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
I'll say it. If you have money for narcotics, you don't need food stamps.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
Video shows police pepper-spraying teen girl
(CNN)Body-camera videos of police pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl in Maryland have touched off an uproar.
Police released the two videos to the public Thursday and have defended their actions, while the girl's family and their attorney said at a news conference that the young woman had been mistreated by cops.
The incident began Sunday when Hagerstown police officers received a 911 call that a bicyclist hit a car, according to police.
One of the videos shows the girl walking away from police and then attempting to ride away on her bike before she was then pulled back by one officer.
"Get off of me!" the girl cried repeatedly, as she struggled with the officer for several minutes before two cops lifted her up and put her in the back of a police car.
The videos show passersby watching as officers repeatedly told the girl, who was handcuffed, "you are going to get sprayed," and ordered her to put her feet inside the patrol car.
The girl continued to scream until an officer pepper-sprayed her through the open car window and another officer closed the door.
"I can't breathe," cried the girl, who is not being identified by CNN.
Her lawyer said she was sprayed four times, while the police chief said it was once.
The attorney, Robin Ficker, posted a video taken by a witness on the scene, and the lawyer included the following a message on Facebook:
"This little girl, 5 ft. 105 lbs, was brutalized by Hagerstown police after, she, on her bike, was hit by a car, but refused medical treatment. They slammed her against a wall, arrested her for refusing treatment, maced her 4 times in the police car while handcuffed, and took her to the police station instead of the hospital!"
Hagerstown Police Chief Victor Brito strongly defended the actions of the officers in a news conference Thursday, saying the girl had become "assaultive" and "combative" and would not cooperate with police. She can be heard on the videos cursing at the officers.
The cops told her they wanted to contact her parents, but she wouldn't give them any information.
"Every time we use a level of force, regardless whether we are justified or not, we lose," Brito told reporters.
...The girl, her mother, and Ficker spoke to reporters to express anger with the actions of the police, which led to demonstrations in the city and ignited a storm on social media.
"The cops knew she might not be OK, but they didn't treat her that way," Ficker said.
When asked by a reporter if the teen acted appropriately in dealing with the police, the girl's mother suggested that the situation "could have been handled better (by her daughter)," but added: "I don't know that she was even in the right frame of mind."
"You don't take a 15-year-old child, and put them in handcuffs, and shut a door, and mace them four times," said the girl's mother. "Why was she not transported to the hospital? Why?"
Police said the girl refused medical treatment at the scene.
The teen was later charged with disorderly conduct, assault and possession of marijuana, according to police.
Los Angeles Police Commission Tells Officers to Run Away, or Else
Run away. If a police officer is confronted by a suspect with a weapon, those entrusted to set policies for the Police Department believe officers should run away. That’s the recent finding from the Los Angeles Police Commission which has turned Monday morning quarterbacking into a weekly agenda item at the three-ring circus they preside over every Tuesday morning.
In the Commission’s most recent decision on an officer-involved shooting, in which a suspect charged at two officers swinging an 8 to 9-inch knife, they faulted the officer for not “redeploying” to “create distance.” In plain English: the officer didn’t run away.
The key facts in this case are not in dispute. A female suspect, armed with an 8 to 9-inch knife, charged at officers, repeatedly ignored commands to stop, and was recorded yelling “shoot me” as she swung her knife from side to side.
The armed suspect quickly closed the gap between her knife and the police officers from 70 feet to less than 5 feet in under 10 seconds. That is when the first officer discharged his service weapon. The second officer involved had only three seconds to respond to the imminent threat. Even the Commission stated that “It was reasonable for Officer C to believe, in the moment when the use of force occurred, that the subject would imminently assault him with the knife.”
So where’s the beef?
The officers didn’t run away. The Commission, armed with video and their own political agenda broke down the footage frame by frame to determine that in the course of seconds, the first officer whose “position initially provided Officer C with a position of tactical advantage” lost the advantage as the suspect charged him. They wrote, “this advantage rapidly diminished as the Subject continued her advance, leaving him with neither distance nor effective cover as the Subject approached the space between two parked vehicles by which Officer C was located.”
Suspect charging from the front. Vehicles on either side. Where do you “redeploy?” Run backwards. This is absurd and it’s dangerous. What happens if the officer loses his footing with a charging suspect? What happens if the suspect runs into a nearby home or store and confronts its occupants with her weapon? What if the suspect also had a concealed gun? What is created when an officer turns tail and runs away is a large target. It’s called a back. The officer would put their lives in further jeopardy by running away if the suspect had a gun. At this close range, running away would create a self-caused danger to the officers and the public...
Deputy Sheriff David Francis Michel, Jr.Rest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tour: 9 years
Deputy Sheriff David Michel was shot and killed while making a subject stop near the intersection of Manhattan Boulevard and Ascot Road, in Harvey.
A struggle ensued during the stop and the subject was able to pull a handgun from his waistband. He opened fire on Deputy Michel, striking him several times, and continued to shoot at him after he fell to the ground. Deputy Michel was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.4
The subject fled the area on foot but was taken into custody a short time later.
Deputy Michel had served with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for nine years and was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit. He is survived by his wife, mother, and son.
Inviting Chaos: Mass. Supreme Court rules black men sometimes justified when fleeing police
The state Supreme Court in Massachusetts has ruled that black men may be justified at times to flee police.
In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the high court threw out a gun-related conviction of a man who fled police as the officers were investigating a break-in. The justices said police didn’t have the right to stop Jimmy Warren on Dec 18, 2011, in the first place.
The description given of the three suspects was, “black man in a black hoodie…or in dark clothing.” Some legal pundits are arguing this is just too vague a description.
Officers approached Warren and another man walking near a park, when the two men ran. Warren was later arrested and during a subsequent search, police found a gun in a nearby yard. Warren was charged with “unlawful possession of a firearm and later convicted.”
The fact that Warren ran away, the justices said, shouldn’t be used against him. The court noted that state law “gives individuals the right to not speak to police and even walk away if they aren’t charged with anything.” The justices also said when an individual does flee from police– it doesn’t necessarily mean the person is guilty...
...The court ruled that the history of racial profiling within the Boston Police Dept. gave Warren reason to flee. The police commissioner said the court ruling relied too heavily on an ACLU report that is “unreliable.”
“The report is heavily tainted against the police department,” said Commissioner Bill Evans. Prosecutors are asking for a re-hearing in the case, possibly because the court based its decision on outdated statistics...
...A retired judge who spoke with WBUR says, at issue here is the fact that a black man might run, not because he’s guilty, but because he’s afraid of being racially profiled.
Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.) says this latest ruling may force courts to put in context all these national stories we are hearing about. It may also force police departments to rethink their practices because they may risk losing the evidence they’re trying to obtain in the first place. One of the concerns about police shootings, she said, was that the numbers of police encounters with young African American men are very high.
If they don’t have enough to stop someone, officers sometimes “push the envelope” to see what the person will do, she said."
Sergeant Stacey Allen BaumgartnerRest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
Patton Village Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, June 19, 2016
Tour: 3 years, 8 months
Badge # 105
Sergeant Stacey Baumgartner was killed when his patrol car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 242 and FM 1485, in Montgomery County, while he was involved in a pursuit.
He had been dispatched to a gas station at Highway 242 and US 59 for reports of a subject urinating in public and exposing himself. As he arrived on scene the man attempted to run him over and then fled at a high rate of speed. As the pursuit passed through the intersection with FM 1485 Sergeant Baumgartner's patrol car was broadsided by an SUV.
The impact pushed Sergeant Baumgartner's patrol car into a light pole and caused the SUV to overturn. Sergeant Baumgartner was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. An 11-year-old child in the SUV was also killed and several other occupants injured in the crash. The driver of the vehicle that was fleeing returned to the scene of the crash where he was arrested and charged with murder and intoxicated manslaughter.
He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
I am appalled (but not surprised) at the reaction of the left, led by President Obama and former secretary Clinton, to the Saturday-Sunday terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. It appears that both of those luminaries did whatever they could to avoid using precise, plain language to describe the attacks and their perpetrators, cautioning against Islamophobia and racial profiling.
Leftists have proven adept at redefining many common and some technical terms while promulgating their own definitions, to the detriment of real Americans – Americans who understand commonsense definitions.
Words matter. We on the right are losing the war of words because we won't fight.
I'm gonna fight. Sometime back, I had made the point that perhaps "radical Islam" isn't. Lately, some notable commentators appear to agree. David French of NRO is among them. Perhaps "radical" Islam is, in fact, "mainstream" Islam.
An NRO editorial the same day states:
Ahmad Rahami was not "acting out" because he couldn't score a position at the GAP. Terrorism is violence intended to subvert the existing political order, and, in the case of people such as Rahami, to replace it with the political framework required by supremacist Islam. Acknowledging this fact does not require condemning Islam as such; it simply requires acknowledging that there is a strain of Islam, with broad appeal today, that opposes the American way of life.
We need to walk down that same path with the made up and self-contradicting term invented by the leftists known as "racial profiling," or "profiling" for short.
First of all, let's define "profiling." Profiling is a technique used by law enforcement professionals, the military, U.S. intelligence agencies, and even ordinary citizens. Generally speaking, it is an assessment tool that uses multiple factors to determine what is likely happening in a particular situation; what is likely to happen next; or, in some cases (usually law enforcement), what already happened and who was likely involved.
Here are some examples of how the legitimate tool called "profiling" is used:
- Officers in the Combat Information Center of a U.S. naval vessel use an aerial target's course speed and altitude, among other factors, to determine if an aircraft in the area might pose a threat, thereby justifying bringing the ship to a higher alert level – or possibly even firing at said aircraft.
- The National Security Agency uses origin, destination, volume, and date of communications, among other factors, to determine the likelihood of a major terrorist attack.
- A police officer, seeing a person at night (after business hours) at the back door of a pawn shop, carrying what appears to be a pair of channel lock pliers, increases his suspicion of that person. (This is from an actual case in Florida, where burglars were using channel lock pliers to pop the locks on pawn shops.)
All of the above have one single characteristic. Each of them has multiple factors that would garner further interest by a CIC officer/NSA analyst/beat cop. In no case was a single factor used to make the assessment.
When the leftists decry "racial profiling," they are essentially decrying a contradiction in terms. Profiling is a multi-factor analysis/assessment. Racial profiling is, thus, single-factor multi-factor analysis – an oxymoron if I ever saw one.
When leftists pervert our language and commonsense definitions, we need to take a page out of their playbook and ridicule them. We need to take American English back.
Mike Ford is a retired infantry colonel who is frequently edited by his lovely bride, a retired high school principal.
Police Officer Zachary Tyler LarnerdRest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
Gainesboro Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tour: 5 years
Incident Date: 1/3/2015
Police Officer Zach Larnerd died as the result of injuries sustained in a vehicle crash on January 3rd, 2015.
He was responding to a domestic violence call when his patrol car left the roadway and went down a 17-foot embankment as he attempted to negotiate a curve on York Highway. The vehicle struck a tree, collapsing its into the driver's seat and trapping him inside. Rescue crews were able to extricate him after two hours and transport him to a local hospital.
Officer Larnerd was eventually able to return to light duty but his health continued to suffer. He passed away on June 15th, 2016, from complications of the original injuries.
Officer Larnerd was a part-time officer with the Gainesboro Police Department and also served as a full time deputy with the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. He had previously served with the Alleghany County, Virginia, Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his father, who serves as the Gainesboro Police Department's police chief.
Police Officer Michael Jason KathermanRest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
San Jose Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Tour: 11 years
Badge # 3900
Police Officer Michael Katherman was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of North 10th Street and Horning Street at approximately 4:20 pm.
He was on patrol in the area when another vehicle attempted to turn left in front of him, causing the collision. Witnesses to the crash performed CPR on Officer Katherman and used his radio to call for assistance. He was transported to Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Katherman had served with the San Jose Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
How to Counter Armed Assaults
By Scott Stewart
In the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and the Nov. 20 attack against the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, I have been fielding a lot of press queries about countering the armed assault tactics used in both attacks. Since there seems to be so much interest in the topic, it seemed worthwhile to discuss both government and personal responses to armed assaults in this week's Security Weekly.
A Long History
First, it is important to realize that armed assaults employing small arms and grenades have long been a staple of modern terrorism. Such assaults have been employed in many famous terrorist attacks conducted by a wide array of groups, such as the Black September operation against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the December 1975 seizure of OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria, led by Carlos the Jackal; the December 1985 simultaneous attacks against the airports in Rome and Vienna by the Abu Nidal Organization; and even the December 2001 attack against the Indian parliament building in New Delhi led by Kashmiri militants.
In a particularly brutal assault, Chechen militants stormed a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, in September 2004, taking more than 1,000 hostages and booby-trapping the school with mines and improvised explosive devices. The attack, standoff and eventual storming of the school by Russian authorities after a three-day siege resulted in the deaths of more than 320 people, half of them children.
More recently, we saw armed assaults used in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks; the October 2014 attack against the Canadian National War Memorial and Parliament in Ottawa, Canada; the January 2015 Paris attacks against Charlie Hebdo and a kosher deli; and the July 2015 attack against an armed forces recruitment center and a Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In some instances, such as the December 1996 seizure of the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru, by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, the objective of the armed assault is to take and intentionally hold hostages for a long period. In other instances, such as the May 1972 assault on Lod Airport by members of the Japanese Red Army, the armed assault is a suicide attack designed to kill as many victims as possible before the assailants themselves are killed or incapacitated.
Many recent jihadist attacks have been the latter, and as such they more closely resemble domestic active shooter situations than a barricade or traditional hostage situation. Because of this, they must be responded to differently.
Dealing With Armed Assaults
The long history of armed assaults in modern terrorism has compelled many countries to develop specialized and highly trained forces to combat heavily armed terrorists. For example, it was the failed rescue attempt of the Israeli athletes in Munich that motivated the German government to create the elite Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG 9), which would become one of the best counterterrorism forces in the world. The activities of the Provisional Irish Republican Army likewise helped shape the British Special Air Service into its role as an elite counterterrorism force. Beyond national-level assets, the threat of heavily armed criminals and terrorists has also contributed to the development and widespread adoption of highly trained police, SWAT and counterassault teams by many cities, states and other subnational governments across the globe.
In traditional barricade or hostage situations, the most common tactical response is for the first officers responding to the scene to establish a perimeter to contain the incident. They then wait for hostage negotiators and SWAT or other hostage rescue teams to arrive to handle the crisis. This response is effective for a prolonged hostage situation. However, in the second type of armed assault, it permits the attackers free rein to find and kill many more victims inside the established perimeter. Many times, the attackers are also suicidal and are not planning on surviving the incident.
In the United States, the April 1999 attack at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, was a watershed event that changed the way authorities responded to the second type of armed assault. In the aftermath of Columbine, officials learned that while the police established the perimeter and waited, the two attackers continued to kill students inside the school. Clearly while a shooter was actively killing people, the police could not just sit back and wait for specialty forces to respond to the scene. Moreover, since it often takes time for the specialized units to mobilize and respond, such a delay can prove deadly.
Consequently, so-called active shooter protocols, which called for first responding officers to quickly form a team and then engage and neutralize the shooter as quickly as possible to save lives, were developed and adopted. Active shooter protocols have required police officers to undergo additional training and many police departments are now issuing officers rifles or shotguns so that they do not have to face an active shooter situation with a firepower disadvantage.
Stratfor has long said that ordinary police on patrol are an often overlooked but critical facet of national counterterrorism defenses. While spotting unusual behavior and conducting traffic stops are important, nowhere is the role of regular police officers more important than in responding to active shooter situations. Not only are street cops the most likely force to make first contact with attackers, but in many cases they are also the primary force called upon to stop them.
Officers employing active shooter protocols stopped attackers in the Chattanooga shootings, and in the October 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon. In the Ottawa attack as well as the May 2015 attack against a provocative event in Garland, Texas, security personnel protecting the facility stopped the assailants. The police in Colorado Springs, Colorado, also employed active shooter protocol in the Nov. 27 shooting incident at a Planned Parenthood office. While one police officer was killed and four others were wounded, their rapid response undoubtedly saved lives.
Active shooter protocols rapidly spread to other First World countries through training literature and conferences. However, as evidenced by the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the September 2013 attack against the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which security forces did not take active shooter counter actions and attackers were permitted to continue killing, it has taken a bit longer to get to security forces elsewhere. That said, the Malian and French special operations forces' actions during the Bamako attack and the Afghan government's response to several armed assaults in Kabul highlight that the concept is being spread to other governments through training programs such as the U.S. State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program and its Department of Defense equivalent, as well as through training provided by European and Australian forces.
In the United States, armed off-duty cops and civilians can also make a difference in countering armed assaults. In February 2007, for example, a heavily armed gunman who had killed five people in the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah, was confronted by an off-duty police officer, who cornered the shooter and kept him pinned down until other officers could arrive and kill the shooter. The off-duty officer's actions plainly saved many lives that evening.
But it is not just the authorities that need to respond to armed assaults. Ordinary citizens also need to learn to quickly respond to danger. Properly responding to danger actually begins well before the first shot is fired when people adopt a mindset that recognizes the world is a dangerous place and that they are ultimately responsible for their own safety.
Once a person understands the possibility of being targeted and decides to adopt an appropriate level of situational awareness, he or she will be mentally prepared to quickly realize that an attack is happening, something security professionals refer to as attack recognition.
The earlier a person recognizes that an attack is developing, the better chance he has to avoid it. But even once the attack has begun, a person can still keep it from being a successful one by quickly recognizing what is happening and getting away from the attack site by running or hiding — or fighting back if they cannot run or hide.
However, once a person has recognized that an attack is taking place, a critical step must be taken before he can decide to run, hide or fight: He must determine where the gunfire or threat is coming from. Without doing so, the victim could run blindly from a position of relative safety into danger. I certainly encourage anyone under attack to leave the attack site and run away from the danger, but one must first ascertain if he is in the attack site before taking action. Many times, the source of the threat will be evident and will not take much time to locate. But sometimes, depending on the location — whether in a building or on the street — the sounds of gunfire can echo, and it may take a few seconds to determine the direction it is coming from. In such a scenario, it is prudent to quickly take cover until the direction of the threat can be located. In some instances, there may even be more than one gunman, which can complicate escape plans.
Fortunately, most active shooters are not well trained. They tend to be poor marksmen who lack experience with their weapons. During the July 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado, James Holmes managed to kill only 12 people — despite achieving almost total tactical surprise in a fully packed movie theater — because of a combination of poor marksmanship and his inability to clear a jam in his rifle.
This typical lack of marksmanship implies that most people killed in active shooter situations are shot at close range. Thus, it behooves potential victims to move quickly to put as much distance between themselves and the threat. Even the act of moving, especially if moving away at an angle, makes one a much harder target for a poorly trained marksman to hit.
It is also important to think about and distinguish between concealment and cover. Items that conceal, such as a bush, can hide you from the shooter's line of vision but will not protect you from bullets the way a substantial tree trunk will. Likewise, in an office setting, a typical drywall construction interior wall can provide concealment but not cover, meaning a shooter will still be able to fire through the walls and door. Still, if the shooter cannot see his or her target, they will be firing blindly rather than aiming their weapon, reducing the probability of hitting a target.
In any case, those hiding inside a room should attempt to find some sort of additional cover, such as a filing cabinet or heavy desk. It is always better to find cover than concealment, but even partial cover — something that will only deflect or fragment the projectiles — is preferable to no cover at all.
There are many examples from the recent Paris and Bamako armed assaults of people who ran away from the scene of the attacks and survived. In the Bamako attack there were also many people who barricaded themselves inside their hotel rooms and hid until the authorities could rescue them. The August 2015 incident aboard a Paris-bound train provided a good example of potential victims who were trapped aboard a train car and fought back to end an armed assault.
Some people have mocked the simplicity of run, hide, fight. But as these cases demonstrate, all three elements of this mantra can and do save lives.
Police Officer Endy Nddiobong EkpanyaRest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
Pearland Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Tour: 1 year
Badge # 237
Police Officer Endy Ekpanya was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver at the intersection of East Broadway Street and Country Club Drive while he was responding to a non-emergency call.
He was traveling eastbound on Broadway Street when a vehicle traveling westbound crossed over the dividing line and struck Officer Epankya's patrol car head-on. Officer Ekpanya was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died from his injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle was charged with intoxicated manslaughter.
Officer Ekpanya had served with the Pearland Police Department for one year. He is survived by his 2-year-old son and fiancée.
K9 Ty Vom Friedrichsfelder EckRest in Peace Ty…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!
California City Police Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Breed: German Shepherd
Incident Date: 8/3/2016
K9 Ty succumbed to injuries sustained on August 3rd, 2016, during an apprehension of a suspect during a barricade.
The subject was holding a woman and a child hostage inside a home Boron, California. K9 Ty and his handler, as well as deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Office, entered the home in an attempt to rescue the hostages. During the apprehension the subject fell on Ty, breaking his back.
On September 7th, 2016, Ty succumbed to complications of surgery related to the injury.
K9 Ty had served with the California City Police Department for 2-1/2 years and was trained in narcotics detection and criminal apprehension.
K9 AmigoRest in Peace Amigo…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!
Kingman Police Department, Arizona
End of Watch: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Breed: Belgian Malinois
Tour: 1 year
Incident Date: 8/17/2016
K9 Amigo died from complications of heat exhaustion while participating in a search and rescue operation for two missing hikers near White Cliffs.
Amigo began showing signs of heat exhaustion while he and his handler were on the top of a mountain during the search. He was immediately brought down the mountain and then transported to a local veterinary clinic. He was then transported to an animal hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, to undergo advanced care. He began to show some signs of improvement but died from complications three days later.
The two hikers that Amigo were searching for were located with minor injuries.
Deportation Officer Brian BelisoRest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ch: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tour: 9 years
Badge # 4604
Deportation Officer Brian Beliso suffered a fatal heart attack during a foot pursuit of a fugitive in the 300 block of Poplar Avenue in Redwood City, California.
Other officers discovered him unconscious and immediately began CPR.
Officer Beliso had served with Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Office Enforcement and Removal Operations for nine years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
K9 MojoRest in Peace Mojo…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!
Arlington Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Breed: Belgian Malinois
K9 Mojo died after suffering from heat exhaustion while tracking a shooting suspect who had fled on foot in the 7100 block of Chambers Creek Court after leading officers and detectives on a pursuit.
Detectives had attempted to serve a warrant on the subject when the juvenile fled. Mojo began to show signs of heat exhaustion approximately one hour into the search. His handler transported him to a local veterinary hospital where he died a short time later.
K9 Mojo had served with the Arlington Police Department for six years.
Police Officer Verdell Smith, SrRest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
Memphis Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Tour: 18 years
Police Officer Verdell Smith was struck and killed by a vehicle whose driver had been involved in a triple shooting approximately 30 minutes earlier.
The man, who had been seen talking to himself loudly, suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot two customers outside of a restaurant on North Main Street shortly before 10:00 pm. Several citizens then chased the man on foot a short distance to a sporting goods store parking lot, where the man shot an employee and fled in a car, as officers arrived on the scene.
Responding officers pursued the vehicle, which started driving the wrong way down B. B. King Boulevard, which had been closed to vehicle traffic for a street festival. As the pursuit entered the area Officer Smith and other officers attempted to clear the street and sidewalks of pedestrians, but the vehicle crashed through a barrier and struck him.
The man was taken into custody after striking Officer Smith. He was charged three counts of attempted murder and one count of murder.
Officer Smith was a U.S Navy veteran and had served with the Memphis Police Department for 18 years. He is survived by his children, fiancee, and father.
Sergeant Derrick MingoRest in Peace Bro…We Got The Watch
Winnsboro Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Tour: 17 years
Sergeant Derrick Mingo was killed in a single vehicle crash on Prairie Road while responding to assist another officer who was involved in a vehicle pursuit.
His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree in the front yard of a home. Sergeant Mingo, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries by the impact.
Sergeant Mingo had served with the Winnsboro Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife.
K9 RoscoeRest in Peace Roscoe…till our next roll call at the Rainbow Bridge!
Emmett Police Department, Idaho
End of Watch: Friday, July 1, 2016
Breed: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Tour: 11 years
K9 Roscoe was killed in a vehicle crash when the patrol car he was in was rear-ended by a tractor trailer while stopped at a red light at the intersection of Johns Avenue and Highway 16.
Roscoe was transported to a local veterinary hospital where he had to be euthanized as a result of his extensive injuries.
Roscoe's handler, the Emmett Police Department's chief of police, was also injured in the collision.
Brock Turner Should Still Be in Prison, Not on the Sex Offender RegistryLegitimate point, if he has done the crime and done the time, that should be it. There is an legitimate issue here, if the purpose of the registry is keep child rapist aways from schools, etc where kids stay, then it's useful. If Tuner is not a threat to kids, then he should not be forced to let a buerocrat know his whereabouts like that. A parole officer, yes, but will this help anyone? Turner didn't commit statuary rape, where the young lady cannot consent because she is too young. He raped a woman because she could't consent because she was drunk.
Brock Turner, the former Stanford University swimmer who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious female student, was released from prison today after serving just three months of his six-month sentence.
Most people are outraged—and for good reason. Turner's sentence was incredibly lenient to begin with. Prosecutors had sought a six-year sentence, and there's good reason to believe that Judge Aaron Persky went easy on Turner for reasons of privilege: he was concerned about the "impact" a long prison sentence would have on Turner, a young white male.
But those in the media who assert that Turner got off with a mere slap on the wrist are only telling half the story. Now that Turner is out of prison, he will have to register as a sex offender—perhaps for the rest of his life.
Turner is not a victim, obviously: he did commit a very serious sex crime, one that could haunt the young woman he assaulted for the rest of her life. It's understandable why she would feel like she was deprived of justice—the man convicted of sexually assaulting her got to walk out prison, three months later, as if the judge cared more about Turner's well-being than her own.
But while Turner's light prison sentence was ill-fitting given the nature of his crime, sex offender registration is similarly misguided. The sex offender registry wasn't designed to be an ongoing punishment, in any case. Rather, it's supposed to be a public safety tool—informing citizens that they live in the vicinity of a sex offender. In theory, the registry protects kids by making it difficult or impossible for sex offenders to live near schools and public parks: not to punish them, but to make it harder for them to commit additional crimes. There are strict limitations on where they can live, they have to inform local officials whenever they move, and they must check-in frequently in order to re-register...
...There's no reason to believe Turner is a danger to kids, though. And being on the sex offender list won't stop him from engaging in the kind of behavior that got him into trouble: registered sex offenders can still attend college parties and drink alcohol. His status will make it difficult for him to find a place to live or hold a job, but it won't really make anyone safer.
Certainly, a lot of people will respond, who cares? Turner got off easy, anyway, they will say, and the sex offender registry is a relatively small price to pay for not being in prison years longer. All true.
But the purpose of the criminal justice system should be to keep the public safe from people who are truly dangerous, and to work toward rehabilitating everyone else. The sex offender registry utterly fails on both counts. There is no evidence that it reduces the recidivism rates of sex offenders (sex offenders are unlikely to re-offend, at least in comparison to other groups of criminals), and plenty of evidence that it makes it much harder for ex-convicts who no longer pose any danger to re-integrate into society.
Turner's prison sentence was too lenient—a symptom of a justice system that fails to take rape seriously—and yet his subsequent punishment is too harsh, as well as completely disconnected from the crime he committed.
Even Stanford University's Michelle Dauber, a leader of the effort to recall Persky for going easy on Turner, thinks so, according to The Mercury News:
But California and South Carolina are the only states that require all sex offenders to register for life. Even one of the judge's harshest critics, Stanford professor and recall leader Michele Dauber, who maintains Turner should have served time in prison, said lifetime registration is too long in his case. She noted there's no registry for murder.
"I'd say he should get off after 10 years, if he is a Boy Scout and stays out of trouble," Dauber said. "No one should be defined for the rest of their life by their worst moment."...
Learning From the Other Twin Towers Attack
Editor's Note: Today, on the 15th anniversary of the attack that brought down the World Trade Center, Stratfor remembers all who lost their lives and acknowledges those whose lives were forever changed on Sept. 11, 2001 — including the people working diligently to ensure that the United States never has to endure another tragedy of the same magnitude. In fact, their preventive work started some eight years before 9/11 after a bombing at the towers killed six people and injured more than 1,000 others. Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton reflects on his work with the State Department in the wake of that first attack.
By Fred Burton
On Feb. 26, 1993, a massive explosion rocked the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 others. Terrified schoolchildren were trapped in smoke-filled elevators for hours before rescuers could finally reach them. Following the bombing, law enforcement officials gathered evidence that led to the indictments and arrests of several suspected terrorists, including the plot's mastermind, Abdul Basit, better known by his alias, Ramzi Yousef. He was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, and our office at the State Department offered a $2 million reward for his capture.
An Imperfect Plan
Yousef had been associated with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden since before the terrorist organization had even been founded. He left the Khaldan training camp run by bin Laden in September 1992 and traveled to New York, where he made contact with the al-Kifah Refugee Center — so infamous for its ties to terrorism that it was often called the Brooklyn Jihad Office. From that base of support, Yousef formed the terrorist cell that would eventually bomb the World Trade Center. An attack on the towers, which were a powerful symbol of U.S. economic power and Jewish wealth, would make a strong media statement to the world.
But the improvised explosive device placed in the parking garage of the north tower failed to destroy the two towers. What it did do, however, was raise awareness of domestic terrorist threats among U.S. security officials. The investigation of the incident uncovered many other plots, including one to assassinate then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.
Behind the Scenes
Because of the work that began in 1993 and continued after 9/11, a plan like Yousef's would be nearly impossible to execute today. Close cooperation among law enforcement at all levels — especially the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force — and local Muslim communities has led to the identification and weeding out of Muslim leaders with radical views, resulting in either their deportation or close surveillance.
For me and many of my colleagues, the gritty task of combating terrorism in the United States became our lives. At the time of the 1993 attack, Scott Stewart, my colleague here at Stratfor, was a special agent with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Services (DSS). Scott left our office in Washington with a sophisticated explosives detector that he used at the World Trade Center to help the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New York City Police Department investigate the scene of the bombing. He subsequently worked on countless document fraud cases connected with many of the bombing's suspects, including with Omar Abdel Rahman, better known as the Blind Sheikh. Scott's work was persistent and tireless.
While Scott chased down the criminal rings that helped facilitate the attack, I worked to capture the suspects still at large. As I narrated in my memoir, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, I was directly involved in Yousef's capture in 1995, but I've always said that I received much more credit then I deserve for my role in that capture. Yousef's arrest was really due to the establishment of the Rewards for Justice program, which doled out cash for information leading to arrests. Yousef's capture was a testament to the strength of that program and to the heroism of the agents who made the arrest, more than to a sign of any great competency on my part.
After receiving a tip from a very good informant, DSS special agents nabbed Yousef in a hotel room in Islamabad, Pakistan. Afterward, the informant was relocated to the United States for his safety and was granted his reward in crisp hundred-dollar bills stacked neatly inside a black General Services Administration-issued Samsonite briefcase. The man who risked his life to help bring Yousef to justice was also required to sign a form obliging him to pay taxes on his windfall — though there was no oversight to make sure he complied.
Paying informants large cash rewards became standard practice for special agents with the Counterterrorism Division of the DSS. Another of my Stratfor colleagues, Mike Parks, played a critical role in the Rewards for Justice program. To help advertise its existence, we designed matchbooks with pictures of notorious terrorists and eye-catching wanted posters (an original Ramzi Yousef matchbook and poster are among my most prized possessions). We organized public service announcements by Hollywood celebrities and formed a public-private partnership to help fund reward offers.
Yet our best efforts were not enough to prevent the attack eight years later that destroyed the twin towers and thousands of lives. Today, as I remember the victims and heroes who died in that savage attack, I also remember those affected by the first tower bombing. I commemorate all of the painstaking and often tedious work my colleagues did to prevent another bombing. I'm cognizant of and grateful for their efforts, sure that though we couldn't guarantee the complete and enduring safety of every American, we undoubtedly made our country and all of our lives more secure. Today, I rest more easily knowing that the 9/11 attack would be virtually impossible to replicate in today's United States.