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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Officer Down

Police Officer Timothy Kevin Smith
Eastman Police Department, Georgia
End of Watch: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Age: 30
Tour: 5 years, 6 months
Badge # 205

Police Officer Tim Smith was shot and killed while responding to reports of a subject carrying a firearm at the intersection of Smith Street and Main Street at approximately 9:30 pm.

Officer Smith made contact with the subject along the railroad tracks adjacent to the intersection. The man opened fire on Officer Smith, wounding him. Officer Smith was able to return him fire and informed dispatchers he had been shot.

The subject fled the scene but was apprehended two days later.

Officer Smith had served with the Eastman Police Department for 5-1/2 years. He is survived by three children, two stepchildren, fiancee, parents, and three siblings. Officer Smith was murdered two days before this 31st birthday.
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. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Officer Down

Police Officer Jose Ismael Chavez
Hatch Police Department, New Mexico
End of Watch: Friday, August 12, 2016
Age: 33
Tour: 2 years

Police Officer Jose Chavez was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Franklin Street at approximately 3:40 pm.

One of the vehicle's passengers exited the vehicle during the stop and opened fire on Officer Chavez, wounding him. Another officer who witnessed the incident immediately called for assistance and pursued the subjects at high speeds for several miles.

The occupants then carjacked a second vehicle at a rest stop along I-25 near Radium Springs, before continuing to flee. The subjects were taken into custody after a successful stop sticks deployment by responding officers.

Two of the subjects were identified as fugitives wanted for murder in Ohio.

Officer Chavez was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Officer Chavez had served with the 8-officer Hatch Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two 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. 

She got what she deserved....

There is a reason we train our K9s and horses to interact with humans. But our mounts are not trained to take abuse like this idiot did.

Woman, you got less than you deserved. Now just go away before you embarrass yourself again.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Officer Down

Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez
United States Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Age: 37
Tour: 16 years

Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez was killed in a motorcycle crash on the Tohono O'Odham Nation Reservation south of Sells, Arizona.

He and another agent were conducting a dirt bike patrol of rugged land when their motorcycles collided, causing Agent Alvarez to suffer fatal injuries.

Agent Alvarez had served with the United States Border Patrol for 13 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. 

And now the NY Times is worried about witnesses...

I've often posted on the Ferguson riot and the need to vet witnesses, as they may be lying for their own fifteen minutes of fame. Not that a lack of truth will stop the NY Tripe from publishing a story that fits their agenda, but I wonder if this story, from their own paper last week, will give them some pause. Excerpts follow:
A Mother Is Shot Dead on a Playground, and a Sea of Witnesses Goes Silent

The New York Times 10/16/16

They paid no mind to the swirl of life in the housing project playground around them: men rolling blunts at a graffitied concrete table, tenants playing bingo, rap and R&B blaring from a boombox. Their mother, buoyant after a long day behind the counter at a Shake Shack, was sitting nearby on a paint-chipped bench, unspooling her dream of getting her first apartment.

Sorrows had come to her family in stampedes. First, her father and older sister were killed in an apartment fire in 1997, when Ms. White was 9. Next, in 2012, in a different tower of the same South Bronx project, her brother was lured into a stairwell and shot to death. But on this evening, Ms. White, 28, was telling her mother that after five stays in a homeless shelter, she had saved just enough to move into a place of her own.

It was just after 10 on June 11, a busy Saturday night. The rain had stopped and the air was swampy. Ms. White’s children savored being outside their grandmother’s stuffy first-floor apartment, above the building’s boiler room.

“Five minutes, five minutes, five minutes!” the children kept calling. Again and again Ms. White and her mother, Gola White, caved: “O.K., five more minutes and we’re going inside the house.”

The first gunshot exploded from the walkway, between two London plane trees.

“Mommy, the kids!” Ms. White screamed.

“The kids!” her mother yelled back.

Ms. White bolted from the bench, her body low to the hopscotch court as she reached for Damian Jr., Jessiah and Danielle — 3, 5 and 9 — who were already scurrying toward her.

A bullet whistled past the play set, passed through her left breast and pierced her heart. Ms. White’s brothers ran out of their apartment and cradled her as she took her last breaths.

She joined the ranks of the unintended, as detectives call those who bleed over someone else’s beef.

In the days that followed, at marches and speeches and basketball games in Ms. White’s memory, everyone promised that the outcome would be different — that in 2016, with a plunge in crime freeing up police resources, a man could not shoot a young mother dead on a crowded playground and walk free.

But tenants of the project, the John Adams Houses, say they got what they have come to expect in one of the poorest communities in the country: public safety on a budget.

A $2,500 reward for tips, the bare minimum. Detectives shouldering caseloads that, by July, already exceeded what the department’s chiefs considered manageable over an entire year. Promises by a local police commander to look into adding tower lights at the playground, made more difficult by the fact that those he had — just two — were being used in other high-risk spots.

Detectives, in turn, were frustrated that even the killing of an innocent woman did not get the tip line ringing. Wanted posters with pictures of the gunman and his getaway car were torn off lampposts and trees. The young men at the playground claimed not to know a thing. “Y’all far from the hunch,” one said in an interview, and left it at that, a line detectives heard again and again.

The playground is deserted now. Tenants organized a nighttime check-in system in one of the high-rises to keep out strangers with guns.

And Gola White, who raised eight children in the Adams Houses, all of them homebodies with big, brown eyes, is trying in vain to move out before she loses another.

With weariness more than anger, she said that the government skimps on public safety for black families like hers. She said she had asked the police about the $2,500 reward, which was not one-tenth the reward offered this summer after a young white woman was killed while jogging in Queens, generating weeks of intense news coverage.

“I think it’s a racist thing — I can’t beat around it,” Gola White said. “If you look at things on TV and somebody says, ‘I need this donated,’ if they’re white, they’ll get it faster than a black person.”

Her daughter’s fiancĂ©, Damian Bell, was stung by an encounter about three weeks after her killing when he asked two patrol officers just outside the Adams Houses for an update. He said they did not recognize Ms. White’s name.

“They feel like we don’t care, so they don’t care,” Diana Void, Mr. Bell’s mother, said of city officials. “But it’s not everybody that doesn’t care. There’s a lot of us who do care.”

Few Clues and Leads

The crimes, the rivalries and, often enough, the gang or drug ties in a murder victim’s past usually fill the first pages of the manila homicide file. Before forensic evidence is back from the lab, that history acts as a road map for detectives. Ms. White was a blank page.

The crime scene did not reveal any better clues.

Witnesses heard anywhere from three to six shots, but detectives found only a single bullet: the one in Ms. White’s chest. They thought it was a .38 caliber, but the bullet was so deformed that they could not say for sure. There were no fresh nicks on the trees, the jungle gyms or the church wall behind the playground that detectives noticed. No guns in the garbage chutes. And no bullet casings on the pavement or in the grass, which indicated that the weapon was a revolver.

Virtually the only sign detectives found of anyone having been killed there was Ms. White’s black sneaker lying near the bench.

Detective John Caruso and a team of 40th Precinct investigators set out to find surveillance video of the gunman fleeing. Some witnesses said he had made a sharp left onto East 152nd Street. Others were sure it was a sharp right. Detective Caruso pulled video from areas in both directions but found no trace of the black-hooded gunman or his pearly white sneakers.

Their search was delayed by a problem technology could not solve. Many of the bodegas and barbershops in the neighborhood were closed the day after the murder, for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, so the police could not immediately access their cameras…

As tragic and disgusting this lady's murder is, it's something else. Typical.

In Houston we suffer 225-250 murders a year, although 2015 was bad. We had just short of 300 murders and most were, get this, black on black.

There is something else. Unlike the "witnesses" in the Mike Brown shooting, the people who were sitting outside, with nothing else to do in New York, who could not make themselves famous for a while or blame a cop saw...nothing.

I have an intersection in my patrol district that we routinely get murders, stabbings, shootings at. The neighborhood is filled with people with nothing to do but sit, play dice, engage in narcotics and prostitution, and talk on their phones. And when someone comes up, an injured or killed friend or family member, they have seen...nothing.

In neighborhoods like this, police are not the solution and or assistance, we are the invaders, the "laws!" If we chase a suspect thought this area, it's not unheard of the residents screaming "cops!" or "laws!" and taking in perfect strangers, just to keep them away from us. Ir may be a case of them legitimately scared of these criminals and if they don't take them in, the crooks will remember. Or it may be a case of these people opposing the law.

In the case above, no one will protest, they statement in the story notwithstanding. You will not see the US attorney or the Attorney General or Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton on the scene demanding justice for this woman. The odds are the killers are black, they will never be caught and three kids will be raised by grandparents or aunts and uncles or the state.

And until the people who live in these areas say, "I've had enough!" and start to let the cops know who are the shooters, it will never change.

Sorry Ms. White you won't see your kids grow up. Hopefully they turn out better than many other kids.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Officer Down

Corporal Bill Cooper
Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Age: 66
Tour: 15 years
Badge # 34

Corporal Bill Cooper was shot and killed after he and several other officers responded to a domestic violence call involving an armed subject at a home on the 4700 block of Highway 253.

The subject opened fire on responding officers with a rifle, fatally wounding Corporal Cooper and wounding the Hackett Police Department's chief, and pinning down multiple other officers. Corporal Cooper was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The subject surrendered and was taken into custody a short time later.

A police canine from the Greenwood Police Department was also shot during the incident when the suspect shot into the patrol car she was in. Her handler released the door lock to allow her to get out of the line of fire and she ran off, but she was found two days later suffering from two gunshot wounds.

Corporal Cooper was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office for 16 years. He is survived by his wife 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 Human Factor…

I’ve just returned from the excellent film, Sully, starring Tom Hanks in the title roll and directed/produced by Dirty Harry, excuse, Clint Eastwood. If you see only one film this year, make it this one. It covers the crash (or water landing, if you will) of US Air 1549 in January 2009, but concentrates on the investigation afterwards by the National Transportation Safety Board. In a critical scene, the importance of the human factor, on the location, versus the “judgment” of computer simulations and second-guessing by bureaucrats in a comfortable chair, is discussed. I won’t go into more detail to avoid spoilers.

I’ve recently been linked to a great video on how quickly a life or death decision can be made by a cop (or a civilian, for that matter), based on the scenario of the recent shooting of Terence Crutcher by Tulsa OK Officer Betty Shelby. The creators of the video below, Guns Across America, give a detailed example of how a person must decide to shoot or don’t shoot.

Notice in one scenario after another, the target has the initiative. He will make the decision to shoot or not shoot first, and the cop will react to his actions. The officer has a fraction of a second to go though the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide and Act):

Observe what is in your field of vision.

Orient is focusing on select items in your field of vision.

Decide is simply, what are you going to do.

Act, based on the three previous steps, you take your chosen action.

Going back to the video of the shooting of Mr. Crutcher by Officer Shelby, at .06 seconds you see him with his hands up, the officer pointing her pistol at his back and he is walking towards his car. At about .10 seconds the second officer approaches and at .12 seconds, he can see the Taser’s laser dots on Mr. Crutcher’s back. At .17 you see Mr. Crutcher’s right arm down and hear an apparent gunshot. At .29 you see Mr. Crutcher fall to the ground and a few seconds later you hear Officer Shelby scream, “Shots fired!”

Here is the video from the police helicopter:

At .09 seconds you see Mr. Crutcher at his door and his right arm has moved down. At .13 seconds you see Officer Shleby pointing her pistol at Mr Crutcher and Mr. Crutcher at his door, hands moving down towards the door.

I’ve been a cop on the streets for almost two decades and I’ve pointed my Sig-Sauer at more than one man. Generally they stare at the pistol, but one thing they usually don’t do is walk away. And in this situation, Mr. Crutcher is walking towards his SUV. Where he may have a weapon. Or maybe he is trying to get into the vehicle and and drive off, or drive into the officers. Blood tests have come back showing Mr. Crutcher was under the influence of PCP during this incident. That alone does not justify use of deadly force, but it does give some perspective on why he was acting this way.

Mr. Crutcher is taking action that may put the officers in a position where they have “…probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.” This is a quote from Tennessee v. Garner (1985), for all the YouTube lawyers out there, the legal standard for the use of deadly force, as set by the United States Supreme Court over three decades ago.

Another SCOTUS ruling, Graham v Connor (1989), a few years later further defined the use of deadly force. The justices clarified that,

"The 'reasonableness' of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight."

So again I go back to the human factor. From the videos we can see Officer Shelby is following the suspect, the suspect is walking towards his vehicle and she doesn’t know what he will do next. He lowers his arms and you cannot see if he is reaching into his vehicle. And you hear a TASER dart fire that may be a pistol shot. And you make a decision that will haunt you till the day you die.

I am not saying she was right or wrong, justified or unjustified. I am saying justice is a slow moving process and the accused, in this case Officer Shelby, has every right to due process and the presumption of innocence in the matter. The prosecutor, who has charged her with 1st Degree Manslaughter with a minimum penalty of four years in prison, must prove every point of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt. And Officer Shelby’s attorney will work to disprove this, or at least put the jurors in the eyes of the officer, at the moment she fired.

Go back to the original video from Guns Across America and put yourself into the position of the officer. With what you’ve read and seen here, will you shoot or not shoot? Now ask yourself, will you shoot when your suspect is moving towards a vehicle, where he may have a weapon. You have a fraction of a second to decide and your actions will be reviewed, by people not worrying about going home tonight.

Welcome to the world of a cop on the street.

The Numeric Solution, October 15, 2016

Editor's Note: At Stratfor, we are primarily qualitative analysts, but we build our analyses on a base of quantitative factors. This essay explores the role of assigning numeric probability — the quantitative — in forecasting, a tool we seldom use. In the coming days, Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker will discuss the ways in which applying quantitative figures to qualitative judgments can be misleading, as well as our own efforts to create more clarity in our forecasts.
By Dan Gardner and Philip E. Tetlock

One simple change to forecasters' standard operating procedure could boost forecast accuracy, increase accountability, reduce misunderstandings and miscalculations, and generally make the world a wealthier and safer place. The change? Use numbers. No more saying "it is likely," or "improbable," or "to be expected" or "all but certain." Instead, say there is a 60 percent, 23 percent, 78 percent or 95 percent chance. That's it. If pundits, journalists, economists, intelligence analysts, geo-strategists and others who prognosticate for a living switch to numbers, they would do nothing less than improve humanity's collective foresight.

Based on experience, we suspect readers had one of two reactions to the preceding argument. One reaction is to frown. "Isn't it obvious that numbers are preferable? Why wouldn't forecasters use numbers? What's the big deal?" The second reaction is also to frown, but for a different reason. "Nonsense! Reality is too complex and fuzzy for precise numbers. It's a delusion to think you can quantify everything."

We suggest those who had the first reaction look around a little more carefully. Most forecasting is not explicitly labeled as such. Indeed, it is often only implicit in analyses and judgments. In that forecasting, language dominates. A broad movement away from language to numbers would indeed be a huge change. And yes, it would be a big deal.

Much of the language used in forecasting is horribly vague. "Donald Trump could win." "The British pound may collapse." Read literally, these statements mean almost nothing. Or if you prefer, almost anything: You may have dinner tomorrow night; you could be crushed by a meteor before finishing this column. And yet, forecasts of "may" or "could" seldom prompt hoots of derision because the forecaster and his or her audience seldom take them literally. Instead, they use context, tone and body language to suggest a more precise meaning. Someone who leans forward, opens his eyes wide and says, "The British pound may collapse" is not saying the probability lies somewhere between a fraction of 1 percent and almost 100 percent. He is saying the probability is high enough to be alarming. That's still vague, but not so vague as to appear ridiculous. So people accept this language.

They shouldn't. The potential it creates for misunderstanding is vast. And forget about accountability. A forecaster who says, "Donald Trump could win" will always be right. If Trump wins, you can be sure he will infer a higher probability in his forecast than he had in mind at the time and declare himself correct. If Trump loses, you can be equally sure he will underscore the literal meaning of "could" and declare himself correct. It's not that he's dishonest. It's that he's human.

But the worst damage done by hopelessly vague verbiage is something else entirely.

The Danger of Ambiguity

Forecasting is a skill, and both common sense and abundant research tell us that the only way to improve a skill is to practice. Think of the basketball player shooting free throws over and over and over. But for practice to be effective, there must be clear, timely feedback. The basketball player gets that. If a throw bounces off the rim to the right, he sees that immediately and will adjust his next throw accordingly. But forecasters routinely get ambiguous feedback, especially if they use vague language. On Nov. 7, the forecaster who says, "Trump could win" will learn no lesson. He's like a basketball player shooting free throws in a gym at night with the lights out. He does not get clear feedback. His skill will not improve.

Of course, words like "could" and "may" are extreme in their plasticity. And to be fair, serious forecasters often use more defined language — phrases like "highly likely" or "very improbable." But that changes little. Research has shown that people take even apparently precise terms like "highly likely" to mean widely different things. And that is dangerous. In our book, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, we discuss the famous case of a National Intelligence Estimate that concluded there was "a serious possibility" of a Soviet invasion of Yugoslavia in 1951. The lead author, the legendary Sherman Kent, thought the phrase was concrete and meaningful. So did the team of analysts who agreed to use that language. And no one objected when the estimate was sent to the State Department, Pentagon and White House. But a casual chat with an official made Kent realize that he and the official had a completely different sense of what "a serious possibility" meant. So Kent went back to his team and asked each person what they thought it meant: The answers ranged from 20 percent to 80 percent. Kent was shocked, and he became an advocate of using numbers to express probabilities.

Less misunderstanding, more accountability, improved skill, greater forecast accuracy and all the benefits that flow from a more accurate perception of the future: The case for using numbers is strong. But there are objections that must be answered.

Staying Aware of Numbers' Limits

One that doesn't deserve a lot of attention is the almost aesthetic revulsion some have to describing reality with numbers. True, numbers lack a certain artistry. But as Kent memorably put it, "I'd rather be a bookie than a goddamn poet."

A far more serious concern is that numbers create undue confidence by giving an estimate a bogus scientific veneer. Con men and blowhards know how that works. "Most stats are made up" sounds like empty bloviation, whereas "83.5 percent of statistics are meaningless" impresses with precision. Put together many of these numbers and you may even convince yourself you have reality and the future all figured out — until your hubris is demolished by something horribly unexpected.

We have a lot of sympathy for this view. It's hard to dispute that numbers are too often treated like totems. But the answer, surely, is not to avoid numbers, but rather to avoid treating numbers like totems. If a forecast is a subjective estimate expressed in numeric form, say so: "After careful consideration, my best guess is that there is a 77 percent chance it will happen" is absolutely clear about what it is and what it is not. And it is no different than "I think it is likely to happen" — except that it eliminates possible misunderstandings, and, when aggregated with other such forecasts, it makes accountability possible and generates clear feedback.

Finally, there is the metaphysical objection that when making a subjective estimate people simply cannot comprehend our complex and uncertain reality well enough to meaningfully distinguish between, say, a 77 percent probability and 70 or 65 percent. In this view, the elasticity of terms like "probably" is good because it allows them to stretch across a wide range of probabilities, which is the most precise resolution we flawed humans are capable of. To use precise numbers is to fool ourselves into believing we can do better.

But that's an empirical claim. It can be tested. And it has been, in the research program we discuss in Superforecasting.

A Complement to Intuition

We discovered that the best forecasters tend to be extremely fine-grained forecasters. They don't use 20, 30, 40 percent and so on. Or 20, 25 and 30 percent. Their scales read 20, 21, 22 percent…. Is this hubris and delusion? When we rounded their forecasts to make them less precise — so a 72 percent forecast, for instance, became 70 percent — we found they got less accurate. That means that when superforecasters think carefully and decide that 72 percent is closer to the mark than 70 percent, chances are they are right.

Of course, this proof only applies to the sorts of questions (Will Scotland vote to leave the United Kingdom? Will Russia seize Crimea?) and time frames (from weeks to more than a year) involved in our research. But that research was sponsored by the U.S. intelligence community and it was designed to probe the sorts of big, important issues the intelligence community has to tackle. How many other domains are there where these levels of precision can be achieved? We can only know if we test on a large scale.

This may be where the greatest benefit of numeric forecasting lies. Not only can individual forecasts and forecasters be improved by using numbers, numeric forecasts can be aggregated. From aggregation, broader analyses and insights may come. So may new ways of making accurate forecasts — like the "extremizing algorithm" we developed, which won the intelligence community's forecasting tournament.

We have made some big claims here. But please note that we are not the sort of numbers people who think quantitative analysts with computers will or should take over. Quite the opposite. While it's a safe bet that in the future quantitative analysts with computers will play a much bigger role in forecasting than they do now, experience and good judgment will not become the obsolete tools of a bygone age. As we are already seeing in fields where the progress of computers and statistical analysis is particularly advanced — think of chess and baseball — people haven't been put in museum display cases. They're still at work. The difference is that now they combine the new tools with experience and judgment to come up with something better — something that neither machine nor man could produce alone.

Experience and judgment will always be essential. We need to make the most of them. And that starts by switching to numbers.

The Numeric Solution is republished with permission of Stratfor.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Officer Down

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee
End of Watch: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Age: 35
Tour: 10 years, 6 months

Special Agent De'Greaun Frazier was shot and killed while conducting an undercover narcotics operation in Jackson, Tennessee, at approximately 2:00 pm.

The subject of the investigation had Agent Frazier and an informant drive to Brianfield Cove where he told them he could obtain one ounce of cocaine. When the man returned to the backseat of the vehicle he displayed a handgun and attempted to rob them. Agent Frazier was shot once in the back as he attempted to exit the vehicle.

The man fled the scene on foot but was arrested at a home approximately one half mile away. He was subsequently charged with murder and attempted aggravated robbery.

Special Agent Frazier had served with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for only six months and was assigned to the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics. He had previously served with the Millington Police Department for six years, the University of Memphis Police Department for four years, and also served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office as a reserve deputy. He is survived by his wife and two 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. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Office Down

Police Officer Justin Scherlen
Amarillo Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Age: 39
Tour: 11 years
Badge # 208
Incident Date: 9/8/2015

Police Officer Justin Scherlen succumbed to injuries sustained 11 months earlier when his patrol car was struck head-on by another vehicle near the intersection of SW 34th Avenue and Georgia Street.

The collision caused Officer Scherlen to become trapped inside of his vehicle for approximately one hour as rescue personnel attempted to extricate him. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He subsequently underwent numerous surgeries and continuous rehabilitation following the crash. He subsequently suffered a complication and died while on a family trip in New Mexico on August 4th, 2016.

Officer Scherlen had served with the Amarillo Police Department for 11 years and was assigned to the Uniformed Division. He also served on the agency's Honor Guard and Dive Team. 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, October 14, 2016

Officer Down

Sergeant Shawn Miller
West Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Age: 47
Tour: 26 years

Sergeant Shawn Miller was killed in a motorcycle crash while returning from court after testifying in a hit-and-run case at the Dallas County Courthouse.

He was traveling on Highway 169 when another vehicle turned left in front of him at the junction with I-80. Sergeant Miller was unable to avoid a collision and struck the side of the vehicle.

Sergeant Miller was an Iowa National Guard veteran. He had served with the West Des Moines Police Department for 26 years and was posthumously promoted to the rank of sergeant. He had previously served with the Iowa Department of Corrections. 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. 

Ben and Jerry's and an illogical choice....

Years ago, before I knew better, I used to eat Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I loved their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and when I was stationed in Arizona back in the mid 90s, a Sunday ritual was to ride my bike over 50 miles, then eat a quart of that variety. Hey, two hours on the bike, I've earned it.

Then I found out besides being very hard cord leftists (I buy from people who's political alignment I don't agree with, Amazon.com and Apple comes to mind), they support cop killers. In particular, they supported the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Wesley Clark, aka Mumia Abu Jamal. In 1981, Wesley shot Officer Faulkner in the back, then several times in the face. I then refused to purchase another item from them.

Now I found this curious. A fellow cop, who is a very open Democrat and supporter of the B Hussein Obama regime, posted this meme on FaceBook. Now the man is very opposed to the terrorist group Black Lives Matter, is a hell of a cop, but he's a supporter of cop haters, such as Mrs. Bill Clinton, Eric Holder, B Hussein Obama, etc. I'm I off when I say this is very illogical?

A recent article pointed out something, "doctors vote for Republicans, lawyers vote for Democrats..." Sound like one group can prosper without government interference, one needs it. But I really don't see how any cop can support the most anti-police administration in history. When his FBI should be looking for criminals and terrorist, the B Hussein Obama regime is working on nationalizing local policing. And we can be assured a President Mrs. Clinton will continue the process he started.

Am I nuts here?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Officer Down

Police Officer Jonathan M. DeGuzman
San Diego Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Age: 43
Tour: 15 years, 9 months
Badge # 3836

Police Officer JD DeGuzman was shot and killed as he and his partner conducted a subject stop near the intersection of Acacia Grove Way and 38th Street at approximately 11:00 pm.

Officer DeGuzman and his partner observed two men walking in the area, but the men split up when they observed the patrol car. Officer DeGuzman's partner exited the patrol car and approached one of the man. As he asked the man if he lived in the neighborhood the subject suddenly pulled out a handgun and opened fire without saying anything.

The subject shot Officer DeGuzman's partner once in the neck before shooting Officer DeGuzman five times as he was still sitting in the police car. Officer DeGuzman's partner was able to return fire and wounded the subject as he fled on foot. The man was found hiding in a nearby ravine a short time later and taken into custody. He was charged with murder, attempted murder, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Officer DeGuzman had served with the San Diego Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit. He is survived by his wife and two 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. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Officer Down

Captain Robert David Melton
Kansas City Police Department, Kansas
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Age: 46
Tour: 26 years
Badge # 1799

Captain Dave Melton was shot and killed while searching for an armed subject who had fled from other officers who had responded to a shots fired call at approximately 2:00 pm.

As officers arrived on scene several subjects exited the vehicle they were in and fled on foot. One of the men was apprehended immediately. Officers began searching the area for the other subjects. Captain Melton was fatally shot when he encountered one of the men near the intersection of 22nd Street and Haskell Avenue.

Two subjects were taken into custody and additional subjects remain at large.

Captain Melton served with the Kansas City Police Department for 17 years and had previously served with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He was a veteran of the Kansas National Guard. He is survived by his three children and expectant girlfriend.
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. 

Talk about a lucky fool...

Caught on video: Chase suspect gets Tased on busy highway

GARLAND, Texas - A man has been arrested after he led police on a chase that ended with an officer deploying a Taser on him in the middle of a busy highway in Garland, police say.

Several agencies in North Texas were involved in the chase after police said the suspect started driving the wrong way the President George Bush Tollway.

According to KXAS, Rowlett and Garland officers were the first agencies on the chase, but they backed off when it became too dangerous.

Helicopter video showed the driver of the truck pulled over and got out, ran onto Interstate 30 westbound, dodging traffic. An officer used a Taser on him after the driver jumped the median.

Police stopped traffic and arrested the man. There is no word on why the driver was running from police.

Talk about an idiot!

Reagan, again, in his own words....

Without question the best president of my lifetime (I'm 51) and his time in office has shown what a man and a country can accomplish when the government gets out of the way. From this final address to the nation, January, 1989.

"...man is not free, unless government is limited." Hey, Donald!, Jeb!, W, GW!, take a hint.

God I miss this man!

American Thinker: Hillary Clinton: 'Unquestionably well-prepared'?, October 11, 2016

American Thinker was good enough to publish me again.  Comments?

Hillary Clinton: 'Unquestionably well-prepared'? 
I’ve been in the intelligence racket for almost 30 years (intel is like the mob or civil service: once you’re in, you’re in), and I’ve taken to reading a wide variety of news sources, despite the orientation.  I remember reading regularly the propaganda of my nation’s enemies, including Pravda, Izvestia, The People’s Workers Daily, and The New York Times. 
I’ve been a reader of Foreign Policy for several years, and while I often find their articles out in left field, sometimes, like NPR, they hit it out of the park.  Very well researched, reasoned, thoughtful pieces. 
This is not one of them. 
I’ve said since the summer that the choice in the election is not “good vs. better” or “good vs. bad,” “lesser of two evils, ” or even “sucks less.”  This is the decision between two piles of excrement and which one stinks less than the other. 
Knowing what will happen with America if Mrs. Bill Clinton is let back into the White House, the only option I see is to walk in, hold my nose, and vote for Trump. 
And I will get drunk after that. 
Now, Foreign Policy, if you want to say your endorsement of Mrs. Bill Clinton is because she stinks slightly less than Trump, okay, I can see the point.  But when you put this on your endorsement: 
Hillary Clinton is a quality candidate who is unquestionably well-prepared to lead this country. 
...what country are you referring to?  It is certainly not the United State of America.Mrs. Bill Clinton is a former cabinet member and legitimate candidate for the highest office in the land only because her name is Mrs. Bill Clinton.  She took an Ivy League law degree to Arkansas and was a rainmaker for the Rose Law Firm.  As first lady of Arkansas, she took the state’s schools from 48 to 49 in overall ranking (thank God for Mississippi).  In the 1992 election and first Clinton term, she occupied herself with handing bimbo eruptions for her husband and attempting to socialize health care.  Fortunately, the Republicans were not gutless wonders as they are now, and Hillarycare was stopped. 
After delusions of sniper fire, she was given a Senate seat in a state she has no relation to and barely lives in.  In eight years spent preparing for the 2008 election, her accomplishments as senator are...I’m still waiting.  After being denied the nomination in 2008 that was hers by divine right, and being dumped by the Dems for the “clean, articulate black man” who gave Chris Matthews a “thrill up his leg,” Mrs. Bill Clinton was brought into the State Department where, true to form, everything she touched turned into a disaster.  Syria, Libya, China, Russia, one debacle after another.  I guess that makes her a “quality candidate who is unquestionably well-prepared to lead this country“ into oblivion.  
No one could question the ability of Margaret Thatcher to lead Great Britain in a time of crisis, but she had spent a lifetime in the arena, engaging in ideas.  People knew she would be something without her husband Dennis.  With Mrs. Bill Clinton's campaign, all you see is simply a naked, narcissistic power-grab and lifetime ambition for the highest office in the land.  And if it means sacrificing your future and the future of your descendants, well, it’s tough for you. 
Don’t worry, F.P. – I’ll keep paying you the $3.99 a month for the daily emails.  They can be enlightening at times, at some times delusional (see linked filed), and other times just funny. 
God help us all.

Michael A. Thiac is a police patrol sergeant and a retired Army intelligence officer.  When not patrolling the streets, he can be found on A Cop’s Watch.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Officer Down


Correctional Officer Kristopher D. Moules
Luzerne County Correctional Facility, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Monday, July 18, 2016
Age: 25
Tour: 10 months

Correctional Officer Kristopher Moules died after he and an inmate fell down an elevator shaft during a struggle inside of the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

The inmate, who was in jail for failing to register as a sex offender, attacked Officer Moules. The two crashed through an elevator door and fell several floors to the bottom of the elevator shaft. Officer Moules was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The inmate also died as a result of the fall.

Officer Moules had served with the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for 10 months.
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. 

Words from a friend.....

Long time friend, Army officer I'm proud to serve with and fellow bourbon drinker Mike Ford put up another post. And again, he hits it out the park on the issues with the corruption that is coming from the Democratic nominee. Enjoy....
Corruption Most Foul

There is a foul odor emanating from Northeastern United States. Its epicenter is Chappaqua, NY. However, other locales such as New York City, Washington DC, Charleston, SC, and wherever else the Hillary for President campaign happens to be traveling, do their fair share in polluting the atmosphere. That odor is now also emanating from the Hoover Building, the Washington DC Headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That odor is the fetid, smell of in-your-face, arrogant, public corruption.

Public corruption (protection, bribery, bid rigging and the like) is ubiquitous throughout the entire civilized world. Different languages even have their own little colloquialisms for it...Baksheesh (Persian & Arabic), Na Lyeva (Russian), Mordida (Spanish), Under the Table & Kickbacks to name two common American ones.

At its lowest level and while still criminal, some minor amount is tolerated in many places. There is a Sicilian saying, "fari vagnari u pizzu," let someone wet their beak (as in a very small bird), implying such a small amount as to be invisible, kind of like Secretary Kerry's "unbelievably small" airstrikes in Syria. What is tolerated (or possibly not even really considered corrupt) and how much, depends on where you live, the culture there and sometimes even the specific circumstances.

In the United States at one end of the spectrum, we might see a local civil servant expediting an inspection or permit for a friend. While at the other, we see legions of lobbyists using dinners, playoff tickets and campaign donations to gain access to and influence the decisions of politicians.

This can also be seen in post public careers which can be pretty lucrative, often setting the stage for succeeding terms of public service, and at a higher level. This revolving door, in and out of public service is well documented, with long-term Senators going on to well paid lobbying positions, while waiting for the turn of political fortunes to result in their being named to cabinet positions.

Despite the above, adult thinkers understand that for a post Representative, Senate or a Presidential career there is some sort of expectation of modest remuneration. Most of us can understand and support a position that public officials should not have to live in penury.

Then comes the Clinton family, who by no stretch will ever have to worry about missing a meal. Many of us can remember fairly recently when Mrs Clinton recalled being "dead broke" immediately upon departing the White House. This apparently didn't stop her and the former President from purchasing a house in upscale Chappaqua, NY for 1.7 million that same year.

Post presidency, the Clinton family, Bill, Hillary and Chelsea have traded on the Clinton name in the form of a multimillion dollar foundation and six figure speaking fees, that supported an opulent lifestyle, sheltered income from the IRS and until recently, funded the positioning of Mrs Clinton as a non declared Presidential candidate without involving the Federal Election Commission. Since departing her duties as First Lady, then serving 4 years as President Obama's Secretary of State, and as of 2014, Mrs Clinton has reported a net worth of over 32 million dollars and an annual income of 30.5 million. Does anyone really believe she has legally and ethically provided over 32 million dollars worth of value added to the companies who paid her?

This arrogance isn't limited to financial matters. It also leaches over to official business in the form of the "mishandling" of classified material. In a previous article, I explained in detail, the mechanics of how Top Secret-SCI material likely ended up on Secretary Clinton's server. The Clinton's obviously believe the rules don't apply to them, even with our nation's most closely guarded secrets. In one of her emails being investigated by the FBI, she responded to a complaint that staffers were having trouble sending a secure fax by writing:
“If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”

This isn't mere "mishandling." This is a deliberate, arrogant attempt to actively subvert the procedures in place to protect classified information.

The level of arrogance and corruption in the Clinton family operations has gone from "acceptable," blown right through "somewhat unseemly," and arrived well in the middle of, "snout down in the trough up to the ears." What's the saddest part of this? Along the way to achieving their ill gotten gains, the Clintons have also managed to subvert the Department of Justice and possibly, the FBI, who has recommended no charges be filed regarding Secretary Clinton's open, notorious and criminal handling of highly classified information.

Sadly, there is still a sizable plurality of my beloved republic, this uniquely awesome thing we call, "these United States of America," who in November, would still flip the lever for this lying crone, regardless of her blatant and arrogant corruption. I weep for my country and I fear for my fellow warriors who are still at the pointy end of the spear, and whose lives would be put at risk by her unwillingness to follow simple security rules, should she ever become Commander In Chief.

Mike Ford is a retired Infantry Colonel. He has served in Europe, Central America and in Southwest Asia, commanding at the Detachment, Company, Battalion and Brigade Levels.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Officer Down

Police Officer Matthew Lane Gerald
Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016

Age: 41
Tour: 1 year
Badge # 1100

Corporal Montrell Lyle Jackson
Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Age: 32
Tour: 10 years

Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Age: 45
Tour: 24 years

Police Officer Matthew Gerald, Corporal Montrell Jackson, and Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola, of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed by a subject outside of a convenience store at 9611 Airline Highway shortly before 9:00 am.

Officers had received reports of a subject walking along the roadway carrying a rifle. As responding officers arrived in the area they were ambushed by the subject. Deputy Garafola, Corporal Jackson, and Officer Gerald were killed and three other officers were wounded, including one who was critically wounded.

The subject was shot and killed by other responding officers.

Officer Gerald was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for less than one year.

Corporal Jackson had served with the Baton Rouge Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and infant son.

Deputy Garafola had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office for 24 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Rest in Peace Gentlemen…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, October 9, 2016

Officer Down

Corrections Officer Mari Johnson
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Age: 55
Tour: 7 years

Corrections Officer Mari Johnson was murdered by a male inmate inside of the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas.

Other officers found her unresponsive near the prison's kitchen at approximately 3:00 am. The officers provided medical aide until she was transported to Hendricks Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Officer Johnson had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for seven years.

Rest in Peace Sis…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. 

What's going on in the World Today 161009





North Africa: The Other Side of Europe's Migrant Crisis

North Africa: The Other Side of Europe's Migrant Crisis October 7, 2016


To talk of a single migrant crisis in Europe can be misleading. The eastern routes carrying migrants over the Mediterranean Sea have commanded international attention for the sheer number of Syrian refugees who have traversed them to enter Europe and for the European Union's negotiations and subsequent migrant deal with Turkey that the crisis prompted. Despite their higher profile and amount of traffic, however, the eastern routes are not the only migrant paths into Europe across the Mediterranean, nor is Syria the only country from which migrants are fleeing. Thousands of migrants also reach Europe each year from North Africa by way of routes crossing the central and western Mediterranean.


U.S. Weighs Iran-style Sanctions on North Korea, Risking a Rift With China

To stop Pyongyang's march to a nuclear arsenal, the White House is looking to target Chinese companies that bankroll Kim Jong Un’s banned weapons.

U.S. Weighs Iran-style Sanctions on North Korea, Risking a Rift With China
The Obama administration is heatedly debating whether to trigger harsh sanctions against North Korea that would target Chinese companies doing business with the hermit regime, in a crackdown like the one that crippled Iran’s economy, Foreign Policy has learned.

But some White House officials worry that the tough economic penalties, which have already been approved though not deployed, would cause a serious rift with Beijing.

Officials told FP that the approach would be similar to the sweeping secondary sanctions that were slapped on global banks handling transactions with Iran. Those sanctions are widely credited with bringing Iran’s economy to its knees in 2013 and forcing Tehran to the negotiating table over its nuclear program.

But a decision to go after Chinese banks and trading companies that deal with Pyongyang could rupture Washington’s relations with Beijing, which bristles at any unilateral sanctions imposed on its companies or drastic action that could cause instability in neighboring North Korea.

The push for possible tougher action in U.S. policy stems from growing alarm over North Korea’s bid to build more capable ballistic missiles and potent nuclear weapons, as illustrated by last month’s fifth nuclear test by Kim Jong Un’s regime — its largest to date. Some experts believe North Korea already has succeeded in building nuclear warheads that could be placed on a missile, and a series of test launches demonstrates that the North has developed medium-range missiles that could strike Japan or Guam. U.S. intelligence officials believe it is only a matter of time before Kim’s regime produces a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States…

North Korea: Increased Activity Spotted At Nuclear Test Site

October 7, 2016

Activity is increasing at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site, according to satellite imagery obtained by the U.S.-based 38 North group. The new images show activity involving large a vehicle and personnel at all three tunnel complexes at the test site. The report’s authors suggest that the reason for the activity may be to collect data on the North’s fifth nuclear test, which took place on Sept. 9. But the report also comes amid speculation that the North may conduct another test to mark the Oct. 10 anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party, as Pyongyang has done in the past. Pyongyang no longer sees its nuclear program as a bargaining chip to trade away, but rather as a vital component of its national security.,

A Window of Opportunity Is Closing in Ukraine


Talks between the United States and Russia over the Ukrainian conflict seem more and more unlikely to make any meaningful headway as Barack Obama's last presidential term comes to a close. Cease-fire violations are a daily occurrence along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine — Kiev reported 30 made by pro-Russia separatists on Oct. 7 alone — and plans to withdraw troops and weaponry in certain locations have had mixed results. After an Oct. 5 meeting between U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and Russian officials in Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said he had "no expectations of a breakthrough.”

Philippines: Duterte Charts His Course

Manila's decision on Oct. 7 to put joint patrols and naval exercises with the United States in the South China Sea on hold is the first concrete action the government has taken to back up President Rodrigo Duterte's criticism of the United States. In announcing the suspension of the patrols, Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana also said that his country, which has a longstanding security arrangement with the United States, intends to buy weapons from other countries such as China and Russia, and that the Philippines could make up for a loss in U.S. military aid. According to Lorenzana, the 107 U.S. troops operating surveillance drones on the restive southern island of Mindanao will be asked to leave once the Philippines acquires such intelligence-gathering capabilities for itself…

Philippines: South China Sea Drills With U.S. Put On Hold, Defense Minister Says

Situation Reports OCTOBER 7, 2016

Plans for joint patrols and naval exercises between the Philippines and the United States have been put on hold, Philippine Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana said Oct. 7, AFP reported. Lorenzana also said that the 107 U.S. troops operating surveillance drones against Muslim militants in the restive southern island of Mindanao would be asked to leave once the Philippines acquires such intelligence-gathering capabilities for itself. The defense minister said that the country intends to buy weapons from other countries like China and Russia, and the Philippines could make up for a loss in U.S. military aid. The statements are a notable about face for Lorenzana, who just two days earlier suggest that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to end the Philippines’ military partnership with the United States were grounded in a lack of understanding about the benefits of the alliance. Unless the U.S. begins to make its military aid conditional on, say, human rights improvements, the benefits of the deal for the Philippines will continue to be substantial and serve the country's strategic imperatives in the South China Sea.

Turkey: Blast Targets Istanbul Police Station

An explosion in Istanbul appears to be the work of a faction of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). A large blast shook a police building in the Yenibosna district of Istanbul around 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 6, injuring at least five people. The bomb was big enough to cause significant structural damage to nearby buildings and vehicles. According to an NTV report that cited unnamed security officials, authorities are searching for a suspect who fled from the scene on a motorcycle. The number of casualties will probably rise as more information is released…

A New Danger Rises in the Red Sea
An attack on a ship in the Red Sea raises fresh concerns about Yemen's civil war. On Oct. 1, an Emirati vessel operating near Yemen's Red Sea port of Mokha was attacked. According to claims made by Houthi rebels, they employed an anti-ship missile in the assault, a capability the group had never before demonstrated. If true — and a video posted online seems to support the claims — Houthi fighters would be able to pose a significant danger to Saudi-led coalition warships in the Red Sea, as well as to civilian ships that pass through the area. Moreover, the appearance of a type of anti-ship missile previously unseen in Yemen would mean that considerable gaps exist in the arms embargo directed against the Houthi fighters. Added to recent stagnation of the Yemeni battlefield, the incident casts a different light on the strength of the Houthi rebellion in the face of Saudi-led air and ground campaigns....

In India, a Military Strategy Guided by Precision


South Asia is not known for its stability, but India and Pakistan's military strategies could lead to greater insecurity in the region. Nuclear weapons, particularly tactical nuclear weapons that are launched on the battlefield, have been introduced into India and Pakistan's military calculations, causing both sides to re-evaluate their policies. Originally, India's unofficial military doctrine, Cold Start, relied on rapid, flexible conventional military operations to strike Pakistan while avoiding a protracted war that could increase the likelihood of nuclear retaliation. But Pakistan countered by developing a tactical nuclear response that made the prospect of large-scale fighting too risky for New Delhi and Islamabad. Nevertheless, India has sought alternate forms of deterrence against Pakistan's asymmetric tactics. Using more limited military strikes, or "surgical deterrence," India will decrease the chances of a wider conflict erupting. Still, escalation will remain an underlying risk....


Germany: Chemnitz Police Raid Second Apartment For Man Planning Bomb Attack

German police in the eastern city of Chemnitz entered another apartment Oct. 9 as they search for a man allegedly planning a bomb attack, BBC reported. A man said to be linked to the suspect, Jaber al-Bakr, was detained. The 22-year-old Syria-born refugee remains on the run. Three other alleged associates were arrested on Oct. 8; the same day a raid on an apartment uncovered several hundred grams of "highly volatile" explosives, later destroyed in a controlled explosion. Saxony police have not provided any information about how long al-Bakr had been in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open the borders to refugees and migrants last year has redefined politics and security concerns in Germany. In July, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for an ax attack on a train near Wurzburg and a suicide bombing in Ansbach.

The U.K. Sketches the Outlines of Its Brexit Strategy

The British government has started to outline the positions it will take in negotiations over its departure from the European Union. Recent statements by Prime Minister Theresa May and several members of her Cabinet have sought to clarify London's views on a number of issues surrounding the Brexit. Any haggling over the country's future outside the bloc must wait until the United Kingdom formally triggers the Brexit process, and May's ministers remain divided on multiple counts. But more than three months after the British referendum passed, London feels that it is time to send a message to voters, local and foreign companies, and EU governments…

U.K.: Government Approves Hydraulic Fracturing Project

Hydraulic fracturing has long been a controversial subject in the United Kingdom, but could be the key to countering falling natural gas output elsewhere in Europe. On Oct. 6, the British government approved plans to begin horizontal hydraulic fracturing at Preston New Road, a site in Lancashire belonging to British energy firm Cuadrilla Resources. The government has not made a decision on similar proposals for Cuadrilla's Roseacre Wood project...


El Salvador: From Bloody Civil War to Devastating Criminal Violence


By Diego Solis

In 2015, El Salvador, with an alarming 104 homicides committed per 100,000 residents, was named the world's most violent country. It is a place with a long history of violence — from the Spanish incursion in the 16th century fiercely resisted by Pipil warriors to the military government's massacre of thousands of rural indigenous citizens in 1932. And then there was the civil war that raged between 1979 and 1992, killing an estimated 75,000 people in a country of just a few million. Today, El Salvador's legacy of violence is most evident in its gang culture, most notably perpetrated by Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, and the 18th Street Gang, or Calle 18. Both groups emerged from a migratory channel opened between the United States and El Salvador. Beginning in the 1980s, Washington gave thousands of El Salvadorans, largely from poor, rural areas, temporary protective status in the United States. But those migrants were given little support, and were deported en masse after the war ended. They took back with them Los Angeles-style gang culture and replicated it throughout major urban centers in El Salvador and eventually throughout Central America…

Venezuela: Colectivos Split From Caracas

Venezuelan police are targeting the country's colectivos, or pro-government patronage groups, in an operation that could widen the divides within the ruling party. On Oct. 6, authorities arrested a member of a colectivo known as La Piedrita in the Caracas neighborhood of Barrio 23 de Enero. The arrest came after police allegedly killed 11 colectivo members. Though the colectivos claim they killed police officers as well, the government did not report any personnel deaths in the scuffle...fRussia




China: Nanjing Oil Refinery Equipment Catches Fire, Explodes

Situation Reports OCTOBER 9, 2016

Equipment at an oil refinery in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing caught fire and exploded Oct. 9, state media said, Reuters reported. The explosion occurred at the Jinlingshihua Nanjing Refinery, a subsidiary of Sinopec Group, the official Xinhua news agency said, adding that no casualties had yet been reported. Fire fighters had been dispatched to battle the flames, the blaze had been controlled and there was not currently a secondary environmental or security risk, the company said. Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial plants in China, and anger over lax standards is growing after three decades of swift economic growth marred by incidents from mining disasters to factory fires. China has vowed to improve safety at such facilities, especially after chemical blasts in the port city of Tianjin on Aug. 12, 2015.








Russia: Military Deploys Iskander Missiles To Kaliningrad

October 8, 2016

Russia has deployed nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in its Kaliningrad region, bordering Poland and Lithuania, BBC reported Oct. 8. The Lithuanian foreign minister said that the aim of the move was to "seek concessions from the West," particularly over recent disagreements with the United States and NATO on Syria and Ukraine. Russia's Defense Ministry said the new deployment was part of military exercises and had happened before. The Iskander system has a range of up to 700 kilometers (440 miles). NATO is boosting its eastern flank by deploying four battalions in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia next year, in part to respond to Russia's annexation of Crimea and its support of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, which continue to test relations with Western powers. Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia are among nations reporting recent air-space violations by Russia's military.

Russia: Moscow Strikes a Deal To Allow a Rosneft Sale

Russia is finalizing plans to sell a stake in its biggest oil company, Rosneft, in November. According to Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, the Kremlin and Rosneft have reached a compromise and are prepared to move forward with the sale. Moscow is counting on the money it will get for privatizing 19 percent of the firm — roughly $11.4 billion — to help it close the $36 billion budget gap it is expected to see by the end of the year...




Drilling Deeper Into Saudi Aramco's Bid to Go Public


Saudi Arabia is taking steps to put its ambitious agenda for economic reform into practice. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco) CEO Amin Nasser said the company's partial initial public offering (IPO) would list units across the organization — rather than just the downstream segments, as many had expected. The announcement hints that Riyadh may be making a serious effort to introduce greater transparency and efficiency into the state-owned energy giant's practices, as promised. More important, though, it indicates Riyadh's commitment to forging ahead with a massive overhaul of the Saudi economy, a plan that until now has seen more talk than action...


Competing for Partners in Outer Space


On July 17, 1975, an orbital rendezvous between the Soyuz and Apollo spacecrafts proved that the Soviet Union and the United States could set aside their differences in the name of advancing manned spaceflight. Space is the ultimate high ground in terrestrial warfare, but it is also an opportunity for cooperation on basic scientific research. Conducting research in space is expensive, and few countries can afford to go it alone. Though the intense competition over military and commercial uses of space will continue, space and planetary science will likely remain collaborative fields, even if flavored with nationalism. Nevertheless, as other nations develop their own space programs, their more established counterparts in the United States, Russia and China will increasingly vie with one another to enlist them as research partners…</>blockquote>

Preview: Fourth-Quarter Forecast

Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon discusses how tension across the globe will keep the next U.S. president fully occupied. See the whole forecast on Oct. 10.

Preview: Fourth-Quarter Forecast is republished with permission of Stratfor.

What could be a legitimate story is again cut down by a lie....

I will never question that there are men and women on police forces that have no business being cops. There is a legitimate issue with officers who are allowed to resign in lieu of prosecution for a crime being hired at another agency. And the NY Times does a decent job of explaining that:
Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities

As a police officer in a small Oregon town in 2004, Sean Sullivan was caught kissing a 10-year-old girl on the mouth.

Mr. Sullivan’s sentence barred him from taking another job as a police officer.

But three months later, in August 2005, Mr. Sullivan was hired, after a cursory check, not just as a police officer on another force but as the police chief. As the head of the department in Cedar Vale, Kan., according to court records and law enforcement officials, he was again investigated for a suspected sexual relationship with a girl and eventually convicted on charges that included burglary and criminal conspiracy.

“It was very irritating because he should never have been a police officer,” said Larry Markle, the prosecutor for Montgomery and Chautauqua counties in Kansas.

Mr. Sullivan, 44, is now in prison in Washington State on other charges, including identity theft and possession of methamphetamine. It is unclear how far-reaching such problems may be, but some experts say thousands of law enforcement officers may have drifted from police department to police department even after having been fired, forced to resign or convicted of a crime.

Yet there is no comprehensive, national system for weeding out problem officers. If there were, such hires would not happen, criminologists and law enforcement officials say.

Officers, sometimes hired with only the most perfunctory of background examinations — as Kansas officials said was the case with Mr. Sullivan — and frequently without even having their fingerprints checked, often end up in new trouble, according to a review of court documents, personnel records and interviews with former colleagues and other law enforcement officials....

Very valid points, if a man or woman is found to be unfit to be a cop in one agency, they should not go to another. And a basic background investigation (e.g. calling the previous agency, fingerprints) should hopefully put up red flags where needed. Good points, right on.

Then the NY Puke shows why it's changed from the "Paper of Record" to a Manhattan tabloid.
"...As fatal police shootings of unarmed African-American men and sometimes violent protests have roiled the nation, the question of how best to remove the worst police officers has been at the core of reform attempts.

But a lack of coordination among law enforcement agencies, opposition from police executives and unions, and an absence of federal guidance have meant that in many cases police departments do not know the background of prospective officers if they fail to disclose a troubled work history...

This is not a federal issue. States have agencies that license peace officers. In Texas, every peace officer is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). For those of you whom think that federal law enformcent is the be all and end all, I have a few words for you. Ruby Ridge. Waco. Miami.

The article goes on to list a handful of other possible problem officers. I say possible because the NY Times has show itself as not worthy of trust in this matter, or much. From the article:
...While serving as a St. Louis officer, Eddie Boyd III pistol-whipped a 12-year-old girl in the face in 2006, and in 2007 struck a child in the face with his gun or handcuffs before falsifying a police report, according to Missouri Department of Public Safety records.

Though Officer Boyd subsequently resigned, he was soon hired by the police department in nearby St. Ann, Mo., before he found a job with the troubled force in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, was fatally shot by a white officer in 2014....
And your own paper reported, the B Hussein Obama "Just-Us" department determined the shooting was justified. The article goes on to tout the Obama commission on 21st-century policing, basically a mandate to federalize local police.

NY Puke, you had an opportunity to actually put out a good story. But you're never let the facts get in the way of your agenda. But don't worry, I'll reading you...I need something to laugh at.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Officer Down

Police Officer Marco Antonio Zarate
Bellaire Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Age: 52
Tour: 7 years
Badge # 334

Police Officer Marco Zarate was killed in a motorcycle crash in the 8500 block of Ferris Drive while pursuing a vehicle that had been involved in an earlier shoplifting.

He was responding to a shoplifting call at a Target store in Meyerland Plaza at approximately 1:30 pm and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle in the parking lot. The vehicle fled from the parking lot with Officer Zarate in pursuit. Officer Zarate's motorcycle struck a landscaping trailer as the pursuit traveled down Ferris Street, between Chimney Rock Road and South Rice Avenue.

The vehicle he was pursuing continued to flee but was eventually taken into custody.

Officer Zarate was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Bellaire Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
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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.