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Proposed California Use-of-Force Bill Won't Make Anyone Safer  

April 13, 2018
If a police officer’s use of deadly force is deemed to be unnecessary to them and to people who share their beliefs, that officer can expect to be prosecuted and, if not imprisoned, run through a years-long ordeal that will ruin him physically, emotionally, and financially. And this, they promise, will protect the community.

The Stephon Clark Protests are Perpetuating a Lie  

March 30, 2018
After the shooting, one officer can be heard asking his partner, “You all right? You hit?” indicating he thought Clark had a gun and was shooting back.

Dunphy: Stephon Clark Shooting was Justified  

March 27, 2018
Both officers peek around the corner, at which time one of them shouts, “Show me your hands!” followed immediately by “Gun, gun, gun!” Both officers open fire, killing Clark.

LAPD Chief to Retire: Get Ready for Backstabbing and Bloodletting  

January 29, 2018
Most qualified? That’s so 20th century. It won’t be a factor in naming the next chief. The eventual selectee will have triumphed through some combination of the right ethnic and gender profile and an ability to survive the knife fight about to begin. What fun it will be to watch.

A Wasted "Teachable Moment"  

September 26, 2017
According to the coach, his teachable moment for his players was to let them know that "it’s OK to stand up for what you believe in." I’m not arguing that premise, as long as we understand that an 8-year-old has no understanding of what so-called "social injustice' is.

Officer Well-Being Should Come First After an OIS  

August 11, 2017
The suspect’s family, friends, attorney and the media were not there and are not your concern. Your officer is, and should always be, your primary concern. Yes, the other groups need to be addressed, but they can all wait. As legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden always preached, “Be quick but don’t hurry.”

De-Escalation is Nothing New  

April 24, 2017
Perhaps the value of the loud noise about de-escalation is to re-emphasize the need to conduct intense training that teaches us to distinguish between those challenging incidents where it is wise to wait, talk, get backup, get nonlethal weapons, get a supervisor, and make a plan versus those incidents where it is proper to take the risk, rush in, and save the life.

Painting Depicting Law Enforcement As "Pigs" Has No Place in U.S. Capitol  

January 3, 2017
A painting depicting law enforcement as "pigs" is hanging in public space in the United States Capitol. The Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) is calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove this piece of hate from the public space.

Surge in LE Killings Underscores Need to Be Vigilant  

November 29, 2016
The recent spate of ambushes and assassinations of law enforcement officers continues the year of deadly violence against law enforcement officers simply because they are wearing a uniform. None of us should act as if it's business as usual and that we cannot become a victim of this violence.

Los Angeles Police Commission Tells Officers to Run Away, or Else  

September 22, 2016
It sure must be easy to talk about “redeploying” an officer’s position while sipping a Diet Coke or bottled water while sitting in a police-guarded, air-conditioned room, in a cushy office chair, watching the events unfold in slow motion on a big-screen TV.
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