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Video: NYPD's Empire State Building Shooting

August 27, 2012
It's small wonder that the news media reported the shooting outside the Empire State Building last week as a mass shooting—it certainly appeared to be. Only it wasn't a mass shooting by a suspect, but by cops.

Are You Dealing With A Super Genius?

August 24, 2012
An ABA Journal story recalled the rewards that can come from perusing others' scribblings. About the only thing these mental mavericks lack is a prognostication on how long a sentence they'll get for the sentences they write.

Put Yourself Out There

August 6, 2012
Of course, guys like me were the dummies in this equation. The truth was that the nail sticking out didn't necessarily get hammered. An incredible amount of the time it got promoted.

The Aurora Tragedy and Off-Duty Carry

July 23, 2012
I can point to those instances where off-duty officers have mitigated the loss of life and stopped such threats. It was a Texas Department of Public Safety officer who chased the Luby's shooter into a restroom where the man killed himself.

Father Figures Are Not Expendable

July 20, 2012
I had planned to write something about the movie "The Expendables 2," having attended a panel that featured some of the film's stars, including Sylvester Stallone. But in less than 24 hours Sly's son would be found dead of an overdose and the actor reportedly devastated.

Shots Fired: Glendora, California 05/15/2011

July 16, 2012

The suspect spun counterclockwise to face Cpl. Chris Stabio. His face was contorted into a grimace and his lips seemed to mouth an unheard profanity. He raised his right arm toward Stabio. In his hand was a dark object. That the object was a firearm didn't become apparent until Stabio was about almost six feet inside the front door and it started spitting fire at him.

On-Body Video: A Double-Edged Sword

July 16, 2012

Until recently the technology was limited to traffic stops and perhaps some critical incidents. Now, video can be used to document every aspect of a law enforcement officer's shift. But the question that each agency has to answer remains: Is that a good thing?

This Blog Is Almost Rated G

July 11, 2012
I am not going all "born again" or going "p.c." on ya. I am just pledging to try and be a little more discriminating in how I communicate my thoughts from now on. Ideally I would like to communicate my thoughts without offending you any more than necessary.

Treat People With Respect

June 28, 2012
There is nothing either wrong or weak in treating people with kindness and respect. There is always recourse for those who misinterpret the overture as weakness.

Blue-On-Blue Shootings

June 20, 2012

Recognizing the potential for a blue-on-blue incident—and doing something about it—can go a long way toward preventing such tragedies. That initiative can take many forms, from anticipatory training to recognizing the implications of an errant operation.

Engage Your Brain Before Acting

June 14, 2012
Let me ask you this: If the driver had been a fellow cop, would you have cited him? And if you wouldn't have, would it be because of "professional courtesy" or something else?

Shots Fired: Oakland, California 08/27/2010

June 13, 2012

After serving several DEA warrants in Oakland, Fremont, Calif., police officer Todd Young and his partner headed into East Oakland in hopes of locating a wanted Union City gang member whose ex-girlfriend had said that he'd been hanging out in the area. The officers were met with gunfire, when they located their suspect.

Shots Fired: Las Vegas, Nevada 02/18/2009

May 15, 2012

Las Vegas Metro PD patrol personnel arrived on scene within a few minutes of Sarah's 911 call. They effected a containment of the suspect and the location. Several officers—some with long guns—took cover positions about the scene as a crisis negotiator initiated a one-on-one dialogue with John.

Are You a Coward?

May 14, 2012
That oath did not spare the lives of some officers who failed to live up to it. I will refrain from listing their names herein as they have already paid the ultimate price for their reticence to do what obviously had to be done.

Video: A Book Review, Dumbass Video, and Two Rants

April 19, 2012
Today's cops must deal with jackasses baiting them into taking reasonable actions and old-guard officers bent on telling them how much harder it was in earlier times.

Put It in Writing

April 12, 2012
Your written product is often the single most tangible evidence of the work that you do, and if your readership falls off, it will result in unfiled cases, lackluster evaluations, and a generally all-around crappy reputation among your co-workers.

Shots Fired: Montrose, Colorado 07/25/2009

April 9, 2012

The door splintered under the boot of Officer Robbie Satterly. The officers rolled into the doorway. And Gurney let loose with multiple blasts from the Benelli. Within the span of two seconds, 36 pellets peppered the doorway.

Trayvon Martin: The Gunfire Next Time

April 4, 2012
For a yoctosecond, I found myself initially jumping on the P.C. bandwagon believing that if Trayvon was white that he'd still be jabbering on his cell phone today. But as the back and forth allegations of "racist shooting" and "slanted media bias" gained momentum, I wondered if the string-pulling puppeteers of the three-ring big top—CBS, NBC, and ABC—hadn't gotten the better of me.

Look Closer

March 20, 2012
It is the prejudice of some cops to just accept things as they appear to be. A robbery is a robbery; a burglary, a burg. But sometimes it pays to remember the slogan from "American Beauty"—"Look closer."

You Are Not a Psychologist

March 19, 2012

Hard-earned insight into the vagaries of the human mind can only take the average officer so far. As the psychological impairments of those he or she comes into contact with become more acute, it's less likely that an officer will be successful dealing with them.

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