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Police Chief: ‘I Am Compelled To Speak’

Police Chief: ‘I Am Compelled To Speak’

Detective Benjamin Marconi of the San Antonio, TX Police Department was assassinated in front of his own police station on Sunday, November 20th. Less than a week before the majority of Americans will gather together to celebrate and give thanks for life, love, and family, the Marconi family is forced to turn their attention to burying Benjamin: a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.

I begin this statement talking about Detective Marconi, as opposed to issuing a standard press release “on behalf of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police” or “as a police chief,” because the dreadful issue of overt, concerted, and directed violence against law enforcement officers across the United States of America is personal. And it must stop.

I am compelled to speak. I am compelled to demand outrage from the American public. I am compelled to demand that the media gives this issue the attention it deserves – because the righteous indignation that has been afforded to countless other incidents of tragedy has not been bestowed on the law enforcement officers of this nation who have fallen at the hands of hatred, depravity, and wanton explicit acts of anti-police sentiment and murder. Detective Marconi was murdered. He did not die in a heroic act of lifesaving. He was writing a traffic ticket and someone shot him in the head…twice.

My visceral urge not to, I had to turn on the news and tune into what passes for news these days – social media. Imagine my horror when I came across a video on Facebook of a group of young people in Austin, Texas over this past weekend, chanting, “Fuck the police. What’s better than nine dead cops? Ten dead cops! What’s better than ten dead cops? Eleven dead cops!”

Those are vile, vitriolic, violent words. I want the media to print them, to show them, to showcase them and to broadcast them from the rooftops. Because this is the society we live in right now. Chanting for the outright murder of police officers is not protesting, it’s riot-inciting and absolute terrorism. There is a peaceful process for speaking your mind. This is not it.

Don’t bleep out the expletives, Mr. and Mrs. Media, fearing the safe space of our country’s fragile young ears. These are the mouths, lungs, and hearts connected to many ears. If the nature of this message is palatable to you and the sentiment appeals to your exploitation, let the freedom of the press and the expression of the American public cry forth in its purest and most uncensored form. Americans are screaming, “Fuck the police” in the middle of the day, the same weekend that an honorable man was ferociously slaughtered in what should have been the most reasonable boundaries of safety – behind a badge, in a police car, in front of a police station, in the United States of America.

Does human decency remain anywhere? Have we watched the last thinning shreds of civility fall to the winds of indulgent, selfish, capricious cowards who do not speak for social justice but rather, act brutally and sadistically for their own petty, indulgent crusades? Is there no safe quarter for the guardians and protectors, who at times are also forced to be warriors, who stand sentinel over our homes every day, night, weekend, and holiday, through onslaughts of weather, at the cost of personal and family time?

I am outraged. Yes, as a police chief and as a representative leader of my state, but also because I am a human being who is watching other human beings being targeted, assaulted, maimed, disabled, and killed because they wear a badge that pledges their dedication to keeping communities across this great nation safe. At this time in our country, more than ever, we must stop talking about theoretical common ground and find it…and stand on it…with each other and against the rage, wrath, and perceived vengeance of a vocal group who seek to bring great harm to our American way of life.

I am tired of grieving. I am weary of sending condolences. I am physically sickened at the thought of where our nation stands as a people in the face of a social contract between citizens and policing that has stood, perhaps imperfectly, for hundreds of years.

I refuse to accept the normalization of violence against police. Targeting, harming, and killing law enforcement officers is a vicious, calculated act of domestic terrorism. It is not to be entertained, much less tolerated, by a nation that lives, breathes, and thrives on liberty and freedom from tyranny. Every decent citizen of this country should demand that this stop. Where is your voice? Where are your letters to the editor? Where are the media that so quickly plaster stories over and over about questionable officer-involved shootings before all the facts are confirmed? Are you not outraged? Will you not give equal time to senseless killings of police officers and chantings for the killing of more?
• Detective Benjamin Marconi, San Antonio, TX Police – murdered while sitting in his police car – 11-20-16.
• Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers, Unites States Marshal – shot and killed while serving a warrant – 11-18-16.
• Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace, Stanislaus County, CA – shot and killed investigating a suspicious person – 11-13-16.
• Officer Darrin Reed, Show Low, AZ Police – shot and killed investigating a suspicious person – 11-08-16.
• Deputy Daryl Smallwood, Peach County, GA – shot and killed investigating a neighbor dispute – 11-06-16.
• Sergeant Patrick Sondron, Peach County, GA – shot and killed investigating a neighbor dispute – 11-06-16.
• Officer Cody Brotherson, West Valley, UT Police – struck and killed by criminals fleeing in a stolen car – 11-06-16.
• Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo, New York City Police – shot and killed responding to a robbery call – 11-04-16.
• Sergeant Anthony Beminio, Des Moines, IA Police – shot and killed in an ambush attack – 11-02-16.
• Officer Justin Martin, Urbandale, IA Police – shot and killed in an ambush attack – 11-02-16.

The officers listed above, sons, brothers, fathers and grandfathers, were murdered in the line of duty, just this month. This reflects a rate of one officer murdered every two days in this country. This should shock the conscience of every American. Again, I ask you, where is your outrage? I ask you to grieve for the families of these officers. I also ask you to grieve for all families of the 128 police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty so far this year. I ask you to reflect upon the 20,789 police officers, whose names are etched in granite at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, who gave their lives to protect this country. They did it for you. It has to stop. That’s what the American public, community after community, leader after leader, elected official after elected official, and person after person must say about attacks on law enforcement. It has to stop.


Steven R. Casstevens is president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. He can be reached at scasstevens@vbg.org.

LASD sergeant dies after being shot in Lancaster; 1 in custody

Sgt. Owen had worked most of his law enforcement career in the Antelope Valley, and on Wednesday, he was responding to a residential burglary call when he encountered Trenton Trevon Lovell, authorities said.

In this still frame from video provided by KABC-TV, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies take into custody a wounded man, who is a suspect in the shooting death of a deputy, in Lancaster, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.

Following the shooting, Lovell searched Owen’s body for his gun and then attempted to steal his patrol cruiser, which led to a shootout with another deputy on scene, according to investigators.

No other suspects were being sought, according to the sheriff’s department.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has identified the Lancaster man accused of murdering LA Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen yesterday in California.

Sgt. Steven Owen, 53, died at a hospital Wednesday about two hours after he was gunned down behind a home in Lancaster, a desert community north of Los Angeles.

Black and blue balloons and a large photo of Owen were next to a sheriff’s department badge with a black band over it inside of a case.

“(In our Facebook groups) SCV Emergency Now and SCV Helicopters, Lights and Sirens, we appreciate daily the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform”, said Kari Hewitt, one of the group’s admins.

In 2014, Sgt. Owen was one of several Lancaster deputies who received Sheriff’s Department medals for meritorious conduct. He fired several shots at Lovell, who had run around to the front of the building and was trying to steal Owen’s patrol vehicle, according to the report.

“I just couldn’t believe it”. Dozens of residents and deputies also attended a vigil outside the sheriff’s station in Lancaster, where they held hands, sang and prayed together.

“They brought him back three times“.

“It would have been best if they met him”, Bowler said when asked what he was like to people who never met him.

Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.

Investigators said another deputy in front heard gunfire, ran around the building and found Owen wounded. Katz said that Owen’s wife, his adult son and daughter, and his mother were able to see him in the hospital before he died. A wounded Lovell then stole Owens’ patrol vehicle and rammed it into another patrol auto before bolting into a nearby apartment. Owen, who also is survived by another adult son, authorities said. One of the teens quickly contacted police to notify them of the suspect’s location. Capt. Steven Katz said the sergeant was a prolific member of the department. He later abandoned it and ran into a house, where SWAT team members forced him out the back and arrested him.

News reports showed a bloody, shirtless man on his knees being handcuffed.

“You could not find a more beloved law enforcement officer in this community”, Parris said.

Lovell, 27, of Lancaster, was on parole, authorities said, when he faced off with Owen outside an apartment complex.

 

Badge saves Huntington Beach police officer’s life in gun-battle car chase; suspect dies in fiery crash

 
 
 

HUNTINGTON BEACH – A police officer’s badge deflected a bullet heading for his heart in a gun battle during a car chase early Friday morning, officials said.

The Huntington Beach officer suffered minor cuts from shattered glass.

The incident began near Bushard Street and Yorktown Avenue after a man fled by car from his home when police arrived after midnight responding to a domestic-violence call.

The man drove east on Yorktown with officers in pursuit. Abruptly, he made a U-turn and opened fire on the two approaching patrol cars, police said.

“One of the bullets struck an officer in the badge,” said Officer Jennifer Marlatt, a department spokeswoman.

“The round came through the front windshield of the officer’s car, struck the officer’s badge and deflected off. The round did not go through the badge or hit the officer’s (protective) vest,” she said.

Both officers returned fire – one from the driver’s seat of his moving patrol car, Marlatt said. The officers turned their cars around and continued the chase.

“The pursuit reached high speeds and, at one point, we lost sight of the driver,” Marlatt said.

That occurred near Harbor Boulevard and the I-405 freeway. Costa Mesa police, joined by a Huntington Beach police helicopter, spotted the suspect’s vehicle and continued the pursuit.

It snaked along the northbound 55 freeway, the eastbound 91, then the northbound I-15. Along the way, the California Highway Patrol stepped in and took over the high-speed chase.

Eighty-five or so miles after the pursuit began, the suspect lost control of his car and crashed down an embankment at Cleghorn Road in the Cajon Pass. The vehicle burst into flames, and the driver was killed.

Police said the woman involved in the domestic dispute was OK but wouldn’t release other details.

As to the 10-year Huntington officer whose badge deflected the bullet, Marlatt said he was fine.

“Adrenaline kicked in, and he didn’t even know he was hit until he pulled over in Costa Mesa,” Marlatt said.

The badge’s position – which was on the edge of his body armor – may have prevented the bullet from striking flesh rather than the officer’s protective vest, saving his life.

The metal of police badges varies by department. Huntington Beach’s are 100 grams of pure steel, Marlatt said.

Police Chief Robert Handy spoke with the officer in the hospital and, later after he was released, at the stationhouse.

“He’s doing great,” the chief said. “He’s in really good spirits. … It’s safe to say the badge saved his life … This officer was very lucky.

“I’m super proud of these guys,” Handy said.

 

 

 

Get the Cops the tools they need to do their safe and make sure they use it within policy.

Police armored truck

Finally, our leaders are being shamed into thinking about giving our Police professionals what they need to do their jobs.    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1012KW       So now the Politicians want cops to have these tools. maybe some common sense is finally starting to sink in after our Police forces are being murdered by criminals and terrorists.

 

 

A Chief of Police worthy of our respect and admiration. A role model for all cops .

Dallas Chief

 

 

 

A citizen grateful for a stranger he never met till absolute terror hit, and this man wears a badge.

Orlando PD grattitude

After the Orlando Terrorist Attack, the public reacted positively to the role of Law Enforcement that night.