Cops are the Good Guys

Are cops perfect? Of course not. And no one should expect them to be. But every single day, under the most difficult conditions, the police protect us from the bad guys. In other words, they do their job and they do it well. Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke makes it very clear: cops are not the problem.

The excellent PragerU video linked below describes exactly how I feel about law enforcement, and about the villains that vilify the men and women that put their lives on the line for us day in and day out.

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19 shots too many

“All he had was a cellphone,” said 10-year-old Terrell Wilson to the Sacramento City Council. “20 shots over a cellphone.”

If only it were that simple, then the outrage over the killing of Stephon Clark could be justified.

But, as usual when Black Lives Matter, it simply isn’t that simple.

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Former officer of the year arrested for drugs and child neglect

A decorated Brevard County [Florida] deputy — who was recognized as the “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” in 2016 — was arrested … after authorities said they found drugs and bullet holes in the home he shared with his girlfriend and their 2-year-old child….

Inside the home, which Goodyear described as “deplorable and unsanitary,” deputies found cocaine, marijuana, sex toys, spent shell casings and bullet holes, he said. Worthy, Trexler and their 2-year-old child were unharmed.

Trexler and Worthy were arrested on charges of child neglect, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia….

Worthy, who was with the Sheriff’s Office since 2012, has been fired, Goodyear said.

Read More at the Orlando Sentinel

Officer shares his lunch with a homeless man

Reported by Fox 31 Denver on 2015-04-23

A photo of a sheriff’s deputy in Washington state sharing his lunch with a homeless man on the side of the street was quickly going viral on Facebook Thursday, epitomizing what many are calling the good side of policing. The photo was posted on Facebook by Pierce County resident Darren Ballard Sr….

Officer helps kid fix bike

Reported by Fox 12 Oregon on 2015-04-19

A Connecticut officer is being hailed for helping a Bridgeport child in need this weekend. Officer Cody Remy was on patrol in Trumbull Gardens on Saturday when city officials said he stopped to help a child, whose bicycle was broken. The kind gesture was caught on camera and sent out to local media. Remy was unaware the photo was taken….

Cop and ex-con join forces in unlikely story of redemption

Reported by CBS News on 2015-04-17

They were the bitterest of enemies. For more than a decade, on the streets of Milwaukee, two men shared a mutual disgust. One was a hardnosed cop named Ray Robakowski…. The other was a drug dealer and gang-banger named Jacob Maclin. Jacob got arrested so many times you can watch him grow old in his mugshots. And it was that career thug — and Ray the officer — who sat down one day over a cup of coffee. The district attorney’s office arranged it. The meeting was to see if cop and criminal could work together and come up with a way to get out of this vicious cycle. But neither guy was buying it. Ray only showed up because his boss made him come. And Jacob was tricked into coming, told he had a job interview. So they basically just glared at each other the entire time. Ray thought Jacob was sure to screw up and wind up behind bars. But eventually, over the next couple months, Jacob proved to Ray that he wanted to get a job and turn his life around….

Cops use rock, paper, scissors to determine whether to charge underage drinker

Reported by KBTX-TV on April 14, 2015

Cellphone video shot during Chilifest has gone viral and landed three law enforcement officers in hot water. Burleson County [Texas] Precinct 2 Constable Dennis Gaas confirms … that three of the officers he hired to work security at the music festival last weekend … gave an underage drinker the chance to get out of a ticket by winning a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. You can see from her reaction that she was both excited and relieved to have won….

Graphic video shows cop fatally shooting fleeing man in back with eight rounds

Reported by The Blaze on April 7, 2015

A South Carolina officer has been charged with murder after video surfaced showing him shoot a 50-year-old black man in the back during a traffic stop Saturday, officials said. Records with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office showed that 33-year-old officer Michael Slager was arrested Tuesday and charged for Walter Scott’s death. Video published by the New York Times showed Slager fire eight rounds at Scott as the 50-year-old desperately tried to escape….”

Watching the video, it’s pretty clear shooting the fleeing man in the back was unwarranted. And it does look like Slager tried to plant “evidence” by dropping what looks like a Taser by the victim’s body.

Officer collides patrol car head on with a wrong-way vehicle to prevent it from hitting other vehicles

Reported by Global News on 2015-04-02

A Brentwood, Tennessee police officer said he had to make a split-second decision on how to stop a driver going the wrong way down a major highway last Thursday. The result was this: a head-on crash between the officer’s cruiser and the wrong-way driver, all caught on the dashboard camera…. Brentwood police spotted the vehicle travelling at high speeds near Concord Road in Brentwood, and radioed ahead to Officer Cliff Thompson, who was north of the wrong-way driver. Thompson spotted the driver and attempted to use his patrol car to force her into the concrete median. But with the driver showing no signs of stopping, Thompson said he was forced to make a quick decision, as traffic had been stopped just a little further up the highway. So he aimed his cruiser directly at the oncoming vehicle – and held on tight. Both Thompson and the other driver, 59-year-old Sandra Sharpe of Nashville, Tennessee, were taken to hospital with minor injuries….

Officers buy needy family a car seat instead of ticketing them

Reported by ABC News on April 1, 2015

Two Michigan police officers are being hailed for making the decision to buy a car seat for a family in need instead of citing the child’s parents. Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges of Fruitport Township, Michigan, responded to a dispatch call reporting a woman at a local McDonalds holding a baby in her arms in a car’s passenger seat. The officers … pulled over the driver, also the father of the 10-month-old girl, on the violation…. When the officers spoke with the parents, who were not identified, they quickly realized they did not have the resources to purchase a car seat for their daughter…. Instead of issuing the parents a citation, Pavlige and Hodges decided to take action in another way…. While Pavlige stayed with the family, Hodges went to a local Walmart and purchased a new car seat with money from his and Pavlige’s own pockets. They then installed the car seat and gave the family instructions on how to properly use it…. Hodges and Pavlige’s good deed occurred in February but was publicized just last week after a Walmart employee called the police station to report what the officers had done….