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THAT MOMENT – IN A COP'S WORLD

Never know. 
     As a young detective in Dade County, my job was to access arrest warrants, then locate and arrest wanted individuals. Often, I hunted fugitives from other states.  Such was my assignment on December 1st, 1965. I had found John Ratimore, age 22, wanted for Auto Theft in New York. He was living in a second floor apartment with a 37 year-old woman and her child. He had no history of violence. My partner, Robert, and I proceeded to the house.
     We assumed positions outside the apartment door and knocked. A woman cracked the door open. A small child was holding on to her leg. “We have a warrant for the arrest of John Ratimore, ma’am. Please let us in.”  I displayed the warrant.
     “He’s not here,” she replied tersely, then proceeded to shut the door…but my hard-soled shoe was already in the jamb. “Get away, she hollered.”    
     We bolted inside. Robert went toward the bedroom while I checked behind the door. “Get out!” she screamed.
     I looked back and saw she was waving the barrel of a rifle toward me in a frenzy. I will never forget that moment. In a split-second, my world turned into utter confusion. I wasn’t thinking about department rules and regulations, nor training exercises, nor the media, nor what color, age or sex she was. I thought about Death! My Death! I was suddenly shrouded in panic.  “Get out,” she screamed again. Before I could reach my revolver, I heard a “pop.”
     Robert steamrolled into the room while I crouched behind the door to retrieve my pistol. In an instant I had gun in hand, while my partner quickly wrestled the rifle from her. A sharp, strange feeling gripped my thigh. Then came the pain.
     Had the trajectory of that muzzle waved an inch higher at the moment she pulled the trigger, I would have been another name on the Miami-Dade Police memorial plaques, some of whom are named below. We didn’t have guns drawn because; 1) there was no information that the suspect was dangerous and 2) we knew a small child was present. Had guns been drawn, the woman would have been killed and the child would have been motherless.
     It shows how life and death decisions cannot be readily judged by armchair critics those who never experienced those instantaneous life-death moments.
     I was luckier than others. One-hundred fifty cops are killed on average every year. In my own 30-year career, I have personally known ten officers who lost their lives to sudden violence. Here’s a short tribute to those friends:
 Officer Simmons Arrington, age 31. May 21st, 1974.
Arrington
 Arrington responded to a domestic disturbance call when he was confronted by a man with a shotgun. Arrington was shot dead.
Sgt. Harrison Crenshaw Jr., age 33, May 18th, 1974.  
Crenshaw
     Crenshaw was ambushed by a subject who he had just pulled over. Crenshaw’s responding officer was Simmons Arrington (see above) who was killed three days later.  
 Officer William Cook, age 25.  May 16th, 1979.
Cook
     Cook was shot at point blank range as he arrived to a domestic call. The bullet traveled into the seams of his bullet proof vest. Two other officers were shot in the same incident, but survived. 
Officer Clark Curlette, age 28. April 1st, 1976. 
Curlette
  Curlette, along with two other officers, was ambushed by a crazed man with a shotgun from a motel window as the three cops were checking out a stolen car in the lot. 
Officer Frank D’Azevedo, age 31.  April 1st, 1976.
D'Azevedo
     Ambushed and killed with Officers Clark Curlette and Thomas Hodges, in the same incident.
Officer Thomas Hodges, Jr. age 32.  April 1st, 1976
Hodges
Ambushed and killed with Officers Curlette and D’Azevedo in the same incident.   
Officer Joseph Martin, age 28.  April 27th, 1990.
Martin
 Officer Martin, the son of a career police officer, was shot in the neck as he and his partner approached a suspicious vehicle.
Officer Cheryl Seiden, age 32.  July 28, 1982
Seiden
     Officer Seiden, was accosted outside her apartment building by two suspects, one of whom shot her before she could fire her own weapon. 
Officer Carlos Stuteville, age 28.  August 27, 1964  (no image)
     Officer Stuteville was transporting a dangerous criminal when he was overpowered and shot with his own gun. 
 Officer Robert Zore, age 25.  December 25, 1983. (Christmas day)
Zore
     Following a violent struggle with a suspect, Zore was overpowered and shot with his own gun.
     The racial components in each of these police killings were varied.  Nevertheless, there was no evidence that racism had anything to do with any of them.  It was all about thugs and criminals, and the inability for the cops to survive the attacks. Had Ferguson’s Officer Darren Wilson made a split second error in judgment, he may have been added to the long list of deceased officers on the national memorial.
    The Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, made the right decision in the face of intense (and undeserved) political scrutiny. Some say the head prosecutor should have tried the officer for murder. But, in truth, prosecutors never bring someone to trial unless strong evidence indicates they will win a conviction. In Ferguson, with all the witnesses who corroborated the officer’s account, there was no chance of gaining a conviction. Thus, no trial. 
     Time to put this all to rest.

THAT MOMENT – IN A COP’S WORLD

Never know. 

     As a young detective in Dade County, my job was to access arrest warrants, then locate and arrest wanted individuals. Often, I hunted fugitives from other states.  Such was my assignment on December 1st, 1965. I had found John Ratimore, age 22, wanted for Auto Theft in New York. He was living in a second floor apartment with a 37 year-old woman and her child. He had no history of violence. My partner, Robert, and I proceeded to the house.

     We assumed positions outside the apartment door and knocked. A woman cracked the door open. A small child was holding on to her leg. “We have a warrant for the arrest of John Ratimore, ma’am. Please let us in.”  I displayed the warrant.

     “He’s not here,” she replied tersely, then proceeded to shut the door…but my hard-soled shoe was already in the jamb. “Get away, she hollered.”    

     We bolted inside. Robert went toward the bedroom while I checked behind the door. “Get out!” she screamed.

     I looked back and saw she was waving the barrel of a rifle toward me in a frenzy. I will never forget that moment. In a split-second, my world turned into utter confusion. I wasn’t thinking about department rules and regulations, nor training exercises, nor the media, nor what color, age or sex she was. I thought about Death! My Death! I was suddenly shrouded in panic.  “Get out,” she screamed again. Before I could reach my revolver, I heard a “pop.”

     Robert steamrolled into the room while I crouched behind the door to retrieve my pistol. In an instant I had gun in hand, while my partner quickly wrestled the rifle from her. A sharp, strange feeling gripped my thigh. Then came the pain.

     Had the trajectory of that muzzle waved an inch higher at the moment she pulled the trigger, I would have been another name on the Miami-Dade Police memorial plaques, some of whom are named below. We didn’t have guns drawn because; 1) there was no information that the suspect was dangerous and 2) we knew a small child was present. Had guns been drawn, the woman would have been killed and the child would have been motherless.

     It shows how life and death decisions cannot be readily judged by armchair critics those who never experienced those instantaneous life-death moments.

     I was luckier than others. One-hundred fifty cops are killed on average every year. In my own 30-year career, I have personally known ten officers who lost their lives to sudden violence. Here’s a short tribute to those friends:

 Officer Simmons Arrington, age 31. May 21st, 1974.

Arrington

 Arrington responded to a domestic disturbance call when he was confronted by a man with a shotgun. Arrington was shot dead.

Sgt. Harrison Crenshaw Jr., age 33, May 18th, 1974.  

Crenshaw

     Crenshaw was ambushed by a subject who he had just pulled over. Crenshaw’s responding officer was Simmons Arrington (see above) who was killed three days later.  

 Officer William Cook, age 25.  May 16th, 1979.

Cook

     Cook was shot at point blank range as he arrived to a domestic call. The bullet traveled into the seams of his bullet proof vest. Two other officers were shot in the same incident, but survived. 

Officer Clark Curlette, age 28. April 1st, 1976. 

Curlette

  Curlette, along with two other officers, was ambushed by a crazed man with a shotgun from a motel window as the three cops were checking out a stolen car in the lot. 

Officer Frank D’Azevedo, age 31.  April 1st, 1976.

D'Azevedo

     Ambushed and killed with Officers Clark Curlette and Thomas Hodges, in the same incident.

Officer Thomas Hodges, Jr. age 32.  April 1st, 1976

Hodges

Ambushed and killed with Officers Curlette and D’Azevedo in the same incident.   

Officer Joseph Martin, age 28.  April 27th, 1990.

Martin

 Officer Martin, the son of a career police officer, was shot in the neck as he and his partner approached a suspicious vehicle.

Officer Cheryl Seiden, age 32.  July 28, 1982

Seiden

     Officer Seiden, was accosted outside her apartment building by two suspects, one of whom shot her before she could fire her own weapon. 

Officer Carlos Stuteville, age 28.  August 27, 1964  (no image)

     Officer Stuteville was transporting a dangerous criminal when he was overpowered and shot with his own gun. 

 Officer Robert Zore, age 25.  December 25, 1983. (Christmas day)

Zore

     Following a violent struggle with a suspect, Zore was overpowered and shot with his own gun.

     The racial components in each of these police killings were varied.  Nevertheless, there was no evidence that racism had anything to do with any of them.  It was all about thugs and criminals, and the inability for the cops to survive the attacks. Had Ferguson’s Officer Darren Wilson made a split second error in judgment, he may have been added to the long list of deceased officers on the national memorial.

    The Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, made the right decision in the face of intense (and undeserved) political scrutiny. Some say the head prosecutor should have tried the officer for murder. But, in truth, prosecutors never bring someone to trial unless strong evidence indicates they will win a conviction. In Ferguson, with all the witnesses who corroborated the officer’s account, there was no chance of gaining a conviction. Thus, no trial. 

     Time to put this all to rest.

FERGUSON: BAD GUYS VERSUS GOOD GUYS

It’s time we stop excusing thuggery.

     It would seem that most parents of the inner cities don’t teach growing kids to respect authority and the rules of law. Both are necessary to an orderly society. If Michael Brown had grown up being praised for good behavior and disciplined for thuggery, he would probably be alive today.

     The deaths of Trayvon Martin (2012) and Michael Brown (2014) would never have happened if not for blatant disregard for the law and the people who we entrust to protect. While the media focus is entirely on the allegations that George Zimmerman (2012) and Officer Darren Wilson (2014) committed acts of racist violence toward “children,” we hear little discussion about their actual behavior.

     Trayvon Martin was a seventeen year-old Miami resident who was suspended from school for two weeks for having marijuana in his book bag, not to mention unexplained female jewelry and a burglar tool. He’d also been suspended on previous occasions for truancy and graffiti.

     During his suspension, Martin was sent to his father’s home in Sanford, Florida, who lived in a modest gated development with a history of break-ins. George Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch coordinator whose job it was to report crimes and any suspicious behavior to the police. That’s what happened on the night of February 26, 2012, when Zimmerman spotted a suspicious male walking in the darkness wearing a hoodie. When Zimmerman called the police, the dispatcher suggested that he back off until the police arrived. Nevertheless, Zimmerman kept the suspicious man in sight, and upon leaving his vehicle was suddenly confronted by an angry Trayvon Martin, who said, “You got a problem with me?”

     Now startled, Zimmerman stopped and replied, “No.”

     According to Zimmerman, Trayvon said, “Now you do.” Martin delivered a hard fist – a sucker punch – into Zimmerman’s face, knocking him to the ground. That was an act of aggression and violence.

     Trayvon Martin then sat atop Zimmerman pummeling him until the watchman was able to retrieve his gun and fire one shot. Trayvon Martin died. George Zimmerman survived, though his head was bleeding front and back from several wounds.

     Here’s the wrap:

  • Trayvon Martin was 6’2” and an athletic football player. Zimmerman was 5’8” and unmatched to Martin’s power.
  • Trayvon Martin only had to walk two more houses to reach his house and ignore Zimmerman.
  • Even though Zimmerman continued to follow, he committed no crime. He merely kept Martin in sight.
  • Trayvon Martin initiated the act of thuggery by beating Zimmerman.

     Despite all this, George Zimmerman was vilified in the media and the black community as a racist. The Jacksonville State Attorney filed charges against Zimmerman to appease the black power bloc, knowing it was a losing case and that Zimmerman only acted in self defense.

     Along comes 18 year-0ld Michael Brown, on August 9th, 2014. Brown physically bullied a store merchant while stealing (a felony, strong-arm robbery) and was then confronted by a patrolling police officer who only told him and his friend to stop walking in the middle of the street, as a police officer should do. Brown’s response was a surprise physical attack on the cop through the car window, sucker-punching the cop in the face and then going for his firearm.

     These are not the actions of a poor, innocent, teenage black child.

     Michael Brown had now committed two felonies, including an attack on the officer, to which the officer gave chase (a lawful action) and demanded, at gunpoint, that Brown lay on the ground. Instead, Brown charged the cop, twice. The “boy” was almost 6’5” and weighed 300 pounds. The cop fired his gun in self defense.

     All the shoulda coulda scenarios are great for the sofa judges, but when you’re not in that insta-moment, no one can say exactly what they would have done different. The bottom line is that Michael Brown brought about the end result by his own actions. He acted like a thug, committing two violent felonies within minutes of each other, conceivably to impress his little friend. Nevertheless, this had nothing to do with racism.

     No one wants to hear about poor kids who are killed.  But the cold, hard facts cannot be denied.

  •     Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin broke laws and violently assaulted guardians of the community acting like thugs.
  •      The guardians of the community acted lawfully while executing their responsibilities.
  •      Both decedents brought about their own demise.
  •      Neither were acts of racism. Not even close.
  •      Zimmerman and Wilson are relegated to live in hiding, though innocent of any crime.
  •      Race baiters rule. Just ask the merchants of Ferguson, Missouri.

       If people would back away and view the entire fiasco from aside, the shootings, the players, the media, the politicians and the race baiters, one thing comes clear: Bad guys are the good guys; good guys are the bad guys. 

There’s something wrong with that.

THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT TRUTH ABOUT THE FERGUSON FIASCO

 In January of this year, four black gang members were charged with the kidnapping, car-jacking, robbery and murder of a Waynesboro, Virginia police captain, who happened to be white. Anyone hear about that?

     In August of this year, a black Jihadist gunned down a 19 year-old teenage honor student in West Orange, New Jersey, who happened to be white.

     In 2013, two black kids in Spokane bludgeoned to death an 88 year-old decorated veteran of World War II.

     Or how about the 13 month-old toddler that was shot in the face and killed in its stroller by two black teens in Brunswick, Ga.

     If you haven’t figured the message, it’s all about hypocrisy.

     Blacks can be racists too.

     Frankly Speaking, every element in this on-going fiasco is nauseating, each feeding like hungry animals in the trough. Media, politicians, race-baiters, and phony protesters playing their assigned roles as directed.

     After eighteen year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on August, 9th, media kept repeating terms like “unarmed teen” and “demands for justice” until the race-baiters jumped on board to take advantage of a worthwhile outrage. Al Sharpton (who else) arrived into town mouthing words about “peaceful demonstrations” knowing full well that the outcome would be just the opposite.

     Before the District Attorney could initiate a comprehensive investigation, the Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, publicly opined that a “vigorous prosecution was needed,” declaring, de facto, that Officer Darren Wilson had committed a crime. Mr. Nixon was playing to political emotions without examining one iota of evidence.

     My Dade County police career spanned 30 years, and no less than four race riots. The infamous McDuffie case in 1980 had the community on edge for six months until the acquittals of five officers sparked community uprisings which ended the lives of 18 innocent Americans while burning their own minority neighborhoods into ashes.

     In Miami, the cops were clearly wrong. Not so in Ferguson. There was no clear evidence of guilt, any more than with George Zimmerman in 2012. But rabble-rousers couldn’t pass up an opportunity to embark on a well-planned mob spree of destroying property at will, while handcuffed cops looked on and the National Guard was held far enough away to make no difference.

     Dozens of major felony crimes were openly committed in the presence of law enforcement who were restrained by politicians from doing their job and protecting citizens. Cops watched powerless as their police cars were burned. The crazies are literally running the asylum.

     This was a replay of an old story; only worse; same rhetoric, same marches, same threats and race baiters scoring points. The riots were predictable as though demonstrators were actors playing roles, following cue cards, guided by the likes of the Sharptonites. Repeated demands for “justice” are a gross misnomer. Instead, they are demands for vengeance, nothing else. Demanding “justice” is a search for truth. Hate mongers have no interest in truth. Demonstrators claimed anger, but in fact, they were scripted. Violence was as spontaneous as the sun rising. Protesters followed the lead of leaders from outside the community.

     The losers in this tragedy are the decent citizens and merchants of Ferguson, Missouri. Rioters made sure they destroyed property of citizens who had nothing to do with the death of Michael Brown. The same happened in Miami, in Watts, after the Rodney King fiasco, and more. It’s like watching three versions of the same movie.

     The District Attorney’s address to the press on November 25th, explaining why no charges could be filed against Officer Wilson, omitted any mention that the “unarmed teen” who initiated the attack on the officer was monstrous as any pro football linebacker, standing six-foot four, weighing nearly 300 pounds. Young Michael was armed with enough size and power that Officer Wilson was justified in his fears, the same as you and I would be.

    In the last 20 years, 3000 police officers have not come home from work, killed on duty in a job protecting Americans. Many times, I’ve seen my fellow officers lying in pools of blood, slaughtered for no reason other than wearing the uniform. The violence knows no color. White and black cops are killed by white and black suspects. Statistical ratios are uneven because a disproportionate number of blacks are involved in violence, generally.  

     Meanwhile, two days after the Ferguson shooting, a black officer in Utah shot and killed an unarmed white man, 20 years old. Outside that state, the media remained mute. No outcry. No racism. No Eric Holder or Barack Obama. No Al Sharpton.

     It’s time we stop and face the politically incorrect truth. Michael Brown brought on his own demise. He acted like a thug in the convenience store and then continued his thuggery by unlawfully assaulting a police officer. Both are felonies. Race baiters would do better to save their scripts for more valid cases of racism.

     Lost in all the midst, is the tragic impact on the life of Officer Darren Wilson, a decent, decorated public servant with an impeccable record, whose future will be forever and wrongfully altered as a marked man, all because he defended himself when a giant suddenly sucker-punched him through a police car window while trying to grab his gun. And, now he’s the one who is vilified?

     We’re all sad for the family of Michael Brown. But I am equally as sad for Darren Wilson, who doesn’t deserve the engineered hatred which has impaled a target on his back.    

     (Meanwhile, don’t you wonder what other important news items were obscured and off the radar during this past week?)

    Click here: Police captain Kevin Quick murdered by Bloods gang members, indictment alleges | WTVR.com

    Click here: Accused killer says Livingston teen’s murder was ‘vengeance’ against U.S. | NJ.com

    Click here: WWII vet, beaten by teens outside Eagles Lodge, dies | Spokane/E. WA – KXLY.com

    Click here: Baby shot dead in stroller; 2 Georgia teens charged – CNN.com

    Click here: On the Record with Greta Van Susteren | Fox News

    Click here: Critics see racial ‘double standard’ in coverage of police shootings – Washington Times

 

 

ALLAH PRAISED IN CONGRESS

The camel’s nose is under the tent. We should all be outraged.

As for me, I am definitely prejudiced as well as Islamophobic.  All freedom-loving Americans have cause to be Islamophobic. There is nothing to be ashamed of. These people scare the hell out of me, not just for myself, but for my family, my descendants, my country and the free world.

Such prejudice and fears are well deserved.  There are multi-millions who feel the same, but do not speak out for fear of being labeled “intolerant.”  Well, consider this writer intolerant.

Political correctness is the tool our enemies use, which the media enforces, to keep us all numb from what is bringing down this wonderful country.  The Muslim Brotherhood has gone on record, through their own documents, that their intent is to destroy the United States from within. That’s a fact.  (see link, below)  Our relationship with Islam is far worse today than it was when this president took office. Nothing is going better on the international front. It’s all much more dangerous today than it was on 2008.

Meanwhile, our congress invites an Islamic Imam to perform the invocation within the hallowed halls of our Capitol, while Islamists are killing Americans and other innocent people, all over the world.  Another grisly beheading of an American citizen has just been aired for the world to see which will become a non-news item in a few days. ISIS — which is purely Islamic — is torturing, beheading, murdering, raping and enslaving anyone in their path who is not with them in the march toward conquest. When don’t we get it?

Every time acts of deadly terror are committed, the perpetrators scream “Allahu Akbar,” in praise of Allah. These murderers are reponsible for multi thousands of innocent dead people around the world, every year. And, now we hear the same Allah praised in our own capitol? 

Please do not tell me it’s just a religion, and how other religi0ns abused people throughout history.  This is about today, not 632 or 1492.  Islam is a political ideology which uses religion as the dogma by which to advance conquest.  

I don’t care if there are peaceful Muslims in the world. I do care that those peaceful Muslims are not outraged by the mass murders and random killings by people of their own religion, in the name of their religion.

It would smell better if an Imam came to the Capitol and — as part of his invocation — openly denounced and condemned the horrors that brutal Muslims in scores of countries impose upon innocent people, in the name of their God. I want to hear an Imam denigrate Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qeada, Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood and Boco Haram, and every other Islamic murder organization on earth, before being welcomed into my government’s chamber of representatives who are elected by us.

Check it out:

Origin of “Camel’s Nose…”
Google “Muslim Brotherhood Strategic Goals for North America” and you will find several copies of the document that specifies the strategy for conquest of America. Sadly, they are succeeding.