The term Blue Falcon is one that is used in both the military and law enforcement. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is the same as saying “buddy f—ker,” except in a more socially acceptable manner. It is the person who intentionally throws his coworkers under the bus to make himself look good. Now that we all have an understanding of the terminology, let’s take a close look at a blue falcon extraordinaire.
Up until a few days ago, I was blissfully unaware of the existence of a man known as Lt. Tim McMillan. When I was asked about him by an administrator of another law enforcement related Facebook page, I decided to look him up. Boy oh boy, Lt. Tim’s page is the epitome of a completely narcissistic blue falcon!
Upon initial glance at his Facebook page, I was struck by all the memes present there. Not that memes are a bad thing. Hell, I share memes quite often myself, but when you make your own memes with photos of yourself and you include quotes from yourself, you just might have a problem. In fact, the meme that was pinned to the top of his page (which has since been replaced after I called him out for it) is pictured below, with my response to it. When I shared it, someone asked if Lt. Tim was wrong. Yes, Lt. Tim is absolutely, unequivocally wrong. A good leader (as a lieutenant, he is supposed to be a leader) does not tell an employee who is having some trouble on the job to pound sand (leave for those unfamiliar with that term). A leader helps that employee find their path again. Granted not all people can be saved, but you do not immediately dismiss someone.
Furthermore, examining his specific example, a dislike of and by the public, gee, I wonder why cops might find themselves disgruntled by the public… Could it be from going to the same people’s homes for the same problems over and over; could it be from dealing with the dregs of society every day, all day; could it be from attempting to solve a problem faced by the community they serve only to have that very community attack them for being there; could it be from the effects of PTSD, a common problem in law enforcement; could it be from compassion fatigue? Also, where might a cop get the impression that the public dislikes cops? Could it be from all the media stories, the protests, the groups calling for murders of cops, from politicians denigrating our profession, from groups calling for the elimination of all law enforcement, or from the unprovoked ambush attacks on cops which have left many of our coworkers dead? Gee Lt. Tim, it seems to me that feeling a bit uneasy about those matters is actually a normal response to what law enforcement is facing today. But hey, you go right ahead and completely dismiss those concerns and tell those cops to take their years of training and experience and beat feet.
Continuing down the rabbit hole that is his Facebook page, I am struck by how many posts I read that sounded like they should have been on Cop Block or the Free Thought Project. It is almost as if this guy never spent a day doing actual cop work. In one post, he is clamoring about how many illegal immigrants are being arrested and placed in “detention camps inside America,” then cries about why they are not being deported. You see, Lt. Tim is a Trump hater, which is neither here nor there, but in this instance he is blaming Trump for a lack of deportations of those illegals, claiming he is holding them here in order to increase revenue for private prisons instead of realizing they are unable to deport them due to all the legal battles being fought with liberal politicians who are suing the administration preventing those deportations.
Further down, I find a post about a story I immediately recognized. A short while ago, a brave Florida cop who had a snare pole and the proper training, removed an ornery alligator from a person’s front porch. When I began reading his post, I immediately assumed he was going to be praising the work of that Florida cop. Sadly, I assumed incorrectly. Instead, Lt. Tim McDouchebag decided to use that incident as an apples to rocket engines comparison. Good ole Tim here decided to say since this properly trained and more importantly, properly equipped cop was able to remove an alligator off a porch, then no cop should ever have to shoot someone’s dog. Don’t believe me? Here it is in his own words:
“Next time you here (sic) someone defending why an officer shot and killed someone’s family dog, remind them of the time you read about and watched the video of a Boynton Beach Police Officer wrestling an alligator with his bare hands.”
On a related side note, notice Lt. Tim also likes to lie (just like Cop Block) in order to make other cops look bad. In this instance, while the officer was indeed brave, he was most notably NOT “wrestling an alligator with his bare hands.”
Continuing further down, I find a post from July 29th (15 days ago) in which Lt. Tim shared a HuffPo article titled “Police Officers Overwhelmingly Agree That Bad Cops Aren’t Held Accountable” and in sharing it, he made the same logical fallacy that the HuffPo author did by suggesting that because officers believe there are issues with the internal disciplinary processes at their department, and because we do not immediately denounce a cop’s actions when the latest incident hits the media, that means cops as a whole are defending bad cops’ actions. As a police administrator, he should damn well know that the overwhelming vast majority of the incidents that have drawn substantial public ire over the last few years have all been perfectly legitimate uses of appropriate force, and the few instances that were not legit, have resulted in the cop being charged criminally. Yet he is acting as if that does not happen. Who is this guy kidding? Yes, all good cops detest the bad cops. Yes, most cops will admit that there are problems with the disciplinary process (in most cases, thanks to civil service laws and unions). But neither of those mean that we should immediately jump on the public outrage bandwagon every time a new incident draws the attention of the cop hating groups and the mainstream media.
I could continue on and on about the stuff he has posted on his Facebook page, but I won’t because I would be here all day. Instead, I am going to move on to his website, which is quite narcissistically found at www.lttimmcmillan.com. Wow! Look at all those photos and meme-like graphics of Tim, put together by Tim, on Tim’s website named after Tim… So, if you are at all like me, you are wondering who is Lt. Tim and what has shaped his lifelong desire to serve the public as a peace officer?
“Lieutenant Tim McMillan never grew up wanting to be a police officer. In fact, as a child Lt. McMillan dreamed of being a research psychologist or an astronomer. However, in July of 2002, after two of his friends were murdered during a robbery, Lt. McMillan decided he wanted to do something to make a difference within his community.
At 21-years old, Lt. McMillan entered The Georgia Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and in 2003 he would become a sworn police officer with the Garden City Police Department in Georgia.”
Wait, it was not a lifelong desire but rather something he stumbled into? Even 9/11, just a few months prior, did not prompt him to serve his community? It was not until the loss became very personal that he considered the career. Okay…
Also, am I the only one who finds it odd that Lt. Tim has all sorts of photos of himself, in full uniform, clearly displaying his department badge and patches, on a website that he runs for his own financial gain? I mean, after all, they guy is promoting himself as a public speaker and is even pushing his upcoming book. This seems pretty damn unethical, especially coming from a guy screaming about police ethics.
“Can I interest you in a ticket to the police ball instead this traffic citation I am about to fill out…”
Speaking of his upcoming book, how does a guy with such horrific grammar score a book deal? His website if riddled with grammatical errors, wrong words and other literary issues. For instance, taken directly from the page about his forthcoming book; “In the darkness of tragic death, my desire to be a law enforcement officer was born. One Day in October details the trails and tribulation of a skinny 21-year-old kid, who became a cop; and story a cop who never wanted to be a cop.” The correct phrase is “trials and tribulations” and I am not sure what he was trying to say in that last sentence, but it is clearly not worded properly.
So, for the past 14 years, Lt. Tim has worked for a tiny police department in Garden City, Georgia. I have absolutely nothing against small agencies, but the size is relevant in his case. As of 2016, Garden City had a population of 8,900 people. According to the Garden City PD’s website, they have 39 sworn officers and 6 support staff. You know it is a small town when they actually advertise that their police department is open 24/7. While I know nothing about his career as a cop, I do know that he has only been a cop for 14 years, and during that time he has received numerous degrees in subjects that have little to do with law enforcement, such as a BA in Mathematics. He boasts of being the officer of the year, but when you consider the small size of the department, you realize the choices are limited. He also says he is a 7 time Chief of Police Accommodation recipient, which again the size of the department is a significant factor, and to be honest, a written pat on the back from the chief does not mean a whole lot in the scheme of things, not nearly as much as the subject of that accommodation does (or doesn’t). I’ve received written commendations, accompanied by a ribbon to wear on my uniform, for such ridiculously mundane tasks as driving people to a symposium in a department vehicle during normal duty hours.
Another reason the size of his agency is relevant is that many administrators like to promote educated people, because one would assume the more educated a person is, the smarter they are. However, that is not necessarily true. I know some very highly educated people with multiple degrees that are complete morons when it comes to surviving in the real world. Even if it were true, being smart does not necessarily make one a good leader. There is much more to leadership than intelligence. I highly suspect (just a guess on my part) that ole Lt. Tim here rose through the ranks based on his education.
Reading Lt. Tim’s bio reminds me very much of a coworker of mine. The guy is a very intelligent, very book-smart individual who was one of the worst beat partners I’ve ever had. He constantly turned ridiculously nothing calls into all day events, did his own thing by himself while ignoring all the other calls for service that were occupying his beat partners, was continually patting himself on the back while undeservedly belittling his beat partners. They guy had the unbelievable ability to arrive at a call late, while everything was calmed down, and turn it into a complete mess, and later blame the original officers for the shit show he created. Thankfully, he is no longer a beat partner; sadly he was promoted, and is now the most hated supervisor that I can recall in my 22 years on my department. Not only is he hated by those who work under him, but he is hated by his fellow supervisors, and even by people from other departments. He is my local version of a Lt. Tim.
I’m sure most of us, at one time or another, have encountered our own version of Lt. Tim. Sadly, not only for the employees of the Garden City PD, but for the entire profession, the real Lt. Tim not only appears to have the support of his chief, but he has amassed a large collection of followers on his social media pages where he continues to inflict damage on the profession, much to the delight of those who follow him. And despite his cute little memes with his personal favorite sayings, nothing about this guy indicates that he is a proud public servant, but rather quite the opposite. Everything about him, from his Facebook page to his website, screams “hey, look at me!”