Natalie Corona, Davis Police Officer, Victim of the War On Cops

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Some cop hating asshole murdered Officer Natalie Corona of the Davis, CA Police Department last night, for absolutely no reason other than he hated cops.

The war on cops continues.

According to a friend who was there assisting Davis PD through the night, the piece of shit murderer who I will not name, ambushed Officer Natalie Corona while she was working a car crash. He rode up on his bicycle and shot her. I am told he dumped two whole magazines at her. Then he pedaled his piece of shit ass home.

A short while later when the cops showed up to deal with him, he continued his fucking cowardly behavior and offed himself.

Rot in Hell for all eternity you cowardly mother fucker!

I did not share this on social media last night because I could not bring myself to type this. I went to bed to let my feelings temper, but sleep was elusive as my mind would not stop, and my anger and sorrow only grew.  This incident happened in Davis, CA, an ultra-liberal town located just west of Sacramento. During my college years, my friends and I spent more than a few nights in Davis at a bar called The Graduate. I know the town fairly well.

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Davis, from a law enforcement point of view, is a pretty safe little town.  Natalie is only the second officer from the department to be killed in the line of duty, and the last one was killed in 1959.

Officer Natalie Cordova was only 22 years old. She was just a kid. She went through Sac PD’s academy, from where she just graduated last year.

She had only been a cop since August 2nd when her father pinned her badge on her. She was barely out of FTO training, by only 2 weeks. She was serving her community. And for that, she was senselessly murdered.

The picture of her that is sticking with me is the one of her in the blue dress holding the thin blue line flag.  She took that photo two years before she became a cop.  This is what she said when she shared that image on social media:

I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country. #LawEnforcement#Blueline#Thankyou#Lausphotography

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She was a beautiful young woman with her entire life ahead of her, all snuffed out because of what she was wearing, her uniform.  Her loss is senseless and tragic.

Her father, Merced Corona, served 26 years as a deputy with the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department.  Only five months ago, he proudly pinned her badge on her when she was sworn in.  Now, sadly, for no reason, in a week or so, he will be burying her.

No parent should ever have to bury their kid, especially one murdered for no other reason than the profession she chose.

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Natalie was only a few years older than my oldest kid.  Her father was a deputy and served only a few years longer than I did.  More than one of my sons has at one point or another expressed interest in being a cop.  I cannot help but put myself in Merced Corona’s shoes.  I cannot imagine what he is going through right now.

My sincere condolences to all who knew Natalie.   My thoughts and prayers go out to Natalie’s family and friends.  And when I say family, I mean not only those related by blood, but also the members of her blue family.  I did not know Natalie, but she was my sister.

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Fascistbook Can’t Help But Fascist

The fascists at Facebook just cannot help themselves.  Over the last few days, news has reached the national level, once again, about their lopsided enforcement of non-violations of their community standards.  Specifically about them removing posts and banning people who are sharing images that show the distinct difference between Corporal Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant who achieved his American Dream of becoming a cop, and the illegal alien criminal gang member who murdered him.

Facebook reversed their decisions on all of the previous incidents that I know of, but now they are apparently going after other people for the very same image, an image they have already, repeatedly said does NOT violate their policies.  Just last night, New Years Eve, they deleted a post from the page Conservative Cops and they banned the user who posted it.

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This just goes to show how deeply ingrained it is in the people who moderate Facebook that if they don’t like something, they can just consider it “hate speech” and remove it.  What should I expect from a company run by a bunch of millennial snowflakes?  If these dipshits cannot moderate a social media platform and follow its own rules, what does the future hold when they get put in positions of power in the government?  Honestly, that prospect scares the hell out of me.


UPDATE:  In further news, it would appear now that the fascists at Facebook are removing posts sharing this very article, about them removing posts.  The page mentioned in the removed post pictured above, Enough is Enough, shared this article this morning.  There are only two administrators of that page currently, and neither of them removed the post, but it is no longer there.  It also appears that Facebook is doing this in shadow mode as neither of the administrators nor the page itself were notified the post was being removed.

Excellent way to disprove the claims that you are silencing people, by further silencing them…

And here I thought conservatives were the Nazis…

 

Fascistbook Strikes Again

Cpl. Singh with his family mere hours before he was murdered.
Cpl. Singh with his family mere hours before he was murdered.

On Christmas night, about five hours after taking photos with his wife and infant son, Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman, CA Police Department was shot and killed while making a vehicle stop on a suspected drunk driver, who happened to be an illegal immigrant.  Unless you live under a rock, none of that is news to you.

It will also come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying even the slimmest sliver of attention over the last few years, but Facebook management is extremely left biased, despite all their claims to the contrary.  They are also very anti-law enforcement.  I know, shocking…

I am a member of a group of people who all administer Facebook pages that are pro-law enforcement.  Some are run by cops, some are former cops, some are spouses of cops and others are just LE supporters.  We are all pretty accustomed to the one sided censorship from the fascists who run Facebook, so much so that most of us have second and third FB accounts we use to administrate our pages when we get banned by FB in their efforts to silence us.  It just goes with the territory.  We are essentially operating behind enemy lines on that platform.

Well, today one of the members of that group, a man that administrates the very large pro-LE page Enough Is Enough, was banned and his post was deleted because it was determined to be “hate speech.”  What, you ask, was the horrible crime that he committed?

Well he dared share the following image with the following text accompanying it:

“Purely heartbreaking and sickening.”

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The two images that follow are the messages that he received from Fascistbook when they silenced him.

Now, I am sitting here scratching my head trying to find anything hateful about what he said, or what in this image is hateful.  Can someone help me out there, anyone?

The facts are the facts.  Corporal Ronil Singh was born in Fiji, legally immigrated to the United States, worked his butt off to accomplish his goals, and became a cop where he protected and served the community he lived in.  Alternately factual, the piece of shit that murdered Corpral Singh (who I will not name) was an illegal immigrant, with multiple prior arrests for drunk driving, and was a self admitted sureno gang member.  He was in California due to the ridiculous “sanctuary state” laws enacted by leftist politicians.  He was stopped for drunk driving by Corporal Singh and rather than go to jail yet again, he chose to murder Corporal Singh.

The differences between the two men could not be more stark.

One man’s life had honor and value.  The other had neither.

Corporal Singh is not remotely the first cop to be killed by a man here illegally due to liberal policies.  Sadly, he won’t be the last either.

But to the fascists at Facebook, facts are hate speech, which is why they continually silence those they politically disagree with.

Screw leftists and their censorship!

F**K Facebook!


 

UPDATE:  As of 10:30 PM last night (12-29-18), Facebook apparently partially pulled their heads out of their collective asses and admitted that the photo that they deemed to be a violation of their policy against hate speech was in fact NOT a violation of that policy.  They notified the FB user of such, as you can see in the following screen shot of the message he received.

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One would think that was the end of the story, but it is not, because Facebook…

As you can see above, they clearly admitted they were wrong, BUT the deleted post was never reinstated on their page AND the user who posted it still is banned for the remainder of his 30 day ban.  Yes, you read that right.  Even though Facebook now admits he did nothing wrong, he is still being blocked from using the service.

That is like, “Hey, sorry you were falsely convicted of murder, our bad.  But yeah, you are still going to have to serve out that prison sentence though.  Thanks for pointing out our error.  Have a nice day.”

So I say again, screw leftists and their censorship!

F**K Facebook!

An Alternative to “Universal Background Checks”

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What is the reason so many people demand “universal background checks?”  I mean private citizens who want them, not the politicians who push that crap.   Because they do not want bad guys to get guns, right?  As good, law abiding gun owners, neither do we.  Despite what the NRA hating, anti-gun politicians and anti-gun organizations constantly scream, exactly no one wants to unwittingly put a gun into the hand of a criminal, not even us “heartless gun owners.”

First, before we dive into this topic, we must clarify what a “universal background check” is because many people out there who are in favor of them really do not understand what they are calling for.  They hear emotional appeals for them from people who are pushing gun control, purportedly as a means to save lives, and they just accept what they hear.  What a “universal background check” means is that every single gun transfer (change of ownership) goes through a background check.  No matter if it is a gun dealer selling a gun to a customer or if it is your grandmother giving you your deceased grandfather’s old hunting rifle.  ALL transfers would have to have a background check.

In theory, that does not sound totally unreasonable, until you understand what is actually involved in that, especially based on the current background system.  Most proponents of “universal background checks” do not have the slightest clue what is involved in making that happen, whereas most gun owners are intimately aware of the difficulties involved.

Why Gun Owners Resist “Universal Background Checks”
If no one wants bad guys to have guns, then why do gun owners fight against universal background checks?  One of the reasons, a big one to some of us, is because we do not trust the government, and yes, that absolutely includes me, a career government employee.  In order to ensure every gun sale is processed through a universal background check, the government needs to know what guns you and I all own.  Without that knowledge, I could sell any gun I wanted to whomever I wanted and there would be no way to track the sales to ensure a background check was performed.  “So what?” you say.  “Why does it matter if you have to register your guns?”

Because registration always, always leads to confiscation.  If not for all people, most definitely for some.  You can see it happening right now in California.  The CA DOJ has teams of agents running around the state confiscating registered guns from people.  Some of those people were merely in the process of trying to register their guns in order to comply with a new law when the DOJ showed up, arrested them and took their guns.  Long before that, in Washington DC way back in 1965, they passed a law requiring the registration of all handguns.  Then, a decade later in 1976, they outlawed handguns completely.  Since the government knew who had what handguns, it made it easy to ensure they were all eliminated.  As a gun owner, it is very easy to look around and see what governments have done once they take away all the guns, and the first step in taking away the guns is knowing who has them.

Then when you consider some of the gun laws they are proposing, it should be even easier to understand why gun owners are paranoid.  California already has a “gun violence restraining order” which allows law enforcement and family members to seek an ex parte (only the accuser, not the accused) hearing to take away the guns of a person.  They want to expand that law to allow practically anyone who knows a person to file for one.  I am a law abiding gun owner and a retired cop, but I absolutely worry that some anti-gun acquaintance of mine might go run to a judge, and based upon their completely irrational fear of guns, say whatever they could to convince a judge to grant an order calling for my guns to be confiscated.  I know how the court systems work, including in regards to restraining orders.  It is not remotely beyond the realm of plausibility to think someone would lie to a judge to get a restraining order granted, especially someone who is not entirely mentally stable.

Call us gun owners paranoid if you will, and maybe we are, but being mildly paranoid served me well in my career as a cop; it kept me alive.  There is an old saying that goes, “just because you are paranoid does not mean they aren’t out to get you.”

So, if we are being honest here, whether or not you think gun owners have a valid point in fearing the registration that would be required in order to ensure “universal background checks” were performed, I would hope that you can at least see the basis for our concerns.  History, both ours and abroad, is chock full of governments abusing their people once they have disarmed them.

Getting beyond the simple desire to not let the government know what guns we have, there are some other factors which we gun owners also see as further infringement on our rights.  In order to process these universal background checks, it is a requirement to have a gun dealer process all gun sales because currently they are the only people who can.  Even transfers that involve no money such, as a gift or trade, would have to be processed by a gun dealer.  This not only inconveniences the gun dealers who charge a “nominal fee,” because now they are taking their time to process a sale that does not benefit them at all, but it requires the parties involved in the sale to seek out a dealer to perform the transaction.  Let me explain these infringements by using my home state of California as an example.

California’s Universal Background Check System
As a California resident, where we already have “universal background checks,” if my father, a law abiding, retired government employee with nothing more serious than a speeding ticket in his long past background, wants to give me, a retired cop with nothing more serious than a speeding ticket some 25 years ago on my record, a gun he owns, any gun, but for sake of this example, say a 100 year old Winchester rifle (a cowboy gun for those who know nothing about guns), he and I must take that rifle to a gun dealer who not only must process the transaction for us, run the background check, but then since he is a gun dealer, he must complete a DROS (dealer’s record of sale) for that antique rifle.  So now, not only do I have to pay the dealer their transfer fee, which CA has limited to $10*, but I also have to pay a DROS fee which is another $25.  Once the DROS is completed, there is now a record of that rifle, including its serial number, make, model and caliber, and who it was transferred from and to.  In California, that DROS information is then entered into a state database and that information is maintained indefinitely, in other words, it becomes a de facto gun registry (enter us paranoid gun owners again…).

(*In California, that poor gun dealer must now hold onto the gun for the mandatory 10 day waiting period, for which there is only one exemption for active cops who have a letter from their department head, even if we both already own other firearms.  So, the dealer must take time from his other customers to process the transaction, which will take a minimum of 30 minutes in my best experience, then he must store the gun for 10+ days, and all he is allowed to collect for those troubles is $10?  Not that I want to pay through the nose for a transfer, but I absolutely understand why gun dealers are not happy to process private party transfers as it is a losing proposition for them and hits them directly in the pocket book.)

The way the laws in California works, it inconveniences not only both parties transferring the gun, it inconveniences the dealer processing the transfer and actually costs them money, and it creates a gun registry.  If you are okay with all of that, then you clearly are more interested in attempting to prevent legal gun sales than you are with trying to keep guns away from criminals.  Artificial delays and levying fees to exercise a constitutionally guaranteed right sure sounds like infringements to most of us.  If that does not sound like an infringement to you, imagine having to pay a fee and wait 10 days before you can exercise your right to free speech.

Setting Ground Rules
But there has to be something we can do, right?  Well, I think I might have a solution, one that would pass the stink test with gun owners and one that might appease the anti-gun folks demanding the “universal background checks.”  However, we must agree on a couple things before my plan makes sense, some of which I have already discussed.

1) Criminals do not obey laws – Can we all agree that criminals, by their very nature of being a criminal, do not obey the law?  Criminals are not walking into a gun store to buy a gun, nor are they going to a dealer to process their private party transfers.  If that is too much of a stretch for you to make, then my proposal will not make any sense.
2) No one wants bad guys to get a gun – Not even we die hard second amendment supporters.  If you cannot concede that even those horrible, gun owning NRA members do not want criminals to have guns, then we are all just wasting our time, not to mention that you are also completely delusional.

An Alternative
Now, for those rational enough to accept that criminals do not obey the law, and that law abiding gun owners do not want criminals running around with guns, we can proceed.  If the purpose behind “universal background checks” is truly to prevent bad guys from getting guns, and no one wants bad guys to get guns, then why not make a publicly accessible website on which any gun owner can run some basic information of the person seeking to purchase a gun from them, that would access the NICS system and give them a simple yes or no answer to the pertinent question: Can this person legally possess a gun?

The internet did not exist when the NICS system was created and what used to require a decent amount of time to process back then can be completed (with proper access to the proper databases) in a few seconds now.  An “instant background check” can truly be instant.

A system like this would allow private party sellers to be reasonably certain that the person they are selling a gun to is not a prohibited person.  If they don’t care about that fact now, you can rest assured they are already going to ignore the law requiring the background check anyway.

This system would not inconvenience gun dealers by forcing them to process a sale that not only does not benefit them, but actually hurts them.

From a paranoid gun owner’s perspective, this system would have no information about the firearm being transferred so there would be no need to worry about the government building a registry.

Finally, use of this system should be 100% voluntary, leaving it up to the seller whether or not they feel it necessary.  So, like in the example I gave above, with my father giving me an antique rifle, there would be no need at all to use the system.  However, if I were selling a gun to someone I do not know, I could quickly check to make sure I was not selling a gun to a prohibited person.

But What About The Gun Show Loophole?
First of all, that is utter crap.  There is no “gun show loophole.”  All laws regarding firearms sales outside of gun shows ALSO apply in a gun show.  If the transfer is a private party transfer, currently no background check is required (unless the individual state requires it like California does), but if the seller is a dealer, the sale must go through all the same steps that it would if it were taking place in a brick and mortar store.  As for my proposal in relation to gun shows, gun shows would be no different than any other sale.

Not only could there be a mobile version of the system in the form of an app for folks with smart phones and tablets, but for those “old guys” who refuse to carry a smart phone, there could be a kiosk at the gun show that would allow anyone to check a potential buyer’s legal gun owning ability.

While my proposal would not prevent criminals from selling other criminals guns (absolutely nothing can do that – look at the prevalence of illegal drugs if you think otherwise), this would allow people who are concerned about keeping guns away from bad guys a way to do so that would not cost a ton of money, inconvenience an uninvolved business, or create a gun registry.


I absolutely encourage people to comment on this topic, but please do so in a polite, thoughtful manner.  People calling names, throwing insults, or spewing anti-gun propaganda will just be banned.  Keeping guns away from bad guys is in everyone’s best interest.  The only way to improve our ability to do so is if we can have an actual conversation about the topic with everyone who the issue concerns.

CA Legislature Proposes 3 Gun Control Bills on 1st Day Back

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My worst post-election fears are seemingly coming to fruition.  California lawmakers, with no opposition, are off an running with their anti-gun agenda and are likely going to turn me into a felon within six months.

For those that do not follow California politics closely, let me explain.  During the last election, Democrats managed to take a veto proof super majority in both the state Assembly and Senate, as well as putting Gun Grabbing Gavin Newsom in the Governor’s chair.

December 3rd was the first day back in session for the California state legislature.  On that very first day back, three gun control bills were introduced.

AB 18 – Firearms Excise Tax – by Marc Levine (D)
“This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that imposes an excise tax on the sales of handguns and semiautomatic rifles and would require the revenue collected from that tax to be used to fund grants through the CalVIP program.”

So the plan here is to tax the law abiding citizens as punishment for acts performed by criminals?

It is still very early in the life of this bill and at this date, they have not even set the proposed tax rate, but rest assured, CA lawmakers would never levy exorbitant taxes on the citizens without their consent. Oh, wait…

AB 61 – Gun Violence Restraining Orders – by Phil Ting (D)
California already has passed these very worrisome “gun violence restraining orders,” but current law apparently is too restrictive for lawmakers.  Currently, only family members and law enforcement can file an ex parte (in other words, the accused is not even in court) petition to a court that enables law enforcement to forcibly remove guns from someone who legally owns them.

If you are a gun owner or a cop, or God forbid, a gun owner who is a cop, you are probably aware of the recent shooting in Maryland where cops went to a home to serve a gun violence restraining order and ended up shooting the gun owner.  I am not faulting the cops in that situation because other than very generic information, I know nothing about the order or what occurred in that incident, but this is exactly the type of thing I predicted would happen when these laws started getting passed.

With all that in mind, apparently this is not good enough for the anti-gun liberal politicians in California because now that we have that law, it is time to start tweaking it to make it easier for just about anyone to go before a judge and get your guns taken away.

Here is the proposed change that this bill would enact.  Bear in mind, currently only a family member or law enforcement can petition the court to have your guns removed.

“This bill would similarly authorize, an employer, a coworker, or an employee of a secondary or postsecondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months to file a petition for an ex parte, one-year, or renewed gun violence restraining order.”

So now your boss, a coworker, or anyone who knows you from college can request that the state take your guns away.  Why stop there?  Why not open that list up to friends, neighbors, persons who live in the same state, or anyone on the planet who might not want you to have a gun?

AB 12 – Firearms: Gun violence and mental health – by Jacqui Irwin (D)
“This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to gun violence and mental health.”

This is a veritable Pandora’s box in the making, because this bill does not say anything specific.  This was an “ooh, ooh, let me be the first to get an anti-gun bill on the books even though I have no specific issue to address or any plan on how to address it” bill.

The text of the bill is merely an emotion tugging, anti-gun screed that says nothing more than “guns are bad.”

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1. The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following:

(a) On November 7, 2018, in the city of Thousand Oaks, a tragic and senseless act of gun violence at the Borderline Bar & Grill resulted in the deaths of 12 Californians, including Sergeant Ronald Lee Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

(b) This act of gun violence injured many others who fled the Borderline Bar & Grill and has deeply impacted the surrounding community that is known for its safety and low level of violent crime.

(c) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to gun violence and mental health, in an effort to prevent future acts of gun violence in California.

I really have no idea what the purpose of this bill is, other than to get another anti-gun bill on the books as early as possible.

Which brings me back to where I started, life in California just got very scary for law abiding gun owners.  Not only are all the same Democrats coming after us, but now there is no one in place to stop them.

Deputy Matt’s “Coming-Out” Story

This is my badge. I get to keep it because my union buys them for us when we retire, but it will no longer have the same meaning. Looking at it right now invokes a plethora of emotions.
This is my badge. I get to keep it because my union buys them for us when we retire, but it will no longer have the same meaning. Looking at it right now invokes a plethora of emotions.

Hi there, my name is Matt Silvey.  I have been a deputy sheriff with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department since September 1996.  If you have followed me on Facebook or Twitter, you know me as Deputy Matt.  To date, I have not been able to use my real name on social media because of concerns by management that if someone in the media knew where I worked, they would try to attribute my comments to the department, which would be completely insane but you know how the media can be.  But now, I can proudly tell you where I worked, because I have decided to retire.  In fact, today (11-28-18) was my last day.

I love my department.  I am proud to wear the uniform. I love being a cop and almost everything that comes with the job, even though it is a very difficult job.  As I have gotten older, and gotten to the point that I can retire, I am much less tolerant of stupid crap.  It is that stupid crap that causes many of us to leave, and I am no exception.

My Career
Overall, I have no serious complaints about my career.  In 1996, I started working in our jail, a place I never wanted to work but after having done so, know that it is the absolute best place any new cop can work because you learn to deal with the criminal element in a semi-safe environment.  From there, because of my previous job experience in the automotive industry and my computer skills, I got a job as the assistant fleet manager for the department.  At barely three years on the department, I was working in an office five doors down from the Sheriff on the administration floor of our headquarters.  That job had a lot of perks, including a take home unmarked cop car.

My 96 year old grandfather pinning my badge on me when I got sworn is an an-call deputy
My 96 year old grandfather pinning my badge on me when I got sworn is an an-call deputy

I enjoyed fleet management, but I wanted to be a cop and was dying to get out on the streets, so on my weekends while working fleet, I would go out with my buddies who were working patrol.  One of those good friends who I rode with as often as I could was a guy named Alan.  He was a funny, energetic, quick witted shit magnet, and I learned a lot about doing good cop work from him.  Sadly, Alan had a pretty rough career and was involved in an inordinate number of shootings in a very short time frame, and he medically retired very early due to PTSD, but he and I are still friends and we talk on a fairly regular basis.

Once I was finally allowed to rotate to patrol, I hit patrol training and knew everyone there because I had been working for free a couple days a month for the previous couple years.  I breezed through training, took my test and was finalized.  I looked forward to my first day as a finalized, all on my own, brand new patrol cop.  That day was September 11, 2001.  I think you all know what day that was.  What an absolutely surreal day to have as your inaugural day as a patrol cop.

I worked patrol for the next 15 years, and I really enjoyed the job.  I was a training officer for a while, but eventually some of the BS involved with training got to me, so I quit training.  I worked as acting sergeant quite a few times, back when we used to do that.  I was directly involved in two officer involved shootings, one with my handgun early in my patrol career, and one with my rifle, which I have written about in the past.  I was involved in countless pursuits and have been the primary unit performing a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) in two of them, and assisted on several others.

I have held pressure on bullet wounds of gunshot victims, I’ve done CPR more than once, and proudly can say it actually worked once and I saved a guy.  I even evacuated a gunshot victim off the front porch of a residence with the suspect still inside.  Ironically, of the 5 cops who pulled that woman off her front porch, I somehow was the only one ignored when it came time to hand out lifesaving medals.  Later, during that same incident, I was captured by news cameras pulling a small child off the suspect who was refusing to follow commands.  Heck, I even got an episode of COPS under my belt (Season 28, Episode 4).  Side note: One thing I found out when filming COPS, you cannot say “dildo” on national television.  Who knew?

This kid is AJ. He is losing his sight. The guy in the flight suit is Duncan. He set up an incredible day for AJ, and I got to be a part of it.
This kid is AJ. He is losing his sight. The guy in the flight suit is Duncan. He set up an incredible day for AJ, and I got to be a part of it.

After missing out on the job at air ops the first time around, an opening at EVOC (emergency vehicle operations course) was announced.  I’ve always loved driving, especially driving a car hard, and I get along very well with the only other full-time deputy at EVOC, so I put in for it, and got it.  I have been assigned to our EVOC facility for the last three (3) years.  It is a great job, and the wife is very happy about it because I am not getting shot at anymore, but the only downside it that I do not feel like a cop anymore.  That said, it is a great job and I have a great coworker.  But…

The Crap
During my 22 years as a cop, I have lost a number of coworkers who have been killed on the job.  Some were lost to accidents, like when Joe and Kevin were killed when our helicopter, Star 6, suffered a catastrophic engine malfunction, and sadly quite a few others who were murdered.  The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department has been hit pretty hard as of late.  In the last four years, three of my coworkers were murdered, and I have written about each incident.  The one that hit me the hardest was Bob French.  I wrote about it the night Bob died, but attributed it to “an unnamed Sacramento deputy” because I could not say where I worked.  Bob and I went to the academy together.  I had known him more than 20 years, and I was there at the scene of the shooting and watched the paramedics working on him.  Bob’s death really hit home, hard.

Additionally, during my career, the political landscape has changed dramatically.  While the Sacramento Bee has never been friendly to law enforcement, most of the news stations used to give the cops a pretty fair shake in the news.  But sadly, the political left decided to wage a war on cops.  Very early in his presidency, Barack Obama got in on the act and never relented.  Quite a few other politicians have also joined the fray, slinging mud at law enforcement as part of their stump speeches or just making comments on social media.

In the meantime, Black Lives Matter sprang up, and then Antifa.  Now it is cool and hip to hate the cops.  While all of us in law enforcement understand that those groups are the vocal minority, it still wears on you because they are in the news, slamming law enforcement, almost every single day, and law enforcement essentially just sits there quietly and takes it.  Hell, some law enforcement administrators have started bending over backwards to try and placate the cop hating assholes.  Thankfully, I work for a sheriff, Scott Jones, who will not play that game, but he will not be around much longer, and in fact was set to retire this year but stuck it out.

Add all that on top of the normal BS that is part of the daily grind at any job, throw in a few law enforcement specific things, a dash of department specific annoyances, a desire to flee my home state, all mixed together with being both fully vested in my retirement and old enough to start collecting and you end up on the “two bad days” retirement plan.  That is where I was until one really stupid thing at work happened, and then…

The Final Straw
The last election here in California finally convinced my wife of something I have been convinced of for about 10 years:  California is too far gone and is never coming back.  She, like I, had held on to a tiny sliver of hope that John Cox would win and thus we would avoid having the cop hating, gun hating, criminal loving, homeless enabling, pro-drug, open border slime ball Gavin Newsom as governor.  Not only did Cox not win, but the kicker for my wife was watching the idiot voters in California vote to keep the higher gas taxes the politicians had slapped on us because they misspent the money they already collected for road repairs.

I have for years been saying California was lost, and she finally has come to the same conclusion, so we are getting out!

Now What?
I am looking forward to my next endeavor.  I have been writing for blogs and other online outlets now for about six years, and during that time I have had a couple things published in a magazine.  I have been lucky enough to have some of my pieces end up being read on a radio talk radio show (in a good way), and one even ended up being republished by the New York Post.  As much as I never would have imagined it during my time as a student, I have found I enjoy writing, and I especially enjoy writing about guns.  I have been doing this all for free for the last six years, but it is time for that to change.

28379156_2023202128003017_5861620118720860486_nI will soon be taking the reins as Managing Editor at The Firearm Project, a new website devoted to pro-gun content and related news from a law enforcement perspective, brought to you by the people who run Blue Lives Matter.  I will still be running my own blog and social media as well, but will be stepping back somewhat and letting some of the other admins take a larger role there.

Initially, The Firearm Project is going to be a part-time job so that I can get my home ready to sell, find a new state to call home, buy a house and move my family.  Once we get settled into our new home, I will transition the writing job over to full-time, and may even take on another writing project I have been considering for some time.

Thanks
To those who have followed my social media pages, I want to thank you for your support over the years.  Not only has it meant a lot to me, but my coworkers, both those on my department and from other agencies, truly are thankful for your support.  Our job can be quite taxing at times, and without the support of you, the general public, we would be hard pressed to carry on.

To my coworkers at the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, you are some of the finest men and women I could imagine sharing a career with.  In my 22 year career, you have continued to impress me with your professionalism, caring, and love of the job and our community.

To Sheriff Jones, and the other supervisors I have worked for over the last several years, thank you for your support of my first amendment rights by allowing me to run this page.  There are many cops who do not work for a boss who would allow them to run a social media page like mine.  I specifically remember reaching out to you after my open letter to Mayor Kevin Johnson went viral, and was expecting you to have me shut down my social media pages, but you read what I wrote and told me that not only did I have the first amendment right to free speech, but that I had also done so without violating any department policies or dragging the department into it.

Sheriff Jones, I also want to thank you for your steadfast support of the men and women who serve under you on a daily basis, and by extension, the men and women of other law enforcement agencies in the area, who have not always had the support of their own leadership.  While you and I have not always agreed on policy issues, your outspoken support of law enforcement in general has been very reassuring, and this goes for members of those other local agencies who have specifically told me how much they appreciate and respect you for that support.  Law enforcement is the favorite punching bag of some of the local media outlets, and you have always stood strong to defend us, and we all appreciate that, no matter the color of the uniform we wear.

So, as I close one chapter of my life and open another, I am met with feelings of pride, joy, sorrow, anticipation, angst, worry, loss, but most of all, hope.  Hope for a better future for my wife, myself, and most importantly, for my kids.  Now I get to make sure my kids will grow up in a state that respects individual rights, freedoms, and most importantly, is pro-America, the greatest country to ever grace this planet.

Yes, Tasers ARE “Less Lethal” & Shaun King is a Moron

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In digging through Google this morning, looking to see if the autopsy report for Chinedu Okobi, the brother of the Facebook executive who is on the cop hating warparth, had been released yet, I stumbled upon a piece written by our favorite white guy who pretends he is black, Shaun King.  The title of the piece is “My Morehouse Brother Chinedu Okobi Died After Being Electrocuted by Police. Tasers Are Not ‘Less Lethal’ Weapons.”

Holy crap!  How is it actually possible for someone who is college educated to be this stupid?

Hey Shaun, dipshit, the term is “less lethal,” not “non-lethal.”

LESS, as in not always, not necessarily, not designed to…

Here, maybe this will help.  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

LESS – adjective
1 : constituting a more limited number or amount
– less than three
– less than half done

2 : of lower rank, degree, or importance
– no less a person than the president himself

3a : of reduced size, extent, or degree
b : more limited in quantity
– in less time

To put that in context, Tasers and other electronic control devices are designated “less lethal” because they are 1) not designed to kill and 2) in normal conditions, do not kill.  This phrase, “less lethal,” is specifically chosen because it differentiates Tasers and other “less lethal” devices from lethal weapons, such as firearms.  Items such as a beanbag shotgun are also designated “less lethal,” but that does not mean they cannot kill you, it just means they are not designed or intended to cause death.

Now, for Shaun, and for Ebele Okobi (the Facebook exec), and all the others out there who are slow on the up take, Tasers are not the cause of death.  In almost all instances where someone died after being Tasered, the cause of death was a heart attack, which is what happened to Chinedu Okobi.   The reason they are suffering a heart attack is from extreme physical exertion, usually a pre-existing heart condition, and more often than not, illicit drugs on board.  That extreme physical exertion, that is the part where they are fighting the cops, which is what causes them to get Tased.

Coincidentally enough, many other people suffer heart attacks during extreme physical exertion, even world class runners have been known to have heart attacks while exercising.  But I digress…

Back before we had Tasers, you know how cops handled someone who was violently resisting arrest?  They beat them into submission, with batons, fists, and boots, and whatever else, because we had no other way to stop them.  You know what used to happen a lot more back before we had Tasers?  People died from heart attacks while being beaten by the cops while they violently resisted arrest.  You know what happens far less now?  I’ll give you one guess…

So let us examine this specific case since King seems so happy to lay all the blame on the “racist white cops” and their “police violence.”  As King so accurately points out, while unnecessarily drawing out his Okobi’s race, “He was a big Black man, a dark-skinned Nigerian who was 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighed 330 pounds.”

He was a big dude, a very big dude.  What King does not tell you, intentionally, is that the first officer to contact Okobi was attacked by him and called for cover.  That officer was later treated at the hospital for his injuries.  Five cops struggled with Okobi trying to get him in custody, but were unable to get him to comply until they used a Taser.

Of course, King tries to draw a correlation between deploying a Taser and shooting him with a gun, because theatrics sell and that is what King does.  “Let me phrase that another way: Chinedu was still shot, but by guns that electrocute people to death instead of tearing apart their flesh and organs with bullets.”

King rambles on for a few paragraphs blaming everyone but the violently resisting guy, and then he drops this pile a steaming horse hockey:

“That such dangerous shocks would be administered to people with mental illnesses is especially upsetting. Every single day in this country, hundreds of thousands of nurses treat adults and children who are living with mental illness.  Those patients are regularly in crisis, and nurses consistently face them down without ever having to electrocute them into submission.”

So, let me get this straight, just because a guy has mental illness, that means he is not a danger?  A 6’3” 330 pound guy, who happens to be mentally unstable, is not a threat?  Am I getting that right Shaun?  Oh yes, by all means, draw a comparison to hospitals.  Fine, we can go there, seeing as my wife is a nurse and I have spent quite a bit of time sitting in an ER while on duty with arrestees.  You know what they have in hospitals, you freaking idiot, they have sedatives that they administer to violent patients.  You know what else I have seen done in the ER was the staff calling the cops for violent patients who have assaulted staff, and the patient then got Tased by the cops in order to get the patient back under control, strapped down onto the bed, so that they could be SEDATED.

King is an idiot, and he draws comparisons that are not remotely comparable, all the while blaming it on skin color.

You know what King does not address is just how many people were saved by the use of a Taser.  “What the hell is this guy talking about?” you are asking yourself.  Think of all the people who were armed, and instead of shooting them with a firearm, the cops managed to use a Taser to get them to drop their weapon or stun them until they could be subdued.

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In my career, I personally have Tased three men who all would have been shot had we not had a Taser.  One was a suicidal guy standing in the middle of a cul-de-sac holding a handgun.  With plenty of lethal cover, I approached him from the side until I was in range and deployed the Taser, causing him to drop the handgun.  He went to the hospital and lived to see another day.

On another occasion, a crazy guy in a care home lit the apartment on fire and armed himself with a butcher knife.  All of the staff and the other patients fled, but the crazy guy remained inside, and the fire department refused to enter to fight the fire because there was a crazy guy armed with a knife.  So two of my partners and I went to the apartment, kicked open the door and there he was, standing 20′ inside the smoke filled, burning apartment holding the 10” butcher knife.  I deployed the Taser, he went to the floor, we got the knife away, dragged him out alive and fire saved the building.

And on the last occasion, which happened to be caught on dashcam, a suicidal retired firefighter with terminal cancer, was sitting on his front porch, facing sideways to the house, holding a handgun.  He was refusing to drop the weapon and would not comply with any directions.  He wanted us to kill him, he was hoping for suicide by cop, and it was starting to look like we were going to oblige him.  I told the deputy who was calling out the commands (he is a Lieutenant now…) that I was going to circle around, come up behind the guy and Tase him, which I did.  As I hit him with the Taser, he dropped the gun, rolled forward out of the chair, and my partners rushed forward and detained him.  He left that situation alive, but eventually the cancer got him.

In all three of those instances, people’s lives were saved, and a cop did not have to live with the aftermath of taking someone’s life, because we had a Taser.  And that is just the experiences of one cop in one jurisdiction.  Imagine what those stats are like nationwide.

So, go ahead, scream, clamor, demand that cops stop using Tasers.  When cops start killing more people because you took away one of our more effective LESS LETHAL options, I’ll be here to say I told you so.

Is This The New Look of Facebook Censorship?

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Has Facebook figured out yet another way to censor pages with whom they disagree?  Conservative leaning pages and pro-LE pages have often found themselves on the receiving end of what appears to be censorship by the Facebook overlords, but in most previous cases, it was pretty obvious.  Facebook would artificially limit the reach of your posts, or they would deny you the ability to advertise by saying your content did not meet their criteria or that it violated some rule.  Hell, most folks I know who run pro-LE pages, and I know quite a few, all have multiple Facebook accounts so that when Facebook bans one of their accounts, they can use another to run their page.

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All of that is stuff we have been dealing with for years, but just recently I began getting comments and messages sent to my page all telling me essentially the same thing, whenever they click on a link to an article I’ve shared, or they click on a long post in order to continue reading it, Facebook shuts down.  While some people say they only experience this when trying to visit my page (Deputy Matt & Others Who Serve) others have told me it happens to them on several conservative pages.

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So, it appears to me that Facebook has found yet another way to secretly censor conservative and pro-LE pages.  I fail to see any explanation that would adequately explain how an accidental glitch would ONLY effect certain pages and not others.  Seems awfully intentional to me.

The Cancer We Face, And Why We Continue

More from the anonymous Sacramento Deputy who has written a few things here in the past.

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I’ve been a cop for 22 years this month.  I remember pretty vividly my academy days, and how I dreamt of one day being a cop.  I remember jail training very clearly, as I also remember the several years I spent working there.  I remember patrol training, and I remember my first day as a finalized, brand new patrol cop, September 11, 2001.

I remember the men and women I have worked with over the years.  I remember the feelings I have had toward them, the brotherhood, the family.  I even remember working with a few people that I did not like, in fact there were a couple at one point or another that I despised.  But if they called for help, no matter who they were, no matter if I liked them or not, without question, doubt or hesitation, I went, as did everyone else, because that is what we do.

I remember the very first funeral I attended for a fallen deputy from my department.  I remember listening to her teenage daughter talking about her mom, and how she was going to miss her.  I remember sitting there in that church, crying, in my dress uniform, wondering how the daughter managed to stay as composed as she was, while I sat there trying to hide the tears on my cheeks.

I remember every single “officer down” call I was ever on, even those from other local agencies.

I remember that gut wrenching feeling you get when you hear those dreaded words on the radio, “shots fired, officer down!”  I remember wondering why in the hell my car would not go any faster.

In fact, I blew up two different cars responding to officers who were shot.  Both cars suffered a crack in the intake manifold.  How in the hell do you crack an intake manifold?  I have no idea, but I’ve done it, twice.  One of those cops survived, the other did not, leaving behind his three children.

I remember sitting at home with my eldest son, who was barely 3 at the time, when I got a call from a close friend and coworker telling me that two of my coworkers were dead and another was in a coma.  I remember the helpless, useless feeling that day.  I remember sitting on the couch, hugging my son and crying while watching the news coverage.  I remember being angry at God for what happened, even though I know it was not his fault.

Over the next several years, I would lose more coworkers to both accidents and murders.  And each one took a chunk of me with them.

I again got to experience that same helpless, useless feeling four years ago as I listened to the radio from home as my coworkers hunted a man who had just murdered another coworker.  As I listened, the same scumbag murdered a deputy from a neighboring department while he fled from mine.  I listened, unable to do anything, wishing I could be there to help, needing to be there to help, but stuck.

Just barely three years after that, as I got into the car leaving lunch, I heard those dreaded words on the radio, “officers down, multiple officers with gunshot wounds.”  My partner and I drove to the scene and while I was of little actual help, being there with my family in blue, made that scene a little easier to handle, until I learned that the man most seriously wounded was a man I went to the academy with, and he had just died.

As a man, as a cop, I was always under the impression that I am not supposed to cry.  As a human, I am a big bowl of mush and have always been on the emotional side.  So now, I’m doing what I can to choke back the tears.  I need to stay busy, give me something to do.  The tears can wait until I get home, and they did, thankfully.

I can remember just about every service from every cop funeral I have been to.  And to this day, thinking about them makes me emotional.

They add up.  The grief doesn’t go away.  It is cumulative.  The hole continues to grow, like a malignant cancer.

Just when you think your soul is starting to mend, another cop gets killed.  The cancer comes out of remission and hits you full force.  The pain is so strong, it feels like not a day has gone by since the last one.

Here I am, barely one year since I buried my academy classmate, and I am polishing up my badge and leather gear, making sure my Class A uniform is clean and pressed, finding my hat that only gets worn for funerals, so I can go bury yet another coworker.

In the academy, they told us to always take care of number one, and you are number one.  They told us to exercise, eat right, and live healthy, that way we would make it through our career in good physical condition so we could enjoy the retirement we earned.  However, little was done to prepare us for the constant emotional drain, or the loss of your friend and coworker, your family member.  I mean, in reality, how do you prepare someone for that?  Especially when it happens with such frequency.

A friend of mine whom I’ve come to know only recently wrote this piece just before he retired one year ago.  In it, he talks about all the cops that were killed during his career.  It is sobering, and sad.  During his 29 year career, 4,122 cops died in the line of duty.

4,122!

That is too many.

I don’t know how I am going to make it through this funeral coming up, but I will.  We will.  I owe it to my blue family to be there, and not just for the fallen, but for all of those who must carry on.  We need each other to lean on, for support and strength, and for understanding.

It reminds me of a line from the movie Blackhawk Down.  “When I go home, people ask me, ‘Hey Hoot, why do you do it, man? Why? You some kind of war junkie?’  I won’t say a goddamn word. Why? They won’t understand. They won’t understand why we do it. They won’t understand it’s about the men next to you… and that’s it. That’s all it is.”

Society doesn’t understand cops.  Some fear us, some resent us, some hate us, and still there are some who love us, but none of them understands us.  Hell, for many of us, our own families don’t understand us.  The only people who truly understand cops, are cops.  We are here for each other, always.  We find strength in each other.  And we will once again find the strength to bury our fallen brother, knowing that as we bury him, we bury a little bit of ourselves.  After that, we will carry on, watching each other’s backs, supporting each other, understanding each other, being there for each other, because if we don’t, who will?

We also know that we will sometime in the future, hopefully not soon, but eventually, be burying yet another member of our blue family, and another.

A couple days ago, I was ready to throw in the towel and walk away.  I was hurt and angry.  A coworker of mine, a friend from my academy days, reached out to me, knowing I was hurting, and sent me something that really hit home.  With his permission, I am going to share his words here, and end this post with his words to me.  For those others who might be wavering like I was, this may help.

“I wanted to say something encouraging, but words are failing right now. The constant drum beat of our fallen brothers and sisters is echoing in my heart tonight and it HURTS!

Like you, I’ve shed tears for a kid I didn’t know, but we do know him, don’t we, even if we’ve never met because we are him, just further along the trail.

I cling to the belief that what we do is a noble calling, that we truly stand between that animal and citizens who are just trying to live their lives. That, along with my faith in Christ, is what sustains me.

I got home today and hugged my wife, and knowing that there is a family tonight which is shattered…and I cried for them, I cried for those in our blue family who knew Mark and are broken, I cried selfish tears because, I too am exhausted by the toll the last 22 years have taken.

And tomorrow I will strap on my gun and badge, I will do my duty and be thankful that I serve alongside heroes known and unknown. Be well, my friend. We are in this together, and we will survive and do everything we can as we train our fellow officers so that this never happens again…yet knowing it will.

We shoulder that burden because it is WORTH IT, even on days like today when the load is oh so heavy.”

Yet Another Murdered Coworker – I Think I’m Done

The following was written by the same Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy who wrote the post about Bob French’s murder.


Why in the hell is my cell phone blowing up with text messages?

Shit, this many texts in this short a time, this can’t be good…

FUCK!!!!  Gawd dammit, not again!!!!  How in the hell is this possible?

Another coworker murdered while doing his job!

Just 18 days ago was the one year anniversary of Bob’s murder, and now, again, here I sit listening to the radio traffic from the scene of the murder of yet another coworker, while wearing a memorial T-shirt commemorating the loss of two other coworkers.

I sit here feeling helpless, useless, hopeless, occupied by my own depressing thoughts and memories, of the losses of so many other coworkers.  Some I knew well, others I knew not at all.

Oh, how I long to be at the scene, to be involved in making this thing right in some small way.  Because if I was there, busy, doing something, anything, I would not be sitting here, thinking about, remembering all the other times I have felt this indescribable, inexplicable feeling of loss.

This time, I did not even know the man.  Despite that, despite not knowing him, he was my brother.  He wore the same uniform as me, the same badge, swore the same oath to protect the same city as me.

I have since learned from coworkers who knew Mark Stasyuk that he was well liked, a hard worker, young, early in his career, new to patrol, and very sadly, just recently married.  This is ripping my freaking heart out!

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Most people who are not in this line of work would assume that not knowing the man would make this easier.  They would be wrong.  Honestly, it makes very little difference.

Knowing the officer killed is only a small part of the loss we feel.  I cannot help but think about his partner and what she is going through right now.  Even though they were both shot, she performed CPR on her mortally wounded partner.  His poor family, who still does not even know, will soon receive the most devastating news a young wife could ever imagine receiving.

So here I sit, at home, listening to the radio, with a big drink, unsuccessfully trying to take the edge off, thinking about all of the other coworkers I have buried during my career.  Cops I know from other agencies, some from other states even, doing what we all do when something like this happens, offering sincere condolences and offers to help in whatever manner they can.  But in reality, there is nothing they can do.  They can’t turn back time, they can’t bring the officer back, and as the days pass, most of us will process this loss in our own ways and we will be okay.

My biggest worry is his partner.  I know her only slightly.  She struck me as a very squared away young cop, the type who is going to second guess the holy hell out of herself.  Nothing we can say will stop her from doing that, and none of the hypothetical scenarios she will run through in her head will change what happened.

I read the call they responded to.  It is a call our agency goes to a dozen times a day.  It was a call I have handled by myself, solo, more than once.

But it wasn’t.  Because even though all the calls are similar, they are never exactly the same.  In this case, the bad guy had a gun and he chose to do bad guy shit, and he shot both of the cops who were sent to deal with his dumb ass.

Even though I read the call, I did not look at any of the suspect information.  I only know that the suspect was male, and that he is in custody.

I will however take a wild ass guess about some things we are likely to learn about the suspect.  He will have prior arrests, probably lots of them.  Many will be for less serious crimes, like trespassing or public intoxication, but then there will be others, crimes that used to be considered serious crimes, crimes that used to be felonies.  I suspect we will find weapons charges, possibly even gun charges, and likely there will be assault charges.  Probably even some convictions, even recent convictions.

His laundry list of charges (or those I suspect we will learn about), in any other SANE state would have had him currently residing in a government run, full service board and care home (prison).  But here in California, where our insane liberal lawmakers and most of the Democrat party say it is mean to punish convicts for their crimes, so we just release them, because that is the “humanitarian” thing to do…

So, you ask, why do I guess we might hear all that about the suspect?  Because that is what we always find out.  History tells me those things.  Hell, out of the last 15 cops shot and killed in California, that is the background of at least half of their murderers.

Add to that, current legislation that is being pushed by liberal politicians (Kevin McCarty and Shirley Weber) who want to make it even more difficult for cops to protect themselves in deadly force situations, because to them, cops are the bad guys.

The same liberal politicians who are responsible for the legislation that lead to Bob’s murder.

So here I sit, seriously considering walking in tomorrow and pulling the plug.

I’ve had it.

Fuck this state!

The people running this state value their elected positions, and the votes that keep them there, more than they do the citizens they represent or the cops who keep them all safe.

I’ve given this state enough of me.  I’ve given it my best, for a long time, and I nearly have given it my life, on more than one occasion.

During my career, ten of my coworkers have given their lives for this county.

Of those ten, six were murdered.

And that is JUST my agency, during my career.

Yes, I realize there are many, many folks out there who support us.  We see them after every single incident like this.  We see their thin blue line flags and stickers.  We know we have a lot of support.

But sadly, those who support us are outnumbered by those who vote for the politicians responsible for the legislation that is killing us.

I don’t know if I can continue doing this.

I’m sure I am not alone.

Rest in peace, Mark.

Thank you for your service.

Hopefully, for society’s sake, someone will have the watch from here.