Anti-Cop Activism Disguised as News

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The Sacramento Bee, besides being  (quoting my dad) a “pinko commie liberal rag,” has a long history of not being friendly to law enforcement, but lately it has turned from unfriendly to downright adversarial.  This recent article is a perfect example of that, and does nothing for anyone except for the cop haters.

First, let me address the facts of the incident before we get into this latest piece of Sac Bee anti-cop propaganda.  In November 2016, in the very early morning hours (5am), Sacramento County deputies were called to a house in Fair Oaks where a strange man, Jesse Attaway, broke into a home, but was chased out after trying to get the home owner to hand over the keys to his car.  The suspect started jumping fences and tried to break into several more homes.  The cops received numerous calls about the man trying to break into homes.  Cops located the burglar and when they confronted him, at gunpoint, he refused to comply with orders.  He would not show his hands and kept turning away from the cops.  Finally, he pulled his hands out of his pockets in a rapid motion and pointed something at the deputies, who thinking it was a gun, shot and killed him.

Per the news stories from the time of the incident, which coincidentally was about the same time Alfred Olango was shot for doing nearly the same thing, it was indicated the suspect’s motions looked just like someone drawing a gun and taking a shooting stance.

During the follow up investigation, it was discovered that he arrived in the area driving a stolen car, which he stole during a burglary earlier in the evening in Rocklin, CA .  In addition to the stolen car, he had methamphetamine in his pocket and according to the autopsy, he was high on meth at the time he was killed.

So, let me sum up Attaway’s crimes just the night of his death.  Multiple counts of burglary, grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, possession of methamphetamine, driving under the influence, and his final act, felony stupid which is what got him killed.

Now for this ridiculous Sacramento Bee article.  It starts off with a touching tale of woe, sprinkled with fictional nonsense designed to make the reader emotional, because it is easier to get you on their side if you are emotional.  “On the one-year anniversary of the day their father was shot and killed by two Sacramento sheriff’s deputies, sisters Bobbi Attaway and Sierra Rivera returned to the suburban street where he died, and where they thought they could still see traces of his blood staining the asphalt.”

Uh, no, no you didn’t.  The blood is cleaned up by a professional hazmat cleanup company.  I’ve been to scenes of outdoor homicides only days later and there is no evidence of blood stains, let alone a full year later.  But hey, it makes a more touching story if they can see their dad’s blood stains, so we’ll just say they “thought they saw” some.

But wait, we should pile on more completely irrelevant nonsense like “a father the girls described as funny and non-confrontational.”  Not sure how often his daughters were tasked with arresting their dad, but oddly enough, people behave differently when they are chilling with their family as compared to when they are stoned, in the middle of a crime spree and get caught by the cops.  I know that might seem odd, but trust me, it is true.

“How could Attaway, 41, have methamphetamine in his system, as a toxicology report found, when his daughters never knew he did drugs?”  Uh, because they live in a bubble and did not pay attention to what their dad was doing, either that or they are lying about not knowing.

You see, this was far from Attaway’s first exposure to meth.  Hell, it was not even the first time the cops found meth in his possession, and the Sac Bee damn well knows that, or they should.  It took me all of 10 minutes to check the public court records for both Sacramento County and Placer County, the two counties in which this crime spree occurred, and the two counties in which Attaway had lived.  Lo and behold, Attaway had two prior arrests for possession of methamphetamine for which he spent three years on probation.  If the Sac Bee was interested in the truth, they would have offered that up, but truth is not what they are after.

Then they go on to talk about the “civil rights attorney” which is funny thing to call a guy who has a reputation in the area of pretty much making a living off of suing city and county government agencies, especially when the cops are involved.  Beyond that, they talk about all sorts of other things, doubts, policies, other unrelated allegations, just about anything else they could throw in there before they get down to brass tacks:  the shooting was deemed a good shoot by the homicide investigators, by the district attorney’s office and by the independent inspector general.  Yes, you read that right, it was a good shoot according to everyone.

But that has never stopped the Sacramento Bee from dragging the cops through the mud.

Hell, this time around, they are also throwing some of the mud.

Cue the poorly edited cellphone video of a sad teen.  Be sure to include family photos of the suspect smiling thrown in for that extra little tug at the reader’s heart strings…

Knowing Achievement

While discussing inner departmental politics with a friend I was forced to take a step back, breathe a little and use my brain in an attempt to understand some of the more political things which have occurred in my career. I was not able to conceive of an answer directly, even after multiple attempts which led my ADHD empowered brain to a new chain of thoughts. I asked myself what has been truly important in my career looking back all of these years? It certainly wasn’t “who got that good gig in Detectives” or “Look who got promoted but why?” While some of those questions occupied much of my time during my career years, the more important thoughts garnered some amount of recognition.

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I realized in a grand moment of temporary clarity the things in my career which resulted in meaningful change. It certainly wasn’t the shiny medals or the various accommodations I received from the Department. While I didn’t mind receiving those awards and was proud to have served, there wasn’t much substance contained. Often times a medal can be diminished by unwittingly comparing actions to someone else’s who have received a similar accommodation. The entire thought process seems to dilute the potency of such achievement leaving something to be desired. More importantly i observed great accomplishments in the many selfless acts of my partners which they thought were “no big deal” or “just part of the job.”

So grand realizations of those moments of pride came flowing back to me. There are so many lives touched by an officer serving for the good of the population rather than the good of the order. There are those rare calls for service or events which may spiral into an entirely new positive experience for an individual or victim. These types of effects can be difficult to perceive and takes a certain amount of introspection.

When an officer makes an arrest it is simply part of the job, we don’t get too excited about it. sometimes we get into a foot pursuit, chase somebody down and win the fight but a lot of those times no charges are filed. Sometimes the idiot we arrested just made a dumb mistake or was too emotional to behave like a civilized human being. Sometimes the subject was too socially stupid to Herve Leconte sits atop his vehicle to display a sign thanking all those who are dealing with the King fire while park alongside Highway 50 near Camino, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)warrant any pride from a resultant arrest. Sure there is the “job well done” feeling where Officers pat each other on the back the same way a carpenter looks back on his work and says “wow I did a good job on that cabinet” yet there is more to it than that.

True evil does exist. The willing and malicious damnation of fellow man through unspeakable acts of cruelty are defined as such. If we can nab one of them it is a fortuitous event which can be boasted of. Most of us count that type of arrest on one hand at the end of a long career. When you get to put that one away for good the effects upon time and space are astounding. That serial rapist won’t hurt anymore children. The sick kidnapper who imprisoned his victims for months and induced a feared loyalty upon them will be worshiped via fear no more. These are the events far more precious than a silver medal or a fancy letter from the Chief. The two may coincide and an officer may wear proudly upon his chest a mark of such achievement but the act itself is the source of pride. Everything else is just a distraction or a public relations campaign.

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It doesn’t end there. When an officer picks up a child with a skinned knee who fell off of their tricycle while the parent was inside smoking crank. When the woman whose child was found dead in a puddle by no mistake of her own is hugged by the responding officers who tried to save her. And when the officer places his hand on the arrested juveniles shoulder with a stern but warm look on his face and says “you can do better,” these are timeless as well. For that child the Officer shall never age, even after he has long since left this world. In the mother’s eyes the Officer’s boots will always shine in unison with that badge and those shared tears. Nothing can dry the memory of those heroes who stood with her when the world crumbled all around. And for the demon behind bars, that fiery gaze will forever be tormented by he who delivered justice. Even if the Department or the public didn’t happen to notice that time.

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The effects of a job well done are unending and incalculable. They truly spiral in every direction, undeterred by negative media attention, bad Departmental Policies or negative social attention. Those events are real and exist in a way which is infinitely repeatable yet important and distinct with each occurrence. The events are unchangeable and cannot be destroyed. The good will shown by officers who care is eternal and no hateful group or negative media attention can damage those moral deeds, for they have already been commuted.

Officer’s of the law stand proud during your career and do not minimize the great things you have done. Don’t listen to the garbage being spewed by public figure heads, brave keyboard bloggers or self righteous critics, they haven’t experienced the personal risk and reward system. Think back upon your career with pride and look upon the momentous life changing events you took part in for the better. Nobody can take that away from you unless you let them.
Good job and anybody who doesn’t think so or recognize it would never understand such an achievement anyways.

Business Vandalized Because They Served Food at Murdered Cop’s Funeral

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The following comment was originally posted on Facebook by a friend of a friend of a friend.  The person who posted it works for Modesto PD. This needs to be shared. This post is talking about yet another facet of the #WarOnCops.

“THIS CHAPS MY HIDE. People suck. A bakery in Modesto Frost Bakery had coordinated all the food for Officers and family who attended Deputy Wallace’s memorial yesterday. It was damaged and vandalized sometime overnight with ‘pig lover’ and other anti-police graffiti. The owner is the kindest lady you could ever meet, and she donates her time and services to ALL KINDS of community orgs. Wtf is wrong with people?! Where is the news on this??”

For those who don’t know, Deputy Wallace was executed by a wanted felon who shot him in the head, twice, with the barrel of the felon’s illegally obtained gun in contact with the deputy’s head. The funeral was three days ago on November 21st.  That is the officer whose funeral Frost Bakery was coordinating the food for.

frostThe “news” still has not covered this anti-cop based crime.  Instead, sadly, the “news” is too busy fueling the war on cops to bother seeing what it is doing to this country. This poor small business owner, who cared enough about the loss of a local cop that she took care of the fallen officer’s extended family’s food needs, and in return for her kindness some piece of crap victimizes her?

Folks, please open your eyes and see what is going on out there.  The liberal left has made this behavior acceptable by making the cops out to be the bad guys.  The media has does it, groups like Black Lives Matter do it, celebrities do it, the top two democrat presidential candidates were doing it, heck, even the current (and thankfully leaving soon) president, Barack Obama has repeatedly spoken disparagingly about the entire profession.  The anti-cop sentiment has never been worse in my lifetime.

Edmund Burke famously said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Well, what we are seeing today is a perfect example of that.  The only way this is going to change is when the good people have had enough, when they stop being the silent majority, when they stand up and say “no more.”  The question is, how long is that going to take? When will enough actually be enough?

Hopefully, it will be before our society collapses, but sadly I’m beginning to have my doubts.

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UPDATED:  Sometime yesterday (11-25-16), this post went a bit viral.  Since then, I have been accused of being a “fake news” site and accused of making this incident up.

  • Before writing this, I confirmed with my friend that the person who originally posted it was 1) indeed an actual cop and 2) that the event had actually occurred.
  • Before publishing this post, I personally reached out to Frost Bakery via their Facebook page in which I spoke about the incident and thanked them for supporting law enforcement.  They read the comment (as verified by Facebook messenger) and did not offer any corrections to what I said.02
  • Since publishing this post, a person purporting to be the officer who originally posted this on Facebook commented on our Facebook page.01

One person on our Facebook page even went as far as posting screen shot of webpage purportedly showing a record of reported crimes for the areas, because we all know that it never happened unless it was reported, right?  Because no one has ever been the victim of a crime and not filed a report?  Because no cop has ever seen evidence of a minor crime and not completed a crime report?  Seriously?  Crimes occur all the time and do not get reported.  That is a fact of life.

Now, I can understand a business not wanting negative attention drawn to them, and some folks might see this story as negative.  If the business had contacted me, or simply responded to my inquiry and asked me not to run it, I would not have published this.  Heck, I would still take it down if they asked me to, but they have not contacted me at all, and it is not like contacting me requires a doctorate.  All they would need do is reply to the message I sent them, post a comment on our FB page, post a comment here on this page, etc.    Instead, what people are doing  is throwing around all sorts of bogus allegations trying to discredit me, and that I do not appreciate.

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UPDATE:  It appears that long after I attempted to contact Frost Bakery (documented above), and after this article was published, they posted an update of their own on their Facebook page.  According to that post on Frost Bakery’s page, the timing of the officer’s Facebook post did not match the timing of the actual vandalism, even though the officer’s post was after the funeral and he appears to feel it is related.  They were indeed the victim of anti-police vandalism and they do indeed support law enforcement, but the timing was not what I was initially lead to believe.  For that error, I apologize.

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UPDATE on “Fake News” Accusations:  One of the people accusing us of being a “fake news” website, Debbie Crouse Laffranchini, appears to be some sort of an employee of the Modesto Bee, although besides her public FB posts, I find no mention of her on the Modesto Bee website and google revealed nothing either.  She posted several comments regarding “fake news”  including one in which she specifically mentions this incident.

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And this:

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But then, she shares an article from Daily Kos?

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I’m being accused of being a “fake news” website by someone who shares Daily Kos articles?  And it gets better, she buys all the fake stories (the vast majority have been disproved by law enforcement investigations) of Trump supporters committing hate crimes?

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Funny, she is preaching about not believing fake news stories yet she is sharing them herself…  Seems both hypocritical and ironic.

The deeper you go into her FB page, the richer her calling me a “fake news” site gets.  She shared this ridiculous lie, which ironically I just wrote a blog post about yesterday.  Gee, I wonder if someone’s personal biases against the police might be playing a role in how they are treating this incident?

The irony of a person deriding me for this article saying “it incites us, divides us, and polarizes us” sharing the Occupy Democrats post below is not remotely lost on me…

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Pouring Gas On The Fire

Let me start by saying I’ve never heard of this guy before today.  Now, with that said, I really do NOT like him.  What a freaking a-hole!  Please bear with me a few moments and I will explain why I say that.

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What an absolute waste of time and effort. Instead of taking the time to teach people what to do, this jackass put together a 3.5 minute video that does nothing but add more fuel to the war on cops, spreading more anti-cop propaganda, sowing distrust and hate.

For anyone unclear on what to do in this situation, a situation I have actually encountered on the streets, let me spell it out for you since Page Kennedy couldn’t be bothered:

If the cops are pointing a gun at you, and if you do not want to get shot, do exactly what the cops say.

“But I was just reaching into my pocket to get a phone” while the cops are pointing guns at you, in a situation that you clearly know they think you are armed is ASTRONOMICALLY STUPID!

Oddly enough, on his Facebook page, he mentions how the “real cops” rolled up on them while they were filming their video.  That’s odd, and they didn’t shoot you?  How can that possibly be?

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Honestly, what a complete and total asshat!

This video went live 4 days ago, and on Facebook, where he has over 2.3 million followers, it has more than half a million views. On YouTube, where he has over 229k subscribers, the video has over 13,000 views. That is a TON of people that this ignorant moron Kennedy could have helped educate, but instead he chose this route, causing more division, more distrust, more hatred, which will only lead to more people getting injured.

Stupid shit like this is not how you help anyone!
-Matt

Google Goes Cop Bashing

Google apparently did not want to be left behind by the mainstream media and has decided to join in on all the cop bashing.  Not to be outdone by misreported stories about police brutality, Google has decided to throw law enforcement under the bus in the definition of at least one word, possibly more.

Please note the example listed (circled in red) for the word “trap” in the following screen grab:

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Seriously Google?  As if law enforcement is not under fire enough in the news, now I have to look forward to my profession being attacked in dictionary definitions of words?  This is entirely unacceptable!

If you are so inclined, please use the “Feedback” option like I did and let Google know what you think.

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UPDATE:  It would appear that Google (as does Bing) uses the Oxford Dictionary as the source of their definitions.  However, unlike Google, the Oxford Dictionary website does not have the option of reporting or offering feedback so I still suggest reporting it to Google.  Google can choose to pass it on to them, or they could choose to use a different online dictionary as the source of their definitions.

Add Another Business to the “Never Shop There” List

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So today, a friend of mine, who happens to be an EMS worker and very pro-cop, and a page administrator at the Facebook page Inside the Fire: A Page for First Responders, was cruising a local mall, the Colonie Center in Albany, NY, and just killing some time.  He wandered into a small gift shop called the Gift Emporium, located on the lower level of the mall.  As he looked around, he noticed something that stood out to him on the shelves of commemorative figurines from varying professions.  What stood out was that all of the military member figurines holding shotguns had their guns pointed at the heads of the police officer figurines.

These were not figurines that were manufactured in that pose, they were separate figurines that had been placed like this, and it was repeated on the shelves.  You can clearly see the figurines and the placement in the photos he took (see below).  As you can see, these are different figurines as in one photo, both the military figure and the cop have a manufacturer tag attached to their leg and in the other photo, it is only the military figure that has a manufacturer tag tied to his boot.

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Being more than a bit disturbed by this, he approached a female employee and asked about the display.  Her response to him was:

“That’s the way it should be.”

After receiving that reply, he turned and walked toward the exit.  As he left the business, the same female employee said:

“Cop-sucker”

So, not only is the employee outwardly hostile towards law enforcement, she is also very derogatory of someone who disagrees with her views.  Sounds like a fantastic employee who represents her employer well!

If you support law enforcement, I recommend contacting the business and let them know what you think about the display and their company’s representative.  Their contact information can be found here.  Also, please share this to spread the word.

Another Anti-cop “Artist”

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Seriously? Read the “artist’s” description she wrote and included with this painting:

“This piece takes a look at systemic violence, colonization and racism and the way class is used as an illusion to keep us all beaten down.”

Can someone please explain to me how this “artwork” addresses any of the things she said. Seriously, I can wait.

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If you ask me, all she is doing is using keywords and buzz phrases to justify throwing insults at the cops.  As a side note, based on her profile picture, she certainly looks to be a victim of racism, class warfare and has been “beaten down.”

Also, as a final point of interest, she is complete moron. She quite literally is saying to cops to “Quit being a stereotype” and then follows that statement by telling them to do something stereotypical, “Eat more doughnuts.”

Summarized, what she said is “Don’t be a stereotype, be a stereotype.”  Absolutely Brilliant!
-Matt