Sacramento Sheriff’s Race – An Easy Choice

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I grew up in Sacramento, I still live in Northern California, and I have quite a few friends who work for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, so I tend to stay abreast of things happening there.  The current election cycle coming up has four candidates vying for the position of Sheriff, and of those four, there are only two real contenders.  Bret Daniels, who runs every single time, is a former Sacramento deputy who got fired, whom I have written about in the past, and then there is Donna Cox, another former deputy who was a sergeant at the time she left the department and, at least from what I have heard via the rumor mill, left under somewhat bizarre circumstances.  Neither of them have much support at all, and almost none from actual members of the department.  That brings us to the two front runners, the current Sheriff, Scott Jones, and the primary contender, Milo Fitch.

As an oath keeping, pro-second amendment cop myself, Scott Jones definitely has done some things that I find very reassuring.  One of his earliest campaign promises when he first ran for office was that he would make significant changes to the department’s concealed carry licensing program, and that is a promise he kept.  In fact, that is one of the primary reasons that numerous California Democrat politicians have gone on the offensive against Jones and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  In fact, certain California lawmakers have singled out Jones and the department when discussing gun laws and concealed carry licensing.  Also, Jones is also a strong vocal supporter of stricter immigration enforcement and he has even met with President Trump to discuss the matter which has only further angered the liberal left.

Beyond his pro-2A stance and his immigration policies, even according to the cop hating Sacramento Bee, crimes rates in Sacramento dropped under Sheriff Jones while the rest of the nation saw increases.  In fact, a survey of Sacramento residents was conducted and 80% of the respondents were happy with their interactions with the Sheriff’s Department under Jones’ leadership.  In fact, 200 jail inmates were surveyed and they also overwhelmingly had positive responses about the department.  The only group who raised a stink about the results of that survey was Black Lives Matter, so that should tell you something right there.

The list of people endorsing Scott Jones for Sheriff is a quite impressive list of law enforcement labor organizations, current and former law enforcement professionals, including department heads, and many other groups and individuals.

Being friends with a number of people who work for Scott Jones, I conducted my own, very limited in scope survey.  The overwhelming majority of them viewed Jones as a good leader.  As is typical with ALL cops, they could all point to one or two things that they did not like, such as a new policy, or something that was said or done, but those same people said they definitely supported Jones, especially when compared to the other options available.

That brings us to Milo Fitch, Jones’ main competition in the race.  Fitch, like all the others, previously worked for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  He had a long career that culminated with him in the rank of chief deputy, one of the highest ranks in the department, where he served under Sheriff Jones.  However, his career ended very abruptly when an investigation was opened into some shady deals where he used his position to push policies that benefited a business owned and operated by a woman he was dating at the time, the very woman whom he has since married.  Fitch, rather than ride out the investigation, chose to retire after serving only nine (9) months as a chief deputy.  Had he stayed in his position for a mere three (3) months longer, his retirement would have seen nearly a $5000 per year increase.  Instead, he up and bailed.  What is that old saying, something about running being the international sign of guilt?

Going beyond the very questionable circumstances in which he left the department, considering some of Fitch’s policy ideas is a scary proposition, especially from a law and order point of view.  Fitch makes it very clear where his priorities lie: pushing the Democrat party talking points.  Milo is pushing for stronger gun control laws, you know, because of how lax current California gun laws are…  He was a supporter of propositions 47 and 57, and supports further “criminal justice reform” while suggesting that different communities in Sacramento are treated differently by law enforcement (ie: racial bias, racism).  He is also suggesting the current bail system needs reform, which the current Democrat plan is to eliminate bail altogether.  Exactly none of those things are proposals that are supported by law enforcement, especially not line level working cops.  In fact, that all seem to be nothing but liberal talking points.

In speaking to my friends who work for the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, several of them have told me that Fitch had a split reputation on the department.  Some people had good feelings about him, while others referred to him as “Milo Snitch,” although none of the people I spoke to could tell me from what circumstances that nickname originated.

Nicknames aside, the position of Sheriff is not a popularity contest, and whether the cops on that department like the Sheriff or not does not necessarily indicate the type of job they will do as Sheriff, but it most definitely does make a difference when it comes to employee morale.  If you want to know what type of influence employee morale plays in how well an agency functions, just look at the Sacramento Police Department over the last couple years.  They have been in turmoil, but not because the employees are bad.  In fact, it is quite the opposite, they have a large number of well educated, well trained excellent cops who are dedicated to keeping their city safe, but their leadership has been abysmal which has caused a mass exodus from that department leaving them in a large staffing shortage.

Speaking of what is happening to the Sacramento Police Department and their current turmoil, take a look at some of Fitch’s top supporters.  It is a laundry list of liberal democrats from the Sacramento City government, including Mayor Darrell Steinberg, six (6) Sacramento City Councilmembers, anti-gun, anti-law enforcement CA Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, the cop hating Sacramento Bee, and a laundry list of other liberal democrats and leftist organizations.

One of those leftist organizations supporting FItch is named “Real Justice PAC” which is run by none other than the cop hater extraordinaire himself, Shaun King.  King has a long history of fanning anti-law enforcement sentiment and stirring up angry folks to the point that they have rioted and destroyed their own city (ie: Ferguson).  Most recently, in fact only a couple of days ago, King pushed a completely bogus narrative that caused not one, but two Texas Troopers to receive death threats from his followers.  When body cam footage of the incident in question was released, King deleted his post and pretended nothing happened.  About eight hours later, he published a blog post admitting the original incident did not happen like he had previously said, but he never once offered any sort of apology to the two cops whose lives he endangered.  In fact, he did quite the opposite and tried to make himself out as the victim in the whole incident.

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Here is Fitch posing with Shaun King at a recent event in Sacramento, hosted by King.  But hey, don’t take my word for it, take Fitch’s.

So, besides policies, departmental reputations, history of criminal or potentially criminal issues, and who they choose to hang out with, one other important factor to consider is from where these candidates are getting their money.  In Jones’ case, the overwhelming majority of the money is coming from Sacramento residents, Sacramento business owners, and the Sacramento Deputy Sheriff’s Association (a good sign when the union supports the existing boss).  Fitch on the other hand has received the vast majority of his money from two very liberal Bay Area / Silicon Valley billionaires (Kaitlyn J. Trigger Kreiger and Patty Quillin) and Shaun King’s Real Justice PAC.

Now, I cannot tell you who to vote for, but I can tell you that if I were a resident of Sacramento County, I know who would get my vote.  It is clear to me that there is only one candidate who not only has Sacramento’s best interest at heart, but he also has Sacramento’s support, and that is Scott Jones.

Deputy Killed After Putting Himself Between AK Toting Felon and Fellow Officers

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In my position here with this blog and with my Facebook page, I sometimes become privy to official information before it is released via official routes.  That is exactly what has happened in the case of the murder of Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Bob French.  The original, official versions of the incident in which Bob was killed left a lot to be desired.  There were inconsistencies and blatantly erroneous information in the official versions, leaving those with intimate knowledge of the case extremely frustrated.  To many folks who knew the full story, it felt as if the department was hiding the truth.

Come to find out, there were a couple of completely erroneous rumors floating around the department regarding the incident and management was trying to get all their ducks in a row, evidence wise, so that they could dispel all of those rumors at the same time that they released the full story about how heroically Bob acted that day, and heroic he was.

What follows is a Readers Digest version of what transpired that day.  Not having access to the actual evidence, what follows is what I have been told by a number of sources who have had direct access to the evidence, and directly from those who were at the scene.  There may be some minor discrepancies, but the overall picture should be accurate.


Detectives were going to contact the hotel room related to an earlier stolen vehicle.  The room was supposed to be unoccupied, with only some physical evidence inside to be recovered.  Deputy Bob French was one of the deputies on that call.  Bob was in his car and was positioned two businesses to the east.  He was the only cop in a car at the time, and was in position in case one of the stolen vehicle suspects who might possibly be at the hotel, made it to a car and fled.

As detectives attempted to enter the supposedly empty hotel room, the suspect inside, a man who would have been in prison were it not for AB-109, opened fire with a handgun through the hotel room door and walls, striking two CHP officers, injuring one seriously and the other not quite as bad.  The injured CHP officers and one other Sacramento Deputy fled to the stairwell and began to head to the parking lot to be evacuated to the hospital for medical treatment.  All of this was broadcast via the radio, and additional resources began heading to the scene, including Bob.

At that time, the suspect in the room, who was now armed with a folding stock AK (which is not a “high powered” rifle as has been reported to the media), started to flee out the back of the room onto the balcony.  One solo Sacramento County deputy was on the back side of the hotel at that time, and due to the ongoing investigation, his name is being withheld.  That deputy, who was armed only with his handgun, engaged the suspect in a firefight that lasted more than 60 seconds.  The deputy was miraculously not hit, but everything around him was shredded by the incoming rounds fired by the suspect.  The suspect, realizing the deputy was not going to disengage, managed to get to the ground and fled east, the same direction the other deputy went as he evacuated the two wounded CHP officers.

Let me just say this right here, that unnamed deputy who was by himself on the rear of the hotel, that man is a big damn hero!

While that firefight was occurring, Bob had driven his car from the location down the street to the front of the hotel.  As he parked, the deputy and two wounded CHP officers exited the building and ran toward Bob.  As they reached Bob’s car, one of the wounded officers started to get into the rear seat of his car.  Bob told them to head to the evacuating deputy’s car which was a few feet away so that Bob could watch their backs.

As they ran from Bob’s car to the other car a few feet away, the suspect emerged from the same location from whence the injured cops had just come.  As he exited, he saw the cops and immediately engaged them with his AK.  Bob stepped forward and returned the favor with his AR, causing the suspect to slow and redirect his fire, at Bob.  Bob continued engaging the suspect in a firefight for a short while, as Bob used the rear corner of his patrol vehicle as cover.  During this time, the deputy who evacuated the wounded CHP officers sped off to the hospital with the more serious of the wounded cops.

Other units arrived and also engaged the suspect.  One of these responding units was positioned behind Bob and perfectly captured the ensuing firefight on the in-car camera system.

During the gun battle, one of the suspect’s rounds hit the window of Bob’s car and ricocheted, sending a large fragment of the bullet into Bob’s shoulder, between the top edges of the vest panels.  That bullet fragment somehow missed all of the bones and went directly to Bob’s heart, entering his left ventricle.  I have been told that even if a trauma surgeon was on scene and started working on Bob at this point, Bob would not have made it.

That fact did not stop Bob though.  He shook it off, likely not realizing how badly he was injured, and reengaged the suspect who was just getting into a car at this time.  As the suspect fled through the parking lot, he continued firing his weapon at the cops, and the cops present, including Bob, did the same in return.  (The suspect later died from the wounds he received during this gun battle.)

Once the suspect left the parking lot, Bob walked back up to the front of his car.  It is at this point that it appears, at least from the video, that Bob realizes he is seriously injured.  Bob, being the calm, seasoned cop that he was, dropped the magazine out of his rifle, cleared the chamber and returned the rifle to the gun lock in his car.  He sat down, then fell to the pavement.

At this time, one of the deputies on scene ran to him.  In typical, calm Bob fashion, with his chew still in his cheek, Bob provided a suspect and suspect vehicle description.  As he laid on the ground waiting for medical help to arrive, again in typical Bob fashion, he told one of the cops there with him “hurry up and move me, the Goddam asphalt is hot.”

I’m told Bob was talking up to the end, and only spit his chew out once he was in the ambulance.  Bob, being the tough bastard he was, lived for 10 minutes after receiving a non-survivable wound.

Between Bob and the unnamed deputy on the back side of the hotel, those two men almost assuredly saved the lives of the two CHP wounded officers and the deputy who was evacuating them.  Bob died a huge hero.  Bob’s story deserves to be told.   His heroism must be known.

Bob, thank you for your service and your sacrifice.  We have the watch from here.  Rest in peace brother.


 

* This recounting of the events is in no way meant to downplay the actions of any of the involved officers. From what I have been told, there were a number of heroic actions performed that day, by a number of different people, up to and including the firefighters who tirelessly tried to save Bob.  I’ve been told that the professionalism displayed at this incident, especially considering the circumstances, was awe inspiring.

 

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Deputy Shot In Face – Long Road To Recovery Ahead

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Yesterday, while I was out of town on vacation, I caught wind of a deputy having been shot in Sacramento, the town I grew up in.  The incident was still very fresh when I first became aware of it, and all I knew is that a Sacramento Deputy had been shot and that the suspect was outstanding.  Despite all my efforts using the various means I had available at the time, including texting a number of friends who work for that department, I was unable to ascertain the deputy’s condition.

What a horrible feeling!  I knew a cop in my hometown was shot, no idea about his identity or his condition, and here I was hundreds of miles from home where I have more resources available to help figure out what was happening.

Thankfully, I got a text about an hour later from someone in the know letting me know the deputy had been shot in the face, but was undergoing surgery and expected to recover.  Phew!  Thank God!

Shortly thereafter, I got word that the suspect had been apprehended and was in custody.  From what I was told, the teamwork, dedication and professionalism displayed by the Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputies on the scene, as well as numerous outside agencies including the Sacramento Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, was nothing short of commendable.  As I was not present, I cannot offer any examples, but the man who told me that has my absolute trust.

The following are the words of a friend who happens to be in a supervisorial position with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department:

Things got real tonight at work, I am always impressed by the professionalism shown by the people around me, a job well done.

Today, more information made its way to me.  The deputy who was shot, Alex Ladwig, is not only early in his career, but he is also relatively young.  While I have not heard how it happened, it appears that after a violent fight, the suspect shot the deputy with his own handgun and then fled.

The suspect has been identified as 27 year old Nicory Marquis Spann, who has a significant criminal record including being involved in a double homicide in Santa Clara in 2008.  Wait, double homicide in 2008?  That was only 9 years ago.  How is he on the streets again?  Oh yeah, California… where criminals are the victims and are coddled by the state while the cops are the “bad guys.”  Appears (as always) it was easier to just plea that down to a couple significantly lesser charges, and a few short years later he is out on the streets again.  Sadly, no shock there.

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Deputy Ladwig was shot in the face by a career criminal who should have been in jail.  Deputy Ladwig has a long road to recovery ahead of him.  At this point, there is no way to know how long he will be off, but I’m sure he could use some help from us.  If you are able and want to help a man who was injured while keeping the public safe, a Go Fund Me account has been set up to help him by one of his coworkers.  Even if you cannot give, please share this on the chance that someone else will be able to. Also, if you are the praying type, you might consider sending a few his way.

 

DA Says Cops Were Justified – Mayor is a Bloviating Ass!

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Several months ago, on July 11, 2016, the Sacramento Police Department was called to a neighborhood by multiple 911 callers regarding a crazy guy running around threatening people with a weapon.  Some callers said he had a knife, and at least one thought he had a gun.  Officers arrived and engaged the man, who continued acting crazy, brandished a knife at the officers and threatened them.  This went on for a while, during which the subject charged at officers and innocent bystanders several times.  The subject would not cooperate, would not drop the knife, would not stop running around, thereby not only putting the officers in danger, but also the general, unsuspecting public in the area.  Officers eventually stopped the threat by shooting the man.  The entire incident was captured on video from multiple sources.  The man was a transient with a long history of mental issues and drug abuse.

Family members, who had ignored their mentally ill homeless family member for years, suddenly came out of the woodwork demanding to know why the cops shot their much beloved (albeit totally ignored) family member.  As one has come to expect, they immediately sought the assistance of an attorney rather than wait for the investigation to be completed, or for the district attorney to render a decision on whether or not charges would be filed.

Family members and their dutiful attorney demanded the video be released.  The video showed exactly what the cops said it would show, but the family and liberal politicians had a conniption when they listened to the in-car video of the officers who ended up shooting the suspect.  As the officers were nearing the scene, one of them said they should hit the suspect with their car.

OH MY GOD!!!!  What did they just say?  Hold the phone, stop the presses, yell and scream like a lunatic while waving your arms in the air…  Hit him with a car?????

Yes, hit him with the freaking car!

Lethal force is lethal force.  If lethal force is justified, it matters not whether it with a gun, a knife or the front bumper of a patrol car.  In fact, as an EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) instructor, our California POST provided driver training simulator includes a scenario where the student is encouraged to use their vehicle to stop an armed, fleeing felon who is shooting at them.  Yes, we actually train the academy recruits and anyone who takes the simulator class to run over an armed subject with their patrol car.  And that simulator scenario is a California POST approved scenario.

Now here we are, nearly seven months later, the investigation is completed and today, the District Attorney’s office released their decision: lethal force was legally justified and the cops will face no criminal charges.  In fact, they DA released their entire report, including a very long statement of all of the facts.  You can read the whole thing here, but the following excerpt sums it up nicely.

There is no doubt that Officers Tennis and Lozoya were dealing with a very dangerous individual who posed an immediate threat to the officers and the public. Joseph Mann was acting aggressively while under the influence of methamphetamine. He exhibited a deadly weapon in a rude and angry manner at multiple civilians and appeared to them to also be carrying a firearm. He slashed his knife in the direction of officers and threatened to use it to cause them bodily harm. He ran aggressively at an officer holding his knife in a threatening manner. He repeatedly refused commands to stop and disarm himself. While attempting to escape from pursuing officers, he ran directly in front of multiple businesses into which he could have easily entered and harmed others. When he finally stopped, he was holding his knife in a menacing manner and turned directly towards officers who were in close proximity trying to disarm and arrest him. Considering the totality of these circumstances, and the rapid decision the officers were forced to make because of the immediate danger to themselves and the public that Mann presented, Officers Tennis and Lozoya acted lawfully in using deadly force.

CONCLUSION
Officers Tennis and Lozoya were justified in shooting Mann to defend themselves and each other, to protect the public from imminent harm, and to prevent the escape of a suspected felon who posed a significant threat of death or serious bodily injury to others. Their conduct under these circumstances was lawful. Accordingly, we will take no further action in this matter.

If you have a different opinion, I highly encourage you to read the entire report, and then put yourself in those officer’s shoes.

After the DA’s office released their report, ultra liberal democrat Darrell Steinberg, the recently elected mayor of Sacramento, the city where this shooting occurred, released a statement that just proves what a bloviating jackass he is.  Notice how he starts by saying how much he appreciates and respects the cops, BUT then goes on at length to say how he disagrees with them and how they are bad.

“I have enormous respect for the men and women of the Sacramento Police Department. But  what unfolded with Joseph Mann is extremely tragic, unacceptable, and we are  reminded of that again today with the District Attorney’s decision.

As Mayor, I  am committed to ensuring we leave no stone unturned as we look back on what  happened. It is why I will be laser focused on the results of the ongoing  internal investigation. If the internal investigation concludes officers were  following policy, then it is past time for us to change those policies. There  must be accountability.

What else  can we do to take responsibility – to show a demonstrable difference – to  reconcile outdated policies and practices with where the true heart and culture  of our police department and City stands with our community?

This is one  of my top priorities and why City Council voted unanimously to pay for 40 hours  of comprehensive crisis intervention training for our entire police department  during our third meeting.

It is our  responsibility and moral imperative to have the best trained, equipped and  supported community police to protect all of our citizens and community at  large. We should accept nothing less and I will work to ensure we are a city  that supports the men and women in uniform so they can support all of us.”

Have you ever heard the phrase, “everything before the BUT is bullshit?”   This is a quick read and it explains why Steinberg’s public statement shows he has ZERO respect for his own police force, or for the legal decisions rendered by the District Attorney’s office, but would you expect anything different from a democrat politician, especially one in California?

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Politicians Endanger All City Residents to Appease Black Lives Matter

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** BREAKING NEWS **

Politicians are complete and utter morons!

 
Well, most of them anyway.

Okay, so it wasn’t really all that earth shattering, but please let me explain my comment.

The politicians who make up the City Council for the city of Sacramento, bowing to public pressure (which is primarily coming from Black Lives Matter who are upset over the shooting of an armed, crazy black man), just established a laundry list of new requirements for the Sacramento Police Department, some of which are absurd.

Beyond that, they established a civilian review board which CANNOT contain anyone with current or former law enforcement job experience. Yes, you heard that right, they want a review board that does not have the slightest clue about the job. They specifically, intentionally mandated a complete and total lack of expertise.

Yes, I’m serious.  Watch the video.

Just think logically about that for a moment.  Can you name another single profession that has a review board made up completely of people without any experience or expertise on the subject?  Do you want a medical review board made up of burger flippers, mechanics and plumbers? How about a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that consists of people who know nothing about planes or flying? A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) consisting of people who have never been in a car? How about a Supreme Court made up of people who have never been in a court room, know nothing about the law, and have never read the constitution?

Well folks, that is EXACTLY what the Sacramento City Council just did to their police department!

Thank GOD I do not work for that agency!  Thank God I do not live or work in that city.
(Please note, that is not remotely a knock on the men and women of the Sacramento PD, but rather is directed at the people making these insane policies.)

While I do not work there, I know a couple of people who do.  The Sacramento Police Department is currently having some problems with both hiring and retention.  All agencies are having hiring problems so that is not specific to them (yet) but on the retention issue, many problems are indeed specific to them.  They are currently the lowest paid comparably sized agency in the area, their management has been in and out of turmoil (from a working cop perspective) for a while and does not have a strong history of standing behind their people, they have been losing a significant number of people to other agencies for a couple years now and currently have a large number of people with open applications at other agencies, patrol staffing is short all the time and because of that, they are requiring officers not assigned to patrol to work patrol on a semi-regular basis to make up for staffing problems, and officers from all assignments are being forced to work mandatory overtime to staff events at the new downtown arena.  Sacramento PD is already deep in internal problems, and now add this crap on top?  Good luck with those staffing issues…

It won’t be long  before these chickens come home to roost.  I fear that in their desire to appease a small vocal minority (Black Lives Matter), the Sacramento City Council has just dealt all of their citizens a very hard blow in terms of public safety.  Good luck with that!