Cop Responds to UC Davis Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission

As I sit here trying to write this, I am at an utter loss for words. I know what I WANT to say, I just also know that those comments won’t elicit any useful response. Truth be told, I’m sitting here now, trying to put together a coherent thought that might, maybe, hopefully, strike a chord with kids who have demonstrated an inability to fathom anything outside of their own vapid, myopic world view.

I know, that in the end, 99.9% of those individuals who actually read what I have to say will simply chalk up my words to being yet another privileged white male; part of the “ruling class”, the “oppressor” or simply the words of an “uneducated, backwards thinking, hick”.

Yet knowing all of that, I cannot sit here silently. For too long, I’ve seen, heard, read comments like those recently posted by a group of students at the University of California, Davis and simply shrugged my shoulders; muttered to myself about how even idiots get to voice their opinions in America and wished to God someone would slap them.

So what’s so different this time one might ask? Truly, I don’t know.

Maybe it’s the simple fact that this group of kids showed such a lack of class I couldn’t even wrap my head around it and I felt they needed to be chastised.

Maybe it’s the fact that this self-appointed group of inequality warriors felt the need to interject themselves and their made up cause into a situation that had absolutely nothing to do with them out of some misguided, narcissistic need for attention.

Maybe it was the fact that I am tired of hearing left-leaning types, regardless of age, turn literally EVERYTHING into an opportunity to demonize Law Enforcement.

Perhaps it was simply the fact that I am sick and tired of seeing my fellow brothers and sisters killed and knowing that this war on us is a direct result of lies like this being spread by idiots like them.

Whatever the underlying motivation, I cannot remember the last time I was so angry at simple words as I was when I read what this group of UC Davis students puked out of their suckholes onto their social media page mere hours after a 22 year old young woman was brutally and senselessly assassinated.

I’m talking about the senseless killing of Davis PD Officer Natalie Corona.

To borrow a phrase from yet another group of classless, imbecilic and ignorant morons – “Natalie Corona. Say her name!”.

Say her name. She actually deserves to have your reverence, your respect, your admiration and your grief. Her young life was senselessly cut short.

Unlike that other guy, whose name I will not now, or ever say, she was killed NOT because she made poor life decisions. Natalie died because she followed her lifelong dream to protect her community.

Natalie died because she CHOSE to put herself, her life, in-between the citizens of Davis, California and those individuals who might prey upon them (to include those morons at the Associated Students, University of California, Davis Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission). Natalie died because she chose to be a protector.

I was there. Not when it happened, but shortly thereafter, when the City of Davis Police Department put out a request for outside law enforcement agencies to respond to their city to assist them after Natalie was shot and killed. I and several hundred of my brothers and sisters in blue responded.

Did I know Natalie? Nope. Never heard of her, never knew she existed until last Thursday night. We had never met. But I heard an officer had been shot and his or her agency wanted assistance. So a whole bunch of us from all over Northern California headed down there to help. We didn’t know the officer’s status; had no idea if he or she was dead or alive. All we knew was that one of our family had been shot and they were asking for help. So we went.

I was lucky enough to be teamed up with a veteran Davis PD officer and his fairly new, still going through the Field Training Program partner.

I spent the next several hours walking through a city I’d never done more than drive through, conducting yard-to-yard searches; checking every corner, every shed, every bush, tree, yard and every stinking garbage can, looking for the piece of trash that had just shot a fellow officer I had never met.

It turns out that the veteran officer had been one of Natalie’s Field Training Officers, or FTO as it’s known.

I learned that Natalie had been dealing with a vehicle accident, when the piece of filth, who was not even involved in the accident, came up to her and unloaded a handgun at her – COMPLETELY unprovoked, randomly…out of the blue. He shot and killed Natalie.

We would later find out he did so simply because he hated the Davis Police Department and was intent on killing a Davis PD officer…apparently, any of their officers would do, and Natalie presented the perfect target: Davis PD uniform, otherwise engaged and completely unable to defend herself from a surprise ambush.

More importantly, I got to know a bit about Natalie from her FTO. He told me about the hard-working young woman who had volunteered her time to the Department as a Community Services Officer (CSO) when the department could not afford to fund her position. Why? Because she loved helping her citizenry, loved being able to assist the officers of Davis PD and LOVED learning how to do the job.

I learned about a young woman who could make ANYONE smile, regardless of the day they had been having, what they had been going through or what they were dealing with in life, simply because she herself was so full of life, happiness and smiles.

I learned about a young woman who was every bit as at home speaking with an 85 year old grandmother as she was the town drunk; that regardless of who she was talking to, she could communicate with them, gain their trust, assuage their fears, make them feel safe, secure, understood and listened to.

In short, I learned about an amazingly incredible young woman whose life was cut short by an absolute waste of skin.

The night ended after that waste decided to off himself after law enforcement had closed in and surrounded him home. For obvious reasons, I didn’t sleep well that night. I thought of Natalie, of her partners, her FTO, her family (both blood and blue) and I thought about my own family, my wife, my kids….about the fact that this day and age, the reality that something could happen to me on-duty is far more likely than it was when I started 16 years ago. It was a long night.

The next morning I woke up to my Facebook page being flooded with pictures of Natalie. Someone had posted a couple of pictures of her that really touched my heart. One of them was her college graduation picture. There she was, in her gown, with an American flag scarf draped over her shoulders, holding a little black sign with a pair of handcuffs on it that said “Next Stop – Academy”.

The other photo I saw that struck me was one of her in a blue dress, holding another American flag, this one has come to be known as the “Thin Blue Line” flag. I was immediately struck by the fact that Natalie was beautiful, with an amazing, warm and engaging smile. She was obviously full of life. I suddenly understood what her FTO had been talking about when he said that she had a smile that could brighten anyone’s day.

But what really struck me was the date that she had taken posted the picture and the words she’d put in her status update. You see, that picture was taken and posted two years BEFORE Natalie ever even became a cop. She was still working as a CSO and going to college when she posted the photo.

Her words were haunting, in light of what had just happened to her. She wrote:

“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 – Feeling thankful”

She posted this picture on October 21, 2016.

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It was my wife who pointed out the fact that she had posted that picture some two years before she ever even worked as a law enforcement officer. The power of that realization slapped me square in the face.

I guess maybe that might be a large part of why it was so infuriating when I stumbled across an article that called out a student government association from UC Davis, a university in the very town in which Natalie worked; ergo, posted by some of the very ungrateful students she died protecting.

Reading what the article alleged they’d say was angering enough, but it wasn’t until I did a little more digging on my own that I became livid. I found their actual post, before they apparently deleted the post, mind you (although, they have yet to post any sort of apology), and what I read boiled my blood.

First, here is a screen grab of their callous post

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What a pompous, sniveling, spineless little group of whiners. What is actually somewhat entertaining, quite frankly, is the very makeup of this group, which claims to cater to the “oppressed minorities” of the world…although they like to use the term “underrepresented”.

Their post began:

“First and foremost, we would like to send our deepest condolences to the police officer’s family.”

What a load of crap. Here’s the deal, kids – If any of you had the SLIGHTEST concern for Natalie Corona or her family, that is all you would have written. You would have left things at that. But you didn’t, you went on.

“We would also like to provide resources for students triggered by this event and the circulating images of a flag that has been popularized by the “Blue Lives Matter” crowd.”

I honestly still can’t figure out if I want to laugh, cry or scream at the mention that students can be “triggered” by the sight of a young woman holding a Thin Blue Line flag. What’s funny, is that these same poor triggered souls are the ones who get upset (triggered, I guess?) anytime they get referred to as “Snowflakes”…and yet, what better word to describe a group of people so pathetically weak that they need counseling, safe spaces and group therapy sessions just because they saw a picture online.

These fine young folks are the future of America? Yeah, we are definitely screwed. But I digress.

You are supposed to be the upper crust of educated society. You are students at a well-known and respected UC. And yet you display an utter lack of class. You are crass.

Worse still, is your sniveling victim mentality. That any of you can sit there and with a straight face make the assertion that the flag Natalie Corona is holding in her picture triggers, maligns or in any other way harms another human being is ludicrous. If it weren’t for the fact that you were deadly serious when you made that moronic assertion, I would laugh.

But sadly, you truly believe the drivel coming out of your own mouths. And in reality, I guess you must, for your entire world view has been spoon fed to you. Everything you believe, you have been told to believe. Worse still, by your very statement, you have proven yourselves to be COMPLETELY unable to formulate your own thoughts and opinions. You simply regurgitate the garbage you’ve been fed. You are shallow, you are pathetic.

I feel sorry for you. Hell, I feel sorry for all those you speak of who are “triggered” by mere images, who feel the need to assign a meaning that does not exist to said images in order to feel relevant in the world. I feel sorry for all of you; because one day, likely very soon, the real world is going to hit you in the face like a runaway Mack truck.

I’ve got news for you kids – In the real world, when being faced with real problems, no one gives a rat’s ass if your feelings get hurt. No one is going to stop the bus of life so you can have a break if you see something that upsets your sensitive little feelings.
No one is going to censor what you see or hear to protect you from getting your knickers in a twist. The world is not kind. There are people out there who will gladly do you harm for no other reason than because they like doing so and they can.

Then there are people out there like Natalie Corona – people who will selflessly put themselves between you and those who would do you harm because she felt it was her calling, her job, her purpose in life.

She BELIEVED that she was put on this earth to stand between your little candy asses and the predators who walk amongst us, looking for easy prey to devour – looking for sensitive little snowflakes like you.

You want to assign a meaning to the Thin Blue Line flag? It’s already been done. It already has a meaning, and ONLY ONE meaning at that – it is that Law Enforcement officers, who have since time memorial been referred to as “Blue”, ARE the Thin Blue Line of protection that stands between sniveling whiners like you and the two-legged wolves who walk amongst us.

Have cops always gotten it right? Absolutely not. By and large, the 1960’s were an abysmal failure on the part of law enforcement to do their jobs and protect people regardless of their race, color, origin or standing. But that is not the law enforcement of today.

You claim that cops see color as an indicator of one’s innocence or guilt, yet YOU are the ones espousing bigoted views, and I’m not just talking about your views on cops.

What I find even more laughable about your supposed war against discrimination is the fact that you go to a school that takes so much pride in being a “UC” rather than a “CSU”, that every year at the Causeway Classic football game, when UC Davis plays California State University, Sacramento, one of the number one chants you Aggies love to make across the field at your Hornet rivals is:

“State School! State School! State School!”

As if, for some reason, those students and players are inferior to you and your fellow UCD alums.

You want to talk about a bunch of entitled, elitist bigots? Look in the mirror. Where is your strongly worded condemnation for that activity my young social justice warriors?

Hell, there is more diversity on You Name It PD or Sheriff’s Office than there is amongst your group of social justice warriors. I work with people of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Hmong, Loa, Thai, Korean, Japanese, African, Vietnamese, Chinese, English, Spanish descent every day.
Each of them would give their lives for me and I for them. More importantly, each of us would give our lives to protect a total stranger, without EVER giving ONE SINGLE THOUGHT as to what race or ethnicity they are! Every single one of us would die for any one of you, even though, frankly, I really don’t like you that much right now. Because that is what we swore to do.

And yes, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US identifies with that Thin Blue Line flag.

HOW DARE YOU try to diminish that and call that flag, or ANY of us who identify with it racist! Which of you is going to stand out there and risk your own lives to protect a group of total strangers, regardless of their race, color or ethnicity?

Just shut up already.

The bottom line is, you have a problem with the picture of Natalie Corona for one reason and one reason only – It’s all the rage amongst the left wing right now to hate on law enforcement and label the profession or anyone who supports it as racist. Period. End of Story.

And you know what? Despite the fact that you are all a bunch of insipid, inexperienced and ignorant young children who have besmirched a young woman for no other reason than because you want to appear relevant amongst your leftist peers, Natalie Corona would give her life to protect you all over again. So would every officer on the Davis Police Department; despite the fact that you don’t appreciate it and definitely don’t deserve it.

Shut your sniveling faces. You owe Natalie Corona’s family, blood and blue, an apology.

Let’s see if you possess the common sense to realize that and the decency to give it.

– Inbound Hot.

Cop Shot In Face by Unarmed Black Man

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On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot in the face by an “unarmed black man,” or at least that is exactly how the media would have described him had the deputy shot him instead.  Don’t believe me?  Need I mention the name Michael Brown?

You see folks, something that all cops understand, but the media and cop hating groups like Black Lies Matter intentionally ignore, is that every time a cop is involved in a physical altercation, at least one gun is present.  Furthermore, unlike TV or organized sporting events, there are no fair fights and real fights do not have referees.  The slightest use of force can look ugly, but a full on fight is very ugly, and it can wind up with someone dead or seriously injured, which is exactly what happened on Tuesday.  Thankfully, by the grace of God, the deputy survived and doctors say he will fully recover.

Unarmed does not mean not dangerous! 

The unarmed suspect in Tuesday’s shooting, like most violent criminals encountered by law enforcement, was no stranger to the “justice system.”  Nicory Marquis Spann is a 27 year old man who has been in and out of jails and prison for much of his adult life.  Not only is he a convicted felon, but he was also on active probation at the time of the shooting and had only recently been released from jail.  His criminal history includes multiple arrests for battery, criminal threats, brandishing weapons, resisting arrest, and a minor little thing such as being involved in a double murder, for which he went to prison.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department via a Facebook post:

“The initial investigation shows the deputy made contact with Spann on the lower platform of the Regional Transit station. Unprovoked, Spann violently attacked the deputy and began fighting with him. At some point during the fight, Spann was able to get the deputy’s gun and fired two shots. One of the shots struck the deputy in the face.”

With hindsight being 20/20, and looking at Spann’s criminal history, his actions in this incident are not remotely surprising, but in the real world, cops are not omniscient.  We do not know who everyone is, what their background is or what their intentions might be.  We have no idea if the person we are talking to is the nicest person on the planet, or as in the case of Spann, a violent criminal willing to shoot a cop in the face over nothing.

Unarmed does not mean not dangerous! 

We (law enforcement) have said that a million times, but the media and cop hating groups refuse to acknowledge that.  Every year, according to FBI statistics, an average of 700 murders occur where the weapon used was “Personal weapons (hands, fists, feet, etc.).”  Those numbers do not include incidents where the unarmed suspect managed to take a weapon from the victim and use it on them.

So, at the risk of becoming a broken record, let me again say unarmed does not mean not dangerous! 

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Stop Letting Criminals Off Lightly!
The whole misconception that an unarmed person is not a threat is only half of the problem.  The other half, which is especially pronounced here in California is that the media, the cop hating groups, and sadly a good portion of the voting population have begun to view criminals as some sort of group victimized by the cops and the criminal justice system.  If you look at the legislation that has been passed here recently, both by the legislature and by the voters (Ab-109, Prop 47 and Prop 57), there is a very disturbing trend of decriminalizing crime.  Convicted felons are being let out of prison early, felonies are being turned into misdemeanors or eliminated as crimes altogether, the parole system has been neutered, the probation system has been overwhelmed, and as a result, tens of thousands of violent criminals are wandering the streets instead of being locked in a cage where they belong.

It is a long established, well-known (to those who pay attention) fact that the vast majority of violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, many with very long criminal backgrounds.  Despite the tired mantra repeated by the media and criminal apologists everywhere, including one Barack Obama, one does not go to prison for simple possession of a joint (a marijuana cigarette).

“Please note that the majority of crime in America is not reported and the majority of reported crime does not result in an arrest and in many jurisdictions, a significant minority of crimes are not prosecuted. Thus if you reach the stage where the criminal justice system is prosecuting you for a felony, either you have done something very wrong or the system is tired of seeing you back in court.”

In addition to the fact that prison sentences are being reduced and crimes are being decriminalized, another serious problem faced in this country is the over-used pattern of plea bargaining by the district attorneys (state’s attorney, prosecutors, etc. – term varies by jurisdiction) in order to avoid costs involved with jury trials.  This issue has gotten so bad that people arrested for very serious charges, such as being a conspirator in a double murder (like Spann), are being allowed to plea bargain down to far less serious charges which puts them back on the street after only a few years.

It does not take much effort to find numerous recent events where persons actively on probation or parole have killed cops (these stories are far easier to find compared to murders of citizens).  In fact, in the last years, a few noteworthy events come to mind.

  • In Whittier, CA on February 20th, a known gang member and active parolee killed his cousin first, and shortly thereafter killed a cop, Officer Keith Boyer, who responded to a car crash that the piece of worthless crap gang member was involved in (while driving his dead cousin’s stolen car).
  • In Palm Springs, CA in October of 2016, another gang member with many serious prior convictions, who was on active probation, shot and killed two Palm Springs cops, Officers Jose Gilbert “Gil” Vega and Lesley Zerebny, who responded to his home for a “family disturbance.”  The suspect was laying in wait and murdered them in cold blood.
  • In May of 2015, in Omaha, NE, Officer Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed by a 26 year old shooting suspect who had prior convictions for multiple felonies including drug dealing and attempted murder, yet instead of being in prison was on the streets.  That felon’s girlfriend supplied him with the gun he used, and in a total miscarriage of justice, that girlfriend received a whopping one year of probation for her crime that directly lead to the death of a cop.

Those are just a small sample of the incidents where people who very obviously should have been rotting in a small box were instead on the streets, thanks to our ridiculously lenient “criminal justice system” and as a result, a cop is no longer living.  As I previously said, these incidents are only those involving cops as the victim, not private citizens.  Examples of private citizens being the victim of a person who should have been in prison/jail at the time of the crime are far too plentiful to list, and sadly they rarely even garner much media attention.

We know who is committing these crimes, and we know what we can do to prevent them, but sadly our society currently lacks the intestinal fortitude to take those steps.  Hell, seeming at least half of our society, thanks to the media and groups like Black Lies Matter, instantly sides with the criminals.  Long gone are the times when cops were given the benefit of the doubt.

The criminal justice system is broken folks, and the current state of it puts ALL of us in danger.  Ironically enough, if you were to search the internet for the phrase “broken criminal justice system” you would find hundreds of articles claiming the exact opposite of what I am saying here.  I guess I just have no sympathy for people who find themselves in prison.

Sadly, until we as a society once again decide that criminals need to actually be punished for their crimes, we can look forward to many more instances of people being killed by a suspect who should have been dead or rotting in a box.


A GoFundMe account has been created to raise money for Deputy Alex Ladwig, the deputy who was shot in the face on June 27, who faces a long road to recovery.  If you wish to contribute, you can do so here:  https://www.gofundme.com/AlexLadwigGetWellSoon

 

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.