OCT 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 10.1

OCT 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 10.1 WE REMEMBER: We say good bye to a true hero, Senior Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey. FEATURE STORIES: • Biden Try’s To Eliminate Border Mounted Officers • Washington Try’s To Shift Focus From Drone Strike To Baseless Whipping Story At The Border • Who Wants To Be A Cop Part 6 DEPARTMENTS • Publisher’s Thoughts Part I. • Editor’s Thoughts • Your Thoughts • News Around the State • News Around the Country • Products & Services -Alternative Ballistics • Honoring our Fallen Heroes • Warstories • Aftermath • Open Road-Mustang Mach E Goes to Patrol • Healing Our Heroes • Daryl’s Deliberations • HPOU-From the President, Douglas Griffith • Light Bulb Award • Running 4 Heroes • Blue Mental Health with Tina Jaeckle • Off Duty with Rusty Barron • Parting Shots • Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas • Last Page -Take Out the Trash

OCT 2021 Blues Vol 37 No. 10.1

WE REMEMBER: We say good bye to a true hero, Senior Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey.
• Biden Try’s To Eliminate Border Mounted Officers
• Washington Try’s To Shift Focus From Drone Strike
To Baseless Whipping Story At The Border
• Who Wants To Be A Cop Part 6
• Publisher’s Thoughts Part I.
• Editor’s Thoughts
• Your Thoughts
• News Around the State
• News Around the Country
• Products & Services -Alternative Ballistics
• Honoring our Fallen Heroes
• Warstories
• Aftermath
• Open Road-Mustang Mach E Goes to Patrol
• Healing Our Heroes
• Daryl’s Deliberations
• HPOU-From the President, Douglas Griffith
• Light Bulb Award
• Running 4 Heroes
• Blue Mental Health with Tina Jaeckle
• Off Duty with Rusty Barron
• Parting Shots
• Now Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas
• Last Page -Take Out the Trash


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<strong>OCT</strong>OBER <strong>2021</strong><br />


On the Cover:<br />

WE REMEMBER: We say<br />

good bye to a true hero, Senior<br />

Police Officer William<br />

“Bill” Jeffrey.<br />

FEATURE STORY: Washington<br />

Politics try and shift<br />

focus from mistaken drone<br />

strike to a fake whipping on<br />

the border.<br />

82<br />

48 Remembering Those We’ve Lost<br />

Hpd Senior Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey<br />

64 Biden Trys To Eliminate Border Mounted Officers<br />

68 Washington Trys To Shift Focus From Drone Strike<br />

To Baseless Whipping Story At The Border<br />

72 Who Wants To Be A Cop Part 6<br />


8 Publisher’s Thoughts Part I<br />

12 Editor’s Thoughts<br />

16 Your Thoughts<br />

22 News Around the State<br />

38 News Around the Country<br />

44 Products & Services -Alternative Ballistics<br />

52 Honoring our Fallen Heroes<br />

82 War Stories<br />

86 Aftermath<br />

90 Open Road-Mustang Mach E Goes to Patrol<br />

96 Healing Our Heroes<br />

98 Daryl’s Deliberations<br />

102 HPOU-From the President, Douglas Griffith<br />

104 Light Bulb Award<br />

108 Running 4 Heroes<br />

110 Blue Mental Health with Tina Jaeckle<br />

112 Off Duty with Rusty Barron<br />

116 Parting Shots<br />

118 <strong>No</strong>w Hiring - L.E.O. Positions Open in Texas<br />

146 Last Page -Take Out the Trash<br />

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PART I - Cancel Culture<br />

Sweeps Biden & Washington<br />


Thirty-seven years ago, this<br />

magazine was founded on one<br />

principal and one principal only.<br />

To give the employees of the<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Department<br />

a method by which their<br />

voice could be heard. Was it<br />

popular with the brass who got<br />

an earful on a monthly basis?<br />

<strong>No</strong>. Was it effective in opening<br />

up lines of communication between<br />

the two? Absolutely.<br />

The First Amendment guarantees<br />

us freedoms regarding<br />

religion, expression, assembly,<br />

and the right to petition. It guarantees<br />

freedom of expression<br />

by prohibiting Congress from<br />

restricting the press or the rights<br />

of individuals to speak freely.<br />

The BLUES has always operated<br />

within the framework our<br />

ancestors crafted. For <strong>37</strong> years,<br />

anyone that had something to<br />

say, good or bad, had the opportunity<br />

to voice that opinion<br />

here in the BLUES, and that continues<br />

to this day.<br />

But what about national politics?<br />

Should the BLUES, a magazine<br />

devoted to serving law enforcement<br />

and first responders,<br />

take sides on a national scale?<br />

For the first time in our lengthy<br />

history, our cover and feature<br />

story take us to the dirty side of<br />

national politics. <strong>No</strong>w if you ask<br />

our business consultants, they<br />

will tell you that the minute you<br />

choose a side, you’re going to<br />

lose half your reading audience.<br />

You could in fact loose ad revenue<br />

if your political opinions<br />

clash with the beliefs of your<br />

sponsors.<br />

Well, I guess that’s a risk I’ll<br />

have to take. What’s happening<br />

in this country is an atrocity<br />

and to sit back and say nothing<br />

is exactly what they want you<br />

to do. And by “they” I mean the<br />

extreme left, the entire Biden<br />

administration, Pelosi, and her<br />

evil bunch in Congress.<br />

Their entire agenda is to force<br />

you into silence for fear that<br />

anything you say will be construed<br />

as racial bias and therefore<br />

you are CANCELLED. YOU<br />

become the problem. YOU are<br />

the reason for their failures, not<br />

them. Everything that doesn’t<br />

fit their agenda is the fault of<br />

someone else.<br />

I’m not going to get into voter<br />

fraud and lost elections or even<br />

what the world would look<br />

like if Donald Trump were still<br />

President. This goes way past<br />

that. When you see billboards<br />

on the interstate in California<br />

promoting the fact that you no<br />

longer have to choose the sex<br />

of your child at birth and have<br />

the option to indicate on their<br />

birth certificate that the sex is:<br />



what’s wrong with this country.<br />

At birth, GOD decided your<br />

sex for you. PERIOD! If you elect<br />

to change that at a later date,<br />

that’s a personal choice for you<br />

to make. When you’re mature<br />

enough to make that decision.<br />

The government shouldn’t be<br />

encouraging young kids to make<br />

a choice as to what SEX they<br />

want to continue to be.<br />

But again, it’s the entire CAN-<br />

CEL CULTURE. If you don’t agree<br />

with us, you’re against us. You’re<br />

the problem, not us. We can<br />

disagree on this and a million<br />

other things, but that doesn’t<br />

mean your opinion, or my opinion<br />

doesn’t matter. They both<br />

matter. One doesn’t cancel out<br />

the other.<br />

But I’m not writing a book<br />

here, so I’ll get to the point and<br />

our feature story: the agenda of<br />

the Biden administration to do<br />






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whatever they see fit. And if they<br />

make a mistake, they find something<br />

or someone else to blame,<br />

to shift the focus. Take for instance<br />

the loss of thirteen brave<br />

soldiers last month in Kabul, one<br />

of which was the son of our Blue<br />

Family in California, the Lopez’s.<br />

To try and shift the focus of this<br />

tragedy in Kabul, Biden and his<br />

inept General Milley, decided<br />

to launch a last-minute drone<br />

strike to “take out” an alleged<br />

ISIS member who was allegedly<br />

responsible for the bombing that<br />

killed our soldiers at the airport.<br />

What they did, was take out an<br />

innocent family of ten Afghanistan<br />

civilians, including seven innocent<br />

children. Biden’s response<br />

– “OOPS.”<br />

A few weeks later, our border<br />

is overrun by thousands of immigrants<br />

feeling Haiti. Almost<br />

20,000 packed under a bridge in<br />

Del Rio and local law enforcement<br />

and border patrol were<br />

overwhelmed. What you may<br />

not know, is that it all started<br />

with seven hundred Haitians.<br />

Border patrol and ICE gathered<br />

them up and took them to the<br />

airport to fly them back to Haiti.<br />

But when Biden found out, he<br />

CANCELLED the flights and said,<br />

“Just let them stay.”<br />

Well, those seven hundred<br />

people took to their cell phones<br />

and started calling friends and<br />

relatives that had been gathering<br />

in Mexico and said, “The U.S. border<br />

is open, they aren’t sending<br />

us home, get here as fast as you<br />

can.” And they did. Thousands of<br />

them hauled ass to the border<br />

and joined up under the bridge.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w you have a crisis on your<br />

hands on US soil, in Texas and<br />

not a damn government official<br />

in site. So, the governor takes<br />

over and sends in the troops.<br />

Border patrol agents, yes some<br />

on horseback, do their best to<br />

‘corral’ these folks and stop the<br />

masses from entering the U.S.<br />

illegally. And in ONE photo, taken<br />

by ONE photojournalist from<br />

New Mexico, Biden and the “left”<br />

have their smoking gun. They<br />

have the one thing they need to<br />

make you stop asking how all<br />

these people got here in the first<br />

place. A diversion!<br />

One piece of leather flying<br />

through the air suddenly becomes<br />

the diversion they were<br />

looking for. These border agents<br />

are “whipping” immigrants like<br />

they were slaves from the 60’s.<br />

These horrible racist agents trying<br />

to beat these innocent people<br />

into submission. To punish<br />

them for coming to America.<br />

How dare they!<br />

And if you question what they<br />

are saying, you’re CANCELLED.<br />

You are the racist. “This is our<br />

own people being racist and we<br />

won’t stand for it.” said Pelosi.<br />

Yes, we accidentally killed<br />

seven children and three adults<br />

in Kabul, but that was an accident<br />

and a tragedy of war.<br />

BULLSHIT. Border Patrol Agents<br />

in Texas and all along the border,<br />

are some of the bravest men and<br />

women on this planet. What they<br />

endure on a daily basis is unbelievable.<br />

Regardless of what anyone<br />

in Washington says, all of us<br />

in law enforcement support the<br />

men and women of the US Border<br />

Patrol. You are heroes and no<br />

one, not even the President can<br />

take that away.<br />

Certainly not with one piece of<br />

flying leather.<br />

In closing, the bottom line is,<br />

if you feel that we’ve crossed<br />

a line that The BLUES shouldn’t<br />

have crossed and your feelings<br />

or pride are hurt, I just have one<br />

thing to say to you. YOU’RE CAN-<br />

CELLED. Find another magazine<br />

to read and tell all your friends<br />

how “un-WOKE” we are. I don’t<br />

care. We believe…. I believe<br />

that God gave us all the right to<br />

believe what we want when we<br />

want. And the First Amendment<br />

gave us all the right to make that<br />

belief known. If you disagree<br />

with that, well that’s your God<br />

given right.<br />

God Bless America and God<br />

Bless all our Children of God.<br />

PART II<br />

Is it a different world today, or is<br />

it just more of the same?<br />

When you tell someone, this<br />

is a different world we live in<br />

today, they look at you with a<br />

blank stare. What do you mean?<br />

Is it better? Is it worse? What?<br />

What makes today any different<br />

than yesterday, or for that matter<br />

last year?<br />

Take flight for instance. One<br />

hundred eighteen years ago,<br />

Orville and Wilber Wright flew<br />

their glider a total of 852 feet<br />

in 59 seconds of flight and the<br />

world of aviation was born.<br />

Last month, we sent four civilians<br />

into space for three days<br />

at over 17,500 miles an hour<br />

575 kilometers over the planet.<br />

The achievements by man over<br />

the previous 125 years are truly<br />

remarkable.<br />

But these, as well as the sheer<br />

magnitude of other advancements<br />

in our lifetime, should be<br />

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world.” But for me, it’s the staggering<br />

amount of people dying<br />

each and every day. It’s overwhelming.<br />

Our Blue family is shrinking in<br />

numbers at a very rapid pace.<br />

Just last week, we laid to rest<br />

Senior HPD Officer William “Bill”<br />

Jeffery who was shot and killed<br />

by a man who should have<br />

been locked up. His partner, Sgt.<br />

Michael Vance was also shot<br />

and only for the grace of God is<br />

still here fighting for his life. Our<br />

thoughts and prayers are with<br />

both families today.<br />

Then there are literally hundreds<br />

of police officers that<br />

have died from COVID, 198 in<br />

<strong>2021</strong> alone. And another 300-<br />

400 first responders in 2020.<br />

This is horrifying and truly<br />

unbelievable. I was told in a<br />

special task-force meeting in<br />

January of 2020, that statistically<br />

speaking, out of the forty-two<br />

people in the room that<br />

day, over half would be dead<br />

within a year. Of course, I didn’t<br />

believe it. Who the hell believes<br />

anything this government says?<br />

I also didn’t believe that schools<br />

would close, businesses would<br />

fail, or that our friends and family<br />

would be locked inside their<br />

houses for almost a year. But all<br />

that did in fact come true.<br />

So, compared to 2019, 2020<br />

and <strong>2021</strong> are true shit shows.<br />

But it’s not just the loss of police<br />

or first responders. Citizens<br />

are being shot and killed across<br />

this country every single day in<br />

ever growing numbers.<br />

Maybe because of the instant<br />

news world we live in, it sure<br />

seems like it’s out of hand.<br />

Houston is becoming another<br />

Chicago. There are shootings<br />

several times a day all over the<br />

city and the county. A police officer’s<br />

14-year-old son shot and<br />

killed in a park in one of the nicest<br />

neighborhoods in Kingwood,<br />

by a classmate from his school.<br />

It used to be that if you stayed<br />

out of the “bad side” of town<br />

you’d be OK. Well, that “bad<br />

side” is everywhere. When a<br />

NOLO officer is gunned down in<br />

broad daylight at one of Landry’s<br />

most expensive restaurants in<br />

the Galleria, you know “it’s a different<br />

world.”<br />

The fact is, you can’t even drive<br />

on freeways in the greater Houston<br />

area without getting shot<br />

and killed. Carry all the guns<br />

you want; you can’t protect you<br />

or your family from a threat you<br />

can’t see. Bullets out of nowhere.<br />

The truth is the violence in the<br />

Houston Metro area is exploding<br />

at an incredible rate. And the<br />

man who is truly more stressed<br />

than me, is HPD Chief Troy Finner.<br />

You can hear it in his voice<br />

and see it on his face behind that<br />

mask. He is a man of true compassion,<br />

and he treats every single<br />

gunshot victim as if it where<br />

his own family. A man who<br />

was raised in this city and rose<br />

through the ranks to become<br />

probably the finest police chief<br />

in the history of the department.<br />

But one man can’t stop an army.<br />

So, what is the answer? Honest<br />

to God, I don’t know. But one<br />

thing is for sure. The world is<br />

going to keep changing and I<br />

don’t think there’s a damn thing<br />

we can do about it.<br />

PART III Final Word<br />

Any finally I can’t help but<br />

comment on Biden’s attempt to<br />

control every aspect of our lives,<br />

starting with mandatory vaccine<br />

shots.<br />

Personally, I do not believe the<br />

conspiracy theorist that the vaccine<br />

will eventually kill everyone<br />

who got the shot, nor do I believe<br />

that the government is embedding<br />

chips in everyone.<br />

For me personally, it was the<br />

better choice to risk long term effects<br />

vs getting COVID and possibly<br />

ending up on our “Officer’s we lost<br />

this year due to COVID” segment in<br />

my own magazine.<br />

But if you feel like it’s the opposite<br />

for you, then you should have<br />

the right to say no. Since when<br />

does the government have the<br />

power to tell you what medicines<br />

you HAVE to take? Doesn’t HIPPA<br />

afford you the right to make your<br />

own personal heath choices and<br />

ensure that those decisions remain<br />

private?<br />

And tell me this, according to the<br />

CDC, once you’re vaccinated, the<br />

virus won’t be as severe if you are<br />

a “breakthrough case” and there’s<br />

a 90% you won’t die. So basically,<br />

you’re protected.<br />

So why in the hell should Biden<br />

care if you don’t get vaccinated?<br />

You’re only hurting yourself and<br />

other unvaccinated Americans. If<br />

that 20% want to take a chance on<br />

dying, that’s certainly their right.<br />

If you haven’t realized this, our<br />

rights as Americans are evaporating.<br />

It’s time we unite as a people<br />

and take a stand to protect our<br />

rights.<br />

If your employer demands you<br />

get vaccinated or be fired, hire an<br />

attorney, and sue the crap out of<br />

them. If the companies had any<br />

balls at all, they would be united<br />

and suing the government.<br />

I hope everyone remembers all<br />

of this come midterms next year.<br />

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They followed procedure and the<br />

law, and they still lost their jobs.<br />

On April 21, <strong>2021</strong>, a tragic<br />

incident occurred in which a<br />

man, lost his life. This man was<br />

in a mental health crisis and,<br />

the Houston Police Department<br />

responded to numerous 9-1-1<br />

calls for immediate and urgent<br />

assistance.<br />

Upon their arrival, Houston<br />

Police Officers and an HPD<br />

Sergeant began the tense and<br />

traumatic task of trying to reach<br />

and de-escalate the incident.<br />

However, the male subject was<br />

impaling himself with what was<br />

initially believed to be a knife.<br />

(Later determined to be a piece<br />

of rebar).<br />

Every Officer on the scene<br />

plead repeatedly with the subject<br />

to stop, to calm down, to<br />

peacefully stop and let them<br />

(HPD Officers) help him. Unfortunately,<br />

the individual did not<br />

comply, at any time. Instead, he<br />

continued to resist any assistance,<br />

impaling himself and<br />

acting in a hostile manner.<br />

Officers deployed a “Beanbag<br />

Shotgun” and a total of three<br />

rounds were deployed. All three<br />

rounds deployed did strike. Unfortunately,<br />

the effect was not<br />

enough to stop the aggressive<br />

and highly traumatic incident<br />

from continuing. Officers also<br />

attempted to use Electronic<br />

Control Devices (ECD’s) in an<br />

attempt to stop the individual<br />

from continuing to harm himself<br />

or escalate into harming others.<br />

After approximately 16-18<br />

minutes, this individual reached<br />

forward for an ECD which had<br />

been dropped by an Officer<br />

during the earlier struggle with<br />

said individual, in an attempt<br />

to subdue him. It was at this<br />

time, per Departmental Training,<br />

Industry Standards and Texas/<br />

Federal Laws, Officers with one<br />

last frantic plea for this individual<br />

to stop, were forced to deploy<br />

lethal force, bringing the incident<br />

to an extremely traumatic end.<br />

The Houston Police Officers<br />

who discharged their firearms as<br />

a direct result of this incident,<br />

were all FIRED by then Chief of<br />

Police, Art Acevedo. (<strong>No</strong>w, the<br />

embattled Miami Chief of Police)<br />

At that time, Chief Acevedo<br />

indicated and stated he “Could<br />

not defend the actions of the<br />

Officers.”<br />

As if the incident, the use of<br />

lethal force and the ensuing IAD<br />

and D.A. investigation was not<br />

enough trauma for these Officers<br />

and their Families, they<br />

now faced the very real threat of<br />

losing their homes, cars, livelihood,<br />

their families themselves<br />

and ultimately, their freedom.<br />

Thus, an extra-ordinary amount<br />

of trauma, stress, worry, suffering<br />

and fear was bestowed upon<br />

these Officers and their family<br />


members.<br />

Fast forward to September<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, the Harris Co. District Attorney’s<br />

Office presented four<br />

days of testimony and evidence<br />

in this case for a duly appointed<br />

Harris County Grand Jury with<br />

the very real possibility of criminal<br />

charges being leveled against<br />

the now fired Houston Police<br />

Officers. Those criminal charges<br />

ranged from criminally negligent<br />

homicide to murder. All of which<br />

would have destroyed these Officers<br />

careers, lives, and families.<br />

Thankfully, this Grand Jury,<br />

after carefully listening to and<br />

reviewing all the evidence presented,<br />

DECLINED any criminal<br />

charges against these Houston<br />

Police Officers because of this<br />

terrible and tragic incident.<br />

And so, the Houston Police<br />

Officers Union will thankfully,<br />

immediately engage in dialogue<br />

and efforts to regain the employment<br />

status for these officers.<br />

This is something desperately<br />

needed for their families to<br />

survive and of course, to right a<br />

profoundly serious wrong.<br />


men will have to live with the<br />

incident itself, watching a man<br />

impale himself multiple times,<br />

their pleas for him to stop and<br />

let them help, going unanswered<br />

and, being forced into a decision<br />

to deploy lethal force. <strong>No</strong>ne of<br />

which, is something they’ll ever<br />

forget. Couple all of that with<br />

the loss of their jobs, the stress<br />

of their families grieving and<br />

hurting along with the very real<br />

possibility of being sent to prison,<br />

one can begin to see, these<br />

men and truly suffered.<br />

I along with any other sensible<br />

human being grieve for the<br />

loss of this man’s life and for his<br />

family, with all the loss and suffering<br />

they have had to endure.<br />

There are never any “winners”<br />

or “losers” in such terrible situations.<br />

Only a path of heartache,<br />

loss, grief, and little hope of<br />

internal, heartfelt resolution.<br />

My final thought is this, no<br />

matter what, there is never a resolute<br />

ending to any deployment<br />

of lethal force by an officer, for<br />

that officer. I live with those moments<br />

to this very minute, and I<br />

always will. This profession takes<br />

a huge toll on those who answer<br />

the call. Long after we retire even,<br />

what we have seen and somehow<br />

managed to endure/survive, remains<br />

a heartfelt haunting, forevermore.<br />

get your<br />


to The BLUES, scan the<br />

QR code or click here.<br />

Watch the video above and decide what you would have done,<br />

had you been faced with this individual.<br />

I am not writing this from an<br />

uneducated and inexperienced<br />

point of view. I am not a person<br />

who does not have firsthand<br />

knowledge of the use of and<br />

deployment of lethal force. In<br />

my career, I have had no other<br />

choice but, to do so on more<br />

than one occasion.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, that alone does not make<br />

me a “Use of Force Expert.” However,<br />

the caveat to that statement<br />

is, I am well versed in the<br />

trauma resulting in the aftermath<br />

of such an action. The ensuing<br />

nightmares, time stopping daytime<br />

moments and the feeling of<br />

what I can only describe as the<br />

absolute weight of the world,<br />

upon your shoulders, your mind,<br />

and your heart.<br />

These Houston Police Officers<br />

were dealt with in a very unfair<br />

manner. They were presumed<br />

“guilty” simply because of the<br />

badge and had to fight for the<br />

right to be “innocent” simply<br />

because of the badge. It’s such<br />

an awful position to be placed<br />

in, especially when you’re placed<br />

there for following your training,<br />

the Laws of the State and Federal<br />

Government, and Department<br />

Policy.<br />

I do not know the officers and<br />

Sergeant involved. But I do know<br />

what it is like to have no other<br />

choice left but to pull the trigger.<br />

I know what it is like to endure<br />

the “walk through,” “debriefings”<br />

and “legal interviews” along with<br />

a county grand jury. I assure you,<br />

no matter how “right” you are in<br />

the actions you took, you’ll always<br />

“feel” the weight of the decision.<br />

You’re left with feeling the<br />

weight of all the investigators,<br />

district and county attorneys,<br />

state, and federal agents and of<br />

course, the grand jury members<br />

themselves. For all these eyes<br />

are looking at you, your life, your<br />

family, and everything you’ve<br />

ever done…such weight is soul<br />

crushing, to say the least.<br />

<strong>No</strong> matter the outcome of<br />

arbitration, these officers should<br />

at least be free from any further/<br />

additional criminal prosecution.<br />

All of this aside though, these<br />





1. Based on the body camera<br />

video posted by the officers who<br />

pulled Gabby and her fiancé over<br />

for suspicious driving, some<br />

viewers assumed Gabby was<br />

suffering from mental illness<br />

and Brian was the stable one.<br />

2. Some people may have<br />

assumed both partners were<br />

equally abusive and equally at<br />

fault. The old “it takes two” myth<br />

that doesn’t really apply to most<br />

abusive situations.<br />

3. Some people may have even<br />

assumed Gabby was the abuser<br />

and Brian was the victim.<br />

4. These assumptions are classic.<br />

Why? Because, in many cases,<br />

the target manages to keep<br />

things together until her breaking<br />

point, at which time others<br />

may see her crying or hear her<br />

yelling or see her breaking, and<br />

then they assume she’s “crazy.”<br />

5. Meanwhile, the abuser plays<br />

the part of the poor, patient<br />

partner who must deal with this<br />

crazy person. But all the while,<br />

he’s been acting very differently<br />

behind closed doors, pushing her<br />

to this point intentionally and<br />

feeding on her emotional break.<br />

He LOVES to see evidence that he<br />

has hurt her. He LOVES to see her<br />

pain.<br />

6. For this reason, “breaking<br />

her” has been his goal from the<br />

start. It may take him hours,<br />

weeks, or months or even years<br />

to break her, but he won’t stop<br />

until he gets that reaction, and<br />

then he’ll point the finger and<br />

say, “See? She’s crazy. I’m just<br />

trying to keep her calm.” And<br />

then he’ll do it again. And again.<br />

And again.<br />

7. As a result, some people<br />

will buy into that false narrative.<br />

Even the target. Which brings me<br />

to my next point.<br />

8. In the video, we see Gabby<br />

making many excuses for Brian’s<br />

behavior, and she takes all the<br />

blame for everything he does.<br />

9. We also see Brian blaming<br />

Gabby and saying he was just<br />

trying to keep her calm.<br />

10. This is also the norm for<br />

victims of long-standing abuse.<br />

A target becomes conditioned<br />

to believe everything the abuser<br />

does is her fault.<br />

11. Also, she clearly doesn’t<br />

want Brian to be in trouble.<br />

She’d rather pay the price and<br />

protect the man she loves. Also,<br />

remember she honestly believes<br />

he only acted this way because<br />

of her, so she doesn’t want him<br />

to be blamed. This is also the<br />

norm.<br />

12. Smart officers see right<br />

through this. Others buy the<br />

cover-up story. (And because<br />

some officers are also abusers,<br />

they all too frequently side with<br />

the abuser even when they know<br />

exactly what’s going on.)<br />

13. I credit the police in Gabby’s<br />

situation. They were calm,<br />

they separated the couple, they<br />

interviewed them individually,<br />

they split them up for the night,<br />

they did everything right. I’m sure<br />

the officer has tremendous guilt<br />

about the end result and wonders<br />

if he could have prevented<br />

it, but I don’t blame the officers<br />

in this case. I was pretty surprised<br />

and impressed with how<br />

well they treated both Brian and<br />

Gabby (and, sadly, I was thinking<br />

how rare it is to see that).<br />

14. Many people have been<br />

shocked by Brian’s family’s refusal<br />

to cooperate with police. I’m<br />

not shocked at all. Let’s look at<br />

that a little more closely.<br />

15. I’m also not surprised to<br />

learn that Gabby lived with the<br />

Laundrie family for a year. We<br />

all see this family will do anything<br />

to protect their son, even<br />

at the cost of an innocent young<br />

woman who was a real part of<br />

their family and soon to be their<br />

daughter-in-law. While most of<br />

us can certainly understand them<br />

wanting to protect their child,<br />

they crossed a moral line when<br />

Gabby went missing.<br />

16. But it goes deeper than that.<br />

It shows them as a system of<br />

enablers who not only allowed<br />

Brian to abuse Gabby over a long<br />

term (which led to her intense<br />

anxiety) but also a system of gas<br />

lighters who were always shifting<br />

the truth to keep Gabby confused<br />

and make her believe she’s<br />

the problem. She was caught<br />

in an entire system of abuse.<br />

And once you’re in that web, it’s<br />

exceedingly difficult to see a way<br />

out.<br />

17. I imagine they contributed<br />


to her abuse from the start and<br />

encouraged their son’s abusive<br />

behaviors by rewarding him,<br />

making excuses for him, blaming<br />

Gabby, flipping the script,<br />

and keeping her in the fog that<br />

breaks down a person’s psyche<br />

and spirit over time.<br />

18. Gabby and Brian had been<br />

together since their teens. This is<br />

also common. These immature<br />

relationships work beautifully<br />

when both partners grow together<br />

and mature emotionally.<br />

But when one wants to keep the<br />

other down, naive, and under his<br />

control…and the other is growing,<br />

learning, and maturing, it<br />

doesn’t work.<br />

19. We hear Gabby tell the<br />

officer that Brain didn’t think she<br />

could do her travel blog. It seems<br />

clear that he didn’t believe in her<br />

and was trying to make her not<br />

believe in herself.<br />

20. She also says he didn’t like<br />

her working and that he locked<br />

her out of the van because she<br />

wasn’t in her seat when he was<br />

ready to leave. Control issues?!<br />

He squeezed her face with his<br />

hand in anger. He cut her down<br />

and criticized her, verbally abusing<br />

her until she was a wreck of<br />

tears. He was breaking her spirit,<br />

intentionally.<br />

21. Why? Because her focus<br />

wasn’t 100% on him. And because<br />

she had found a job she<br />

enjoyed and was good at and<br />

that allowed her to connect with<br />

other people, when he wanted<br />

her all to himself.<br />

22. She now had this one little<br />

piece of her life that he couldn’t<br />

completely control, so he wanted<br />

to get rid of that. It angered<br />

him. He punished her for it. See<br />

the pattern?<br />

23. The overall takeaway?<br />

When you see someone crying<br />

like this, don’t assume she’s crazy.<br />

Don’t buy into the false narrative<br />

given by the abuser. Don’t<br />

believe the cover-up story by<br />

the target who has been conditioned<br />

to carry all the blame and<br />

shame. And don’t assume she’s<br />

going to be okay. She just may<br />

end up your next recovered body.<br />

24. If you or someone you love<br />

are in an unhealthy relationship,<br />

please don’t assume it will get<br />

better in time. I haven’t heard<br />

one single story where it got<br />

better. <strong>No</strong>t one. <strong>No</strong>t with therapy.<br />

<strong>No</strong>t with church. <strong>No</strong>t with prayer<br />

or forgiveness or complete surrender.<br />

<strong>No</strong>thing works when the<br />

abuser is determined to destroy<br />

that target. He will not stop until<br />

she is erased from this world or<br />

from her life. And in many cases,<br />

he’ll walk away without any<br />

consequences.<br />

Please don’t let the next Gabby<br />

be you or someone you love.<br />

Domestic violence hotline:<br />

1-800-799-7233<br />




So many of us have been<br />

gripped by the Gabby Petito case.<br />

Those of us who have been in<br />

toxic and abusive relationships<br />

know all too well how these stories<br />

can go. As I looked at footage<br />

of Gabby and her boyfriend<br />

Brian Laundrie, on their road trip,<br />

I was reminded of how easily we<br />

can fool outsiders looking in that<br />

everything is okay.<br />

More than that, how we fool<br />

ourselves.<br />

I know firsthand, that it is not<br />

easy to leave. I was in my thirties,<br />

heading into my forties,<br />

when I found myself in something<br />

toxic and dangerous to my<br />

wellbeing. I had no clue what<br />

had hit me. It didn’t start off<br />

abusive. In my case, he started<br />

as my Knight in Shining Armor.<br />

Troubled, of course. Battling<br />

demons of his own. I was the<br />

perfect empathetic soul to make<br />

up a recipe for disaster.<br />

I was going to help him fight<br />

those demons.<br />

Only, he didn’t want that... he<br />

preferred to unleash those demons<br />

onto me.<br />

Unapologetically.<br />

Repeatedly.<br />

Behind closed doors.<br />

He made me think it was me.<br />

I was the cause.<br />

I was flawed, and he was just<br />

reacting to what was inherently<br />

wrong with me.<br />

As I looked at Gabby and Brian’s<br />

footage, I saw smiles... laughter...<br />

playfulness... adventure... affection...<br />

all of which I remember<br />

experiencing myself.<br />

This is what forms those<br />

TRAUMA BONDS and makes it so<br />

hard to let go.<br />

Those aspects are very real,<br />

and we hang on to them with a<br />

fierce grip. We are conditioned<br />

to. However, they hide another,<br />

much darker side.<br />

Brian fled to his parents, where<br />

he returned, alone. He was hidden<br />

and enabled not to cooperate.<br />

This lack of accountability is a<br />

huge part of the problem. I recall<br />

fleeing to my mother-in-law’s<br />

house, after having been shaken<br />

and thrown out of a vehicle earlier<br />

in the night. I had two black<br />

eyes, visibly forming.<br />

She didn’t even let me in.<br />


I remember calling the pastor<br />

and friend of my abuser to help<br />

me hold him accountable on<br />

other occasions. He did nothing<br />

but excuse away the behaviors.<br />

Do we enable out of love?<br />

What good did that do for Brian<br />

Laundrie?<br />

One life is gone, and another<br />

will be marred for a lifetime, at<br />

the very least.<br />

Please remember this:<br />

Happy photos and social media<br />

highlight reels do NOT equal<br />

a happy or healthy relationship.<br />

You have no idea what is going<br />

on behind closed doors. Do not<br />

judge by a snapshot.<br />

Yes, we need to teach our<br />

daughters (and sons) to leave<br />

toxic relationships, but that is<br />

not as easy as it sounds. It starts<br />

with modeled behavior, and the<br />

types of relationships we grow<br />

up seeing is critical. Emotional<br />

intelligence is never taught<br />

in our society. This needs to<br />

change!<br />

Yes, we need to teach our<br />

sons to be respectful, caring,<br />

loving, empathetic and kind. We<br />

also need to hold our sons (and<br />

daughters) accountable, 100%<br />

of the time. This is a parental<br />

responsibility. All people who<br />

care about an individual would<br />

be holding them to a standard of<br />


Pay attention to the details.<br />

Things are not always as they<br />

seem. If someone is ever distraught<br />

and asking for help (or<br />

they aren’t even wanting help) do<br />

whatever you can to intervene in<br />

the moment. It may not produce<br />

the result you are looking for, but<br />

it should be our duty to act on<br />

what we know, and feel is right.<br />

Never disregard a plea for help.<br />

Do not judge what you do not<br />

know. I’ve read so many awful<br />

accusations floating around<br />

about Gabby, by people who<br />

don’t know a thing about abuse.<br />

If you don’t know, be thankful<br />

that you don’t, and simply be<br />

kind and compassionate in your<br />

words.<br />

A young girl’s life was taken,<br />

and a family is grieving.<br />



Bill Jeffrey has had my back<br />

for the last 11 years and he was<br />

not only a friend but a true hero.<br />

He was the hardest working officer<br />

I knew. The city of Houston<br />

lost a great officer, and he will<br />

be missed.<br />



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Senior HPD Officer William “Bill” Jeffery lost his life and Sgt. Michael<br />

Vance remains in the hospital.<br />

HPD officer killed, another wounded while<br />

executing warrant in NE Harris County.<br />

HOUSTON - A Houston Police<br />

Department officer has died, and<br />

another remains hospitalized<br />

after they were both shot while<br />

executing an arrest warrant in<br />

northeast Harris County on Monday<br />

September 20th.<br />

Senior Officer William “Bill”<br />

Jeffery, who was with the department<br />

for more than three<br />

decades, passed away at Memorial<br />

Hermann hospital.<br />

“Thirty-one years of service,<br />

just a few days short of that.<br />

Most of us know him personally,<br />

I’ve known him my entire career,”<br />

Chief Troy Finner said.<br />

Sgt. Michael Vance, who was<br />

wounded in the shooting, was<br />

hospitalized in stable condition.<br />

The shooting occurred as<br />

officers with the Major Offenders<br />

Division were executing a<br />

high-level felony warrant in the<br />

5300 block of Aeropark Drive,<br />

authorities say.<br />

According to Chief Finner, the<br />

officers knocked on the door and<br />

asked the woman who answered<br />

the door where the suspect was.<br />

Chief Finner says the suspect<br />

came to the door and began<br />

shooting at the officers. The police<br />

chief says the officers returned<br />

fire, and the suspect was<br />

pronounced dead at the scene.<br />

Both wounded officers were<br />

transported to Memorial Hermann<br />

at the Texas Medical Center.<br />

Officer Jeffery, 54, who passed<br />

away upon arrival at the hospital,<br />

had joined HPD in December of<br />

1990 and was assigned to the Major<br />

Offenders Division for almost<br />

13 years.<br />

Sgt. Vance, 49, who joined HPD<br />

in June of 1998 and has been in<br />

the Major Offenders Division for<br />

the past two years.<br />

“This has been a tragic day<br />

today. It is another reminder that<br />

police work is inherently dangerous.<br />

And you never know, police<br />

officers never know what they<br />

are going to face when they leave<br />

their homes during their duty. It is<br />

inherently dangerous,” Mayor Sylvester<br />

Turner said. “So, I want to<br />

lift up both of these families. I’m<br />

going to ask the City of Houston<br />

to pray for both families. Pray for<br />

the Jeffery family, and then pray<br />

for the full recovery for Sergeant<br />

Vance.”<br />

The suspect who died has been<br />

identified as 30-year-old Deon<br />

Ledet, who was a wanted fugitive.<br />

The shooting occurred in unincorporated<br />

Harris County, and the<br />

Harris County Sheriff’s Office is<br />

leading the criminal investigation.<br />

HPD’s Internal Affairs Division and<br />

the Harris County District Attorney’s<br />

Office are also investigating.<br />

The funeral and memorial service<br />

for Officer Jeffrey was held<br />

at Grace Memorial Church.<br />

A fund raiser is currently being organized for the Vance<br />

Family on <strong>No</strong>vember 5, <strong>2021</strong>. The BLUES will provided<br />

all the details as soon as they become available.<br />


Hundreds come to say final goodbye to fallen<br />

HPD Senior Officer William ‘Bill’ Jeffrey<br />

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --<br />

Family members and brothers in<br />

blue are came together to say<br />

their final goodbyes to Houston<br />

Police Senior Officer William<br />

“Bill” Jeffrey.<br />

HPD escorted Jeffrey’s body<br />

from Klein Funeral Home in Tomball<br />

to Grace Church in southeast<br />

Houston ahead of the funeral.<br />

The Houston Police Department’s<br />

Honor Guard as well as<br />

hundreds of officers from around<br />

the country filled Grace Church<br />

on the Gulf Freeway to honor this<br />

fallen hero.<br />

Jeffrey joined the Houston<br />

Police Department in December<br />

1990. He was assigned to the<br />

department’s Major Offenders<br />

Division, a unit that routinely<br />

deals with dangerous criminals,<br />

including accused murderers.<br />

Officer Jeffrey is the 120th HPD<br />

officer to die in the line of duty<br />

since 1860. He leaves behind a<br />

wife, who is a recently-retired<br />

HPD officer, daughter and his<br />

beautiful grand daughter.<br />

“I’ve know him my entire career...<br />

and just as his wife said,<br />

‘What a great man. What a great<br />

officer,’” said HPD Chief Finner.<br />

His daughter lacie vowed to<br />

keep his memory alive until she<br />

met her dad at the gates of heaven.<br />

Here are just some of the<br />

moments from Officer Jeffrey’s<br />

Memorial Service.<br />



Surfside Beach gets a new police chief.<br />

Does a relatively inexperienced former Town Marshall from<br />

Santa Fe Texas have what it takes to turn the dept around?<br />

SURFSIDE BEACH — Back last<br />

August, after more than 20 years<br />

of service to the village of Surfside<br />

Beach, Police Chief Gary<br />

Phillips headed off for retirement,<br />

leaving a vacancy at the<br />

top of the department.<br />

“He was ready to retire, and he<br />

headed for retirement the first of<br />

this month,” Mayor Gregg Bisso<br />

said. “We all hated to see him<br />

retire. He’s been the backbone of<br />

this department for years and it’s<br />

going to be hard to replace him.”<br />

Phillips had been the chief of<br />

Surfside since 2010. Before that<br />

he was captain under former<br />

chief Randy Smith. He has served<br />

on the village force since May<br />

2000.<br />

The search was on to find a<br />

new chief to take the reins and<br />

guide the police department<br />

for the near future. Applicants,<br />

including former Chiefs of Police<br />

from various other agencies,<br />

applied for the position, Bisso<br />

said, and city officials began the<br />

process of narrowing down the<br />

list.<br />

Ultimately, they choose a former<br />

Town Marshall from Santa<br />

Fe Texas, Robert Wood, to fill the<br />

position.<br />

“We needed change and we<br />

needed to get someone in here<br />

who could lead the department<br />

as it needs to be in <strong>2021</strong>,” Alderman<br />

Bob Petty said.<br />

A fresh set of eyes could also<br />

help alleviate some of the problems<br />

the town has seen in the<br />

past, Petty said, such as people<br />

not following rules on the<br />

beaches.<br />

The job description posted<br />

on the village’s website states<br />

the ideal candidate must hold a<br />

Master Peace Officer certification<br />

through the Texas Commission of<br />

Law Enforcement and at least 10<br />

years of full-time, executive-level<br />

experience in law enforcement.<br />

Also, applicants for the new<br />

chief’s had to oversee the village’s<br />

emergency medical responses.<br />

“Our police officers are both<br />

police and EMS,” Bisso said.<br />

“They have to wear two hats<br />

every day.”<br />

But by the time Woods took<br />

over, the department had dwindled<br />

down to a small handful<br />

of officers, most of which were<br />

reserves.<br />

But before that, things were<br />

anything but perfect in this small<br />

town of barely one thousand<br />

residents.<br />

Under the former Police Chief’s<br />

watch, former Surfside Beach<br />

Sgt. Randy Heckler had been<br />

suspended for disposing of items<br />

from the department’s evidence<br />

room.<br />

Ultimately, he served a month’s<br />

suspension with pay after the<br />

issue came to light.<br />

To provide background on<br />

what happened, Heckler took responsibility<br />

for cleaning out the<br />

evidence room and eliminate any<br />

items the department no longer<br />

needed to keep. In addressing the<br />

situation with council, Heckler<br />

admitted he didn’t have experience<br />

or training for the task but<br />

did his best based on research<br />

and consultations with Phillips.<br />

His misjudgment came in<br />

how he chose to dispose of the<br />

obsolete evidence. Instead of<br />

ensuring all the items had been<br />

destroyed, Heckler put the items<br />

in a bag, smashed it repeatedly<br />

against concrete and tossed<br />

it in a dumpster near the boat<br />

ramp, the sergeant told council.<br />

He never looked inside the bag<br />

to confirm items had been sufficiently<br />

ruined, and some items<br />

were retrieved by a dumpster<br />

diver.<br />

For the error of improper evidence<br />

disposal, Phillips recommended<br />

Heckler be demoted to<br />

patrol officer and suspended for<br />

seven days. The chief is not able<br />

to demote or suspend an officer<br />

without pay without council’s<br />

approval, prompting council’s<br />

discussion at the end of its July<br />

13, <strong>2021</strong>, meeting.<br />

Council voted against Phillips’<br />

recommendation with the expectation<br />

members could then discuss<br />

and institute a punishment<br />

they considered more fitting. But<br />

since an official vote had been<br />

taken, attorney Patton Ritter<br />

told them, they could no longer<br />

discuss it.<br />

Ultimately both Heckler and<br />

Phillips left the department,<br />

which was left without a chief<br />

or for that matter many officers,<br />

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Texas troopers credited with retaking<br />

control of Del Rio border.<br />

By Anna Giaritelli, Homeland<br />

Security Reporter<br />

DEL RIO, Texas — State troopers<br />

deployed to the border by<br />

Gov. Greg Abbott are being<br />

credited for doing the federal<br />

government’s job and stopping<br />

thousands more migrants in<br />

Mexico from illegally crossing<br />

into the United States after well<br />

over 15,000 made it through here<br />

late last week.<br />

A swarm of Texas Department<br />

of Public Safety officers, known<br />

as troopers, descended on the<br />

riverbank Saturday afternoon as<br />

a show of force to deter people<br />

in Mexico from wading across<br />

the Rio Grande. Approximately<br />

150 black SUVs were still lined<br />

up Sunday afternoon on the dirt<br />

road that runs parallel with the<br />

river.<br />

Their arrival on the scene Saturday<br />

had an immediate impact,<br />

stopping foot traffic from primarily<br />

Haitian migrants who had<br />

been going back and forth between<br />

the U.S. and Mexico.<br />

“With our DPS troopers, there<br />

have not been any crossings<br />

from that specific area,” Lt. Chris<br />

Olivarez, spokesperson for the<br />

department’s South Texas Region,<br />

said in an interview on<br />

Sunday.<br />

The impact DPS’s arrival has<br />

had on Border Patrol agents has<br />

been significant. Despite it being<br />

the responsibility of Customs<br />

and Border Protection to patrol<br />

the nation’s borders, virtually all<br />

agents have been pulled from<br />

the field to transport migrants to<br />

and from holding facilities and<br />

then process and care for them<br />

once in custody.<br />

Those under the bridge are in<br />

an unusual go-between point as<br />

they are not in custody, but they<br />

are waiting under the bridge in<br />

hopes of being taken into custody<br />

and then released into the<br />

U.S. They may claim asylum to<br />

avoid being flown back to Haiti,<br />

though Homeland Security Secretary<br />

Alejandro Mayorkas said<br />

Sunday that most families will<br />

be released into the country and<br />

adults will be repatriated.<br />

Jon Anfinsen, a Border Patrol<br />

agent who is president of the<br />

national union’s Del Rio chapter,<br />

said it was “great” seeing<br />

the state police officers pull in<br />

and hold the line because they<br />

regained control of the land that<br />

had fallen out of the federal<br />

government’s control.<br />

“Literally, we could not have<br />

any semblance of control down<br />

here without DPS,” Anfinsen<br />

said in an interview beneath the<br />

bridge. “DPS has thankfully come<br />

out here and helped us out dramatically.<br />

We literally could not<br />

control this or have even some<br />

semblances of control without<br />

DPS, National Guard, all the other<br />

local stakeholders that are out<br />

here.”<br />

Brandon Judd, a Border Patrol<br />

agent who is the national union<br />

president of the National Border<br />

Patrol Council, estimated<br />

that troopers outnumber federal<br />

agents by 3 to 1. He said as many<br />

National Guard soldiers as troopers<br />

are also on site.<br />

The thousands of police and<br />

military near the bridge are also<br />

bracing for a worst-case scenario<br />

as tensions build in the camp.<br />

Temperatures will hit triple digits<br />

again on Monday, and water<br />

and food are already in short<br />

supply. Those in the camp have<br />

been living outside for several<br />

days with little to no communication<br />

from federal agents<br />

running the site.<br />

Desperate, the government<br />

bought meals at the nearby<br />

Rudy’s barbecue restaurant and<br />

A&W fast food restaurant. Before<br />

troopers arrived on the scene<br />

Saturday, many migrants had<br />

been crossing back to Mexico to<br />

buy food, water, and supplies<br />

and then bring them back to the<br />

U.S. while they awaited being<br />

transported to a processing<br />

station. When the troopers took<br />

control, it also meant no more<br />

supplies from outside the camp,<br />

though migrants at a nearby part<br />

of the river were able to sneak<br />

in some goods. Olivarez also<br />

confirmed migrants are crossing<br />

elsewhere.<br />

“Anywhere we can scramble to<br />

bring massive quantities of food,<br />

we’re doing it,” Anfinsen said.<br />

“That, I think, is probably going<br />

to be the number one pressing<br />

concern.”<br />

Olivarez did not disclose how<br />

long DPS expects to have its personnel<br />

on-site. Troopers from the<br />

north, west, and east regions were<br />

called in, some driving more than<br />

five hundred miles to fulfill Abbott’s<br />

order.<br />

“We’re here to support our federal<br />

partners, who is Border Patrol.<br />

We will be here as a deterrent<br />

and more as a security presence,”<br />

Olivarez said. “With the large group<br />

you have here, potential threats<br />

are possible. We do know that this<br />

group right now, they are getting<br />

frustrated. It is very hot down here.<br />

There’s not sufficient water or food<br />

for some of the groups to eat or<br />

get their water in a timely manner,<br />

so we’re ready for those potential<br />

threats with the teams that we have<br />

in place already.”<br />

“This, believe it or not, is somewhat<br />

under control — frankly,<br />

only because the crowd’s allowing<br />

it,” Anfinsen said. “I mean, if they<br />

wanted to make an issue of it, they<br />

could. What are we going to do?”<br />


<strong>No</strong> One is More Professional Than I.<br />

By Paul Farr, Military Liaison<br />

Dallas Police Dept.<br />

Dallas Officer Paul Farr, with State Representative Yvonne Davis and<br />

Houston Police Officer Maria Cabrera.<br />

Those words make up the first<br />

sentence of the Army’s <strong>No</strong>ncommissioned<br />

Officer Creed, a<br />

creed I have lived by since 1993<br />

and continue to live by even after<br />

retiring from the Army in 2013.<br />

When the opportunity arose to<br />

interview for the Military Liaison<br />

position with the Dallas Police<br />

Department, I seized it. As one<br />

of the largest law enforcement<br />

agencies in the state of Texas,<br />

the need for a full-time Military<br />

Liaison was made clear during<br />

the surge years of Operation Iraqi<br />

Freedom, where the Department<br />

was faced with over fifty officers<br />

being called to active duty at the<br />

same time.<br />

In 2017, I became the second<br />

full-time Military Liaison which<br />

was a culture shock. I had been<br />

a street cop for most of my<br />

career, and now I had a desk at<br />

headquarters and assigned to<br />

the personnel division. I have<br />

had some great Supervisors who<br />

have allowed me to constantly<br />

practice another phrase in the<br />

NCO Creed, “I will exercise initiative<br />

by taking appropriate action<br />

in the absence of orders.”<br />

In August 2017, just one month<br />

after assuming the duties of the<br />

Military Liaison, Hurricane Harvey<br />

struck the Gulf Coast of Texas,<br />

prompting Governor Greg Abbott<br />

to activate the entire Texas National<br />

Guard, roughly 12,000 personnel,<br />

which included 20 Dallas<br />

Police Officers. For many of<br />

these officers it created a hardship<br />

in the form of no paycheck<br />

from the police department or<br />

the National Guard for weeks.<br />

Each one of these Officers had<br />

exhausted the fifteen military<br />

days afforded to them through<br />

Government Code, Chapter 4<strong>37</strong>,<br />

Section 4<strong>37</strong>.202 LEAVE OF AB-<br />


AND EMPLOYEES. In addition to<br />

having exhausted those military<br />

days, most were returning from<br />

annual training at the beginning<br />

of a pay period, which meant<br />

they were not going to be paid<br />

by the City of Dallas, nor would<br />

they be paid by the National<br />

Guard for a week or more.<br />

Upon return from the call-up,<br />

many of the Officers expressed<br />


disappointment in not receiving<br />

any form of payment for several<br />

weeks, with many of them having<br />

families that suffered due to<br />

lack of money. Hearing their stories<br />

motivated me to begin researching<br />

how other states look<br />

after their constituents who are<br />

active members of the Guard and<br />

Reserve. The general consensus<br />

was fifteen military days were<br />

provided, with the exception being<br />

30 days. I drafted a proposal<br />

requesting an additional 7-days<br />

in the event of a disaster.<br />

In 2019, before the convening<br />

of the Texas Legislative Session, I<br />

drove all over <strong>No</strong>rth Texas to visit<br />

three State Representative’s to<br />

pitch my proposal, but my request<br />

fell on deaf ears. However,<br />

State Representative from Dallas,<br />

Yvonne Davis’ office contacted<br />

me and requested I go to Austin<br />

and testify in front of a committee<br />

who took up the proposal<br />

but wanted to hear more. I went<br />

to Austin, testified in front of the<br />

Committee and they voted on<br />

the spot, 9-0 in favor. However, it<br />

was at the end of the session and<br />

there were more pressing issues,<br />

so my proposal died on the vine.<br />

Fast forward to March <strong>2021</strong>, I<br />

was again contacted by Representative<br />

Davis’ Office and asked<br />

if I was still interested in pursuing<br />

those additional days off. Of<br />

course I was interested and this<br />

time I had an ally who was excited<br />

to go with me. Police Officer<br />

Maria Cabrera is my counterpart<br />

with the Houston Police Department<br />

and between my testimony<br />

and her additional examples of<br />

the need for those additional<br />

days, the Bill passed unanimously<br />

both through the House and<br />

Senate, but was not signed until<br />

the 1st Special Session. For those<br />

in Texas who are unaware of this<br />

particular Bill and have Officers<br />

who are still active members of<br />

the Guard and Reserves, please<br />

share it with them:<br />

Sec. 4<strong>37</strong>.202. LEAVE OF ABSENCE<br />


PLOYEES. (a) Except as provided by<br />

Subsections (b) and (c), a person who<br />

is an officer or employee of this state,<br />

a municipality, a county, or another<br />

political subdivision of this state<br />

and who is a member of the Texas<br />

military forces, a reserve component<br />

of the armed forces, or a member of<br />

a state or federally authorized urban<br />

search and rescue team is entitled<br />

to a paid leave of absence from the<br />

person’s duties on a day on which<br />

the person is engaged in authorized<br />

training or duty ordered or authorized<br />

by proper authority for not more than<br />

15 workdays in a fiscal year. During a<br />

leave of absence, the person may not<br />

be subjected to loss of time, efficiency<br />

rating, personal time, sick leave, or<br />

vacation time.<br />

(a-1) In addition to the leave provided<br />

under Subsection (a), a person<br />

described by Subsection (a) called<br />

to state active duty by the governor<br />

or another appropriate authority in<br />

response to a disaster is entitled to a<br />

paid leave of absence from the person’s<br />

duties for each day the person is<br />

called to active duty during the disaster,<br />

not to exceed seven workdays in a<br />

fiscal year. During a leave of absence<br />

under this subsection, the person<br />

may not be subjected to loss of time,<br />

efficiency rating, personal time, sick<br />

leave, or vacation time. For purposes<br />

of this subsection, “disaster” has the<br />

meaning assigned by Section 418.004.<br />

“Competence is my watchword.<br />

My two basic responsibilities<br />

will always be uppermost<br />

in my mind-accomplishment of<br />

my mission and the welfare of<br />

my soldiers.” I began a mission<br />

at the beginning of the year to<br />

bring together Veteran Service<br />

Organizations and organizations<br />

who work with the First Responder<br />

community. The number of<br />

vendors grows each day as word<br />

gets out about an event being<br />

put on in October and I’m excited<br />

to invite anyone who is able<br />

to attend as it looks to be the<br />

first event of its kind here in the<br />

States.<br />

The Dallas Police Department<br />

in partnership with the VA <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Texas Health Care System, Texas<br />

Veterans Land Board, and Dallas<br />

County Veterans Services is<br />

inviting all Military Veterans, First<br />

Responders, Active Military Servicemembers,<br />

and Spouses to a<br />

one-day Benefits & Resource Fair.<br />

The Frontiers of Flight Museum<br />

at Love Field is hosting this event<br />

on Tuesday, October 26th from<br />

0845 – 1600. This is an excellent<br />

opportunity for Military Veterans,<br />

Active Military Servicemembers<br />

and their spouses to learn about<br />

the benefits afforded to them for<br />

their Military Service. It is equally<br />

important for our first responders<br />

and their spouses to learn about<br />

resources available to them for<br />

resiliency purposes, healing from<br />

post-traumatic incidents, and<br />

alternative counseling/treatment<br />

programs outside of those provided<br />

by their agencies.<br />

Although I am the Military Liaison<br />

for the Dallas Police Department,<br />

I am here to advise all law<br />

enforcement in the State of Texas<br />

to the best to my ability. I leave<br />

you with one parting thought, “I<br />

know my soldiers and I will always<br />

place their needs above my<br />

own. I will communicate consistently<br />

with my soldiers and never<br />

leave them uniformed.” Take<br />

Care of Each Other and Be Safe.<br />

BBQ Fundraiser for:<br />

Senior Police Officer William (Bill) J. Jeffrey &<br />

Sergeant Michael W. Vance<br />

Officer William (Bill) Jeffrey and Sergeant Michael W. Vance were shot in the line of duty on September<br />

20, <strong>2021</strong>, while serving a felony warrant. Tragically, Officer Jeffrey did not survive his injuries.<br />

Sergeant Vance was critically injured and has a long road to recovery. Please join us in supporting our<br />

extended family in blue by attending the upcoming BBQ fundraiser.<br />

What: BBQ Benefit $15 per plate – sponsored by Goya Foods<br />

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT HPOU OR CONTACT: Lt. Jose Rosas 713-308-3170<br />

Where: HPOU Building, 1602 State Street<br />

When: <strong>No</strong>vember 5, <strong>2021</strong> 11am – 2 pm<br />

Live Auction will take place at NOON<br />

If you would like to donate an auction item,<br />

Contact Lieutenant Jose Rosas at jose.rosas@houstonpolice.org<br />

Or Sergeant Baron Glover at baron.glover@houstonpolice.org<br />

Live/Silent Auction will be announced at the event.<br />

Please send all donations to:<br />

The Assist the Officer Foundation<br />

1600 State Street, Houston, TX 77007<br />

All proceeds from BBQ/Auction will be split between the families of Off. Jeffrey & Sgt. Vance<br />

All donations are tax deductible, please make checks payable to<br />

ATO fbo Jeffrey/Vance<br />

However, if you would like to make a personal donation to either officer, please stipulate on the check in<br />

the memo line.<br />

ONLINE DONATION CAN BE MADE AT www.assistTheOfficer.com<br />

Funds raised from this event will go directly to the families of Off. Jeffrey and Sgt. Vance.<br />


Austin PD to reroute non-emergency calls<br />

over staffing shortages, COVID protocols.<br />

Police Chief Joseph Chacon says he is working to determine if a non-sworn unit could be<br />

used in some situations (Maybe your city council shouldn’t have de-funded your department).<br />

By Michael Barron<br />

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin<br />

Police Department will be<br />

changing how it responds to<br />

non-emergency calls starting<br />

October 1, according to local TV<br />

station KXAN.<br />

Instead, the department will<br />

ask people to call 311 – not 911<br />

– to report crimes that are no<br />

longer in progress and if there<br />

is no immediate threat to life or<br />

property, the report says.<br />

APD officials say the change<br />

comes amid staffing challenges<br />

and a review of its COVID-19<br />

mitigation protocols. Police<br />

Chief Joseph Chacon says he is<br />

working to determine if a nonsworn<br />

unit could be used in<br />

some situations.<br />

“We are looking at response<br />

protocols that are directly related<br />

to the staffing to determine if<br />

there are opportunities to have<br />

either a civilian unit within the<br />

department go ahead and handle<br />

it, depending on the criticality,”<br />

Chacon told reporters on<br />

Wednesday. “If somebody is in<br />

danger, we’re still going to send<br />

a marked unit and a uniformed<br />

officer to go handle it. But for<br />

crimes that may have already<br />

happened and are now being reported,<br />

we are looking at alternative<br />

measures.”<br />

An example might be a crime<br />

technician who goes to the<br />

scene to gather evidence, according<br />

to KXAN. Police said the<br />

change also better aligns with a<br />

move toward reimagining public<br />

safety response, the report says.<br />

Earlier in the year, the Texas<br />

Municipal Police Association<br />

placed billboards around Austin<br />

warning motorists entering the<br />

Austin City limits, that the Austin<br />

Police Department had been<br />

de-funded by its city council and<br />

that you should enter the city at<br />

your own risk.<br />

At the time, the mayor and<br />

city council scoffed at the billboards<br />

and insisted that despite<br />

the cuts, the city would have an<br />

enough police officers to protect<br />

its citizens<br />

Apparently TMPA was correct<br />

and now THERE AREN’T ENOUGH<br />

police officers on duty to answer<br />

all the calls into 911. So, the<br />

solution...call 311 instead. Ok yes,<br />

that sounds like a real solid plan.<br />

ED-As we went to press, Austin<br />

PD had stopped responding to<br />

non emergency calls.<br />

COPS has a new home on Fox Nation.<br />

Following the murder of<br />

George Floyd last year, the<br />

Paramount Network abruptly<br />

canceled the law enforcement<br />

reality TV series Cops. <strong>No</strong>w the<br />

show has found a new home.<br />

Fox Nation, a subscription-based<br />

streaming service<br />

owned by Fox News Media, has<br />

given the green light for the return<br />

of the controversial series,<br />

which will premiere its 33rd<br />

season on October 1, the company<br />

announced Monday.<br />

“COPS is one of the most iconic<br />

brands on television with an<br />

incredibly passionate fan base,”<br />

Jason Klarman, president of Fox<br />

Nation, said in a statement.<br />

In addition, Klarman said the<br />

company would be showing<br />

appreciation to first responders<br />

by offering them a free one-year<br />

subscription to the streaming<br />

service, saying it’s a way to “give<br />

back in a small way to those<br />

who place their lives on the line<br />

every day to keep us safe.”<br />

The show will start its reboot<br />

with four episodes at once and<br />

then have episodes premiering<br />

every week on Fridays. Fox Nation<br />

has also picked up an additional<br />

15 episodes from the 32nd<br />

season.<br />

Cops premiered on the Fox<br />

network in 1989, giving viewers<br />

a transparent look into the life<br />

of law enforcement as camera<br />

crews captured police answering<br />

calls, going out on patrol and, of<br />

course, making arrests — all on<br />

live television.<br />

In 2013, the Fox network canceled<br />

the show after 25 seasons,<br />

but Cops eventually moved to the<br />

Paramount Network.<br />

Shows similar to Cops have<br />

also faced controversy, which<br />

led to their abrupt cancellation.<br />

Popular A&E television show<br />

Live PD was also pulled from the<br />

air after further details emerged<br />

from the arrest of Javier Ambler,<br />

a black man who died while being<br />

arrested by Austin, Texas, law<br />

enforcement in 2019.<br />

“This is a critical time in our<br />

nation’s history, and we have<br />

made the decision to cease<br />

production on Live PD,” A&E<br />

Network said in a statement last<br />

year.<br />

With the return of COPS, maybe<br />

A&E will see fit to return LIVE<br />

PD to the air.<br />


A survey sent to union members comes after a series of gaffes<br />

and staffing shake-ups by Acevedo. Some say he needs to go.<br />

Miami police union holds confidence vote<br />

on Chief Art Acevedo.<br />

By Charles Rabin<br />

Miami Herald<br />

MIAMI — Miami police union<br />

members are being asked if they’ve<br />

lost confidence in Chief Art Acevedo<br />

after just six months on the job and<br />

want him gone — a vote that comes<br />

less than a week before a pivotal<br />

meeting before city commissioners<br />

that could determine his fate.<br />

The results could provide fodder<br />

for a majority of city commissioners<br />

who say they are fed up with the<br />

dissension within the ranks caused<br />

by the chief and the department’s<br />

low morale.<br />

Last month, Miami commissioners<br />

angered after a series of controversial<br />

moves and gaffes by Acevedo<br />

called for a special meeting in<br />

which the only item discussed was<br />

decisions made by the chief and<br />

how the city should move forward.<br />

Commissioners, led by Joe Carollo,<br />

were particularly upset over<br />

a statement Acevedo made during<br />

a morning roll call last month in<br />

which he said the department was<br />

run by the “Cuban Mafia.” The chief<br />

later apologized, said it was intended<br />

as humor and that he was<br />

unaware the term was coined by<br />

Fidel Castro to paint Miami’s exiles<br />

who opposed his dictatorship<br />

as criminals. Three of the city’s<br />

commissioners are either exiles or<br />

have family members who suffered<br />

under the Castro regime.<br />

Since taking the helm in April,<br />

Acevedo has fired the highest-ranking<br />

police couple in the department<br />

for not properly reporting a patrol<br />

vehicle accident. He relieved a popular<br />

sergeant-at-arms from duty<br />

and demoted four majors, including<br />

one of the city’s highest-ranking<br />

Black female officers, without explanation.<br />

He posed for a selfie — unaware,<br />

he said — that it was with a leading<br />

member of South Florida’s white<br />

nationalist group the Proud Boys.<br />

He’s rankled members of the judiciary<br />

by repeatedly blasting them<br />

for early inmate releases from prison<br />

and jail. He’s also angered commissioners<br />

by filling at least one<br />

high-ranking position with someone<br />

he worked with in Houston and by<br />

trying to create a post for another<br />

former subordinate.<br />

The city’s Fraternal Order of Police<br />

has taken particular umbrage<br />

towards Acevedo over the past few<br />

months. President Tommy Reyes<br />

was incensed over an interview<br />

Acevedo did with a Spanish language<br />

radio personality in which<br />

the chief warned officers to get<br />

vaccinated or find another job.<br />

The poll, which began Tuesday<br />

September 22 and ended at midnight<br />

Wednesday September 23,<br />

is far from scientific. But it could<br />

offer a peek into the mind-set of<br />

the city’s 1,300 sworn officers. It<br />

asks two questions: Do you have<br />

confidence in Chief Acevedo to lead<br />

the Miami Police Department? And<br />

should Chief Acevedo be fired or<br />

forced to resign?<br />

The poll is being done through<br />

email and the questions were sent<br />

to everyone on Reyes’ email list,<br />

which also includes hundreds of<br />

retired officers. Reyes said he has<br />

requested that only non-retirees respond,<br />

though that could prove hard<br />

to quantify because the responses<br />

are anonymous.<br />

Just last month, Reyes complained<br />

that the chief was being<br />

hypocritical for not filing a report<br />

on a smudge mark and slight damage<br />

to a fender on his personal unmarked<br />

vehicle. Earlier this year he<br />

fired Deputy Chief Ron Papier and<br />

his wife, Cmdr. Nerly Papier, for not<br />

properly reporting an accident Nerly<br />

Papier had in her city-issued SUV.<br />

After some high-ranking officers<br />

claimed to have found nothing<br />

more than a smudge mark that<br />

they wiped clean, the city manager<br />

weighed in. Art <strong>No</strong>riega, generally<br />

shy about using social media<br />

to express points of view, said he<br />

personally reviewed the facts and it<br />

“seems to be another attempt by the<br />

Fraternal Order of Police to baselessly<br />

undermine our police chief.”<br />

The city’s independent Civilian Investigative<br />

Panel will also look into<br />

the alleged damage to the chief’s<br />

vehicle after someone filed an anonymous<br />

complaint. But that doesn’t<br />

necessarily mean the chief did anything<br />

wrong. The panel, which looks<br />

into potential police misconduct,<br />

investigates every complaint that<br />

comes before it.<br />

Commissioners set to question<br />

Acevedo are also still a bit steamed<br />

over the way <strong>No</strong>riega and Mayor<br />

Francis Suarez hired Acevedo. The<br />

two halted a lengthy search for a<br />

new chief in March that included<br />

several internal candidates — some<br />

supported by commissioners —<br />

when they announced the surprise<br />

hiring of Acevedo. He was Houston’s<br />

police chief at the time and a<br />

national figure who became popular<br />

marching alongside Black Lives<br />

Matter members during last summer’s<br />

marches.<br />

Acevedo had not responded to<br />

interview requests by the BLUES<br />

before we published this issue.<br />


Bodycam shows Ohio officer shot in<br />

head, return fire hitting suspect.<br />

By Parker Perry -<br />

Dayton Daily News<br />

DAYTON, Ohio — A Dayton police<br />

officer shot in the left side<br />

of his face Tuesday night who<br />

returned fire, striking the suspect<br />

multiple times, was able<br />

to request help for himself and<br />

the wounded suspect as well as<br />

direct bystanders to safety.<br />

The officer shot was identified<br />

as Thadeu Holloway, an eightyear<br />

veteran of the Dayton Police<br />

Department, said Matt Carper,<br />

interim director and chief, during<br />

a Wednesday afternoon news<br />

briefing.<br />

The officer-involved shooting<br />

began with an investigation into<br />

a fake bill passed at a Dollar<br />

General store, Carper said.<br />

Holloway responded around<br />

6:45 p.m. to Dollar General at<br />

888 S. Gettysburg Avenue for a<br />

fraud complaint after a customer<br />

passed a counterfeit bill earlier<br />

in the day, Carper said.<br />

Holloway arrived at 7:26 p.m.<br />

at the rear of 609 Ingram St. and<br />

approached 39-year-old Antwyane<br />

Deon Lowe, who matched<br />

the description of the suspect<br />

in the Dollar General fraud call,<br />

Carper said.<br />

As Holloway approached and<br />

addressed Lowe, he ignored the<br />

officer and began to walk away.<br />

As Holloway got closer to Lowe,<br />

he turned and punched Holloway<br />

in the face without warning,<br />

Carper said.<br />

The officer used his taser, and<br />

Lowe fell to the ground but was<br />

able to reach into his pocket and<br />

pull out a handgun, firing one<br />

round that struck Holloway in the<br />

left side of his face, Carper said.<br />

“The officer fell to the ground<br />

and immediately returned fire<br />

with five rounds, striking the<br />

suspect multiple times. Despite<br />

his injuries, the officer was able<br />

to effectively request assistance<br />

for himself and the wounded<br />

suspect. The officer also provided<br />

for the safety of witnesses<br />

and bystanders by directing them<br />

to a place of safety.”<br />

Dayton PD played radio traffic<br />

of the incident during the media<br />

briefing.<br />

“609 Ingram. I’ve been shot. ... I<br />

returned fire. I need medics and<br />

I need crews, please,” Holloway<br />

told dispatchers. “609 Ingram.<br />

Please hurry. I’ve been shot on<br />

the left side of my head. I can<br />

barely hear my earpiece.”<br />

Another Dayton officer took<br />

Holloway in a marked cruiser to<br />

Miami Valley Hospital. His left<br />

temporal artery was torn in the<br />

shooting, but he was in stable<br />

condition.<br />

Dayton police who arrived<br />

provided aid to Lowe, and Dayton<br />

Off. T. Holloway was released from the hospital two days after being shot in<br />

the head in the line of duty.<br />

medics took him to Miami Valley<br />

Hospital. Police said he was in<br />

critical condition Tuesday night,<br />

but he has improved and on<br />

Wednesday was in stable condition,<br />

police said.<br />

Holloway’s bodycam video,<br />

which was played during the<br />

media briefing, showed Holloway<br />

try to speak to Lowe and<br />

the point when Lowe suddenly<br />

turned around and punched the<br />

officer. Holloway immediately<br />

used his taser and Lowe fell to<br />

the ground but the taser appeared<br />

to have limited effect.<br />

Lowe ignored Holloway’s commands<br />

to put his hands behind<br />

his back and get on his stomach.<br />

Lowe pulled a gun from his<br />

pocket and shot Holloway in the<br />

face; the video showed.<br />

Holloway returned fire, and<br />

requested help. He maintained<br />

contact with police dispatchers<br />

and asked concerned residents<br />

to stay inside and assured them<br />

that help was on the way.<br />

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Carper said charges that will<br />

be filed against Lowe include two<br />

counts of felonious assault on a<br />

police officer as well as carrying a<br />

concealed weapon, weapons under<br />

disability and counterfeiting.<br />

At the time of publishing, Officer<br />

Holloway had been released<br />

from the hospital and was at home<br />

recovering.<br />

Our thoughts and prayers are<br />

with him and his family as he<br />

recovers from this almost fatal<br />

encounter with the suspect.<br />


87-year-old Riverside woman found dead in freezer<br />

at home is former LA County Sheriff’s Detective.<br />

By Ruby Gonzales<br />

RIVERSIDE, CA. —The mystery<br />

that was Miriam Travis’ life after<br />

she retired as a Los Angeles<br />

County sheriff’s homicide detective<br />

and moved to Riverside more<br />

than 30 years ago now extends<br />

to her death.<br />

Travis, 87, was found dead Sunday,<br />

September 19, in a freezer<br />

in the garage of the home where<br />

she had lived since 1990. Her<br />

live-in daughter, identified by<br />

neighbors only as Carol, was<br />

questioned and released while<br />

detectives attempted to learn<br />

how Travis died and what role,<br />

if any, her daughter played in<br />

either her demise or the handling<br />

of her body.<br />

Both mother and daughter<br />

were noted for being obsessively<br />

private.<br />

“Shocking. Very shocking. Especially<br />

because she’s little old<br />

sweet Miriam,” said Randy Hayes,<br />

63, who has lived next door to<br />

the Travis home on New Ridge<br />

Drive next to Sycamore Canyon<br />

Park for 27 years.<br />

A relative of Travis, Kerri Nickell<br />

of Oklahoma, identified Travis<br />

in a phone interview Monday.<br />

The Riverside County Coroner’s<br />

Office was not officially<br />

announcing the dead woman’s<br />

name Monday, a spokesman<br />

said. Deputy Maria Lucero, an LA<br />

County sheriff’s spokeswoman,<br />

said Travis was a sergeant at the<br />

homicide bureau from 1979 until<br />

she retired in 1990.<br />

Another relative had called<br />

police Sunday, asking officers to<br />

check on the woman, said Officer<br />

Javier Cabrera, a Riverside<br />

police spokesman. Officers went<br />

to the home in the Mission Grove<br />

neighborhood at about 9:35 a.m.<br />

They questioned the daughter,<br />

whose statements on the whereabouts<br />

of Travis were inconsistent,<br />

Cabrera said.<br />

Officers searched the house,<br />

which Cabrera described as<br />

“disheveled,” with hoarding-like<br />

conditions and trash piled high.<br />

There was a foul odor, and officers<br />

eventually discovered Travis<br />

in a working freezer in the garage.<br />

Her body had not decomposed,<br />

Cabrera said. An autopsy<br />

is planned.<br />

Nickell, who said she was<br />

Travis’ step-granddaughter, said<br />

Travis and her husband moved to<br />

the Riverside home in 1990 after<br />

her retirement.<br />

Travis was a “great grandmother,”<br />

Nickell said, taking Nickell<br />

and her 11 cousins to Disneyland<br />

every year at Christmas.<br />

Travis’ husband died in 1992,<br />

and suddenly Travis changed the<br />

locks on the house and cut off<br />

contact with extended family,<br />

Nickell said.<br />

“It was like this is my grandmother<br />

one day, and then we<br />

never heard from her again,” said<br />

Nickell, who described Travis<br />

and the daughter as “kind of hermits.”<br />

A cousin would sometimes<br />

mail pictures of relatives on her<br />

side of the family to Travis, but<br />

there was never any response.<br />

Hayes said that despite being<br />

decades-long neighbors, he<br />

knew little about Travis and her<br />

daughter, such as whether they<br />

ever traveled or had any hobbies.<br />

“I cannot overstate enough<br />

how reclusive they were,” he<br />

said.<br />

Hayes rarely saw service vehicles<br />

come to the house except<br />

for deliveries by Home Depot.<br />

Storage units dotted the backyard<br />

and changes to the property<br />

drew the interest of city code<br />

enforcement, he said. A wide,<br />

wooden gate was erected to the<br />

left of the garage and behind it,<br />

a tarp could be seen Monday. An<br />

awning, storage unit and individual<br />

cinder blocks, some still<br />

shrink-wrapped, filled part of<br />

the driveway.<br />

There was no discernible path<br />

to the front door, which was<br />

not visible from the street, and<br />

the windows on the two-story,<br />

2,650-square-foot-home were<br />

covered.<br />

Hayes would have brief conversations<br />

with Travis over the<br />

years, ones that became less and<br />

less frequent. Travis, if she left<br />

the house, would work in the<br />

garden out front or quickly get in<br />

a car and leave.<br />

Travis appeared to be in failing<br />

health, Hayes said. She was<br />

stooped and was moving slower<br />

and slower. Hayes said he last<br />

saw Travis in <strong>No</strong>vember.<br />

Cedric Valentin, 63, who landscaped<br />

Hayes’ home, said he<br />

would stop to talk with Travis<br />

as well. He last saw her four<br />

months ago.<br />

About a month ago, he saw<br />

Carol out in front of the house.<br />

“I asked Carol, ‘Where’s Miriam?’<br />

She said, ‘She’s in the<br />

house.’ I didn’t think anything of<br />

it. … It’s sad. Especially because<br />

she’s little, sweet Miriam. She’s<br />

in my heart, you know?” Valentin<br />

said.<br />

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alternative ballistics<br />

Bridging the Gap Between Less Lethal and<br />

Lethal Force.<br />

Officers confront a man with a knife, moments later he’s dead.<br />

Justified? Yes…but necessary? The debate Continues.<br />

It’s 11:23 pm. Two officers get a<br />

call of a report of a man with a<br />

knife acting erratically. They arrive<br />

within minutes and confront<br />

the suspect who is standing in<br />

the middle of the street with no<br />

shirt on and no shoes, yelling at<br />

no one in particular. They believe<br />

he may be high on drugs or simply<br />

mentally unstable, but they’re<br />

not sure.<br />

Following their department’s<br />

protocol and because he has<br />

a knife, they both draw their<br />

firearms. They tell the suspect to<br />

put down the knife…he ignores<br />

them as if he didn’t even hear<br />

them. They get his attention by<br />

shining their flashlights at his<br />

face and repeat their demands<br />

to put down the knife. He doesn’t<br />

comply.<br />

The suspect begins to walk in<br />

circles. They yell louder, “Sir, put<br />

down the knife and get on the<br />

ground!” He stops and stares at<br />

them. This standoff lasts about<br />

30 seconds as the police officers<br />

repeat their demands.<br />

The officers keep their distance,<br />

as the suspect turns and<br />

begins to walk toward one of the<br />

officers, who emphatically tells<br />

him to stop and put down the<br />

knife, but the suspect continues<br />

walking forward, and the officer<br />

fires three rounds.<br />

The suspect is pronounced<br />

dead at the scene; another<br />

officer involved shooting of a<br />

suspect with a knife. Was lethal<br />

force justified? Yes… but was it<br />

necessary?<br />

The situation we’ve described<br />

is one that is awfully familiar to<br />

law enforcement agencies in the<br />

US, as it seems to happen frequently<br />

throughout the country.<br />

In August, Scout Schultz, a<br />

21-year-old Georgia Tech student,<br />

who battled depression,<br />

was reported to police after being<br />

seen on campus with a knife.<br />

When officers arrived on scene,<br />

Schultz approached them holding<br />

the knife - in reality, it was<br />

a multi-tool with a small blade,<br />

which a family lawyer says was<br />

closed.<br />

In an amateur video of the incident,<br />

Schultz is walking toward<br />

the officers and can be heard<br />

saying, “Shoot me!”<br />

“Drop the knife, man, come<br />

on!” a police officer pleads with<br />

Schultz. “<strong>No</strong>body wants to hurt<br />

you,” another officer tells him.<br />

Schultz ignores repeated requests<br />

to drop the knife, then<br />

takes a few steps toward one of<br />

the officers. The officer opens<br />

fire, hitting Schultz in the chest.<br />

The student was transported<br />

to the Grady Memorial Hospital<br />

where he died from the gunshot<br />

wound.<br />

At a press conference, Schultz’s<br />

father was asked what he<br />

would like to say to the officer<br />

who pulled the trigger. “Why did<br />

you have to shoot?” Bill Schultz<br />

said. “That’s the question, I mean<br />

that’s the only question that matters<br />

right now. Why did you kill<br />

my son?”<br />

It’s this question that goes to<br />

the heart of a shift in policing<br />

tactics that is taking place in<br />

many parts of the country – an<br />

attempted move away from the<br />

use of deadly force and toward<br />

de-escalation tactics, and perhaps,<br />

toward the use of more<br />

appropriate less-lethal options<br />

for certain situations.<br />

With these examples of recent<br />

shootings, questions continue<br />

to be raised over when and why<br />

police resort to deadly force.<br />

Reports show that police officers<br />

in the United States, on average,<br />

fatally shoot about three people<br />

per day as reported in a Statista<br />

Research Report, September<br />

<strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Sergeant Mickey White was<br />

driving home in his patrol car,<br />

his shift over, when a call went<br />

out about a man harassing<br />

customers at a local grocery<br />

store in Arlington, Georgia. The<br />

employee who dialed 911 said<br />

the man was behaving oddly,<br />

accosting people, and singing<br />

strangely, as he walked up and<br />

down the aisles.<br />

Sgt. White took the call. When<br />

he arrived, the man was outside<br />

of the store sitting in his car,<br />

the door open and his hazard<br />

lights on. The suspect was Derry<br />

Touchtone, a 58-year-old man<br />

from Headland, just over the<br />

state border in Alabama.<br />

As Sgt. White pulled up behind<br />

Touchtone, the dashboard camera<br />

in his patrol car was recording.<br />

In the video, the officer can<br />

be heard telling Touchtone to<br />

get out of the vehicle. Touchtone<br />

complies but then ignores<br />

repeated instructions to put his<br />

hands on the car. Instead, he<br />

walks slowly out of the video<br />

frame, toward White, and begins<br />

to sing.<br />

Sgt. White fires his taser, but<br />

it fails to stop Touchtone. Off<br />

camera, a tussle can be heard,<br />

followed by two gunshots.<br />

Thirty-five seconds after Sgt.<br />

White had arrived, Touchtone<br />

was dead. He was unarmed. The<br />

dashcam kept recording as other<br />

officers arrived on the scene, and<br />

the camera overhears Sgt. White<br />

talking to another deputy.<br />

“You know the bad thing about<br />

it, Brent?” White says, “I could’ve<br />

fought him.”<br />

“Don’t second guess yourself,”<br />

Brent replies. “You did what you<br />

had to do.”<br />

These types of controversial<br />

police shootings have continued<br />

to raise questions over exactly<br />

what officers should and must<br />

do to protect themselves against<br />

suspects who threaten them<br />

with fists, knives, bats, or other<br />

non-firearm weapons.<br />

Over the past several years,<br />

many highly publicized police<br />

shootings have drawn national<br />

attention to officer-involved<br />

shootings, some of which may<br />

be the result of a significant<br />

amount of police departments in<br />

the US not having the resources<br />

or programs in place to properly<br />

train and prepare their officers<br />


on how to recognize and engage<br />

with a suspect suffering from a<br />

mental health crisis, or exactly<br />

how to de-escalate a threat from<br />

a knife, for example, without<br />

resorting to a gun.<br />

While additional training will<br />

be extremely helpful, using<br />

effective less-lethal technology<br />

will also help save lives while<br />

protecting officers. One such<br />

device is a product known as the<br />

‘Alternative,’ which is manufactured<br />

by a Las Vegas company,<br />

Alternative Ballistics Corporation.<br />

The Alternative instantly<br />

mounts onto an officer’s duty<br />

weapon and acts as a blunt<br />

force impact device for less than<br />

lethal situations. It was designed<br />

to stop a non-compliant suspect<br />

with a weapon, other than a gun,<br />

to safely affect an arrest.<br />

It’s been tested by NTS Chesapeake,<br />

a company that specializes<br />

in ballistics testing for a broad<br />

range of weapons and various<br />

types of munitions. The testing<br />

series demonstrated extreme accuracy<br />

up to 32 feet and AIS levels<br />

between 2.2 and 2.6, which<br />

are expected to incapacitate<br />

an individual with little risk of<br />

death or critical injury, and once<br />

the device is fired, the firearm<br />

instantly reverts to lethal force<br />

for follow-up shots, if absolutely<br />

necessary.<br />

Retired <strong>No</strong>rth Las Vegas Chief<br />

of Police, Alex Perez, has personally<br />

tested the Alternative.<br />

“At first, I was skeptical, as in my<br />

28-year career in law enforcement<br />

I’ve seen many less-lethal<br />

devices, some good…some not<br />

so good. But, after I took the time<br />

to go through the training and<br />

personally fired the Alternative, I<br />

quickly realized the advantages<br />

and benefits that this technology<br />

would have in the field as well as<br />

the numerous situations where it<br />

could be safely utilized.”<br />

Chief Perez additionally told us<br />

that, “It’s highly effective, because<br />

within seconds, it converts<br />

an officer’s duty weapon to a<br />

less-lethal device while instantly<br />

preserving lethal force if the situation<br />

warrants it. It’s also lightweight<br />

and takes up very little<br />

space on the duty belt, making it<br />

easily accessible.”<br />

Retired Detective Tony Lettieri,<br />

with 20 years of law enforcement<br />

experience, has investigated<br />

all types of violent crimes,<br />

including OIS (officer involved<br />

shootings). He has also fully<br />

tested and evaluated the Alternative.<br />

“The real beauty of this is that<br />

it’s with me, on my duty belt,<br />

so there is no reason to return<br />

to the trunk of my car to get a<br />

bean bag device, pepper ball or<br />

rubber bullets and I never have<br />

to take my eyes off the suspect,”<br />

explained Lettieri. “Plus, I was<br />

very impressed with how accurate<br />

it was,” he added, “and if<br />

taken from an officer, it can’t be<br />

used against them, unlike if the<br />

suspect gets a hold of the officer’s<br />

taser.”<br />

The company’s CEO, Steve Luna,<br />

told us that his company wants<br />

to bridge the gap in the market<br />

by providing an effective less-lethal<br />

option for law enforcement,<br />

once a duty weapon is drawn,<br />

and one that can be utilized at<br />

longer ranges to optimize officer<br />

safety.<br />

“When the suspect has a<br />

knife, bat, broken bottle, or<br />

anything other than a gun, our<br />

device gives an officer the ability<br />

to stop the suspect, so that<br />

an arrest can be made without<br />

shots being fired, because the<br />

Alternative uses a blunt force<br />

impact projectile that will likely<br />

incapacitate the suspect without<br />

the internal damage that a bullet<br />

causes,” explained Luna.<br />

He further suggested that<br />

“Once an officer has the opportunity<br />

to test fire the Alternative,<br />

the light bulb goes off, and<br />

they immediately begin to think<br />

of situations where the device<br />

could be used; situations where<br />

lethal force may be justified but<br />

not necessary.”<br />

In these dangerous and challenging<br />

times for law enforcement,<br />

we appreciate and empathize<br />

with the hard work, the<br />

complexities, and the risks that<br />

officers face every day, and we<br />

see that officer involved shootings<br />

of suspects in possession<br />

of a knife, or another type of<br />

potentially lethal weapon (other<br />

than a firearm), has the public<br />

continuing to rally against their<br />

decisions, and in some instances,<br />

the officers are charged with<br />

crimes for deploying their service<br />

weapon.<br />

These situations beg the question…<br />

do officers have everything<br />

they need to effectively protect<br />

themselves and citizens in complex<br />

encounters? To answer this,<br />

we must examine the fact that<br />

officers currently only have their<br />

firearms for encounters that rise<br />

to a possible lethal threat, and<br />

perhaps, some of these conflicts<br />

could be resolved in a more effective<br />

and appropriate manner,<br />

if an alternative tool provided an<br />

option that was readily available.<br />

Perhaps the ‘Alternative’ just<br />

might be an effective tool.<br />

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Senior Houston Police Officer<br />

William “Bill” Jeffrey<br />

<strong>No</strong> police officer ever left home thinking, “Today, I’m<br />

going to be killed in the line of duty.” Yet the memorial<br />

wall in Washington is filled with the names of thousands<br />

of officers who did just that. They left home, never<br />

to return again to those they love.<br />

End of Watch: Monday, Sept. 20,<strong>2021</strong><br />

What would they say, what would you say, if you were<br />

allowed one opportunity to send a short note to the significant<br />

people in your life? What final message would<br />

you send to your wife, your husband, your son, your<br />

daughter, or your parents? What would you say before<br />

you walked out the door one last time?<br />

What would Bill Jeffrey say to his loving wife Susanne,<br />

a former Houston Police Officer herself, or his beautiful<br />

daughter Lacie, or his precious granddaughter Laney?<br />

I’ve tried to put myself in their shoes and construct<br />

words for those left behind after their tragic and sudden<br />

exodus. This poem is dedicated to the memory of Senior<br />

Police Officer William “Bill” Jeffrey of the Houston Police<br />

Department as well as all our fallen brothers and<br />

sisters in blue.<br />

Bill Jeffrey<br />



To My Partner<br />

You did all that you could, I fell and yet you stood,<br />

You know sadness was never my style.<br />

Those were the cards we drew, nothing else more we could do,<br />

Except remember me, my friend with a smile.<br />

To My Wife<br />

Don’t think of me as gone, but away, though I wish I could have stayed,<br />

I may not be there, but our love did not end.<br />

We had faith, we had love, sure as God is above<br />

I feel your love from here that you continue to send.<br />

To My Daughter & My Grand Daughter<br />

I know for you it must be hard to be alone,<br />

In all the places where we laughed, and we played.<br />

My sweet baby girl, you know you still give me joy,<br />

Live your life as I did, brave and unafraid.<br />

To the Officers I Leave Behind<br />

Every day that you hit those streets,<br />

Be sure and watch your six for all the dangers you’ll face.<br />

Train hard, wear your vest, for you’ll surely be put to the test,<br />

with all the bad guys, right up to that last chase.<br />

To the Criminals<br />

<strong>No</strong>w that I’m here and God’s plan is so clear<br />

To you, there is but one thing to say.<br />

You steal, you rape, you kill and abuse your free will<br />

Your time will come when there’s Hell to pay.<br />

To Everyone Else<br />

I may seem gone from all you now, but I know that somehow<br />

We will reunite in another place.<br />

For “The good they die young,” is a song often sung,<br />

But this verse is flawed on its face.<br />

You see the good don’t die young, but instead, they live on,<br />

In memories, and in many a heart.<br />



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Lost in the Line of Duty<br />

Investigator Dusty Wainscott<br />

Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas<br />

End of Watch Wednesday, September 8, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 38 Tour 16 Years Badge # 29<br />

Investigator Dusty Wainscott collapsed and died after chasing and getting into a<br />

physical altercation with two suspects who fled on foot during a traffic stop near<br />

Park Place and McGee Street in Sherman.<br />

Investigator Wainscott had served with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for<br />

16 years. He had also served with the Van Alstyne Police Department and Pottsboro<br />

Police Department. He is survived by his wife and parents.<br />

Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans<br />

Independence Police Department, Missouri<br />

End of Watch Wednesday, September 15, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 22 Tour 2 Months Badge # 1744<br />

Officer Blaize Madrid-Evans was shot and killed when he was dispatched to the<br />

2300 block of South <strong>No</strong>rthern Boulevard to check for a wanted subject at a residence<br />

at about 11:30 am. As officers encountered the wanted subject the man<br />

opened fire and critically wounded Officer Madrid-Evans. Other officers on the<br />

scene returned fire and killed the subject. Officer Madrid-Evans was transported<br />

to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds later that evening.<br />

Officer Madrid-Evans had graduated from the academy only two months earlier<br />

and was still in field training. He is survived by his parents and fiancée.<br />

Lieutenant John Stewart<br />

Lake City Police Department, South Carolina<br />

End of Watch Friday, September 17, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 48 Tour 21 Years Badge # N/A<br />

Lieutenant John Stewart was killed during a vehicle pursuit in the 1000 block of<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Matthews Road.<br />

The subject involved in the initial pursuit with Lake City police officers then<br />

carjacked another vehicle. He was taken into custody following another pursuit<br />

involving members of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.<br />

Lieutenant Stewart was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served<br />

with the Lake City Police for 13 years. He had served in law enforcement for<br />

over 21 years. Lieutenant Stewart is survived by his two sons and seven siblings.<br />

Senior Police Officer William Jeffrey<br />

Houston Police Department, Texas<br />

End of Watch Monday, September 20, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 54 Tour 30 Years 9 Months Badge # N/A<br />

Senior Police Officer Bill Jeffrey was shot and killed in the 5300 block of Aeropark<br />

Drive at about 7:30 am while serving a warrant in Harris County.<br />

He and other officers had gone to the apartment to serve an arrest warrant as<br />

part of a high-level narcotics case. They made contact with a female subject<br />

who answered the door. As they spoke to her the wanted man emerged and<br />

opened fire without warning, striking Officer Jeffrey and another officer. Officers<br />

were able to return fire and killed the subject.<br />

Officer Jeffrey had served with the Houston Police Department for 30 years.<br />

He is survived by his wife, daughter and granddaughter. His wife had recently<br />

retired from the Houston Police Department.<br />



Lost in the Line of Duty<br />

Deputy Sheriff Luke Ryan Gross<br />

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Maine<br />

End of Watch Thursday, September 23, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 44 Tour 20 Years Badge # 2N/A<br />

Deputy Sheriff Luke Gross was struck and killed by a vehicle investigating a<br />

crash on Route 3 in Trenton at about 4:00 am.<br />

Deputy Gross had served with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years.<br />

He had previously worked for the Sabattus Police Department. He is survived by<br />

his wife, son, and daughter.<br />

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Locke<br />

Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee<br />

End of Watch Saturday, September 25, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 30 Tour 7 Years Badge # 565 Veteran<br />

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Locke was shot and killed while assisting other officers<br />

during a domestic disturbance at a home in the 3000 block of Nance Bend Road<br />

in Clifton. An officer from Clifton Police Department and other deputies contacted<br />

the subject who was armed with a gun. As officers were ordering the man to<br />

drop the gun as Deputy Locke approached the home. The man suddenly opened<br />

fire, fatally wounding Deputy Locke. Deputy Locke was transported to a nearby<br />

hospital where he died shortly after arrival.<br />

Deputy Locke was a Tennessee Army National Guard veteran and had served<br />

with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department seven years. He is survived by his<br />

wife and child.<br />

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Moyers<br />

Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, Florida<br />

End of Watch Sunday, September 26, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 29 Tour 6 Years Badge # 1205<br />

Deputy Sheriff Joshua Moyers succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two<br />

days earlier while conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of US-301 and<br />

Sandy Ford Road. During the traffic stop Deputy Moyers was given a false name<br />

by the driver and learned the tags belonged to a different vehicle. As he opened<br />

the driver’s door to place the man in custody the subject shot Deputy Moyers<br />

in the face and back. The man fled the scene over a railroad crossing just as<br />

the arms were coming down and a train passed, blocking other deputies from<br />

immediately pursuing him.<br />

Police Officer Darrell Adams<br />

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee<br />

End of Watch Saturday, October 2, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Age 34 Tour 5 Years 6 Months Badge # N/A<br />

Police Officer Darrell Adams was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-40<br />

near <strong>No</strong>rth Watkins Street shortly after 11:00 am.<br />

He and other officers were investigating a vehicle accident when he was struck<br />

and killed.<br />

Officer Adams served with the Memphis Police Department for 5-1/2 years.<br />

Deputy Sheriff Moyers had served with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office for<br />

over six years. He is survived by his fiancée, parents, and brother.<br />


Biden administration stops<br />

Border Patrol using horses in<br />

Del Rio amid Dem outrage.<br />

Democrats falsely accused agents of carrying ‘whips.’<br />

The Biden administration is<br />

prohibiting Border Patrol agents<br />

from using horses in the Del Rio<br />

sector amid Democratic outrage<br />

over images that lawmakers<br />

falsely claimed showed agents<br />

using “whips” to stop Haitian migrants<br />

getting into the U.S.<br />

White House Press Secretary<br />

Jen Psaki said at a press briefing<br />

Thursday that the images, which<br />

involve a Border Patrol agent<br />

grabbing one of the migrant’s<br />

shirts, are “horrible and horrific”<br />

and noted that an investigation is<br />

ongoing.<br />

“I can also convey to you that<br />

[DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas]<br />

also conveyed to civil rights<br />

leaders earlier this morning that<br />

we would no longer be using<br />

horses in Del Rio,” she said.<br />

The revelation comes on the<br />

fourth day of controversy related<br />

to the false claims that agents<br />

used “whips” against Haitian migrants<br />

on Sunday – a claim that<br />

was initially debunked by Mayorkas<br />

and Border Patrol chief Raul<br />

Ortiz on Monday, who noted that<br />

agents were wielding long reins<br />

to control their horses in difficult<br />

riverines.<br />

Other Border Patrol sources<br />

have noted that agents will<br />

spin or twirl their reins in order<br />

to move the horse forward as<br />

a signal to the horse. So far, no<br />

images have been presented of<br />

migrants being hit by the reins.<br />

However, as the White House<br />

condemned the images, by Tuesday<br />

Mayorkas had changed his<br />

stance.<br />

“I was horrified by what I saw,”<br />

Mayorkas told CNN. “I’m going<br />

to let the investigation run its<br />

course. But the pictures that I observed<br />

troubled me profoundly.<br />

That defies all of the values that<br />

we seek to instill in our people.”<br />

On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala<br />

Harris said she supported<br />

an investigation and was “deeply<br />

troubled” by the allegations.<br />

Senate Majority Leader Chuck<br />

Schumer decried “images of<br />

inhumane treatment of Haitian<br />

migrants by Border Patrol—including<br />

the use of whips.”<br />

The agents involved have since<br />

been moved to administrative<br />

duty.<br />

The narrative that the agents<br />

used “whips” has continued to<br />

gather steam among activists<br />

and left-wing Democrats, who<br />

have then infused a racial narrative<br />

into the mix, given that the<br />

Haitians are Black.<br />

“What we witnessed takes us<br />

back hundreds of years,” Rep.<br />

Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said this<br />

week. “What we witnessed was<br />

worse than what we witnessed<br />

in slavery … cowboys with their<br />

reins, again, whipping black<br />

people.”<br />

As those claimed to continue to<br />

move forward, without evidence,<br />

agents expressed anger to Fox<br />

News about the move, which<br />

they said will make them less<br />

safe.<br />

“It will make patrolling extremely<br />

difficult along with security.<br />

This is insane. The agents<br />

did nothing wrong,” one agent<br />

told Fox.<br />


“I Never Saw Agents<br />

Whipping Anyone.”<br />

Says the Photographer of Images at<br />

the Center of Border Patrol Hoax.<br />

By Bob Price<br />

The photographer who witnessed<br />

the incident where horseback-mounted<br />

Border Patrol<br />

agents attempted to control<br />

Haitian migrants crossing the Rio<br />

Grande last week said he never<br />

saw agents whipping anyone. His<br />

photographs led to unfounded<br />

claims from many officials including<br />

President Joe Biden that<br />

agents were whipping or “strapping”<br />

the migrants with whips.<br />

In an exclusive interview with<br />

KTSM NBC9 in El Paso, photographer<br />

Paul Ratje said he “didn’t<br />

ever see them (the agents) whip<br />

anybody. ” He was swinging it<br />

(the reins), but I didn’t see him<br />

actually whip someone with it.”<br />

Ratje said the incident occurred<br />

when Haitian migrants<br />

attempted to run around the<br />

horses. He took the infamous<br />

photos that have “really been<br />

misconstrued” from the Mexican<br />

side of the river.<br />

Among those who apparently<br />

misconstrued the images is the<br />

President of the United States.<br />

“To see people treated like they<br />

did, horses running them over<br />

and people getting strapped, it’s<br />

outrageous I promise you those<br />

people will pay,” the president<br />

said during a press conference<br />

on Friday.<br />

One day earlier, the White<br />

House announced a policy banning<br />

the use of Border Patrol<br />

horses in the Del Rio Sector. “[W]<br />

e will no longer be using horses<br />

in Del Rio,” White House press<br />

secretary Jen Psaki told reporters<br />

during the daily briefing.<br />

Horse Patrol Units of the U.S.<br />

Border Patrol have a long history<br />

of carrying out migrants rescues<br />

in remote and hazardous terrains<br />

all along the southwest border.<br />

Breitbart Texas regularly reports<br />

on the rescues and apprehension<br />

of migrants and the seizure<br />

of drugs carried out by the men<br />

and women of the Border Patrol<br />

who serve on horseback.<br />

KTSM Anchor Christina Aguayo<br />

and Photojournalist Johnny Munoz<br />

were in Del Rio investigating<br />

the incident and found that even<br />

though most of the headlines say<br />

that Border Patrol Agents were<br />

using whips to threaten and<br />

intimidate the migrants, Ranchers<br />

and horse experts in Del Rio<br />

disagree.<br />

According to a sixth generation<br />

Rancher, Kerr Wardlaw, the<br />

Border Patrol Agents were using<br />

something called split reins in<br />

order to have more control their<br />

horse. Wardlaw said that agents<br />

also use the tail end of the reins<br />

to help with quickly move the<br />

horse from left to right.<br />

The video – which shows<br />

several border patrol agents on<br />

horseback blocking migrants<br />

from entering into a migrant<br />

camp underneath the Del Rio<br />

International Bridge – sparked<br />

strong reactions from the White<br />

House to across the nation.<br />

Vice President Kamala Harris,<br />

who was put in charge of<br />

the crisis at the southern border<br />

back in March, condemned the<br />

agents’ actions saying,<br />

“What I saw depicted, those<br />

individuals on horseback treating<br />

human beings the way they<br />

were, was horrible.”<br />

On Monday DHS Secretary<br />

Alejandro Mayorkas said that the<br />

long reins used by the agents<br />

were to ensure control of the<br />

horses, but then said on Tuesday<br />

that the pictures “horrified him.”<br />

Wardlaw explained that the<br />

agents who appeared to be swinging<br />

their reins in the air were actually<br />

using their reins as a tool,<br />

to quickly move the rear end of the<br />

horse from left to right. He said that<br />

the agents were using non-lethal<br />

force by using their horses as tools.<br />

Wardlaw also said that one of his<br />

friends who works in Border Patrol<br />

revealed that the agent in the video<br />

reached for the migrant only after<br />

that migrant tried to gain control<br />

of the horse, which if gained, could<br />

have been very dangerous. The<br />

rancher asserts that the agent could<br />

have been seriously hurt.<br />


Pentagon acknowledges<br />

that a drone<br />

strike in Afghanistan<br />

was a tragic mistake<br />

that killed 10<br />

civilians, including 7<br />

children.<br />

children.<br />

Want to know why the Biden White House is spinning<br />

a tail of Border Agents allegedly whipping Haitian<br />

immigrants trying to cross the border illegally?<br />

So, you’ll forget that only weeks earlier they mistook<br />

a white Toyota Corolla for a terrorist vehicle and<br />

launched a missile that killed 10 innocent civilians<br />

including 7 children.<br />

By Marcus Yam<br />

KABUL, Afghanistan – After a day at work, Ezmari<br />

Ahmadi was just arriving at his home Sunday in<br />

Khwaja Burgha, a working-class neighborhood a<br />

few miles west of Kabul’s airport, when calamity<br />

struck.<br />

As he pulled into the driveway about 4:30 p.m.,<br />

children — his own as well as those of his brothers<br />

and other relatives — swarmed around Ahmadi’s<br />

Toyota Corolla. His 12-year-old son, Farzad, asked if<br />

he could park the car. Ahmadi obliged, put Farzad in<br />

the driver’s seat and switched to the passenger side.<br />

That’s when what the family says was an American<br />

missile fired moments before from a drone buzzing<br />

nearby drilled through the car, slammed into the<br />

ground below and detonated.<br />


In an instant, 10 people were<br />

killed, including at least seven<br />

children, Ahmadi’s brother Emal<br />

said Monday. Among the dead<br />

were Ahmadi, 40, who the family<br />

said worked for a Southern California-based<br />

charity; a 25-yearold<br />

nephew who was about to<br />

be married; and five kids who<br />

were 5 years old or younger.<br />

In the driveway, what remained<br />

of the Corolla was a blackened,<br />

incinerated heap of metal, melted<br />

plastic and scraps of what<br />

appeared to be human flesh<br />

and a tooth. Somewhere near<br />

the passenger’s side was a hole<br />

where a projectile had punched<br />

through. Two Los Angeles Times<br />

journalists who visited the site<br />

examined metal fragments consistent<br />

with some kind of missile.<br />

U.S. forces, who pulled out<br />

of Afghanistan on ???, say they<br />

launched a drone strike that destroyed<br />

a car loaded with explosives<br />

and suicide bombers heading<br />

for Kabul’s airport, where a<br />

terrorist attack killed more than<br />

180 people, including 13 U.S. service<br />

personnel.<br />

It remained unclear whether<br />

the drone strike was linked to<br />

the blast that hit Ahmadi’s car.<br />

In an initial statement after the<br />

strike, U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Urban,<br />

a spokesman for the U.S. military’s<br />

Central Command, said the<br />

strike had hit its intended target<br />

and that there were no indications<br />

of civilian casualties.<br />

But in a subsequent statement,<br />

Urban said the Pentagon<br />

was aware of reports of civilian<br />

casualties and was investigating.<br />

“We would be deeply saddened<br />

by any potential loss of innocent<br />

life,” he said.<br />

He said the U.S. strike “disrupted<br />

an imminent ISIS-K threat,”<br />

a reference to the Afghan affiliate<br />

of the militant Islamic State<br />

group, which claimed responsibility<br />

for the deadly bombing on<br />

the outskirts of the Kabul airport.<br />

In the wake of that attack, the<br />

Pentagon launched an airstrike<br />

in eastern Afghanistan that it<br />

said killed both the “facilitator”<br />

and “planner” of the bombing.<br />

Urban said there were powerful<br />

secondary explosions from<br />

Sunday’s drone strike, which he<br />

said indicated a large number<br />

of explosive materials inside the<br />

targeted vehicle. Those secondary<br />

explosions “may have caused<br />

additional casualties,” he said.<br />

In Khwaja Burgha, members of<br />

Ahmadi’s family said there had<br />

been only one explosion and that<br />

the resulting fireball had partially<br />

burned a crimson Toyota SUV<br />

that was also in the driveway.<br />

“We heard a loud bang, and the<br />

whole house shook,” said Abdul<br />

Khalil, the Ahmadis’ neighbor.<br />

One of the rooms in his house is<br />

adjacent to the Ahmadis’ driveway;<br />

the blast had dislodged<br />

large chunks of plaster from the<br />

wall.<br />

The outside walls of the Ahmadis’<br />

home were spattered<br />

with bloodstains that had begun<br />

to brown.<br />

If the deaths of Ezmari Ahmadi<br />

and his family members are<br />

determined to be the result of<br />

an errant U.S. drone strike, the<br />

horrific tragedy would lay bare<br />

the dangers of the Pentagon’s<br />

long-term plans for so-called<br />

over-the-horizon attacks as a<br />

centerpiece of its counterterrorism<br />

mission. Even when U.S.<br />

troops were fully deployed in<br />

Afghanistan, with CIA operatives<br />

and American special forces<br />

working alongside Afghan security<br />

forces, mounting civilian<br />

casualties soured many Afghans<br />

on the U.S. presence and boosted<br />

the Taliban’s popularity.<br />

Family members insisted there<br />

was no way Ahmadi was involved<br />

with ISIS-K. If anything,<br />

they would have been considered<br />

targets by the extremist group,<br />

which counts all who worked<br />

with the U.S.-backed Afghan<br />

government and its foreign allies<br />

as spies, traitors, and collaborators.<br />

The family said Ahmadi had<br />

worked for the last 16 years with<br />

Nutrition & Education International,<br />

a nongovernmental<br />

organization based in Pasadena.<br />

Ahmadi’s business card identifies<br />

him as a technical engineer, and<br />

it bears the logo of the organization,<br />

whose homepage carried<br />

this message Monday: “Due to the<br />

security issues in Afghanistan,<br />

our website is temporarily disabled.”<br />

Ahmadi had applied for a special<br />

U.S. immigration designation<br />

that would allow him to leave<br />

Afghanistan and go to the U.S.,<br />

his brother Emal said. Thousands<br />

of Afghans who worked<br />

with Western organizations have<br />

fled since the Taliban took over<br />

Afghanistan earlier this month,<br />

but thousands more are in danger<br />

of being left behind as the<br />

U.S. wraps up its airlift at Kabul<br />

airport Tuesday.<br />

Ahmadi’s nephew Nasser, who<br />

was also killed in the explosion,<br />

had worked with U.S. special<br />

forces in the western Afghan city<br />

of Herat, and had also served as<br />

a guard for the U.S. Consulate<br />

there before joining the Afghan<br />

National Army, family members<br />

said. The 25-year-old, who relatives<br />

said was to be married this<br />

week, had come to Kabul to see<br />

if he could push along his own<br />

application for a special immigrant<br />

visa.<br />

Sitting on a pile of sandbags<br />

outside the family compound,<br />

Ezmari Ahmadi’s other brother,<br />

Ramal, could barely speak<br />

through the grief of having lost<br />

three children in the explosion:<br />

Binyamin, 5; Arwin, 3; and Aya,<br />

just 1.<br />

He had been in his room when<br />

the missile struck. “There was<br />

just this big explosion. I was totally<br />

in shock. I didn’t understand<br />

what happened,” he said, his<br />

eyes red from crying.<br />

For two hours after the blast,<br />

he remained dazed, but then<br />

began to understand that his<br />

three children had piled into the<br />

car with their uncle Ezmari and<br />

cousin Farhad and had been<br />

killed.<br />

Mohammad Fawad, a relative,<br />

stood enraged in front of the<br />

incinerated Corolla.<br />

“I want Joe Biden to know<br />

about this. Why do you attack<br />

these people and say it’s Daesh?”<br />

he said, referring to Islamic State<br />

by its Arabic acronym, which is<br />

considered a pejorative by the<br />

group.<br />

“All of these kids were martyred,”<br />

Fawad said, furiously<br />

scrolling through pictures of<br />

those killed on his phone. “Look<br />

at them. Which one of these<br />

people is Daesh? These people<br />

worked with the government —<br />

with the U.S. And look at these<br />

kids. Do you think they’re Daesh?”<br />

Emal Ahmadi was also distraught.<br />

“They shouldn’t do this kind of<br />

action, killing civilians,” he said.<br />

“I lost my family.”<br />



New series takes deep dive into St. Petersburg Police Academy<br />


PART 61<br />

The Run<br />

“Get him to the grass!”<br />


Times Staff Writer<br />

The Shoot House<br />

You’re having a bad day. You’ve gotten punched, you’ve gone down, and some bad guy, much<br />

bigger than you, is sitting on your stomach, grabbing for your gun.<br />

“Just<br />

“What do you do?”<br />

like<br />

a coach asks<br />

that:<br />

the cadets. “What?”<br />

Bang. You’re Dead.”<br />

They’re working in pairs today, the first day after winter break, spread around the mat room<br />

practicing defensive tactics. One recruit plays the officer, the other the suspect. They take turns<br />

with the roles, as coaches call out commands and questions.<br />

“Pull them in with your legs, don’t keep your knees tight, so you’ve got room to punch. Don’t<br />

panic. Don’t gas yourself.”<br />

Go with what the guy gives you, the coach says.<br />

“If you can still reach your mic, call for backup. When he goes for your gun, that’s when you go<br />

for it. He’s got to let go of something. As soon as he reaches, that’s when you escape.<br />

“Posture up. Play with it. Ready? Go!”<br />


The cadets look like they’re<br />

waging an aggressive game of<br />

Twister, everyone climbing on<br />

each other, pushing, and shoving,<br />

trying not to fall, fighting<br />

to gain control.<br />

One of the woman recruits,<br />

held on the ground in choke<br />

hold by another, looks at the<br />

instructor, standing above,<br />

showing with his hands how<br />

she should respond.<br />

Brittany Moody gets instruction<br />

on how to escape an attacker.<br />

The biggest guy in the class<br />

tackles KeVonn Mabon. He’s on<br />

top of the former football player,<br />

pushing his head into the<br />

blue mat. “He’s going to break<br />

your wrist!” shouts the coach.<br />

“He’s going to crush your trachea.<br />

He’s going to crack your<br />

jaw.”<br />

Mabon is struggling, sweating.<br />

“Try the excavator, Mabon!<br />

Use your legs!”<br />

Mabon grimaces. “He’s very<br />

energetic, sir!”<br />

At St. Petersburg College’s<br />

police academy, recruits learn<br />

defensive tactics based on Jiu<br />

Jitsu, By LANE moves DeGREGORY, they have to master<br />

Times and Staff demonstrate Writer during an<br />

exam. They learn how to “hip<br />

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out” and “shrimp out” of a<br />

It’s 6-feet tall, made of smooth<br />

take-down; how to cup a suspect’s<br />

on. chin so they can’t turn<br />

wood. <strong>No</strong>thing to hold or stand<br />

their Even head; the tallest how to men drive are struggling.<br />

into someone’s face.<br />

their<br />

shoulders<br />

“Run “The at only it. Get escape a grip. is Haul to fight yourself<br />

up,” shouts the coach a coach shouts. in a red<br />

harder,”<br />

“What shirt. “Don’t are they give on? them Drugs a huge and<br />

alcohol. target.” They’ll start tapping<br />

out, You and never when know they when do, you’re don’t<br />

disengage.<br />

going to have<br />

De-escalate.<br />

to chase a suspect<br />

That’s<br />

over a wall.<br />

the only way to control that.<br />

It’s a drizzly day in late September.<br />

The police recruits are lined<br />

You have an audience. They’re<br />

watching you. Be professional.<br />

Don’t just go for your gun.<br />

That’s what officers do when<br />

they panic.”<br />

“Use this,” the coach says,<br />

tapping his head. “And this,” he<br />

taps his mouth.<br />

Mabon is still on his back,<br />

rolling from side to side, trying<br />

to force a space below one of<br />

the big guy’s elbows. But the<br />

guy keeps pushing back.<br />

“Man, hey, you’re choking me!”<br />

Mabon gasps.<br />

The coach stands over them.<br />

“Disengage!”<br />

He stops the other recruits in<br />

their scenarios. “What’s going<br />

on with the neck there?” he<br />

asks Mabon’s partner. Silence.<br />

He shouts across the room,<br />

“What’s in the news now?<br />

C’mon!<br />

“Your arm is not around their<br />

neck. It’s between the side and<br />

shoulder. Don’t squeeze. It will<br />

look like a chokehold.”<br />

Florida’s police academy curriculum<br />

includes a chokehold.<br />

But the St. Petersburg school<br />

had stopped teaching that tactic<br />

up behind long before St. Petersburg a Minneapolis College’s<br />

cop Allstate killed Center, George between Floyd. the The rifle<br />

range and shoot house.<br />

coach tells the recruits, “We<br />

Three weeks into training,<br />

don’t do that here.”<br />

they’ve learned to keep their eyes<br />

on<br />

“If<br />

the<br />

they’re<br />

door, do<br />

coming<br />

push-ups<br />

at you<br />

on cadence,<br />

tell force, reasonable you’re allowed suspicion to<br />

with<br />

deadly<br />

choke. from probable You can cause, do anything frisk someone,<br />

search the coach a car says. and carry “But that’s coffee<br />

at<br />

all,”<br />

always in their left the hand last resort.”<br />

they can grab<br />

their Pairs gun of with recruits their practice right.<br />

holds Brittany on each Moody other. is first woman<br />

Cadets in her class have to conquer master the 28<br />

defensive obstacle course. tactics. She Here, played Mabon five<br />

sports growing up and works out<br />

subdues a suspect during an<br />

every morning.<br />

exam.<br />

This morning, they’re starting the<br />

obstacle course that’s designed to<br />

Over the holidays, the recruits<br />

didn’t get much of a break.<br />

Agencies sponsoring them<br />

made them keep working.<br />

Hannah Anhalt, who loves<br />

dogs, worked with K-9 handlers<br />

from the Clearwater Police<br />

Department, hiding in the<br />

rafters of a house until a dog<br />

found her. She learned that it’s<br />

harder for dogs to find people<br />

who escape on concrete than<br />

it is if they run through a field.<br />

Grass holds the smell of sweat<br />

and fear.<br />

Mabon and Brittany “Mama”<br />

Moody reported to the Pinellas<br />

County Sheriff’s Office, where<br />

they worked out every day. Mabon<br />

loved it.<br />

At the academy, he had started<br />

leading drills during the<br />

lunch break, pushing classmates<br />

to do more sit-ups,<br />

squats, side-straddle hops.<br />

Faster. Trying to prepare them<br />

to pass the physical assessment.<br />

Pumping them up with<br />

his positivity.<br />

“Slow down, hotshot,” called<br />

Coach Joe Saponare, who<br />

works out with the recruits half<br />

predict his age. their “<strong>No</strong> perils: one can crawl keep under up a<br />

fence, with you!” slither through a tube, hoist<br />

yourself<br />

The academy<br />

into a make-shift<br />

walls are<br />

attic.<br />

filled<br />

They’re slick with sweat, covered<br />

with framed photos of officers<br />

in dirt, cheering each other on.<br />

riding<br />

“You<br />

horses,<br />

got it! Come<br />

steering<br />

on! Keep<br />

boats,<br />

going!”<br />

charging If you with fall, SWAT you have shields. to start<br />

over. Recently, someone hung a<br />

new “You one have in three the hall chances,” by the the cafeteria:<br />

says. Mabon running past the<br />

coach<br />

parking In the real lot, world, far ahead you might of his only<br />

get classmates. one.<br />

Class One of 219 the is mostly recruits white uses and a lint<br />

male, roller but on it his is slacks. the most diverse<br />

yet,<br />

Coaches<br />

said Joe<br />

call<br />

Saponare,<br />

Mabon<br />

who<br />

“a Greek<br />

oversees<br />

recruit training at St. Petersburg<br />

College’s Law Enforcement<br />

God.” Here, he makes sure his<br />

Academy: seven women, five Black<br />

pants are lint-free between<br />

classes.<br />

“A Greek god.” That’s what<br />

Coach Sap calls Mabon: 6-foot-<br />

2, 223 pounds, broad shoulders,<br />

bulging biceps, sculpted calves.<br />

He’s lost weight since COVID<br />

canceled people, his two professional Latinos. Half went foot-tball<br />

college. career, Six but were that in only the military. made<br />

The youngest, age 19, lives with<br />

him faster.<br />

his parents. One of the oldest is<br />

“He’ll be great in the community,”<br />

raising a son. She’s already earned<br />

a nickname,<br />

Coach<br />

Mama<br />

Sap said,<br />

Moody.<br />

“connecting<br />

Some with registered other athletes for the academy and<br />

African last spring, Americans, before inspiring George Floyd<br />

kids. was He’ll killed, get before out there people in took the to<br />

trenches, the streets break demanding down the that barriersernments<br />

help change defund perceptions.”<br />

the police. They<br />

gov-<br />

Mabon decided grew to attend up in anyway. St. Louis,<br />

just Others him applied and his because mom. of those<br />

Dad outcries. “wasn’t really in the picture<br />

much,” he said. His mom<br />

They know they will be insulted,<br />

targeted, hated — some critics<br />

worked double shifts at a ca-<br />

are openly hostile. But 30 young<br />

people signed up for the first class<br />

sino, bowling alley, jail. Sometimes,<br />

his uncle came around.<br />

His uncle, Keith Brown, played<br />

for the New York Giants, then<br />

became a police officer in a<br />

“super dangerous area” of St.<br />

Louis. since the pandemic closed the<br />

academy. Mabon started playing peewee<br />

Saponare, football who at 6; cadets his coach call became<br />

his mentor. “He’s always<br />

Coach Sap, expected applications<br />

to plummet after the protests last<br />

been the team captain, a great<br />

year. Instead, he said, more people<br />

leader,<br />

than ever<br />

very<br />

applied.<br />

driven,” said Reggie<br />

<strong>No</strong> Crume, agency who tracks now how coaches many at<br />

Calvary people apply Christian to U.S. High police School academies,<br />

Clearwater. according “Whatever to the National he<br />

in<br />

put Police his Foundation. mind to, he Anecdotal was going ev-tidence<br />

only from achieve the country’s it, but be 18,000 one<br />

not<br />

of law the enforcement best.” agencies is<br />

contradictory. With seated Some recruits departments on the<br />

right, are struggling another to stands fill vacancies. against<br />

And officers are quitting at record<br />

the wall with a life-sized baby<br />

rates, many after only a few years.<br />

In September 2019, even before<br />

dummy held in his right arm.<br />

Mabon, who moved in with<br />

his uncle when he was 14, holds<br />

a first-aid dummy baby that the<br />

cadets practice saving.<br />

When Mabon was 14, he<br />

moved in with his uncle — and<br />

a the private protests, school the Police gave him Executive a<br />

scholarship Research Forum to play released football. a report He<br />

was about one the of “workforce only 25 Black crisis.” kids It<br />

in<br />

said<br />

the<br />

the<br />

school<br />

job of<br />

with<br />

policing<br />

1,000<br />

has<br />

students.<br />

“I had to drive through a<br />

become<br />

more challenging, as officers<br />

grapple with social issues<br />

nice<br />

like<br />

neighborhood<br />

mental illness, and<br />

to get<br />

new<br />

there,<br />

types<br />

and of criminals, I got pulled like over those at who least deal 10<br />

times,” in cyberspace. he said. Three of those<br />

times, St. Petersburg cops made Police him Chief get out Anthony<br />

searched Holloway, his an car. officer for 35<br />

and<br />

years, “So many said last people,” summer he was said, the<br />

“the first only time experience he questioned they whether have<br />

with he still law wanted enforcement to serve. is “It negative.”<br />

like everybody was against us,” he<br />

felt<br />

said.<br />

Mabon<br />

“I’d<br />

played<br />

like to see<br />

every<br />

the<br />

posi-<br />

naysayers<br />

see what our officers have to deal<br />

with every day.”<br />


tion on the field in high school,<br />

moved in with Coach Crume<br />

his senior year. Seven colleges<br />

recruited him, and he chose<br />

Ball State, where he majored in<br />

criminal justice and psychology<br />

— and never missed a game.<br />

His sights always were on the<br />

NFL. After football, he thought<br />

he might work for the FBI. He<br />

sees himself as a sort of Derek<br />

Morgan, the dashing agent from<br />

his favorite TV show, Criminal<br />

Minds.<br />

Three minutes after the NFL<br />

draft, in 2017, the Tennessee<br />

Titans called to offer him a free<br />

agent contract. Mabon played<br />

wide receiver in the preseason,<br />

then got picked up by the Indianapolis<br />

Colts.<br />

One of the recruits lies on his<br />

back in a locker room, laughing<br />

with other seated and standing<br />

recruits.<br />

In the locker room, Mabon<br />

jokes with fellow cadets. He’s<br />

always pumping up his classmates<br />

and giving high-fives.<br />

After the NFL, he played a<br />

year for a German team. He<br />

was working out with a Canadian<br />

team last year when<br />

COVID-19 canceled sports. He<br />

thought he had a few years left<br />

to play pro football and was<br />

hoping to record recent game<br />

films to get back to the NFL.<br />

But by June 2020, sports were<br />

still shut down, so he moved<br />

to Florida to live with Coach<br />

Crume, his wife and two small<br />

kids.<br />

Crume introduced Mabon to a<br />

friend from the Sheriff’s Office,<br />

where a recruiter told him: We<br />

need more young men like you.<br />

Mabon’s mom didn’t want him<br />

to give up his dream. For days,<br />

he agonized over the decision.<br />

How long could the pandemic<br />

last? What if professional<br />

sports came back, and he had<br />

committed to another job?<br />

What if they didn’t, and he<br />

was still unemployed?<br />

A football game on the TV<br />

screen fills the frame, silhouetting<br />

a man’s head.<br />

When a classmate showed<br />

videos of Mabon’s college<br />

football highlights, Mabon<br />

recounted every play before it<br />

happened.<br />

A week after the mat training,<br />

cadets’ jog past the flagpole,<br />

take one last swig from their<br />

Camelbacks and line up by the<br />

obstacle course.<br />

To graduate from the academy,<br />

they have to pass the Cooper<br />

Test.<br />

The fitness exam standards<br />

vary depending on age and<br />

gender, but men under 30 have<br />

to do at least 33 sit-ups in a<br />

minute, pump out 22 pushups in<br />

a minute, run 1.5 miles in under<br />

17:04, sprint 300 meters in less<br />

than 66 seconds.<br />

This morning, everyone<br />

passed the sit-ups and pushups<br />

— the youngest recruit just<br />

barely.<br />

<strong>No</strong>w, they have to do the runs.<br />

They’re on the edge of the<br />

road, stretching, jogging in<br />

place. The long run is first — the<br />

only part Mabon dreads. “You’ll<br />

never run 1.5 miles for football,”<br />

he says.<br />

When they take off, he and<br />

Moody lead the pack. Anhalt<br />

is near the rear. By the second<br />

lap, Moody has fallen into the<br />

middle of the group, and Mabon<br />

is walking, clutching his back.<br />

As he crosses the finish line, a<br />

coach with a stopwatch calls,<br />

“11:35!”<br />

Mabon shakes his head. “Terrible,”<br />

he says. “I had to stop<br />

four times because of a stitch<br />

in my side.”<br />

As each classmate crosses the<br />

finish line behind him, he slaps<br />

their hand.<br />

When he started at the academy,<br />

Mabon said he was “as<br />

single as single gets.”<br />

But just before the holidays,<br />

when he moved out of the<br />

coach’s house and into his own<br />

apartment, a female classmate<br />

came to help. Strong and statuesque,<br />

a Bosnian refugee who<br />

grew up in Germany, she knows<br />

the town where Mabon had<br />

played — and started bringing<br />

him Gatorade after workouts.<br />

As she sorted through boxes<br />

that Saturday, he unpacked<br />

memories: trophies, magazine<br />

clippings, fan mail from kids.<br />

His high school helmet, a glass<br />

plaque for Ball State’s 2016<br />

MVP, gloves from his first NFL<br />

catch.<br />

A man stands in a living<br />

room, unpacking items from a<br />

cardboard box.<br />

Mabon unpacks the receiver<br />

gloves he used in the NFL. His<br />

mom didn’t want him to give up<br />

his football dream.<br />

“That’s my whole dream<br />

there,” he told her. “I did it.”<br />

He still FaceTime’s with<br />

former teammates but doesn’t<br />

watch much pro ball anymore.<br />

Too painful. “I should still be<br />

playing football.”<br />

Once he committed to the<br />

Sheriff’s Office, he tried not to<br />

look back. He cut off his long<br />

braids, shaved his goatee and<br />

started trying to imagine life as<br />

a deputy.<br />

But he can’t picture himself, a<br />

black rookie cop, out at protests,<br />

trying to control people<br />

who might see him as the enemy.<br />

“To me, that would be more<br />

stressful than being sent to an<br />

active shooter call,” he said.<br />

Over the break, the German<br />

football team called, asking<br />

to hire Mabon back. “Football<br />

was a lot less stressful, a lot<br />

less dangerous and a lot more<br />

money than being a cop,” he<br />

told his classmate. “But I signed<br />

a two-year contract with the<br />

Sheriff’s Office, sooo,” he<br />

paused.<br />

“If after two years I don’t like<br />

it, I told Germany I’d be available.<br />

Of course, they can’t hold<br />

my spot …”<br />

A trophy football reading<br />

At Ball State, Mabon was<br />

honored as the school’s alltime<br />

leading receiver.<br />

The cadets have to leave their<br />

phones in their lockers at the<br />

academy, so on January 6, they<br />

didn’t get the news until later.<br />

Mabon and Anhalt read it on<br />

their phones during a break.<br />

Moody saw it on TV in the lobby<br />

while she and three other<br />

cadets were heading out to<br />

take down the flag.<br />

CNN headline “US Capitol<br />

secured, 4 dead after rioters<br />

stormed the halls of Congress<br />



to block Biden’s win.”<br />

CNN headline, Jan. 7, <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

That night, they all watched<br />

footage of a U.S. Capitol police<br />

officer being crushed by the<br />

crowd, between riot shields.<br />

Coaches seldom address<br />

current events, trying to avoid<br />

anything political, leaving the<br />

cadets to talk about the news,<br />

if they want.<br />

The next day, a recruit did a<br />

presentation about bear spray<br />

used during the riot.<br />

“Buckle in, guys,” says a<br />

coach. “You’re going to have a<br />

wild ride.”<br />

The siege scared Anhalt. It<br />

made Mabon mad.<br />

“It was just stupid,” he said.<br />

“The officers were outnumbered<br />

45 to 1.”<br />

Moody tries to ignore classmates<br />

who think Joe Biden is<br />

going to defund the police and<br />

the coach who talks about QAnon.<br />

But later, she said the Capitol<br />

Police seemed complicit.<br />

“They didn’t take the same<br />

precautions because these protesters<br />

were Trump supporters,<br />

not Black Lives Matter,” she<br />

said. “They should’ve sprayed<br />

them with gas and treated them<br />

like they treated all the other<br />

protesters.”<br />

From the shoot house to<br />

the rifle range, recruits rim<br />

the road. They’re sprinting in<br />

groups of six while a coach<br />

clicks a stopwatch and notes<br />

their times.<br />

Mabon is shadow boxing in<br />

his sneakers. When you’re the<br />

fastest runner and help your<br />

team break the obstacle course<br />

record, a lot is riding on your<br />

run. He enjoys that; expectations<br />

fuel him.<br />

Today, he wants to break his<br />

own record for the 300-meter<br />

dash: 35 seconds.<br />

That means running faster<br />

than 19 mph.<br />

“Let’s go, Mabon!” classmates<br />

call from the grass. They’re<br />

watching, clapping.<br />

He crouches slightly, elbows<br />

back, chin out, and leaps off<br />

the line. His long strides propel<br />

him past classmates and quickly,<br />

he’s yards ahead. He digs in,<br />

pumps his arms, gains speed.<br />

Then, more than halfway<br />

through the sprint, he stops<br />

and doubles over, clutching his<br />

sides, his head almost touching<br />

the pavement.<br />

A long view of a street with<br />

several runners, the one in<br />

front is no longer running, but<br />

has gone to his knees, head<br />

down with exhaustion.<br />

Mabon falls to the pavement<br />

while trying to break his own<br />

academy record in the 300-meter<br />

dash.<br />

“Finish it, Mabon! You’ve<br />

worked too hard!” someone<br />

shouts. If he can’t complete the<br />

course, he’ll get kicked out of<br />

the academy.<br />

His face is contorted in pain.<br />

A classmate races to his side,<br />

bends close and says sternly:<br />

“Finish! You can do this.”<br />

He offers Mabon his arm,<br />

helps him stand. Slowly, still<br />

holding his hips, Mabon limps<br />

across the finish. And falls<br />

face-first on the asphalt.<br />

“Get him to the grass!” calls a<br />

coach.<br />

But he can’t get up. When another<br />

recruit tries to help, Mabon<br />

shakes him off. One cadet<br />

puts his hand on Mabon’s back.<br />

Another gets his water bottle.<br />

He can’t even lift his head to<br />

drink.<br />

“You okay?” asks the woman<br />

who helped him move in. She<br />

reaches for him. He slides up to<br />

his knees and tries to crawl but<br />

collapses.<br />

For more than five minutes, he<br />

lies there, curled by the curb.<br />

“He was on track to beat his<br />

own record,” says a coach.<br />

“At least he finished,” says<br />

another.<br />

Mabon had fractured his back<br />

playing football, and sometimes,<br />

the injury flares up,<br />

pinching a nerve.<br />

While a coach gets a golf<br />

cart to drive him back to the<br />

academy, and Mabon struggles<br />

to stand, over and over, his<br />

classmates watch, helpless, not<br />

sure what to do.<br />

The next week, they start<br />

first-aid.<br />


Last call of the day.<br />

I only had ten minutes left on<br />

my shift. I worked nights and as<br />

long as I was at home before<br />

the sun came up, I was good for<br />

a peace full 7 hours sleep. Unless<br />

of course some salesperson<br />

was unfortunately enough<br />

to knock on my door and wake<br />

me up…but that’s another war<br />

story unto itself.<br />

At 555am, I received a call to<br />

see a complaint at the 7-11 on<br />

Bender Avenue about a person<br />

being held captive. Great just<br />

want I wanted at t-minus 9<br />

minutes until OD.<br />

“Unit 30D62 show me enroute.”<br />

I was really only a few blocks<br />

away and with any luck at all I<br />

can clear this INFO ONLY and OD<br />

and get home before the sun<br />

really starts shining.<br />

“Unit 30D62 show me out. Reportee’s<br />

name?”<br />

“An unidentified female sir.<br />

They hung up before giving a<br />

name.”<br />

“10-4”<br />

I went inside and before I<br />

could even ask the clerk if<br />

someone called 911, a young<br />

girl stuck her head out from<br />

around the last row of food,<br />

and motioned me over. As I<br />

approached her, I could see<br />

that she was wearing what<br />

appeared to be an extra-large<br />

men’s shirt that was really<br />

dirty and had what appeared<br />

to be splatters of dried blood<br />

all across the front. She looked<br />

terrified and was trembling<br />

uncontrollably.<br />

I walked her over to a few<br />

tables and chairs at the back<br />

of the store, git her a bottle<br />

of water and tried to calm her<br />

down.<br />

“What’s your name ma’am?”<br />

“Susan….Susan Walker”<br />

“Ok Ms. Walker, are you hurt?<br />

Is this your blood on this shirt?<br />

Tell me what’s going on.”<br />

She blurted out “…They’ve<br />

been holding me and my boyfriend<br />

hostage for days, maybe<br />

weeks. They beat us and tied us<br />

to a wire frame or something.”<br />

“How long ago did this happen….how<br />

did get here?<br />

She said, “It’s happening<br />

now…right now. I broke out a<br />

window in the bathroom and<br />

ran as fast as I could until I<br />

saw this store and called 911…<br />

we need to hurry before they<br />

realize I’m gone and they’ll kill<br />

Bobby.”<br />

“Bobby is your boyfriend?”<br />

“Yes.”<br />

“How did you and Bobby end<br />

up at this house? I assume it’s a<br />

house, huh?”<br />

Yes, it’s an old, abandoned<br />

house…all broken down and<br />

boarded up…but you can crawl<br />

through the broken window at<br />

the back…they grabbed us at<br />

pool hall on 28th street, threw<br />

us into an old van or something<br />

and took us to that old house<br />

and tied us up…to like an old<br />

bed or something….and then<br />

they beat us.”<br />

By now she is crying uncontrollably<br />

and I decided to<br />

move her to my car and call an<br />

ambulance to check her out. I<br />

also called dispatch and told<br />

her to have an on-duty dayshift<br />

detective call me ASAP.<br />

The FD medics arrived within<br />

a few minutes and while they<br />

were checking her out, Detective<br />

Williams called and I said,<br />

“Dude you need to meet me at<br />

the 7-11 on Bender…I’m really<br />

not sure what I’ve got going,<br />

but I’m damn sure I need you<br />

here.”<br />

One of the paramedics<br />

walked over and said she was<br />

ok, but that I needed to see<br />

something. I walked over and<br />

stepped into the ambulance<br />

and the paramedic lifted up the<br />

back of her shirt and it was<br />

clear that she had been hit or<br />

struck with something…maybe<br />

a whip or leather strap…dozens<br />

and dozens of bloody marks<br />

and tracks all over her back…<br />

this girl obviously had been<br />

beaten or tortured just like she<br />

said. They advised she really<br />

need to go to the hospital, but<br />

it wasn’t a life-or-death thing.<br />

I knew we needed her help to<br />

find this house, so I asked her<br />

if she was up to staying and I’d<br />

take her to the hospital myself.<br />

She agreed and I cut the paramedics<br />

loose.<br />

Detective Williams pulled up<br />

as the ambo was pulling out<br />

and I had the complainant sit<br />

in my car while I ran the deal<br />

down to Williams.<br />

“Man, at first I thought this<br />

was just a domestic gone bad,<br />

but she’s got bloody marks all<br />

over her back and she’s obviously<br />

terrified of whatever or<br />

whoever did this. So, we agreed<br />

to drive her in his unmarked<br />

car through the nearby neighborhoods<br />

to try and find this<br />

abandoned house. Problem<br />

was, this was a shitbox neighborhood<br />

and every other house<br />

was abandoned or boarded up.<br />

Junkies, pushers, pimps, you<br />

name it, were all squatting in<br />

these old shacks and it could<br />

anyone of hundreds scattered<br />

over a 12-block area.<br />

“Susan, how long did it take<br />

you to run to the 7-11? Do you<br />

remember how many blocks<br />

you covered or what direction<br />

or turns you took?<br />

Before she could answer, I<br />

spotted an old beat-up black<br />

Ford Econoline Van parked at<br />

the end of a long driveway of a<br />

boarded-up house.<br />

“Williams, stop, back up….<br />

Susan is that the van? Is that the<br />

house you were in?”<br />

“Yes…oh my God yes…please<br />

don’t let them see me”…and<br />

she dove onto the floorboard<br />

of his Crown Vic and stayed<br />

there until we drove around the<br />

block.<br />

“Dude, we’re gonna need<br />

some backup, is this is for<br />


eal….whoever the hell that is<br />

inside that house isn’t just gonna<br />

welcome us into their party…if<br />

you catch my drift.”<br />

So, we went back to the 7-11<br />

and called for backup and a<br />

female officer to sit with the<br />

complainant until we could<br />

sort this shit out. As soon as a<br />

couple of units arrived, Williams<br />

and I went back to the<br />

block where the house was and<br />

made our way through several<br />

backyards until we could get<br />

to the back of the house. One<br />

of the windows has the boards<br />

ripped off and that’s the room<br />

Susan stated they were tied<br />

up in. So, we made our way<br />

up the side of an old garage<br />

and looked in the window and<br />

holy shit, there against the wall<br />

was an old wire box spring<br />

and tied to it was I assume her<br />

boyfriend, Bobby. He had been<br />

stripped naked and by the looks<br />

of his back, had been beaten<br />

severally as well.<br />

We both looked at each other<br />

and without saying a word, got<br />

needed to get a statement from<br />

the complainant Susan before<br />

she went to the hospital. So, I<br />

told Williams I was staying behind<br />

and to call me when they<br />

made entry.<br />

I sat in the back of the female<br />

officer’s car and went over every<br />

single detail of what happened<br />

prior to and after these<br />

guys were kidnaped. I knew the<br />

detectives would get her statement<br />

once they started working<br />

the case, I just needed to finish<br />

my report so I would be free to<br />

go, whenever this whole shit<br />

box deal was over.<br />

Luckily, the SWAT commander<br />

on duty was a former Ranger<br />

and he didn’t screw around trying<br />

to make contact with anyone.<br />

Someone was in eminent<br />

danger and they flash banged<br />

and kicked doors in as soon as<br />

everyone was in place. Within<br />

30-minutes, they advised they<br />

had made entry, two suspects<br />

were in custody, no shots fired<br />

and get an ambulance ASAP.<br />

We had the paramedics sitting<br />

We decided to let Susan ride<br />

to the hospital with her boyfriend.<br />

When I opened the back<br />

door of the ambo to tell her,<br />

she jumped straight out of that<br />

bench and into my arms with<br />

the biggest bear hug I’ve ever<br />

had.<br />

“You save me and my boyfriend.<br />

I’m soooooo thankful.<br />

I will never forget this day or<br />

you. You are my angel and I love<br />

you and what you do for people<br />

you don’t even know. Thank<br />

you, thank you, thank you.” She<br />

gave me a big kiss on the cheek<br />

and jumped back into the ambulance<br />

and off they went.<br />

The next day, I ran into Williams<br />

and he told me the whole<br />

story. How the suspects were<br />

drug dealers who thought these<br />

two had ripped them off. The<br />

bottom line was, they grabbed<br />

the wrong two people out of<br />

that pool hall. Mistaken identity<br />

that almost cost two innocent<br />

people their lives. And for what<br />

it’s worth, I never did go to<br />

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Fallen Marine, Hunter Lopez ‘died a<br />

hero,’ friend says at funeral.<br />

One day years ago, Juan Carlos<br />

Lopez walked into his nephew’s<br />

bedroom and noticed a day circled<br />

on his calendar.<br />

Graduation.<br />

“Uncle J.C.,” Lopez recalled his<br />

then-teenage nephew telling<br />

him, “When I graduate, I’m letting<br />

you know now I’m going to<br />

be a Marine.”<br />

Among the many reasons U.S.<br />

Marine Cpl. Hunter Lopez was<br />

beloved, he never rescinded a<br />

promise, family and friends recalled<br />

Saturday, September 18,<br />

during a memorial service at the<br />

Palm Springs Convention Center<br />

honoring and thanking the fallen<br />

22-year-old Indio native.<br />

“Hunter always had a plan<br />

and was able to execute,” longtime<br />

friend Nick Conway said.<br />

“There aren’t many people from<br />

our generation that have that<br />

strength and discipline. He was<br />

the kind of friend you always<br />

wanted by your side, the kind of<br />

friend who would do anything<br />

for you.”<br />

Heroism marked the final moments<br />

of Lopez’s life, Riverside<br />

County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Brause<br />

said Saturday.<br />

The 2017 La Quinta High School<br />

graduate was one of 13 U.S.<br />

service-members killed in an<br />

attack at the Kabul airport last<br />

month as the U.S was pulling out<br />

of Afghanistan. Two other Inland<br />

Empire Marines, Lance Cpl. Kareem<br />

Nikoui, of <strong>No</strong>rco; and Lance<br />

Cpl. Dylan Merola, of Rancho<br />

Cucamonga, also were killed.<br />

Brause and others noted that,<br />

on that afternoon, Lopez was<br />

rescuing young girls from a rioting<br />

mob before the blast took<br />

his life.<br />

“He died a hero saving the lives<br />

of those he did not know,” Conway<br />

said.<br />

Saturday’s memorial began<br />

with a prayer and a song.<br />

The hundreds of family members,<br />

friends, law enforcement<br />

officials and service men and<br />

women in attendance, as well<br />

as those watching a livestream<br />

on YouTube and Facebook, then<br />

watched a slideshow of photos<br />

chronicling Lopez’s 22 years, set<br />

to the alternative rock songs, “Mr.<br />

Brightside,” by The Killers; and<br />

“Best of You,” by Foo Fighters.<br />

“There aren’t enough words to<br />

express how much of a hero my<br />

nephew was,” Juan Carlos Lopez<br />

said, “not only to his country,<br />

but to his extended family and<br />

friends.”<br />

Lopez, the eldest of three children,<br />

was part of a special crisis<br />

response team sent to provide<br />

security and help State Department<br />

officials process thousands<br />

of people a day at the airport<br />

gates. His mother, Alicia Lopez, is<br />

a Riverside County deputy sheriff<br />

and Riverside Sheriff’s Association<br />

board secretary. His father,<br />

Riverside County Sheriff’s Capt.<br />

Herman Lopez, is La Quinta’s<br />

police chief.<br />





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In a statement, the Lopez family<br />

said news of their son’s death<br />

was “the news that no parent<br />

wants to receive.”<br />

“Our family is overwhelmed<br />

by the outpouring of love and<br />

condolences we’ve received in<br />

the wake of Hunter’s sudden<br />

passing,” the couple added.<br />

“Please know that Hunter wore<br />

the United States Marine uniform<br />

with love and pride, and it is very<br />

apparent that the community<br />

will never forget his sacrifice and<br />

our family.”<br />

A history buff who loved the<br />

burger chain Rally’s, the popular<br />

video game “Call of Duty” and<br />

Star Wars, Hunter Lopez always<br />

wrote his grandparents in Spanish<br />

because he knew they would<br />

have difficulty reading English,<br />

Juan Carlos Lopez said Saturday.<br />

His nephew always signed<br />

those letters: Cazadora, the<br />

Spanish word for hunter.<br />

“I watched this young man go<br />

from lightsabers and Nerf guns<br />

to having his whole life set before<br />

my eyes,” Juan Carlos Lopez<br />

said.<br />

Hunter Lopez was a sheriff’s<br />

explorer scout with the Palm<br />

Desert Station and after enlisting<br />

was assigned to the 2nd Battalion,<br />

1st Marines. He planned to<br />

join the Riverside County Sheriff’s<br />

Department like his parents<br />

after his deployment ended, according<br />

to a statement from the<br />

Riverside Sheriff’s Association.<br />

A procession Thursday, September<br />

16, drew residents with<br />

American flags on a route from a<br />

Cathedral City mortuary, past the<br />

Palm Desert Sheriff’s station and,<br />

finally, to St. Francis of Assisi<br />

Catholic Church in La Quinta. A<br />

similar procession passed Friday,<br />

September 17, by three Coachella<br />

Valley schools that Lopez once<br />

attended.<br />

Earlier this month, Indio staged<br />

a candlelight vigil for Lopez in<br />

front of Indio City Hall.<br />

U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Chambers<br />

met Lopez at the recruiting<br />

station in Palm Desert and said<br />

Saturday the two became inseparable<br />

in the years that followed.<br />

Lopez – four years Chambers’<br />

junior – could recite war movies<br />

scene-for-scene, his comrade<br />

recalled.<br />

“He idolized men that made<br />

sacrifices for others,” Chambers<br />

said. “Those huge men of high<br />

caliber. I don’t think Hunter realized<br />

that he became that, and<br />

that his heroes would become<br />

his peers.”<br />





by Michael Barron<br />

Ford Mustang Mach-E Gears Up for Police Duty.<br />

EVs make a lot of sense for city services, but stateside departments are a long way<br />

from adopting them.<br />

While a number of police<br />

departments in the US have<br />

purchased a few Tesla’s—perhaps<br />

not as fully outfitted patrol<br />

vehicles with all the gear—yet<br />

another electric model is showing<br />

police potential, this time<br />

with all the trimmings. Ford is<br />

currently working with a number<br />

of police agencies in the UK<br />

that are evaluating the Mustang<br />

Mach-E for patrol duties, including<br />

London’s Metropolitan Police<br />

Force.<br />

The automaker has brought a<br />

Mustang Mach-E police vehicle<br />

demonstrator in standard-range,<br />

all-wheel-drive guise to the<br />

Emergency Services Show at the<br />

NEC in Birmingham, England,<br />

eager to show off the electric<br />

crossover to the UK’s finest. Essex-based<br />

Safeguard SVP outfitted<br />

the Mach-E to UK police<br />

specs and livery that, you might<br />

notice, are designed to increase<br />

the visibility of police cars, instead<br />

of intentionally decreasing<br />

it.<br />

“The Metropolitan Police Force<br />

has already appraised the standard<br />

Mustang Mach-E and has<br />

now requested a full evaluation<br />

of the marked concept,” the<br />

automaker said. “Also waiting<br />

for an opportunity to try the<br />

new 999 vehicle are the Sussex,<br />

Surrey, South Wales, Dyfed Powys,<br />

Devon & and Cornwall, and<br />

Police Scotland forces.”<br />

The Mach-E already has a lot<br />

going for it when it comes to<br />

police needs, including a 0-62<br />

mph sprint time of just 3.7 seconds<br />

offered by the GT version.<br />

But its range also makes it ideal<br />

for fleets, as such vehicles tend<br />

to have fairly set daytime driving<br />

needs, and can recharge in<br />

their garages between shifts.<br />

The interior accommodations of<br />

the Mach-E are also quite generous<br />

by UK standards, able to<br />

carry plenty of gear while offering<br />

some light off-road ability<br />

which comes in handy in dense<br />

cities, when police cars need<br />

to crawl up on the curb to park<br />

or turn around when responding<br />

to calls. Sourcing power for<br />

the radios, lightbar, and other<br />

equipment is also fairly straightforward<br />

and is designed to avoid<br />

drawing power from the powertrain<br />

battery.<br />

A number of police agencies in<br />

the UK are evaluating the Mach-E<br />

for patrol use.<br />

“The vehicle range is uncompromised<br />

as the blue light equipment<br />

is being drawn from the<br />

vehicle’s 12V battery and not the<br />

drive battery,” said Terry Adams,<br />

BlueLight Direct sales manager,<br />

Ford of Britain, and Ireland.<br />

“In future developments we<br />

will look to increase this battery<br />

capacity to allow for additional<br />

equipment to be fitted.”<br />

We can’t help but feel that the<br />

Mach-E could make for a suitable<br />

police vehicle in the US as<br />

well, though the vast majority<br />

of police cruisers tend to have<br />

pretty rigid equipment requirements,<br />

including those for a<br />

perp cage for the rear seats.<br />

Police agencies in the UK tend<br />

to use special vans for suspect<br />

transport, so the bulky partition<br />

inside is much less of a concern.<br />

Just how well the Mach-E<br />

could lend itself to that sort of<br />

equipment remains to be seen<br />

if it’s outfitted for regular duty.<br />

But there’s nothing really that<br />

prevents it from being used as<br />

a supervisor’s vehicle in departments<br />

stateside.<br />

Even if the Mach-E doesn’t<br />

quite take off in the US as a<br />

police vehicle, surely an electric<br />

Ford Explorer is around the corner<br />

anyway. So, it probably won’t<br />

be too long before that model<br />

will be able to pull off sub-foursecond<br />

launches as well.<br />


The Ford Mustang Mach-E Passes the Police Test.<br />

Ford’s Mustang Mach-E becomes the first EV to pass the Michigan State Police test..<br />

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passed the Michigan State<br />

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first battery-electric vehicle<br />

standard-issue Ford Mus-<br />

surprise that state police police cruiser. Looking over Mach-E, and every other means police departments<br />

to live up to the rigors tang Mach-E.<br />

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of the test. There’s no word The Ford Mustang Mach-E behind. Even less surprising,<br />

Police <strong>2021</strong> Model Year Po-<br />

model year evaluation, tric power. Of course,<br />

if the police-ready Mustang<br />

is Ford’s first real jump<br />

the folks testing Ford’s lice Evaluation, it looks like right now. That should we’ll have to see how well<br />

Mach-E will roll into into a mass-market EV, latest is none other than this Mustang Mach-E will mean we’ll have the data Ford’s Mustang handles<br />

the Michigan State Police’s which means it was only the Michigan State Police. run through various tests from the state police soon. these Michigan State Police<br />

fleet yet, but it at least has a matter of time before it Ford has officially submitted<br />

ranging from standard<br />

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Be Your Own Advocate.<br />

Recently, John Salerno and I<br />

had the pleasure of interviewing<br />

a subject matter expert in the<br />

area of post-traumatic stress.<br />

The organization she is with<br />

does a lot of research and connects<br />

grassroots organizations<br />

together to fill the gaps where<br />

treatment for stress, post-traumatic<br />

stress and mental health<br />

might not be available for first<br />

responders. During our discussions<br />

we talked about the gaps<br />

that still exist for law enforcement<br />

officers; The size of the<br />

agency, the willingness of the<br />

command staff to provide support<br />

to its officers, and budget.<br />

We all agreed on one major<br />

point. It is still up to us to ask<br />

for the help when we realize we<br />

need it or if another officer or<br />

supervisor approaches us. We<br />

must rid our vocabulary of the<br />

word “FINE” and bust through the<br />

stigma. There is a huge advantage<br />

here that sometimes gets<br />

overlooked. The reality is that<br />

you are not trapped by your<br />

command staff or organization.<br />

You can go outside your agency<br />

for assistance.<br />

Over the years, the “control”<br />

that our agencies exercised in<br />

the area of mental health and<br />

wellness or the outright “suck<br />

it up” mentality influenced and<br />

bolstered the stigma associated<br />

with asking for help for stuff<br />

going on in our heads. <strong>No</strong> one<br />

wanted to risk being assigned to<br />

“the rubber gun squad,” or have<br />

other officers question our fitness<br />

for duty. The solution - say<br />

nothing, ever. As the suicide rate<br />

increased, the need to provide<br />

assistance of some kind was addressed<br />

by some agencies. Those<br />

agencies who took on the battle<br />

to help officers with their mental<br />

health sort of figured it out.<br />

I say sort of because the stigma<br />

continued to lurk in the shadows.<br />

Officers were not going to ask<br />

to “go to the department shrink”<br />

or the in-house employee assistance<br />

program. Why? Confidentiality.<br />

Their “stuff” would be<br />

known throughout the department.<br />

Officers were left with a<br />

no-win, no-way-out solution.<br />

Again, say nothing, ever.<br />

Over the years as some departments<br />

saw command staff retirements,<br />

it seemed to usher in<br />

a new, younger, and more open<br />

personnel. The discussion of a<br />

budget for mental health and<br />

the creation of a Mental Health<br />

Liaison officer began. However,<br />

most officers that we have spoken<br />

to and departments we have<br />

visited have that liaison officer in<br />

an office right next to the Chief<br />

or Assistant Chief. So, while the<br />

open-door policy to get help<br />

for mental health was there, we<br />

were told that officers were not<br />

going to go to that office simply<br />

because of the proximity to the<br />

command staff where a conversation<br />

might be overheard or<br />

where questions might linger<br />

when the officer walked out of<br />

the liaison’s office. The solution,<br />

say nothing ever.<br />

While these changes were<br />

occurring, the grassroots programs<br />

started. The realization<br />

that while the departments were<br />

trying, it was easier for an officer<br />

to go outside his/ her agency<br />

for assistance. The grassroots<br />

program provided confidentiality,<br />

which meant that the officer<br />

could get the help without the<br />

fear of reprisals or questions. In<br />

fact, many of the officers I met<br />

while I traveled to speak at conferences<br />

confided in me that they<br />

went outside their agency and<br />

were on the path to healing, all<br />

the while successfully maintaining<br />

their jobs and family life.<br />

As some departments continued<br />

their awareness journey to<br />

aid their officers, the grassroots<br />

programs continued to grow.<br />

Some of them with the ability<br />

to offset department budgets<br />

which meant the departments<br />

could rely on them to help their<br />

officers. The departments were<br />

on a “need to know” information<br />

stream. Only if an officer stated<br />

they were going to hurt themselves<br />

or someone else was the<br />

department informed. Confidentiality,<br />

anonymity, and a comfort<br />

level were provided to the officer.<br />

As a result, we started to see<br />

dents in the stigma.<br />

When departments created<br />

Peer Support programs, those<br />

that were successful saw a<br />

decrease in suicides and an<br />

increase in positive outcomes<br />

for the officers. Supported from<br />

the top, with an emphasis on<br />

ZERO reprisals by the department,<br />

officers could get the help<br />

they asked for. The result. The<br />

dents in the stigma grew larger.<br />

As the command staff’s awareness<br />

grew about the positive<br />

outcomes for their officers, the<br />

indicators showed that the department<br />

functioned better. And<br />

a good functioning department<br />

means a healthy department.<br />

Are these “successful” departments<br />

the outliers? Maybe.<br />

The hope is that the grassroots<br />

programs and the departments<br />

work together to continue to put<br />

dents in the stigma, ultimately<br />

smashing it completely one day.<br />

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all your friends and<br />

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hard as it may be, you must be<br />

the one to reach out and ask for<br />

help. The grassroots programs<br />

like A Badge of Honor are here<br />

to assist at every level. We allow<br />

you to be in control of your<br />

mental health journey, leaving<br />

behind the one thing that still<br />

hampers some requests from<br />

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So, find the courage to be your<br />

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Samantha Horwitz is a regular<br />

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Magazine. She is a 9/11 first responder,<br />

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and author. She and her business<br />

partner, ret. NYPD detective<br />

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“Family” and Sr. Police<br />

Officer Bill Jeffrey<br />

What exactly constitutes a<br />

“family?” Sociologists, anthropologists,<br />

and even insurance<br />

executives have difficulty defining<br />

the term. Indeed, our culture<br />

in America is wrestling with the<br />

nature of familial relationships<br />

in the light of modern issues<br />

through the lenses of postmodern<br />

and traditional world views.<br />

The distinctions about what<br />

constitutes a family are blurred<br />

in a societal milieu that cannot<br />

even define gender in a way that<br />

is acceptable to everyone. I was<br />

approached by an individual I<br />

see occasionally who said he<br />

heard a police officer<br />

on a local radio show<br />

refer to a slain officer<br />

as his brother. He was<br />

puzzled, “Was the officer<br />

on the radio the<br />

late officer’s brother?”<br />

I said, “Yes.”<br />

The Houston Police<br />

Department is a large<br />

organization by anyone’s<br />

standards. The<br />

people who work<br />

there, or worked<br />

there in the past, are<br />

connected by a bond<br />

that transcends the<br />

understanding of<br />

most people. It is a<br />

connection born of<br />

pressures that are<br />

better handled by a group than<br />

by an individual. It has been theorized<br />

that modern man caused<br />

the extinction of the Neanderthal<br />

by working together in groups<br />

to solve complex problems and<br />

engage prey or enemies. Cooperative<br />

endeavors capitalize on<br />

a diverse set of skills and thinking.<br />

At the police department<br />

we rely on each other to help us<br />

in our workaday world. The job<br />

is not like working in retail or<br />

service-based businesses. Most<br />

police officers work for multiple<br />

decades and have known<br />

their peers and co-workers very<br />

well. The combination of work<br />

pressures and familiarity with<br />

one’s co-workers establishes a<br />

bond that is relied on in ordinary<br />

circumstances or in moments<br />

of terror and great<br />

peril. The hunters<br />

of our distant past<br />

have bestowed<br />

their DNA on their<br />

modern-day descendants<br />

who still<br />

hunt dangerous<br />

men jointly. This<br />

is an evolutionary<br />

trait that cannot be<br />

turned off or on.<br />

The cooperative and<br />

familial bond that<br />

develops is not only<br />

natural: it is inevitable.<br />

Sr Police Officer<br />

Bill Jeffrey’s wife,<br />

children, and close<br />

friends are experiencing<br />

their own intense grief<br />

which I cannot pretend to understand<br />

or even imagine. I do<br />

sympathize with them and offer<br />

my heartfelt condolences. My<br />

thoughts and prayers approach<br />

the Lord’s Throne each day beseeching<br />

Him for mercy on behalf<br />

of these good people. Without<br />

taking anything away from<br />

their special grief and place in<br />

Bill’s life, I would also like to offer<br />

my condolences to Bill’s Blue<br />

Family of which I am a part.<br />

There is a sociological concept<br />

known as “six degrees of<br />

separation.” This notion basically<br />

states that we human beings are<br />

all connected by six steps in the<br />

global population network. The<br />

theory requires that each person<br />

have at least forty-four contacts<br />

in their network. In order to<br />

illustrate the application of this<br />

concept to “Blue Family,” I will<br />

use my closest social network<br />

and how it shares both my biological<br />

blood and my blue blood.<br />

As many readers know, my biological<br />

family is represented in<br />

HPD by a considerable presence.<br />

My family is a very typical one<br />

and is no different than many<br />

others in HPD. Very many HPD retirees<br />

enjoy a similar connection.<br />

Our Blue Family remembrances<br />

from my network are as follows.<br />

I knew Bill from the 1990’s<br />

when I was a lieutenant at <strong>No</strong>rth<br />

Shepherd. I knew him to be a<br />

pleasant fellow and his significant<br />

physical presence was<br />

something that I thought would<br />

be beneficial in tight spots on<br />

the north side. It was a rough<br />

neighborhood and having Bill on<br />

your side was comforting. I knew<br />

that as he gained experience and<br />

knowledge with his job he would<br />

blossom into an extraordinary<br />

officer.<br />

Additionally, I know the father-in-law<br />

of Sergeant Michael<br />

Vance who was seriously<br />

wounded in the same episode.<br />

Sergeant Vance’s father-in-law<br />

is Sergeant (retired) Gene Yanchak<br />

who was a seasoned Homicide<br />

Division detective when<br />

I was assigned there. Sergeant<br />

Yanchak is one of the finest men<br />

I have ever had the privilege of<br />

knowing and I am still grateful<br />

for his patience in showing<br />

me the ropes of being a new<br />

homicide detective. My prayers<br />

for Sergeant Vance accompany<br />

those for Bill’s family and close<br />

friends.<br />

I asked my biological family<br />

members if they would submit<br />

their experiences with Bill in a<br />

brief statement. They mentioned<br />

that there were other officers<br />

who were much closer to Bill<br />

than they were and that those officers<br />

could share more intimate<br />

anecdotes. While that is very<br />

true, my goal is to demonstrate<br />

to the public that the Blue Family<br />

is just that--a family. So very<br />

respectfully, they offered their<br />

insights on Bill.<br />

I received my first response<br />

from my brother, Sr. Police Officer<br />

(retired) Bobby D Lott:<br />

“I worked with him when he<br />

was assigned to the SC TAC unit.<br />

They did all our take downs from<br />

our narcotic buys and assisted<br />

us when we ran our warrants. I<br />

always liked it when Bill and his<br />

regular partner Gary Young were<br />

our arresting unit (the entire<br />

SC TAC squad were top notch<br />

people). Everything I saw them<br />

do was exactly how it should<br />

be done.... the right way.... Every<br />

time. <strong>No</strong> short cuts... hard work....<br />


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us....... <strong>No</strong> begging for help... they<br />

jumped at the chance to do their<br />

jobs. It was an honor to have<br />

worked with Bill and his squad.”<br />

My nephew, Police Officer Travis<br />

D Lott (Narcotics K-9) and his<br />

wife, Police Officer Cassie Lott<br />

offered some information. Travis<br />

has a classmate, Police Officer<br />

Paul Lowrey, who was very<br />

close to Bill. Travis also offered<br />

that his wife Cassie worked with<br />

Bill’s wife, Sr Police Officer (retired)<br />

Susanne Jeffrey, in Internal<br />

Affairs. They both have fond<br />

memories of Bill and Susanne.<br />

Like all of us, they were shocked<br />

and saddened with Bill’s passing.<br />

Travis has another classmate,<br />

his sister, who also happens to<br />

be my niece, Police Officer Jessica<br />

Lott Lopata, who is assigned<br />

to the Major Offenders Division.<br />

Of course, being assigned to the<br />

same division, she saw Bill and<br />

offers this observation.<br />

“I was in the Houston Police<br />

Academy with Paul Lowrey, who<br />

was best of friends with Bill<br />

Jeffery. Lowrey explained to me<br />

how Jeffery knew my parents<br />

and enjoyably worked with both<br />

of them. Jeffery even pinned on<br />

Lowrey’s badge during graduation.<br />

“When I transferred to the<br />

Major Offenders Division in 2014,<br />

I had the pleasure of working<br />

in the same division as Jeffery.<br />

When I stood next to Jeffery, he<br />

seemed like a giant, and it felt<br />

like one of the safest places to<br />

be. Jeffery was all smiles one<br />

day telling me how he knew and<br />

worked with my parents. He also<br />

told me my voice sounded just<br />

like my mother’s.<br />

“I recall one time Jeffery’s<br />

squad superbly and successfully<br />

executed an arrest warrant on<br />

a police impersonator suspect I<br />

was investigating. Additionally,<br />

Jeffery saw a shot gun in plain<br />

view in the suspect’s home,<br />

which enabled me to file an additional<br />

charge. Watching them<br />

in action was a blessing.<br />

“Warrant squads always have a<br />

special place in our hearts. Every<br />

time they go out, they potentially<br />

encounter someone who will<br />

refuse to go to jail at all costs.<br />

“We protected City Hall together<br />

at least one of the nights<br />

during the protests and ate our<br />

boxed lunches together. It was<br />

so nice having a seasoned officer<br />

around, I knew he would lead the<br />

pack if needed and stand up for<br />

what was right.<br />

“The morning Jeffery was<br />

killed is a police department’s<br />

worst nightmare. Those of us in<br />

the office gathered in the hall<br />

as soon as we heard our guys<br />

were possibly injured. We looked<br />

at each other with the heaviest<br />

hearted looks on our faces. Then<br />

we quickly got our marching orders<br />

and moved. We were all reminded<br />

of the ultimate sacrifice<br />

this job can take and how cherished<br />

we all are to each other.”<br />

Travis and Jessica’s mother is<br />

Sr Police Officer (retired) Diana<br />

Lott Bocanegra who also knew<br />

Bill. She was anxious to do anything<br />

to help cherish and preserve<br />

Bill’s memory:<br />

“Bill Jeffrey was always such<br />

a gentlemen and made sure to<br />

always acknowledge everyone.<br />

I worked with Jeffrey and Gary<br />

Young whenever we (Narcotics<br />

officers) were doing buy bust<br />

operations in South Central. It<br />

was such a pleasure and less<br />

stressful whenever these guys<br />

helped us and arrested our suspects.<br />

We could always count on<br />

them to be prepared for anything<br />

and they always handled every<br />

arrest with precision. For example,<br />

they gathered all the needed<br />

information, searched, and found<br />

needed evidence and protected<br />

the scene. Bill and his partner<br />

were the absolute best and we<br />

could count on them to make all<br />

the right decisions and handle<br />

the suspects properly according<br />

to their demeanor. They were respectful,<br />

but could chase down<br />

and catch any suspects that ran.<br />

When they had to physically<br />

restrain suspects, they definitely<br />

could handle that and they did it<br />

appropriately. What an honor it<br />

was to have worked with Bill. He<br />

was the epitome of what every<br />

policeman should strive to be.<br />

Anybody that knows Diana<br />

knows that she doesn’t offer<br />

positive praise when it’s not<br />

warranted.<br />

My cousin, Commander Christy<br />

Smith, is assigned to the Clear<br />

Lake Division at this time, however,<br />

she had worked in Major<br />

Offenders with Bill prior to her<br />

promotion. She, too, wanted to<br />

show the immense respect that<br />

she had for Bill:<br />

“I didn’t know Bill as well as<br />

some who had worked with<br />

him for years, but I feel like just<br />

seeing how others interact and<br />

speak of him says a lot. Everyone<br />

knew that Bill always wanted to<br />

be in the front. He is an example<br />

to others of how to be a leader,<br />

regardless of your rank or assignment.<br />

He was a leader in his<br />

unit. It was beyond obvious that<br />

other officers knew they could<br />

count on him. Everyone knew<br />

him as a cop’s cop, who would<br />

teach others and lead the way.<br />

He was a role model to others<br />

on how they strive to be true<br />

leaders.<br />

“After hearing his family speak<br />

about him, it showed how much<br />

he loved them, and they loved<br />

him. It showed that being a<br />

leader who cared for others was<br />

who he was both at work and<br />

home.”<br />

I have included these remembrances<br />

to show how police officers<br />

are bonded to each other.<br />

Using my own biological family<br />

as a typical HPD circle of companions,<br />

the interdependence is<br />

vividly displayed. There are no<br />

degrees of separation between<br />

my brothers and sisters and me.<br />

When a good man or woman<br />

falls, we are all diminished.<br />

Though some hurt far worse<br />

than others, we all hurt.<br />

All of us in Bill’s Blue Family<br />

know his sacrifice on the altar<br />

of justice is the ultimate act of<br />

nobility and honor. We, above<br />

all others, know what it is like<br />

to serve criminal warrants on<br />

lifelong violent offenders. We,<br />

above all others, know that<br />

sometimes courage, training, and<br />

the utmost skill are not enough<br />

to save us. We, above all others,<br />

know the infinite number of<br />

things that can and do go wrong<br />

in an explosive environment that<br />

includes monsters. Others who<br />

act as criminal court judges,<br />

political mouthpieces of “social<br />

justice,” and biased journalists<br />

who have been educated by<br />

college professors who make<br />

no claim to be objective, can<br />

never know or possibly understand<br />

what Officer Bill Jeffery<br />

and Sergeant Michael Vance<br />

went through on that infamous<br />

doorstep in our own community.<br />

That’s where Bill and Michael’s<br />

Blue Family intervene.<br />

The haunting images of Bill<br />

and our other brothers and<br />

sisters brought to mind a poem<br />

written in 2006 by Michael<br />

Marks. The original setting of the<br />

poem is military, but it so mirrors<br />

our Blue Family’s condition<br />

that I feel compelled to include<br />

the poem’s conclusion:<br />

And maybe just remind the<br />

few, if ill of us they speak,<br />

that we are all that stands<br />

between the monsters and the<br />

weak.<br />

On that somber day when the<br />

forlorn and lonely bell rings at<br />

the church, we will remember<br />

our brother in like manner as<br />

we have done so many times in<br />

the past. Other faces from other<br />

times and other places will flood<br />

our memories as we unite Bill<br />

to that sacred fold in our hearts<br />

where the loved and lost now<br />

dwell.<br />

We will not make that age old<br />

inquiry, “For whom the bell tolls”<br />

- we know it tolls for us.<br />

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As the deadline looms, there are<br />

still no answers from the city<br />

To<br />

We have been working very<br />

hard on the latest “mandate”<br />

from the mayor. The very first<br />

time we heard about the mayor<br />

wanting to have vaccine mandates<br />

was during a weekly City<br />

Council meeting when he stated<br />

that he was looking into all city<br />

employees get vaccinated. We<br />

immediately began to research<br />

if this was legal, and what we<br />

could do to prevent it. Our attorneys<br />

reached out to the Labor<br />

Relations Institute and found<br />

that there was case law and<br />

actual Supreme Court rulings on<br />

this, though the Supreme Court<br />

case was 1905. I<br />

believed that there<br />

must be other<br />

case law out that<br />

would prevent this<br />

from taking place.<br />

We do have constitutional<br />

rights,<br />

right?<br />

I know we have<br />

all paid very close<br />

attention to the<br />

Methodist Employee<br />

case. The<br />

ruling from the court was that<br />

they can be fired for refusing<br />

the vaccine. I felt that this must<br />

have been because they are a<br />

private business, but its not. The<br />

Minnesota State Police just lost<br />

their case against the state of<br />

Minnesota over a full vaccine<br />

mandate. I continued to speak<br />

with the head attorney with the<br />

LRIS, and he provided case after<br />

case in which the employer has<br />

won in court over vaccine mandates.<br />

We then reached out and<br />

had a long discussion with the<br />

mayor and city legal. The mayor<br />

agreed to give us the option<br />

of vaccination or testing twice<br />

a month. As much as we hate<br />

the testing component, we hate<br />

being told to vaccinate more.<br />

We were all surprised by the<br />

mayor’s mandate came out<br />

saying that city employees had<br />

to get the test on their own time<br />

and at their cost. Obviously, we<br />

completely disagree with this<br />

mandate. Our attorneys along<br />

with the LRIS attorney believe<br />

that this is a contract issue and<br />

that we may have to file a contract<br />

grievance as like any other<br />


mandated activity like drug<br />

testing, it must be on duty and<br />

free to employees.<br />

Though, I am involved<br />

in the Moderna Study<br />

and have been vaccinated,<br />

I completely and<br />

firmly believe that is an<br />

individual right and no<br />

one should be forced to<br />

receive the vaccine. This<br />

fight is not over, and<br />

we continue to work<br />

with the Attorney Generals<br />

office as well as<br />

our attorneys to protect<br />

our members rights. As of<br />

today, there is still no “portal” to<br />

upload our information, and the<br />

city still does not know how or<br />

where testing will be….<br />

To be continued……<br />


KPRC 2 Investigates: Suspects charged<br />

with killing someone while out on bond.<br />

‘What is the point of having bond conditions when you are not making them accountable?’<br />

Houston – Theresa Seck was<br />

to have celebrated her brother’s<br />

birthday nearly two weeks ago.<br />

Instead, she finds herself - like so<br />

many others - without a response<br />

to a one-word question, why?<br />

“I don’t know what the point is<br />

of having bond conditions when<br />

you are not making them accountable,”<br />

said Seck whose brother,<br />

Patrick Aikens, was gunned down<br />

on September 20, 2020, outside of<br />

his apartment in Houston’s west<br />

side.<br />

The storyline? A similar one, the<br />

man charged with his murder was<br />

out on multiple felony bonds. It’s<br />

a growing trend causing families<br />

across our area a lifetime of pain.<br />

KPRC 2 Investigates highlighted<br />

Aikens on Monday night as the<br />

third-worst example of a failure<br />

in the bond system, according to<br />

Andy Kahan of Crime Stoppers.<br />

Seck blames the Judge in her<br />

brother’s case, Lori Chambers Gray<br />

out of the 262nd Criminal Court,<br />

“She was the last line of defense<br />

to protect the public,” said Seck<br />

who feels judges in these cases,<br />

“just don’t care.”<br />

The other two cases we highlighted<br />

involved suspects provided<br />

bond by Judge Natalia Cornelio<br />

out of the 351st Criminal Court<br />

and Judge Chris Morton out of the<br />

230th Criminal Court.<br />

But what about the others?<br />

To identify who<br />

made the list and<br />

who didn’t, Kahan<br />

spent hours examining<br />

his nearly<br />

140 cases where a<br />

person was killed<br />

by a defendant<br />

who was out on<br />

multiple bonds.<br />

The takeaway<br />

for Kahan, the<br />

Director of Victim<br />

Services<br />

and Advocacy at<br />

Crime Stoppers,<br />

“I couldn’t do it<br />

justice if I had to<br />

do three and that<br />

is pretty sad,” said<br />

Kahan.<br />

Here are the top<br />

eight who made<br />

Kahan’s complete<br />

list of the most<br />

egregious alleged<br />

repeat violent<br />

offenders in Harris<br />

County who went<br />

on to be charged<br />

with murder while<br />

out on bond. Also<br />

listed, the judge<br />

who granted at<br />

least one bond<br />

for each suspect<br />

according to court<br />

records.<br />

Judge Hilary Unger,<br />

248th Criminal Court<br />

Judge Chris Morton,<br />

230th Criminal Court<br />

Judge Abigail Anastasio,<br />

184th Criminal Court<br />

Judge Ramona Franklin,<br />

338th Criminal Court<br />

Judge Lori Chambers Gray,<br />

262nd Criminal Court<br />

Judge Natalia Cornelio,<br />

351st Criminal Court<br />

#8 Michael Mosley<br />

248th Criminal Court, Judge Hilary Unger<br />

#7 Louis Ybarbo<br />

338th Criminal Court, Judge Ramona Franklin<br />

#6 Randy Lewis<br />

3<strong>37</strong>th Criminal Court, Judge Herb Ritchie (Left Office)<br />

Michael Mosley’s criminal history spans<br />

20 years in Harris County. Court records<br />

show Mosley has been charged with<br />

several felonies, including felon in<br />

possession of a weapon. Records show<br />

Mosley was previously charged with<br />

capital murder in 2006 and murder in<br />

2009, but both charges were dropped.<br />

Mosley was charged with murder in<br />

the shooting death of 61-year-old<br />

Larry Lawrence at a convenience store<br />

in December 2020. Two others were<br />

charged with capital murder alongside<br />

Mosley. Detectives said surveillance<br />

video showed one of the suspects shot<br />

Lawrence in the back before taking<br />

items from him.<br />

Harris County records show 21-year-old<br />

Louis Ybarbo has been charged with<br />

several crimes, including assault, aggravated<br />

robbery with a deadly weapon,<br />

and murder. Ybarbo was charged with<br />

the murder of 18-year-old Macario<br />

DeLeon in December 2020. KPRC 2<br />

Investigates highlighted Ybarbo’s case<br />

after reviewing dozens of cases where<br />

repeat violent offenders bonded out<br />

only to later be charged with murder.<br />

Macario’s parents told KPRC 2 Investigates<br />

that they were still angry and<br />

not only blamed Ybarbo, but the judge<br />

who granted him bond. “The judge has<br />

as much blood on their hands, just as<br />

the guy who pulled the trigger,” said<br />

Armando DeLeon, Macario’s father.<br />

In May 2020, Randy Lewis was shot and<br />

killed by HPD after stabbing 80-yearold<br />

Rosalie Cook to death as she was<br />

getting into her car at a Walgreens. Joe<br />

Gamaldi, then-Houston Police Officer’s<br />

Union president, said Lewis had been arrested<br />

67 times and that he was out on<br />

two felony personal bonds at the time<br />

of the murder. Cook’s son said it was<br />

hard to understand his mother’s death<br />

after learning Lewis’ criminal history.<br />

“Yet, on his own personal recognizance,<br />

with a felony conviction for assault, you<br />

let him out. Where’s the sense in that?<br />

The justice system can’t be counted on<br />

in these situations, clearly,” said Chuck<br />

Cook in 2020.<br />


#5 Raul Leon<br />

262nd Criminal Court Judge Lori Chambers Gray<br />

#2 Zacchaeus Gaston<br />

351st Criminal Court, Judge Natalie Cornelio<br />

Raul Leon has been charged in Harris<br />

County with misdemeanors and felony<br />

crimes. His earliest charge, driving while<br />

intoxicated, dates back to 2018. Leon<br />

made bond on several charges, including<br />

evading arrest and carrying a handgun<br />

in a motor vehicle. Leon is charged with<br />

the shooting death of 17-year-old Raul<br />

Zarco in January <strong>2021</strong>. HPD investigators<br />

say it happened when “rival groups” met<br />

for a drug transaction when an argument<br />

broke out that ended with shots<br />

fired. HPD says Leon was out on a felony<br />

offense bond in Harris County when the<br />

shooting happened.<br />

Gaston’s criminal history dates back<br />

to 2011 in Harris County. Court records<br />

show his criminal history ranging from<br />

misdemeanors to felonies, including burglary,<br />

indecency-child exposure, failure<br />

to register as a sex offender, and murder.<br />

Gaston is charged with the murder of<br />

Layla Steele, the mother of his child. The<br />

child was also injured in the shooting<br />

in July <strong>2021</strong>. Family members say Steele<br />

died protecting her son. “I want justice;<br />

and Harris County, I blame you for letting<br />

that boy out on seven felony charges,”<br />

said Shirley Steele, Layla Steele’s mother.<br />

Gaston cut of his ankle monitor the<br />

day of the shooting according to Harris<br />

County Pretrial Services. He was wearing<br />

it as a condition of his bond related<br />

to an aggravated assault charge.<br />

#4 Frederick Jackson<br />

184th Criminal Court, Judge Abigail Anastasio<br />

19-year-old Frederick Jackson’s criminal<br />

court history goes back to 2020 with a<br />

misdemeanor charge of evading arrest.<br />

Jackson has been charged with multiple<br />

burglary charges, both misdemeanors<br />

and felonies, aggravated robbery, and<br />

capital murder. Jackson is one of three<br />

people charged in connection with the<br />

murder of New Orleans police detective<br />

Everett Briscoe and his friend Dyrin<br />

Riculfy. HPD believes the shootings were<br />

a result of a “robbery gone bad” outside<br />

of Grotto Ristorante on Westheimer.<br />

Jackson’s attorney has previously said<br />

that the severity of the charges was just<br />

sinking in and hopes his client will get<br />

the “fairest trial possible in a place that<br />

has not had a history of fair trials.”<br />

#1 Jesus Gallegos<br />

230th Criminal Court, Judge Chris Morton<br />

Andy Kahan with Crime Stoppers puts<br />

Jesus Gallegos as number one on his list<br />

of violent offenders who bond out and<br />

go on to re-offend. Gallegos criminal<br />

history in Harris County dates back to<br />

2009 with burglary of a vehicle. Records<br />

show his criminal charges escalated<br />

from misdemeanors to felonies, including<br />

several assault charges, felon in possession<br />

of a weapon, and murder. Gallegos<br />

bonded out at least 10 times over<br />

a span of 12 years, according to court<br />

records. Gallegos is now charged in the<br />

murder of his girlfriend. He’s accused of<br />

beating her to death last <strong>No</strong>vember, just<br />

two days after failing to get fitted for<br />

a GPS angle monitor as a condition for<br />

another bond.<br />

#3 Deerrian Caraway<br />

262nd Criminal Court Judge Lori Chambers Gray<br />

Crimes range from misdemeanors like<br />

theft and indecent exposure, to felonies<br />

like evading arrest, aggravated assault,<br />

and murder. His oldest case in Harris<br />

County dates back to 2012. Harris County<br />

court records show he repeatedly bonded<br />

out or had his bond lowered despite<br />

being charged with violent felonies.<br />

Caraway is charged with the murder<br />

of Patrick Aikens in 2020. Aiken’s sister<br />

recently spoke with KPRC 2 Investigates<br />

and said, “I don’t know what the point is<br />

of having bond conditions when you’re<br />

not making them accountable.”<br />


unning 4 heroes<br />

Total Miles Run in <strong>2021</strong>: (as of 10/2/21): 244<br />

Total Miles Run in 2020: 401<br />

Total Miles Run in 2019: <strong>37</strong>6<br />

Overall Miles Run: 1,021<br />

<strong>2021</strong> Run Stats:<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen LEO’s (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 119<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen Firefighters (<strong>No</strong>n COVID-19): 55<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen COVID-19 Heroes: 24<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> fallen Canada LEO’s: 2<br />

Total Miles Run for <strong>2021</strong> <strong>No</strong>n Line of Duty Deaths: 0<br />

Total Miles Run for 2020 Fallen LEO’s: 24<br />

Total Miles Run for 2020 Fallen Firefighters: 6<br />

Total Miles Run for 2020/<strong>2021</strong> Fallen K9’s: 0<br />

Total Tribute Runs by State for <strong>2021</strong>: 14<br />

States/Cities Zechariah has run in:<br />

Zechariah<br />

Cartledge:<br />

a True American Hero<br />

Florida - Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Clearwater, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Orlando, Temple Terrace, Blountstown,<br />

Cocoa, Lakeland, Daytona Beach, West Palm Beach<br />

New York - New York City, Weedsport<br />

Georgia - Cumming, Augusta, Savannah<br />

South Carolina - <strong>No</strong>rth Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Sumter<br />

Pennsylvania - Monaca<br />

Illinois - Springfield, Naperville, Glen Ellyn<br />

Texas - Houston (2), Fort Worth, Midland, New Braunfels, Freeport, Madisonville, Irving, Sadler<br />

Kentucky - Nicholasville<br />

Arkansas - Bryant, Hot Springs<br />

Nevada - Henderson<br />

California - Mt. Vernon, La Jolla<br />

Arizona - Mesa<br />

<strong>No</strong>rth Carolina - Concord, Raleigh<br />

Virginia - <strong>No</strong>rton<br />

Tennessee - Bristol<br />

Delaware - Milford<br />

Minnesota - Arden Hills<br />

Indiana - Sullivan, Spencer<br />

Mississippi - Grenada<br />

Missouri - Springfield<br />

Iowa - Independence, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids<br />


Challenges and Strengths of Law Enforcement<br />

Families, Our Unsung Heroes<br />

According to the IACP resource<br />

page (<strong>2021</strong>), the job of a law enforcement<br />

officer is often stressful,<br />

demanding, and dangerous.<br />

The lifestyle and culture of law<br />

enforcement affects more than<br />

just officers. Spouses, partners,<br />

parents. children, and companions<br />

of law enforcement officers<br />

play an integral part in an officer’s<br />

health and wellness. Recently<br />

I read a posting in a social<br />

media forum asking for thoughts<br />

on the greatest challenges encountered<br />

by law enforcement<br />

spouses, partners, and families<br />

and what steps were taken to<br />

adjust or mitigate the consequences.<br />

The insight and feedback<br />

to this post was powerful<br />

and led me to dedicating this<br />

month’s article to our unsung<br />

heroes who support and love our<br />

law enforcement officers every<br />

day from the home front. This<br />

article will provide a very brief<br />

overview of some of the major<br />

challenges, strengths, and offer<br />

a few suggestions for resources.<br />


Many law enforcement spouses,<br />

and partners have described<br />

often feeling alone while their<br />

loved one is working and during<br />

rotating or ever-changing shifts.<br />

One LEO spouse anonymously<br />

shared the following experience,<br />

“It is difficult learning to do<br />

many things alone even though<br />

you’re married. I can’t tell you<br />

how many breakfasts, lunches,<br />

and dinners I have eaten alone<br />

at a restaurant because he got<br />

a call after we ordered or just<br />

never got to the restaurant at all.<br />

Then there are the missed holidays,<br />

birthdays, anniversaries,<br />

and family gatherings. You have<br />

to get to the point where you<br />

understand they are aware and<br />

just as upset or bothered by the<br />

things they miss. Being married<br />

to a LEO is not for everyone. It’s<br />

hard. Then of course there is the<br />

constant fear a spouse carries,<br />

worrying about their LEO, which<br />

has always been there but is<br />

compounded by the hate mongering<br />

these days. I had been<br />

living with the anxiety and fear<br />

for so long that I never realized<br />

the level it had gotten to until he<br />

retired. I was ALWAYS so proud<br />

of him, but the relief was so vast<br />

that for a while after I would find<br />

myself crying from relief at the<br />

weirdest times. Took me a while<br />

to figure out what was going<br />

on and why I was weepy sometimes.”<br />



It is not unusual to experience<br />

a change in communication<br />

patterns in law enforcement<br />

relationships and marriages. As<br />

a law enforcement officer becomes<br />

more ingrained in the<br />

policing culture and with more<br />

years on the job, he or she may<br />


become less communicative<br />

which can decrease intimacy.<br />

This is frequently a psychological<br />

and physiological response to<br />

the biological roller coaster of<br />

exhaustion and hypervigilance.<br />

Hypervigilance on a 24/7 basis<br />

can have profound consequences<br />

to all areas of an officer’s life,<br />

including mental health. Furthermore,<br />

the combination of critical<br />

incident(s), cumulative stressors,<br />

and emotional exhaustion from<br />

hypervigilance can lead to post<br />

traumatic stress disorder which<br />

can also have devastating consequences<br />

for both an officer and<br />

the family.<br />


I have met countless law enforcement<br />

spouses, partners,<br />

and family members over the<br />

years. One of the most consistent<br />

and valuable characteristics<br />

most possess is resiliency. It is<br />

without question once of their<br />

greatest strengths. They often<br />

learn and grow to embrace that<br />

becoming a part of the blue<br />

family requires commitment,<br />

dedication, and understanding.<br />



According to a 2017 Police1<br />

article on marriage and relationships<br />

(Olson and Wasilewski),<br />

officers are often encouraged to<br />

be “more than a cop,” not because<br />

there is anything wrong<br />

with that identity, but it is an<br />

easy identity to get lost in and<br />

so is that of spouse or partner.<br />

Policing can become all-encompassing,<br />

not just for the ones<br />

wearing the uniform, but also for<br />

those who love them. The lifestyle<br />

can become “who you are”<br />

instead of just a part of who you<br />

are. It becomes essential to find<br />

your own purpose and identity<br />

outside of the blue family responsibilities.<br />



One of the most central and<br />

impactful recommendations for<br />

LEO families is to learn how to<br />

enjoy birthdays and holidays on<br />

different days if needed and consistently<br />

practice flexibility for<br />

family events. Embrace the moments<br />

together and make time to<br />

communicate effectively and establish<br />

a safe place to build trust<br />

and intimacy. According to those<br />

in long term law enforcement<br />

marriages or partnerships, these<br />

steps are absolutely instrumental<br />

in having a solid foundation.<br />


Fortunately, there are now numerous<br />

resources today to assist<br />

law enforcement marriages,<br />

relationships, and families. The<br />

IACP has published very valuable<br />

information on their website,<br />

and I highly encourage you<br />

to take a deeper look and most<br />

get your<br />


to The BLUES, scan the<br />

QR code or click here.<br />

importantly please reach out to<br />

a mental health professional if<br />

you need help navigating any of<br />

these challenges.<br />


A Cool New Boat Emerges<br />

with Axopar Brand<br />

Within 30 days of entering my<br />

retirement, I set out on fulfilling a<br />

dream I have had for a long time. I<br />

have always wanted to own a nice<br />

center-console fishing boat and use<br />

it to take family and friends out in<br />

the beautiful waters of the Gulf of<br />

Mexico. I have been on countless<br />

charter fishing trips in my life and<br />

always have been impressed with<br />

the knowledge of the captain and<br />

crew on how to find and catch fish,<br />

regardless of the conditions. It appeals<br />

to my sense of being a hunter<br />

and I too want to learn how to read<br />

the signs given by the open water<br />

and know I can find tuna, mackerel,<br />

mahi, grouper, snapper, and all of<br />

the other great game fish in the Gulf.<br />

The boat acquisition journey<br />

began with my usual amount of<br />

research determining what brand,<br />

size, equipment package,<br />

etc. that would<br />

best suit my area of<br />

Florida and the type<br />

of boating I want to<br />

do. Additionally, my<br />

wife and I agreed<br />

that we wanted a<br />

boat that she would<br />

enjoy as much as me<br />

when we take our<br />

family and friends out<br />

for cruising, not just<br />

fishing. Well, I found<br />

some nice hybrid<br />

boats that offer a lot<br />

for both fishing and<br />

family cruising and<br />

was almost ready to lock down on<br />

a boat when I by chance went to an<br />

in-the-water boat show in Maine<br />

and discovered a most unusual<br />

looking boat called the Axopar <strong>37</strong>XC.<br />

The “<strong>37</strong>” stands for <strong>37</strong>-foot long and<br />

the “XC“ stands for Crossover Cabin.<br />

When you climb on board this cool<br />

looking vessel you feel like it is a<br />

cross between a center-console, a<br />

cabin cruiser, and a family boat but<br />

my wife describes it as an RV on the<br />

water. Axopar is a company based<br />

in Finland and the boats are built in<br />

Poland. They are luxury recreational<br />

boats that serve as family cruisers,<br />

offshore fishing boats, and commercial<br />

charter boats. Their unusual<br />

look comes from their sharp bow<br />

that cuts through waves and chop<br />

and the pilot house that totally encloses<br />

the helm. I am going to outfit<br />

an Axopar <strong>37</strong>XC for fishing along the<br />

Florida Coast, complete with outriggers,<br />

live well, and a rigging table<br />

but will also have full AC in the pilot<br />

house and cabin below and wet bar<br />

at the stern. Axopar really wants to<br />

be known as the adventure company<br />

so they also equip their boats<br />

with a rack on top of the pilot house<br />

to allow for a kayak and a couple<br />

of bikes for those day trips to local<br />

ports where you can explore both<br />

onshore and offshore. Sounds like a<br />

perfect day on the water to me.<br />

There are just some many cool<br />

features I have discovered about<br />

Axopar that if you are in the market<br />

for that boat of a lifetime, you<br />

must experience an Axopar. While<br />

my boat is going to fit my retirement<br />

lifestyle in Florida, the<br />

Axopar 28 that won the<br />

2020 boat of the year<br />

would be great for the<br />

many lakes around the<br />

US, and for 2022 they<br />

are introducing a 25’<br />

model. Go check out<br />

their website (axopar.<br />

fi) for full videos and<br />

press releases. My boat<br />

will not be ready until<br />

March of next year, so<br />

for now I just have to<br />

dream so more, but<br />

soon it will become a<br />

reality.<br />

For local inquiries, contact Jordan<br />

Thomas Nurse at Nautical Ventures,<br />

jordan@nauticalventures.com or (727)<br />

518-5021.<br />






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Bryan, Texas<br />

The Bryan Police Department, a Civil Service Department, is currently accepting applications for Police Officer (<strong>No</strong>n-<br />

Certified or Certified). We are seeking individuals with integrity who are committed to public service, dedicated and<br />

professional, with a willingness and compassion to work together with the citizens of Bryan to maintain a healthy<br />

and safe community.<br />

Starting Salary:<br />

$57,000 (as non-certified Cadet) up to $82,762 (depending on certification)<br />

*Range pending approval 10/4/21<br />

Application Deadline:<br />

Friday, October 8, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Written Exam Date:<br />

Friday, October 15, <strong>2021</strong><br />

(For those who successfully pass the written exam, the physical fitness assessment will be immediately following.)<br />

Minimum Qualifications:<br />

• U.S. Citizen;<br />

• High School Diploma or have a high school equivalency certificate/GED;<br />

• At least 21 years of age and not more than 44 years of age at the time of hire;<br />

• Valid Texas driver’s license with good driving record at the time of hire;<br />

• Good moral character, stable employment record and no history of any conduct which may affect suitability for<br />

law enforcement work;<br />

• If applicable, military service discharge must be under honorable conditions as stipulated on DD-214 form;<br />

• <strong>No</strong> felony or Class A misdemeanor convictions; no Class B misdemeanor convictions within the past (10) years.<br />

Application Instructions:<br />

To apply and/or to view more information regarding the application and testing process click here and follow the<br />

instructions provided. You will receive an online confirmation number upon successfully submitting your application.<br />

You will also receive a confirmation email from Human Resources within a week of submitting your application.<br />

The City of Bryan is an Equal Opportunity Employer<br />






• Paid Vacation<br />

• Sick Leave<br />

• Paid Holidays<br />

• Personal Days<br />

• Compensatory Days<br />

• Certification Pay<br />

The Walker County Sheriff’s Department is now accepting applications for the position of Patrol Deputy. We are a family based department that is dedicated to<br />

preserving the lives and property of the citizens of Walker County which is currently around 73,000 residents. As a Patrol Deputy within our department, you would<br />

be patrolling over 800 square miles of small towns, national forest and East Texas countryside. Our county seat is the town of Huntsville, Texas which has many of<br />

the comforts and amenities of larger city while still providing a small town atmosphere.<br />


now accepting applications for<br />

Full-Time Police Officers<br />



Salary starting at $50,000<br />

with no experience<br />



OR<br />

Contact the Personnel<br />

Department at<br />

281-985-7571<br />

OR<br />

Contact Sergeant R. Hall at<br />

281-442-4923<br />


• Physical Agility Test<br />

• Written Exam<br />

• Oral Board Panel Interview<br />

• Complete Personal History Statement<br />

• Psychological Evaluation<br />

• Medical Examination<br />

• Interview with the Chief of Police<br />

Perks:<br />

• Starting Salary: $55,160.00<br />

• Retirement: Vested after 8 years in TCDRS. Every $1 invested in retirement is matched 210%.<br />

• Insurance provider: Blue Cross Blue Shield<br />

• Equipment: Uniforms & Patrol Equipment Provided. Currently issuing Glock 22’s and Colt SBR Rifles.<br />

• Vehicles: Take home Chevy Tahoe • Schedule: 12 hour shifts, every other weekend off.<br />

• Time Off: Paid Vacation / Holidays on a yearly basis. • Patrol Style: Proactive /Community Based Policing<br />

Requirements: Must be TCLOE Certified; Must have a valid Texas Drivers License;<br />

Must pass a written & physical test; Must complete a rigorous Field Training Program in a timely manner.<br />



Memorial Villages Police Department<br />

Bunker Hill • Piney Point• Hunters Creek<br />

Police Officer<br />

EOE/M/F/D<br />

5+ Years Patrol Experience Required<br />

The Memorial Villages Police Department (Located on the West Side of Houston) currently has<br />

openings for experienced officers who are self- motivated and enthusiastic about community<br />

policing. We have overwhelming support of our communities and encourage our officers to be<br />

proactive and innovative.<br />

$1500 Sign on Bonus<br />

Starting Salary Range<br />

$71,179 – $82,808 (DOQ)<br />

• Healthcare Insurance, DHMO Dental, Vision – 100% paid for employee, 50% for<br />

spouse/dependents.<br />

• Paid long-term disability and life insurance for employee, with additional life insurance<br />

available for spouse/dependents.<br />

• Health Savings Account with departmental contributions up to $4200 annually<br />

• TMRS Retirement 2 to 1 match, 7% Employee ,14% Employer Contribution.<br />

• 457 Plan with employer contribution of 2% of annual salary<br />

• Bi-Lingual Pay (2.5% of Base salary)<br />

• Shift Differential Pay $3600 annually<br />

• Tuition reimbursement<br />

• Longevity Pay up to a max of $2400 annually at 10 years of service.<br />

• College Education incentive up to $3000 for a master’s degree<br />

• LEMIT or FBI NA pay $1200 annually.<br />

• ECA (Emergency Care Assistant) $1300 Annually, training provided to each employee.<br />

• 12 hour shifts with every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off.<br />

• Officer certification pay, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master up to 7.5% of Salary.<br />

To learn more or apply, visit our website at www.mvpdtx.org<br />

Or contact Sgt. Owens 713-365-<strong>37</strong>11 or lowens@mvpdtx.org<br />

Or Commander E. Jones 713-365-<strong>37</strong>06 ejones@mvpdtx.org<br />

11981 Memorial Dr. Houston, Texas 77024<br />


MAKE A<br />


IN YOUR<br />


We are looking for outstanding individuals to<br />

join our team! As a Pearland Police Officer your<br />

mission will be to prevent crime and disorder, build<br />

partnerships within the community, and positively<br />

impact the quality of life for all our residents.<br />


• Competitive Salary • Outstanding Training<br />

• Career Advancement • Exceptional Benefits<br />

The City of Pearland is one of the fastest growing<br />

communities within the region. Pearland is located<br />

approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston<br />

and the current population is approximately 130,000<br />

residents.<br />



$5,000 Hiring Incentive for T.C.O.L.E Certified Police<br />

Officers who qualify with at least 2 years of experience.<br />

TEST DATE:<br />

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 8:30 A.M.<br />

Register by: April 12.<br />

Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium<br />

4141 Bailey Road, Pearland, TX 77584.<br />

Doors Open: 7:15 a.m. <strong>No</strong> admittance after 7:45 a.m.<br />

Candidates must park in the north parking lot.<br />


• Attendance limited to first 150 arrivals<br />

• Mandatory temperature checks<br />

• Masks required, hand sanitizer available<br />

• Candidates seated 6 feet apart<br />

<br />

<br />

•Be a citizen of the nited tates able to read,<br />

write, and speak the English language<br />

• Have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate .E.. certified by<br />

the issuing agency with:<br />

0 credit hours with a cumulative PA of 2.0 or higher on a .0 scale from an accredited<br />

institute of higher learning or<br />

- Minimum 24 months of active duty service with an honorable discharge authenticated by<br />

a Member 2 or Member orm 21 or<br />

15 credit hours with a cumulative PA of 2.0 or higher on a .0 scale in addition to Basic<br />

Peace Officer Certification from TCOLE or<br />

An Intermediate Peace Officer Certification from TCOLE<br />

• Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record<br />

• Must meet all legal requirements necessary to become a licensed Peace Officer by the Texas<br />

Commission on Law Enforcement TCOLE.<br />

• Be between 21 and 5 years of age at the time of the examination or<br />

• Be between 18 and 21 years of age if the applicant has received an associate’s degree or 60<br />

semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university or has received an honorable<br />

discharge from the armed forces of the nited tates after at least two years of active service.<br />

: Cadet $1. hourly Police Officer $2. hourly.<br />

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April 12, <strong>2021</strong>. Applications will not be accepted after this date.<br />

Submit applications online by visiting pearlandtx.gov/careers.<br />


pecial accommodations are available when necessary to aord equal opportunity to participate<br />

in testing. Please make request in writing, five business days prior to the test date to City of<br />

Pearland, HR Department, 3519 Liberty Drive, Pearland, TX 77581.<br />

or questions regarding the application process please contact Terene uddsohnson at<br />

281.652.1617 or hr@pearlandtx.gov.<br />

List will remain in eect for one 1 year or until exhausted, whichever is sooner.<br />

126 The For BLUES additional POLICE information MAGAZINE and to register for an upcoming Civil Service Exam, visit<br />





Come join the Plano Police Department<br />

Plano Police Department currently employs over 414 peace officers, who are dedicated individuals that<br />

work with the community to create and maintain a safe, secure environment for our residents and visitors.<br />

We are a diverse department, which is a reflection of the various cultures within the community, and offering<br />

many different opportunities to promote the safety of the citizens which we serve.<br />

Registration Deadline:<br />

Friday, July 30, <strong>2021</strong><br />

Register at:<br />

https://www.plano.gov/1183/Employment<br />

The Plano Police Department will conduct<br />

a Civil Service Examination in order to<br />

establish an eligibility list for the position<br />

of Entry-level Police Officer. The eligibility<br />

list is created as a result of this examination<br />

and application process will remain in effect<br />

for a period of (6) months (beginning<br />

on date of test) or until the list has been<br />

exhausted, whichever occurs first.<br />

For more information:<br />

Contact the Plano Police recruiter<br />

Officer Andrae Smith at:<br />

andraes@plano.gov<br />

or go to our website at:<br />

ppdrecruiting@plano.gov<br />


Washington County 911<br />

E-911 Director<br />

Responsibilities:<br />

• Directs and administers E-911 operations;<br />

• Supervises E-911 Dispatchers and other department personnel;<br />

• Prepares and maintains reports and files for federal, state, and local authorities;<br />

• Defines goals, sets expectations, and provides performance oversight and guidance to hiring and<br />

retention plans, quality assurance program(s), budget/purchasing, support service projects,<br />

department records management and Public Information Requests;<br />

• Provides administrative presence during emergency management situations.<br />

Education and Experience:<br />

• Requires High School graduation or graduate equivalent degree;<br />

• Valid Texas Driver’s License or acceptable alternative transportation method;<br />

• Five years of experience in emergency dispatching;<br />

• Five years progressively responsible experience in emergency communications management<br />

with broad exposure and practical application of emergency communications systems and<br />

associated software support systems;<br />

• Experience in a county governmental entity preferred;<br />

• Equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required<br />

knowledge, skills and abilities.<br />

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:<br />

• Must possess a working knowledge of current laws, operations, trends and overall management of a<br />

911 center;<br />

• Must be available for emergency call-ins on weekends, holidays, disasters and after hours to support<br />

mission critical 24/7/365 operations;<br />

• General management principles, Computer Aided Dispatch Systems, 911 call-taking and<br />

dispatching procedures;<br />

• Ability to perform as a telecommunications operator.<br />

Certifications and Licensure:<br />

• Certification as an operator of the Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications system (TLETS) or<br />

ability to acquire within one year;<br />

• Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications or a related field preferred;<br />

• Association of Public Safety Communications Officials Registered Public Safety Leader (APCO<br />

RPL), National Emergency Number Association Center Manager Certification Program (NENA<br />

CMCP), or NENA Emergency Number Professional (ENP) certification(s) preferred.<br />


Human Resources Office<br />

Washington County Annex Building<br />

105 West Main, Suite 101 • Brenham, Texas<br />

hr@wacounty.com<br />

Equal Opportunity Employer<br />




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