Archive for July, 2010

Quote

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 by Jay

“It’s a battle implement, your not supposed to go home and spend an entire afternoon cleaning it. Just put a little lube on the critical parts and be done with it.” – KR

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Interesting…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 by Jay

Rick Perry interviewed by Greta Van Susteren.

Topic is Border Security and Illegal Immigration in Texas.

Watch it here: http://governorperry.blip.tv/

Cat tails…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 by Jay

Big test this morning over Use of Force. I am nervous as a cat in a room full of rockers. This is one of those tests that if we don’t do too well on, it could come back and bite us in rear at court.

To make things worse, it’s only 25 questions long…

Scenario ends…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 by Jay

With everyone having said their piece and given supporting reasons, it’s time to end the scenario.

Sorry Arthur, but you don’t have time to access the shotgun. You have to use your handgun and engage the suspect (points though for the thought!).

As he sprints towards you, you fire 2 rounds center mass, striking him twice in the chest. He crumples and falls backwards. You cover him with your handgun while you approach him. In the light, you see he has a recent neck wound. He gasps, “He’s still inside…”

You shot the Fiance, not the Perp.

It’s all over, isn’t it? Nope…

The Fiance’s family sues you civilly for killing him. It gets appealed all the way up to the US Supreme Court.

The US Supreme Court says that due to the ‘totality of the circumstances’ leading up to the shooting, any reasonable, well-trained officer would’ve done the same in that given situation, and says the Deputy (You) was justified in using deadly force, even though it was against a victim, and not the suspect.

This case furthered the thought that Law Enforcement Officers have to make split second decisions, based on what they know at that time. In this case, the Fiance could’ve easily been the Perp (the ex-Fiance) and killed the Deputy (You). Yes, we do know that we shot the wrong guy, however, we can’t use the identity of the person we shot as a judging factor in determining justification of deadly force because we did not know his identity until after he had been shot. We can only look at the facts leading up to the point the Deputy (You) pulled the trigger. This goes back to ‘totality of the circumstances’, and not the more common armchair quarterbacking “view with 20/20 hindsight”.

But, there is another important fact that we wrongly assumed. The Other Deputy was not shot. The round that was shot at him never hit him. When the Ex-fiance pointed the gun at him, he took a step back and tripped on something as the Ex-f shot at him. Him tripping caused him to fall back. He did lay there while this transpired, which lead us to believe he was down and out, when he really wasn’t. But again, give the circumstances, him falling back at the time of the shot and not immediately getting up, would lead an officer to believe he had indeed been shot.

So, in a nut shell, we killed the wrong guy but was cleared of all wrong doing, because it was justified.

This story doesn’t end well, sadly. The Ex-f killed the woman inside, then committed suicide.

End of Watch

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 by Jay

You’ll hear the radio code “10-7”. That is the code when a patrol unit goes out of service. You’ll hear the calls signs of “Lincoln” and “Charlie.” Those are codes for Lieutenants and Captains. The dispatcher is a Los Angeles County Sheriff dispatcher who read the history of the Maywood police Department. 

After 86 years of service, the Maywood, California Police Department went End of Watch.

This is their last 4 minutes:

Scenario

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 by Jay

Note: This is based on a real life incident, that actually happened. With that in mind, please don’t go Googling to try to find out what happened. I will eventually say what happened, but I’d like to see what everyone says first.

Also, this is all the information you get, so make your decision as quickly as possible and post what your decision is in the comments. There is no wrong or right answer, so don’t be shy about what you would do (or wouldn’t do).

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine yourself in this scenario…

You’re a Sheriff’s Deputy, on patrol in a rural county. It’s a little after midnight.

You get dispatched to an assault in progress in a secluded area. The caller said her ex-fiance broke into the house, and is armed with a gun and a knife. She said her fiance was shot in the neck. She cries and says to hurry, when the call is disconnected.

You call for back up in route to the scene. Another Deputy and a City officer from a local municipality arrive on the scene to assist.

As you and the Deputy pull up in the front of the house, you notice a white panel van covered in smeared blood on one side. You see a trail of blood between the side of van and the front door of the house. You can’t tell if the blood is going from the house to the van, or the van to the house.

The Officer goes around the house and parks in the rear. The Officer covers the back door, while you and the Deputy go up to the front door.

The Deputy takes the lead, while you cover him from behind. He pounds on the door, shouting “Police!” You hear screaming from inside. A man shouts, “You’ll have to break it down!”

The Deputy tries to open the door, but it’s locked. You both draw your duty pistols. He takes a step back, and kicks it down. For the split second you can see, you see a pregnant woman on the floor bleeding and a male holding a knife and a gun, covered in blood. You see another shadow in the far back of the room, but are unable to determine what it is.

The man inside shoots his gun, and the Deputy in front of you falls backwards. You run off of the porch, and seek cover around the corner of the house. You hear a female scream inside, “He’s going to get more ammo!”

You hear foot steps on the porch, and see a man running towards you.

What would you do?

Remember, this Deputy had a split second to make his decision, so try to keep from thinking about your decision too much.

More useless facts, again…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2010 by Jay

I finished up week 10 of the Academy, fixing to start week 11. The Academy is 25 weeks long, so I am nearing the halfway point!

On to the uselessness…

An officer could cite and release someone for murder. Seriously. You could kill someone, and the officer has the option of either arresting you or just giving you a citation. No where in the books does it say you have to be arrest.

A child under the age of 9 can’t be arrest or charged. Parents can be though…

If I pulled a 23 year old over, and they had a juvenile arrest warrant (known as a directive to apprehend), I shall arrest them and take them to juvenile hall. But they are an adult right? Correct, however, it is a juvenile warrant, so it will go through the juvenile courts. The only catch is, they will serve their time with the adults, in TDC or County jail.

If I arrested a juvenile and took them to juvenile hall, if the juvenile hall is at capacity, they have to tell me no, they can’t take them. Yes, any offense. I could pick up a juvie for murder, and if the hall is full, I’d take him to the hall for holding and call his parents.