UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 11: Police officer Mike Brennan helps a distraught woman known only as Beverly, as ash and debris cover the area following the collapse of 1 World Trade Center (north tower) – the aftermath of a terrorist attack. 2 World Trade Center came came crashing down 39 minutes later. A hijacked American…… Continue reading It’s Still a Lie
“By and large, people are just no damn good.” It might just be my favorite quote by…well, by no one you know, unless you know my father-in-law, Bud. The first time I heard him say it, I was about 21 years old. We were eating dinner at my kitchen table talking about whatever was…… Continue reading And I saw…
Looks can be deceiving. Take Houston PD’s chief of police, Art Acevedo and HPOU president Joe Gamaldi. First, there’s Art. He’s straight-up got the “cop-look”. Swarthy and good-looking. Manly. Reeking with machismo. Squared away and buttoned-up. Gig-line straight. Brass polished. Commanding attention and respect. Articulate. Intelligent. Giving his press conferences in two languages so everyone…… Continue reading Looks Can Be Deceiving
Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. All day long I’ve pondered what to write and one thing kept popping into my mind. For many years, my guy was the president of the local POA. He worked tirelessly during those years to convince the city manager to raise patrol officer pay. After a lengthy battle,…… Continue reading Innocence Lost
HR 5698 passed the House of Representatives yesterday by a not-even-close vote of 382-35. This “Protect and Serve Act” provides Federal penalties for people who deliberately target local, state, and Federal law enforcement officers with violence.
I was out of town last week. He went to church alone. As he pulled up to church a sudden sinking feeling crept upon him. Unsettling. Unnerving. So much so that he sat outside the church in the car for well over 10 minutes breathing a silent prayer. “Please God. Not today. Not here. Not…… Continue reading Not today. Not here. Not today.
That one blue ribbon. I saw it as soon as I topped the hill. There were no other mementos. No other ribbons. Just one thin, blue ribbon tied at the end of the monument. And I wondered. I wondered who tied on that ribbon. I honestly don’t know why I wondered who it was, because…… Continue reading Someone
Remember Exhibit A? It’s the post where I admitted how inept I am in emergency situations. I said I suck in emergencies. Like…I REALLY suck at them. In case you weren’t convinced after reading Exhibit A, I present you with Exhibit B. Along with the truth of my emergency ineptness, I must admit I am…… Continue reading Exhibit B
Truth is stranger than fiction. Especially in police work. I mean seriously…most people wouldn’t believe some of the total weirdness that happens. You just can’t make it up. Grab some milk and cookies and settle in for tonight’s tale. I’ve titled it: Fill ‘er Up. My guy was a motorcycle officer for several years. The…… Continue reading Fill ‘er Up