Why this Officer voted Trump

Currently you are hard pressed to find anything more divisive than politics when discussing current events.  Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to avoid politics when talking about Policing.  They are practically intertwined like peanut butter and jelly.  From running a campaign to be Sheriff, to placating the mayor to have your new budget approved.  There are simply times when politics are unavoidable need to be discussed.  This is one of them for me.

Before you decide my article sucks and you hate me and everything I stand for because of the title of my article, consider this a teachable moment.  I am giving you insight in to the minds of many police officers in the United States and it doesn’t cost anything more than your time to read it.   If you want to play partisan politics, play the loyal dog to your party master, that’s completely up to you.  I can’t force you to be neutral or objective.  I can only give you the facts as seen from a mid-western law enforcement officer.

I like to think of myself and an informed citizen who wholly believe in the words of the constitution.  I think you have to be if you you are going to enforce the law.  It is the document that governs your existence.   When deciding whom to vote for, I try to keep and open mind and listen to what each person has said, and weight that against their previous political record (assuming they have one).  Like most Americans, I am tired of the same old song and dance from both political parties.  They both make promises they have no intention of keeping.  The only thing they ever keep is the establishments own power.   So it makes weeding through the *BS difficult because most of them are well versed and quite convincing.   The parties may have a few core differences, but when its all stripped away they are essentially the same animal.  Neither one delivering what they promise and always making themselves money.

August 9, 2014, the day all hell began to break loose not far from where I live.  A 6’4 300lb Michael Brown(who happens to be black, not like it should matter) strong arm robs a convenience store and then is in a confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson.  Micheal Brown is killed in the exchange is what is later ruled as a justifiable shooting.  Ferguson erupts into violence and racial tensions explode throughout the country. Every time a white officer has to shoot a black man, its because he is a racist.  Suddenly, being a white cop is an undesirable profession.

Many, many liberal politicians (especially in Missouri) began preaching about how unfair the justice system is,  how every white person has “white privilege” and how police and just jack booted, racist thugs.  Forgetting that 12% of Police Officers are black.   The leftist media began hopping on the bandwagon, condemning all police, and doing so before many of the facts had been released.  It felt like a programmed narrative.  Like someone had a script they were following.  How else could the media get it all so wrong?

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The current president of the United States at the time, Mr. Obama, even sent an official White House delegation to Brown’s funeral prior to the conclusion of the investigation. Wilson was given his walking papers and forced to move his family out of Ferguson.  For doing his job correctly.

The comments continued from the liberal politicians, happy to support #BlackLivesMatter and hop on the racist bandwagon if it meant they got to keep control of Washington.  Even some right-winged politicians jumped on hoping it may help their chances at the black vote. Numerous comments and actions, to many to mention that helped fuel anger towards police which culminated in the assassinations of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.  Suddenly we were the target, not just in the media, but on the street as well.  You could be killed for simply wearing a badge and wanting to serve your community.  Around the end of 2015 beginning of 2016, it pretty much felt like the only friend you could trust were other officers.  The media surely didn’t have your back.  Left and right politicians didn’t have your back.  Everyone was head hunting the police, aka “racist death squad”.

Enter the orange haired wild man.  I admit at first I thought there was no way he was going to pull off winning a primary much less the election.  That’s what you get for underestimating Donald Trump.  I was looking towards hanging my hat on the hopes of Dr. Ben Carson whom I greatly admire, or possibly Ted Cruz.  The democrats gave me no real reasonable option when they put forth an admitted socialist in Bernie Sanders and the less than honorable Hillary Clinton.  It only took about two speeches before they attempted to pander for the black vote.  From the “systemic racism” quotes to bring Michael Brown’s mother to the Democratic National Convention, it was clear the police did not have a friend in the Democratic party, they had chose to hang their hat elsewhere.

Now lets be clear, I am no expert in the black community.  I only know what I read, what I see and what I discuss with other gentlemen of color.  I have many friends of color who are Police Officers and I rely on them greatly to form my opinions.   Because if I allow the media to control my opinion, well than I would probably assume that all black people hate the police, and that’s simply not true.  I am sure there are improvements that can be made to make sure our justice system is not prejudice and fair for people of all colors.  Demonizing the entire police force, especially those who are white, is not how you solve that.  The sad part is, this has never been a black and white thing for most officers.  The media and politicians made it that way.  The try to divide us.

So here you have a current president (Obama) who appears to be fairly anti-police, and numerous politicians who want to become president, and they all appear to be hitching their wagon to the anti-police bandwagon. All of them except one.

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The positive police comments are what initially made me give consideration to Mr. Trump. For two years we had been assaulted by just about everyone there was.  Telling us we were trigger happy, racist, blue thugs, etc….

Celebrities hopped on the bandwagon.  JayZ, Tarantino, Beyonce, Gabrielle Union, Colin Kapernick, Jesse Williams,  the list goes on and on.    Because nothing says oppression quite like millionaires letting police officers know how much they hate them.

Colin Kapernick wears socks depicting police as pigs.  Tarantino attends an anti police protest

So here you have a new found racial tensions that most of us Gen Xers had never experienced, criminals being treated like royalty and the police being demonized by practically everyone but their own mothers.   One man took a stand and verbalized his appreciation of the Police.  That was Donald Trump.  Love him or hate him, that is a fact.  It made him a viable candidate to many.

Then the final nail in the coffin for the other Republican primary candidates.  Ted Cruz and John Kasich in April 2016, decide to make a agreement on removing their names from a state ballot in an feeble attempt to stop Donald Trump, confirming that Trump was not party of the Republican Establishment, and they would do anything to stop him.   The more the democrats hated him, and the more the republicans showed their true colors,  the more viable candidate he became.  The people in power feared him,  something that has not happened in a long time. He wasn’t one of them, which made him one of us, and my choice for president.

Democrats then did what they do best,  cry racism/racist.   The same way they claimed the police were racist, they saddled Trump with the exact same burden.   It really never stopped there,  eventually anyone who was supporting him or even considering it, was deplorable and irredeemable.  Which has led us to where we are now, left vs. right,  conservative vs. democrat.  Which in a way is funny, because it was never about left or right for most of us.   It was the fact we had never had the opportunity to vote for someone who wasn’t a ” American Political Power Family”,  who wasn’t a Bush, Kennedy or Clinton.

The electoral college will stand, so both parties better figure out a way to win with the deplorable citizens of the flyover states.  We are the heart of this country.

For the first time in a few years, I feel as though maybe some of the respect is coming back.  I don’t feel as if I should lie about what I do for a living.  I feel proud to be Police again.  I feel like the President has our back.

Now the detractors will point to some high profile incidents of Police misconduct and try to say that all police behave this way.  Its simply not true.  The photos we share on the stop the cop haters, of police helping the homeless, playing with kids, running towards the gunfire,  I see those things daily from the many, many brave and loving officers who care deeply about their communities.  So much so that they would give their life for it.  The negative incidents need to be addressed and handled, but that shouldn’t take away from all the good they do.

I have no idea how history will judge a Trump presidency after 4 or maybe 8 years.  I cannot read the future.  All I can tell you is how he came to be my choice.   Like it or not, its still a free country and will remain that way on my watch.

~NR

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Do black lives really matter?

“Do black lives really matter?” – By Stuck in the Middle 

Do black lives REALLY matter?
We’ve all seen the t-shirts and heard the mantra that accompanies the protests and dots the Facebook news feeds of the well meaning, the cop blockers, and the generally misinformed; Black Lives Matter.  

Well, I am a black person and as such, I find this statement misleading and patronizing. Since the whole Mike Brown media circus brought this about, I have continuously pondered the question, since when did black lives truly matter to these people? 

What this movement needs, is a vetting process that separates those who truly care from those who are simply buying into the latest trend or looking for yet another excuse to point a [middle] finger at authorities. 

As such, I would like to pose some honest questions to those who would fly the flag “black lives matter.”  

When did black lives start to matter to you? Before you tell me “they always have”  I would like to know the following:

–  IF black lives matter to you: Why aren’t you volunteering in schools or organizations so black children can have access to mentors or caring adults? Why aren’t you providing a shoulder to cry on, a hand to hold, or an ear to listen? Why aren’t you giving them something to turn to besides a criminal lifestyle. Why aren’t you showing these children love instead of the people who pretend to love them so they use them?  

– IF black lives matter to you: Why are you attacking the few teachers willing to work in predominantly black schools and not attacking the school curriculum that teaches black youth that the highlight of their history is being freed from southern slavery or being saved from Jim Crow? Why aren’t you complaining that black history is so focused on the civil rights movement but ignores black contributions to the whole world? Why aren’t you demanding to know about Charles Drew (inventor of the modern blood bank), Garret Morgan (inventor of the traffic signal and gas masks), Daniel Hale Williams (pioneer of open heart surgery), or George Washington Carver (inventor and genius)? Why aren’t you demanding their achievements be taught alongside those of Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison?

If black history really mattered to you, why are you OK with being taught blacks have been nothing but victims throughout history. Why aren’t you demanding to know about the great black leaders such as King Shaka Zulu, Tousaint LOverture, and Hannibal Barca. Why aren’t you demanding to learn more about the achievements of Frederick Douglas or the Black Governors who led prosperously during the reconstruction period? Why does George Lucas ‘care’ more about the Tuskegee Airmen than you do? 

Why are you so sympathetic for the blacks who have contributed to tearing the country apart instead of lifting up the ones who helped build it? 

– IF black lives matter to you: Why do you support music and media that promotes negative stereotypes. Why do you buy the music that degrades our women and promotes gang violence. There are many talented black artists and actors who create meaningful and entertaining art, yet don’t get a shot at fame. They are suppressed by a greedy media who would rather accept your money and reinforce the image that blacks are thugs, sex mongers, drug abusers , and ignorant. If you truly care about blacks, why do you raise up Lil Wayne, Iggy Izaela, Young Jeezy, and Nikki Minaj who’ve contributed literally nothing positive to the black image? There are countless actors, hip-hop, country, jazz, rock, and r&b artists who are black and promote growth, knowledge, and positivity in the black community. Why don’t you find and support their products? 

– IF black lives matter to you: Why didn’t you protest the deaths of Terrence Avery Green. Robert Wilson III, Brennan Rabain, Josie Wells, and several other black men murdered in 2015? Was it because they were law enforcement officers? I don’t remember the the hashtag saying #blacklivesmatter,unless theyre cops. 

– IF black lives matter to you: Why aren’t you demanding black fathers stay in their sons’ and daughters’ lives so they don’t feel the need to turn to gangs, drugs, and prostitution. Why aren’t you demanding black moms on welfare be a better example to their children and find meaningful employment, go to school, and break the cycle? Why haven’t you volunteered to help them do this?   

– IF black lives matter to you: Why do you continue to indulge and condone the gang culture that has claimed more young black lives than all of the wars and police shootings have, combined?   How can you chant black lives matter over the death of a criminal who pointed a gun at police and not chant it over an innocent 9 year old girl who was shot in a drive by a block away. Why haven’t you protested ANY of the innocent children in the last year who have died by a gang banger’s stray bullet? 

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– IF black lives matter to you: Why do you continue to buy into a national news system who at one moment portrays blacks as thugs, rapists, and killers, then the next moment portrays blacks as unwitting victims of an oppressive system. Why drink the koolaid? 

– IF black lives matter to you: Why has it taken the justified police shooting of an apparent criminal and not the thousands upon thousands of black deaths due to aids, heart disease, diabetes, gang violence, abortions, cancer, and despair to get your attention? 

I’ve asked myself these questions and have taken action on many of them. Why? Because black livesDO matter to me and it’s going to take a lot more than anti cop rhetoric, political pandering, and a catchy hashtag to save those lives. 

Do black lives really matter to you? My guess is, the vast majority of you who continue carry on the #blacklivesmatter mantra don’t really care. My guess is, it’s either a fad for you, you think you’re helping but are unwilling to explore the actual root of the problem, or you’re simply using this as a vehicle for your own pre-existing anti-cop sentiment. Either way, as a black person,  I’ve had enough pandering and patronizing from you. Either help out or don’t, just stop saying black lives matter unless your willing to do something useful to save them.   

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Fairfax county fireman threatens to bury cops.

I am going to introduce you to the Mr. Khalil Abdul Rasheed he is a fireman at the Fairfax County fire department. As you can see from his posts below he thinks his merry group of thugs should start putting police officers in the ground.  That doesn’t sound appropriate does it.  

Let’s put it into perspective.  “Hey stop the cop haters fans,  lets start killing firemen,  all they ever save is the foundation to the house anyways”.  Now how would that fly with your department if you posted something like that on an open Facebook group?  You would probably be fired.

Khalil was posting in a thread started by Matthew which calls for violence. It was posted on a the page called ” film the police “. Another of the so called accountability pages that are filled with anti police hated and threats.  If he wants accountability then fine,  be accountable for your words.  Contact the Fairfax County Fire Department and let them know we don’t want potential cop killers working for them.

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It also appears he is an ISIS sympathizer by his photos you can see below. Many commented have told me he refuses calls for service due to prayer time and has been caught vandalising a dumpster.

How does a man who should be on the terror watch list end up being a first responder? Officers do not need a man like this helping them and neither does the public

Here is a link to an article with his reply to our story.

http://www.statter911.com/2015/08/04/virginia-firefighters-comment-about-fighting-back-against-police-getting-scrutiny/

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POS Alert: Antonio Buehler

Antonio Buehler is a special kind of silly.  He is copblocker who resides in Austin, Texas.  Mr. Buehler fronts the site called peaceful streets project and like all the sites run by copblocker and knuckledicks it isn’t about peaceful streets its about confronting officers and breeding hate.

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Buehler has made an attempt at being an educated man when he attended Harvard University.  Of course he hasn’t put that to good use because of his xbox and cheesy poofs in mom’s basement.  He does however think he is a lawyer and “knows his rights”. 

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            Mr. Harvard. Dad is so proud

His pathetic little group of anti social degenerates like to preach peaceful streets but then follow Austin officers around yelling things like ” fuck the police ” and other uneducated terms to try and antagoize them.  Which of course doesn’t work.  Like most other anti police losers he has a criminal record and currently has a pending case which he is losing.

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The justice system to this point has done what’s it is suppose to, jail thugs like Buehler and protects others from frivolous lawsuits and prosecution. Buehler has another thing in common with people who hate police, as in the fact that they always expect someone else to fund their ridiculous campaigns.

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Ah yes, the mark of a successful man, begging for money on Facebook. If I was his father I would be turning that sweatshirt inside out.

Buehler even attempted a run at the office of Public Safety Commissioner, which of course was like most other things in his life, a complete failure. Most of society and residents of any given city are intelligent and don’t want cop haters and people with poor attitudes running their city. The residents of Austin want to be protected from people like Buehler but sometimes those officers need your protection from him. So the next time you see Buehler harassing your officers, let him know how you feel about that. Remember, officers are human beings just like you and no one wants to be called names by someone like this. Mr. Buehler, move out of moms house and leave the people alone who serve their community. How about you find a way to serve it instead of being a drain on it.

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First 5 Years: Guide for Police husbands and wives

While contemplating ideas for new blogs/stories I wanted to make sure I wrote about a topic which would help others and which I felt I had enough experience in.  Observing a recent co-worker going through a divorce inspired me to chose the topic. For obvious reasons he will remain unnamed but they began having trouble about a year into his career.  I have been married for 10 years and we have been together for a total of 15. I realize that may pale in comparison to some of our readers, but I think I can bring a unique perspective to this as we will be co-writing this article and the fact that I was not an officer when we met so we went through the change together. It was a challenging change to say the least.

I will admit when I decide to make the change to being Sheepdog, I really had no idea what that entailed.  I suppose I thought it was much like you see on TV.  I would save a lot of people,  have some car chases, and be the hero to all my friends and family. They would look up to me and all the children in the neighborhood would think i was cool. A statement that actually made me laugh out loud while thinking about it.  All I really knew at the time was it was something I had always wanted to do since I was a little boy.  It’s a desire that many of the wives probably don’t understand initially.  We of course discussed the decision before I entered the academy but who could possibly know exactly what was in store.  The first problem that popped up was the change she immediately noticed in me.  Not that it was bad, it was just different.  I suppose us old timers now know it as the blue-flame.

I was learning all sorts of things which I would of course I would come home and practice on her or one of my boys.  Iron wrist-lock take down anyone?  Who wants to feel the mandible pressure point?  No takers?  I was also gaining confidence and loads of it. Suddenly not only did I feel I could protect myself, but my family and others as well.  Sometimes confidence can come off as being cocky.   I am the type of person who does not do something half-way.  I am either all in or not at all.  For me “all in” was looking and acting the part.   I wasn’t a big drinker before, but now, its maybe a beer on 4th of July.  I will not be a hypocrite.   If I am going to be a leader in my community then I intend to act like one.   Within the span of a few years I went from having a few drinks with the wife now and then to, “Come over here and let me check your Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus.”

Another issue which became immediately apparent is what us Officers call being prepared, others might see as being paranoid or hyper vigilance.   We heard all the stories and saw all the photos in the academy.   Now suddenly I have to obtain that certain seat in a restaurant and watch everybody for the slightest thing out of place.  Off duty carry was also a must and for a girl that’s not fond of firearms to begin with, it was another point of contention with the wife.

So at this point you have a career change, attitude change, the crappy seats at the cafe, always being armed and now throw in the dreaded schedule changes and you can see how things can go downhill so fast.  Our schedule was awful.  There were three shifts, day center and night.   You stayed on one shift for 4 weeks and then moved to the next one.   You cannot get used to a shift because it changes all the time.  Sleep patterns were non-existent.  we all know just because you are off work at ____pm it does not mean you will be off anywhere close to that.   “You made dinner? Sorry honey, not gonna make it tonight.”  Even as I write this I can see why after about two years of all this, she decided this Police life might not have been the best idea.  It really is a life that both of you have to agree to.  In fact I think in many ways the spouse sacrifices more than the officer.

As I stated about two years in, things were not good.  A dirty little secret about the thin blue line is that it isn’t as close knit as you think when it comes to marital problems.  We really had no one to turn to who we though could help us through the difficult time.  We tried counseling, which neither of us felt like it helped.  What really helped us was following the teachings of the bible. Once we started reading together, praying together, most everything worked itself out.  I don’t want to come off as preaching to the other readers, so I will leave it at that. If you have questions I am happy to speak with you.

We also sat down and went over ever detail and decided what was acceptable and what wasn’t. How long I would stay in police work and what I could do if we decided this was not going to work. It really boils down to the old cliché of communication. Her having an out was most important. If 5 years down the road she decided she had enough, I would agree to find a different career. You have to love her more than you love the job.

The effect of all this was that she was more open the sacrifices of the job, and I was more open to her concerns. I try and make a conscious effort to be attentive when I am home, which means putting the phone down and leaving work at work. She does the same for me, by not nagging or complaining when I am late. If she has questions I will answer them, but if its “one of those” calls, she understands not to push me until I want to talk about it. It really is a give and take. Without effort you won’t see results, much like when you go to the gym.

Trust is another huge component to having a successful marriage as an officer. For that I have this to say, stop f*ing cheating. It really blows my mind how many marriages I have seen fall apart because of cheating. Don’t even start an inappropriate conversation with the opposite sex. If you wouldn’t want your wife to read the text message or overhear the conversation, then you shouldn’t be having it. That goes for all marriages! If you are going to be “one” then you can’t be acting like two. There are a hundred badge bunnies and if they were worth keeping, someone would have already married them!

Hope this helps the rookies a bit. Always here to help if you need it. Contact my by PM via the Facebook page.

NightRider

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Responsibility check: Sean Andersen

Since Facebook is no longer allowing the screen capturing and name posting of public posts then this is the next best thing.  Apparently you can post photos of dead cops and that’s OK.  But whatever you do, don’t repost something a person on Facebook already posted.  Makes perfect sense.

This tough guy here like to post about murdering cops yet has a decent job with honor health in Scottsdale, AZ.   Let’s tell them how we feel about employing a low life such as this man

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Let’s make Mr. Andersen take responsibility for his posts. Contact Honor Health of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Showing restraint in judgment

Showing restraint is an integral part of being a Law Enforcement Officer.  Not only physical and emotional restraint, but judgment as well.

Our job is hard enough.  We are evaluated and judged on the split second decision we make.  Sometimes instinctive, sometimes reactive, sometimes malicious.  One thing you can guarantee, it will always be judged.  Whether that is by your peers or by a court of law.

The one thing where I feel we should show more restraint is when we pre-judge our peers is when it comes to an open investigation and when we do not have all the facts.

Being prejudice without all the facts is dangerous.  It invokes presumed emotions.

As Officers we have a duty to not be prejudice as it could affect our judgement.  It’s not supposed to matter if a convict had done it before.  It only adds to your case when it’s coupled with other facts to prove that he is guilty, or enough probable cause exists for the arrest.  But that’s not always what occurs is it?

It appears we didn’t learn much from Wilson vs Brown.  Here we are again basing our thoughts and outcomes without all the facts.  Well if you don’t already know, I am referring to Slager vs White.

Right now as I write this article a portion of the black community is near militant.  They are divided amongst racial lines that were wrongfully drawn between Law Enforcement and the community.  People are so emotionally committed and charged by this that they are driven from their normal routine lives to make their opinions heard.  Their opinions are not fact based but biased to prove that not only is Law Enforcement targeting black citizens, but circumvent our court system by demanding swift justice.  They and some of you have already judged this Officer.  You may be right, who knows.  I guess it is a 50/50 guess, right?

Topics like, “Good shoot vs Bad shoot” riddles Facebook and the Law Enforcement community.  We need to get away from that.

I get it, you want to talk about it, sure.  Talk about it.  Topics like, “What dropped on the ground in the video?”, “Is this the only video?”, “How many seconds between him being engaged with the Officer and the first shot?”, should be what we are discussing.  What if this was the 3rd time this person had engaged this Officer in a fist fight only to run and retreat and then reengage?  I am even ok with comments of, “It looks bad” because I have never seen even a justified shooting “look good.”

What we need to do is show restraint.  An independent agency is investigating this incident and they have already charged the Officer with murder.  Jumping to conclusions is unfair for us to do to a convict and it most certainly still applies to a former Officer who is protected by the same rights.  “Innocent until proven guilty.”

Tell me your thoughts..

– Frank Three

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