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Law Enforcement Today | December 22, 2014

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In Memoriam: Officer Richard Champion

December 16, 2014 |

Chief Roger Beadling of the Perryopolis Borough, Pennsylvania Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Richard Anthony Champion.

Officer Champion, 36, was killed in a vehicle crash while pursuing a traffic violator. During the pursuit, Officer Champion had his … Read More

Thank You

December 15, 2014 |

Have I told YOU thank you today?A mother saw me in the store and told her son that if he misbehaves I would arrest him,To the parents who tell their children “there’s a cop, they will protect you”, I thank … Read More

Officer Safety – Read This and Live!

December 14, 2014 |

I write most of the LET line of duty death articles. It is not an enjoyable task. Recently, there have been an unusually high number deaths. Each article deals with tragedy within police departments and families. Thanks to the families … Read More

Crucifying Cops

December 13, 2014 |

I appreciate blogs from pastors supporting law and order, but I’m saddened to read a few in the clergy who’ve jumped on the bandwagon crucifying cops for the incidents in New York and Missouri to wit; “I can’t breathe” and … Read More

In Memoriam: Officer Owen Masterton

December 12, 2014 |

Chief William Fitzpatrick of the Glenview (Illinois) Police Department sadly reports the death of Officer Owen Masterton.

Officer Masterton unexpectedly collapsed during roll call and died a short time later at Glenview Hospital. It is suspected that he suffered a … Read More

Body Cams Alone Are Not a Neutral Set of Eyes

December 11, 2014 |

Certain community members and leaders are demanding that police officers wear body cameras. This demand for body cams is hoped to ensure that all the facts of a use-of-force incident are documented. The idea is that a body cam will … Read More

The Right to Resist An Unlawful Arrest

December 10, 2014 |

It’s curious that both sides of the political spectrum seem to agree on one point: a person has the constitutional right to resist arrest. This argument surfaced after the Eric Garner grand jury refused to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo. … Read More

My Friend, Jim, Was Shot

December 9, 2014 |

My colleague Jim is from Yaphank on Long Island in New York. I am from Stony Brook, not too far away. We share many similar high school memories, though I am older than he. He’s my buddy. I appreciate that … Read More

In Memoriam: Deputy Grant Whitaker

December 8, 2014 |

Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth of the Ingham County Sheriff Department sadly reports the death of Deputy Grant Whitaker.

Deputy Whitaker, 25, was killed in a single vehicle crash while he was in pursuit of a traffic violator. During the pursuit, Deputy … Read More

ALL Lives Matter

December 8, 2014 |

Law enforcement officials, like all professionals, have a job to do. Some people don’t like us. That’s okay; if we wanted to be liked we would’ve been firefighters. We don’t make laws. We enforce them.We are trained throughout our careers … Read More