MARTIN COUNTY, FL- On February 5, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Joseph Bullock was shot and killed on Interstate 95 in Martin County. Bullock had stopped to assist what he thought was a disabled vehicle on the highway. The shooting happened at approximately 10:15 a.m.
When Bullock stopped, the suspect who was with the vehicle shot him fatally. A Riviera Beach police officer happened to be passing by and subsequently shot and killed the suspect. That officer was not injured.
Whenever a police officer is killed in the line of duty, it is a big deal, both for the law enforcement community and for the community they serve. It is also a rather big media event.
Last week, a reporter for WFLA in Tampa was covering the funeral, in part from an air unit. A viral video has been posted where a the reporter was captured near the end of the video saying in disgust:
“We can go back..it was a waste of my day.”
Here’s the video:
Great job WFLA out of Tampa. For your reporter to say what a waste of his day for having to cover the procession of a fallen hero. Listen to the end of the video. I was able to save the video before they took it down. Lets make this POS famous
Posted by Joe Bell on Friday, February 7, 2020
Needless to say, the station heard about it from Facebook.
In response, WFLA made the following post:
Bullock, 42 was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force prior to joining the highway patrol. He graduated from the training academy in 2001 and spent his entire career at Troop L in Fort Pierce.
He served as a field training officer, mentoring new officers and he was considered a leader by his colleagues.
Col. Gene Spalding, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, said that Bullock was a highly-respected trooper.
“Joe was one of those troopers that went out every day, did his job quietly, professionally and with the utmost dedication, and it is a traffic, tragic loss,” the colonel said. “It will take a long time for the Florida Highway Patrol to heal.”
Bullock is the 49th trooper to die since the Florida highway patrol was founded in 1939, Spalding said.
“People don’t realize when you approach a car, even a disabled vehicle or a care on a traffic stop, you’re not only worried about what’s inside that car and what danger is waiting for you,” Spalding said.
“You’re also concerned about the 80,000-pound tractor trailers that are barreling down the highway behind you. Your attention is divided. You have to be very, very cautious, very careful, and it’s a dangerous job.”
Bullock’s family released a statement through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Twitter account:
The Bullock family would like to issue the following statement to those who have shown support to their family during this tragic time: pic.twitter.com/sUhfmOAwZo
— FLHSMV (@FLHSMV) February 8, 2020
“It is with great sadness and sense of loss that we continue to work through the grieving process and the loss of our son and brother trooper Joe Bullock.”
“We are deeply touched by the outpouring of sympathy from friends, family and even people who never knew him from around the country.”
“A special thanks to the FHP family that continues to guide us with care during this time.”
Trooper Bullock’s life mattered. This reporter from WFLA would be wise to learn that.
Speaking of disrespect for law enforcement, have you been following what’s happening in New York City?
Two attempted assassinations of NYPD police officers in less than 12 hours.
Let that sink in for a moment.
The incidents may take place in mere seconds, but the atmosphere that creates such hate towards our men and women in blue takes years of setting groundwork. It’s so bad, these disgusting acts are carried out in what appears to be a nonchalant manner.
The criminal coddling anti-police rhetoric we’ve seen all top often from the New York City Mayor William de Blasio may not have pulled the tigger, but it sure as hell loaded the gun.
What gives a career criminal, who was recently paroled for a 2002 carjacking, attempted murder and shootout with police, the sense that he can simply walk up to a marked police van, or stroll in to a police precinct and open fire?
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Someone has emboldened him to act.
The atmosphere based on false narratives from the media and inciting rhetoric from persons in influential positions, the second guessing and Monday morning quarterbacking of active incidents without any facts, the running to the side of anyone who shouts injustice from the police based on little more than emotions sets a dangerous stage. Buckets of water, harassing officers during arrest situations, allowing lawlessness in our subway systems and streets become the props.
Let’s get one thing straight.
Mayor de Blasio is loathed by the NYPD.
The brass can’t admit it due to retaliation. Active duty officers may not say it, but make no mistake, the feeling of each and every NYC cop is that this man has been a disaster for the city they love.
He has scapegoated the NYPD for every one of his failed policies. He has lived off the decades of hard work put forth by prior administrations and the NYPD. He has rushed to make criminal paydays, or what criminals refer to as “Police lotto” throwing officers under the bus at every turn. This doesn’t go unnoticed by a city’s criminal element. It allows them to roll the dice and challenge the police at every turn. It makes then feel emboldened to throw water at uniformed officers, and now, outright declare war by committing these attempted assassinations.
I was lucky and honored to be a part of New York City’s turnaround in the early 90’s. As both a NYC Transit Police Officer, and a NYPD cop and detective, I’ve seen the very best and absolute worst of the city I was born and raised in.
Through Mayor de Blasio’s anti-police rhetoric and failed leadership, he has reduced the safety footprint. And it will take a decade to recover. The things being seen across the city, the graffiti, the upticks in crime across the board, the vagrancy, litter, drugs, attacks on our police, these things do not take hold overnight. Once they’ve taken a foothold it takes a tenfold effort to gain back. All while Bill claims everything is okay.
The mayor will publicly denounce the shooting and will be sure to appear supportive in solidarity due to these recent events. But when was the last time you’ve seen de Blasio attend a precinct roll call for no other reason but to say “thank you” and “be safe out there”?
When was the last time you’ve seen the mayor stop a cop on the beat or patrol car just to ask how they were doing? There is no last time because he simply doesn’t care about our police and has never done any such acts. That’s what leaders do. Not just appear at times of crisis for a photo opportunity; they care day in and day out.
De Blasio wants to chastise the president for pointing out the obvious, that it’s failed leadership and faux support of the NYPD that makes these unthinkable attacks a reality. In place of grandstanding on social media, why isn’t Mayor de Blasio visiting each and every police precinct to tell the men and women of the NYPD that he is there for them? That he does support them? That he will do everything in his power to make things safe for them?
But he won’t. Because that’s what leaders do, and Mayor William de Blasio is anything but a leader.
Trump had some words for New York leaders as well after the news of the attempted assassinations spread.
“I grew up in New York City and, over many years, got to watch how GREAT NYC’s ‘Finest’ are. Now, because of weak leadership at Governor & Mayor, stand away (water thrown at them) regulations, and lack of support, our wonderful NYC police are under assault,” Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday. “Stop this now!”
The “weak leadership” and softening of crime are undoubtedly making criminals feel emboldened in their behavior. After all, if someone gets out of jail literally hours after committing an offense, with no one to ensure that they show up for their day in court, why not just do whatever the hell you want all the time?
We need to buck up and start reminding people who break the law that they will be found, they will be prosecuted and they will be punished.
Leaders need to stop handcuffing police and pandering to the feelings of criminals. They need to stop pushing false narratives and fake information through the media. They need to allow residents the ability to walk down a dark street or ride the subway to work without the fear that they’ll be victimized. And when something does happen, they need to hold that person accountable and not release them right back into the community to victimize others.
We’re so far past a breaking point, it’s ridiculous.
Breaking reports on Sunday morning confirmed that a New York City police officer was shot inside a precinct in the Bronx.
Officials said that a suspect opened fire inside the 41st Precinct in the Bronx just before 8 a.m. Sunday morning. An officer was said to have been struck in the arm.
Police say the gunman walked into the precinct, opened fire, then laid his gun on the floor and surrendered.
This is the second attack on NYC officers within the last 24 hours, with the news surfacing after another officer was shot in what’s being called an assassination attempt.
Officials say they believe the suspect, who is now in custody, is the same person who was responsible for Saturday night’s attacks.
Gov. Cuomo released the following statement after the horrifying acts.
“Horrified by the multiple attacks on @NYPD officers in the Bronx,” Cuomo wrote. “NY’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These attacks are heinous. Those responsible will be brought to justice & held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”
On Saturday, a police officer sitting in a marked van was shot in the face in an ambush-style attack.
According to NBC New York, at the time of the shooting, around 8:30 pm., the officer was sitting in the van with a second police officer in the Hunts Point neighborhood, on Simpson Street between E 163th Street and Barretto Avenue. The NYPD issued an advisory to stay clear of the area while they investigate.
A man walked up to a New York police van parked in the Bronx around 8:30 p.m. and started a conversation by asking for directions before opening fire on the officer and then running away.
The officer was grazed in the face by a bullet.
The officer, a six-year veteran of the department, was driven by his partner to a hospital for treatment. He is alert, talking and expected to survive. His survival is being called an “absolute miracle”.
“Let me be very clear: this was an assassination attempt of two New York City officers,” Commissioner Shea said on Saturday night.
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