This article is written by an Army veteran and staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. The opinions expressed regarding the suspect are his and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of LET.
HAMILTON COUNTY, IN – Tragedy struck the town of Elwood, Indiana early Sunday morning, when police say a violent recidivist stepped out of his car and opened fire on the officer who just pulled him over.
— National Police Association (@NatPoliceAssoc) July 31, 2022
The man accused of shooting the 24-year-old officer Noah Shahnavaz is a repeat violent offender. This was not his first experience with pointing a gun at law enforcement and pulling the trigger.
Carl Roy Boards II was convicted of shooting at Indiana State police officers back in 2006.
Since that time, this 42-year-old dirtbag has also racked up drug charges, battery with a deadly weapon, resisting law enforcement, and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
So, my questions are…why was this clown on the streets? And why is no one else asking that question, at least in most of the media.
The local coverage of Shanavaz’s slaying started like this:
24-year-old Elwood officer killed; suspect arrested after pursuit in Fishers
That was the headline to the story on WTHR.
They followed that up with:
“ISP said the driver of the Buick got out of the car and fired multiple rounds at the officer for an unknown reason. The officer was hit at least once.”
No reason? I bet I can tell you a reason. Carl Roy Boards II placed more value in avoiding jail time for crimes he was committing than he placed on the life of a cop who was just doing his job.
It took the WTHR piece nine paragraphs to let us know about Boards deviant past. Talk about burying one of the leads.
Going a step further, take a look at the URL for the link to the news outlet.
“Pursuit crash closed I-69 in Fishers”
Hey, motorists in the northeast Indianapolis area, we apologize for your delays. Meanwhile, a family is grieving the loss of Officer Shahnavaz.
Again, why does the majority of media refuse to call people like Boards exactly what they are? Violent offenders who should be locked up.
I know I referred to him earlier as a dirtbag. And yes, I do know that is someone’s child, or dad, or husband, or…well, you get the picture. But regardless of how you might be related, sometimes people are just dirtbags.
And it is time that people start calling them out for it.
They are not products of a system stacked against them. They are not really good people just looking to a fair chance in life.
Boards career as a felon began in October of 1999 when he was convicted and sentenced to two years for battery with a deadly weapon.
Here is his resume, per prosecutors, according to Fox 59, who also headlined their coverage with Elwood officer shot and killed during traffic stop.
- 9-2-2015: Possession of a cellular phone (6 months jail)
9-6-2007: Criminal Recklessness (7 years)
- 9-6-2007: SVF (18 years (release date 8-16-2019))
- 9-6-2007: Resisting law enforcement (3 years)
- 9-6-2007: Possession of a controlled substance (3 years)
9-6-2007: Firearm w/I 1 mile school property w/o license (8 years)
- 6-20-2006: Driving while suspended. Class A infraction.
- 4-27-2006: Possession of a Firearm by Serious Violent Felon- Habitual Offender
- 05-04-2005: Indirect Contempt
- 8-8-2001: SVF (10 years)
- 8-8-2001: Dealing in Cocaine or a Narcotic Drug, B felony
- 8-15-2001: Theft, receiving stolen property, Grant County
Pay attention to the date of September 6, 2007. Notice that Board was sentenced to 39 years.
Even if he was serving those sentences concurrently, he still should have been behind bars. Somehow, the system released him after serving less than 12 years of an 18-year sentence.
He should have been in prison until 2025.
The Madison County prosecutor’s office is likely to charge Boards with murder, and that charge will likely carry firearm and habitual offender enhancements.
How many times does someone get to commit violent crimes, go to prison only to be released early, before they are considered a habitual offender?
The 2019 early release was not his first. In 2001, he was convicted of being a serious violent felon and sentenced to 10 years. He served less than five.
For the record, we do believe in the opportunity to rehabilitate, and we definitely believe in second chances. But not fifth and sixth and seventh chances.
Perhaps the headline should have gone something like this:
Keep them locked up. Violent convict who previously shot at cops was needlessly out on the street when he shot and killed another officer.
Nope. Everyone wants to make things so random. They do not want to upset or offend a bunch of people who spend their waking hours inflicting violence on innocent people, and their sleeping hours dreaming of ways to do it.
It has been reported that Boards was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 2001 and was not taking his medication.
More Details: Court records show the man accused of killing the Elwood Police officer has a crimimal record stretching back to 1998. Records say he was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2000/2001. He had bi-polar disorder & didn’t take his meds @wrtv pic.twitter.com/znWdfQ4wWb
— Rafael Sánchez (@RafaelOnTV) July 31, 2022
Ok, now that I got that off my chest, let’s talk about the fallen officer.
Noah Shahnavaz just graduated from the academy in April of this year. He served in the US Army for five years before coming home and pursuing a career in law enforcement.
He graduated from Fishers High School in 2016. He played the drums in the school marching band.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb tweeted the following in a three-part post.
“A family, community and state are devastated by the loss of Elwood Police Officer Noah Shahnavaz, a young public servant at the start of his law enforcement career.
Not only did he choose to serve his fellow Americans for five years in the United States Army, he returned to Indiana to rededicate himself to serving and protecting others as a police officer for the Elwood Police Department.
Our hearts go out to Officer Shahnavaz’s loved ones and his fellow officers. Janet and I send our condolences to all who are suffering from this senseless tragedy.”
A family, community and state are devastated by the loss of Elwood Police Officer Noah Shahnavaz, a young public servant at the start of his law enforcement career. (1/3)
— Governor Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) July 31, 2022
Bill Bratton, who served as the police commissioner in New York City and Boston as well as the Chief of Police in Los Angeles, may have said it best when he tweeted.
“Officer Noah Shahnavaz of the Elwood, IN Police Department was only 24 years old when he was shot and killed in the line of duty. An Army veteran, Officer Shahnavaz dedicated his life to the service of others — a life of significance. We must #NeverForget. #CopsCountPoliceMatter”
Officer Noah Shahnavaz of the Elwood, IN Police Department was only 24 years old when he was shot and killed in the line of duty. An Army veteran, Officer Shahnavaz dedicated his life to the service of others — a life of significance. We must #NeverForget.#CopsCountPoliceMatter pic.twitter.com/2wV0L6p8kR
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) August 1, 2022
All lives are significant. But Bratton was right in honoring this young man.
He was dedicated to serving others, something larger than himself. He appears to have been a sheepdog that will no longer be able to protect, serve and work towards the betterment of his community.
TRIBUTE: Officer Noah Shahnavaz EOW:7/31/22, Elwood (IN) PD is being transported back home to Madison County from INDY under the colors of the United States flag
— Rick Snyder (@RickFOP86) July 31, 2022
For more examples of officers being killed by someone who should have been in jail, we encourage you to
Suspects in murder of Cleveland cop should have been in jail, but progressives kept that from happening
CLEVELAND, OH – Shane Bartek, a Cleveland Police officer was shot and killed in the parking lot of his apartment building on New Year’s Eve.
The two people arrested in connection to his death and the carjacking are 18-year-old Tamara McLoyd and 28-year-old Anthony Butler, Jr.
Police say that McLoyd was the person that pulled the trigger, shooting Officer Bartek twice in the back. Butler was apprehended in possession of Bartek’s vehicle a short time later, after leading police on a high-speed chase.
The teenager had an active warrant out for her arrest related to an armed robbery of a pizza shop that occurred November 2, 2021. She was also wanted in connection for another theft.
She was on probation for a home invasion that involved a gun.
She also faced charges in a drive-by shooting, but that case was dismissed when the victim failed to show for the court date.
Butler has been convicted seven times in the past four years of theft-related crimes that involved cars.
Both are finally off the streets, being held on $5M bond.
So we are left to wonder how the two individuals were on the street on New Year’s Eve.
According to an editorial by Darvio Morrow in Newsweek, we can thank progressive overreach and the lawlessness it creates through so-called police and prison reform.
Law Enforcement Today’s stance on the progressive “defund police” movement is well documented. In fact, scrolling down a little further, you will find the link to our efforts to re-fund the police.
As mentioned by Morrow, McLoyd was still free because the city seemed to lack the resources to track her down and execute the warrant.
Here is what Morrow had to say.
“Sadly, the answer is a climate and reality created by progressives and progressive policy around policing—one that ends up sacrificing the most vulnerable on the altar of unreachable ideals.
After the death of George Floyd, most of America was in agreement that what happened was wrong. Americans across the political aisle came together in the desire to fix the problems that exist in our policing and criminal justice system.
But that conversation quickly devolved. Idiots began demanding that we ‘Defund the Police‘ and in some cases even abolish the police.
That call was amplified by those with the most privilege and the least amount of contact with the cops, and clout-chasing politicians followed their lead.
In some cases, they even attempted to implement these ridiculous proposals.
Many have since overturned their ridiculous attempts to defund police departments, but the end result is the climate that we are in now.
Criminals operate with what they believe to be impunity, thanks to progressive district attorneys. Police departments are demoralized thanks to millions marching and painting them all with the colors of their worst examples.
Police officers are quitting or retiring in droves. And the very people that these so-called activists claim to fight for are the ones that are put in danger.
It’s undeniable to anyone living in America’s most vulnerable neighborhoods that the calls to Defund the Police and the massive homicide and carjacking wave we’re living through are related.
The wave is washing over Democrat-led cities, in places where progressive policy reigns.”
Cleveland’s mayor, Frank Jackson and retiring police chief Calvin Williams were vocal opponents of the “defund” movement. The city recorded its second highest homicide rate in the last 30 years.
The number currently sits at 165 but is likely to go up as deaths in the last week of the year are added to that tally.
So, what did Cleveland voters do? The elected Justin Bibb to replace Jackson as mayor. Bibb is a progressive.
“[Bibb] supported a bill to create a “Community Police Commission” that would oversee police conduct investigations, discipline, training and recruitment.
In the weeks after voters elected Bibb and the police reform bill passed, sources in the Cleveland police department tell me that police activity has plummeted.
Eligible officers are taking early retirement at a rapid rate. The ones who are left feel demoralized.
That’s how you get a crime wave. That’s how you get Tamara McLoyd.”
Cleveland 19 asked Bibb what he plans to do about the violent crime increase.
“We have to double down and really do a better job of working with all facets of our community to address the root problems of violent crime that have plagued our city for far too long,” he answered.
And somehow, he believes that fewer police and less funding for law enforcement is the way to do that.
So, what exactly is the root cause? Morrow addressed that as well.
“There are those who say that poverty creates the conditions that allow crime to thrive, who believe that you cannot ‘police’ your way out of this situation.
They say that if you don’t address poverty, you will arrest one criminal and another one will pop up. I agree. But you can’t address poverty in a war zone.
You can’t address the root causes of crime if bodies are dropping in the street daily. There will be no investment in our communities if they are lawless.
No one wants to hear you talk about poverty while dead bodies pile up. You have to address the immediacy of the moment first, and then you’ll have the political capital needed to address the root causes.
That starts with healing our relationship with the police.”
Much of what Morrow says in his piece will resonate with our readers.
He touched on the murders of Bartek and Baltimore police officer Keona Holley.
“If we want policing in America to be as good as it can be, we can’t continue to paint all officers with the same broad brush.
Not every cop is a good person, but they aren’t all bad either. And when you punish the good ones as a result of the actions of the bad ones, you break their spirits. By all accounts, Shane Bartek was one of the good ones.
He was community minded. He had a servant’s heart, just like Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley, who died on December 23 after being ambushed and shot. These were the type of officers that the country says it wants.”
And Cleveland is not alone. How many of our headlines read Welcome to police-defunded “insert city here?” Sadly, far too many.
And while numerous cities that were early adopters of defunding their law enforcement communities have now done a 180°, one question still remains.
Has the damage already been done?
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Suspect who murdered two El Monte police officers was on probation for gun charge, should have been behind bars
LOS ANGELES, CA- According to a report from Fox News, the suspect who murdered two El Monte police officers was on probation for a gun charge.
California cop killer Justin Flores received slap on wrist after weapons arrest. Criminals do not follow gun laws. @SenToomey @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorBurr @JohnCornyn @SenSchumer @SenBobCasey https://t.co/AQjUc5RSUG
— RagoMaria🍊🇺🇸🚛 ✝️🇮🇹🇺🇸 (@RagoMaria1) June 16, 2022
Justin Flores, who has been accused of killing two police officers during a shootout, was a known gang member and was on probation for a weapons charge after receiving a lenient sentence under a plea deal thanks to District Attorney George Gascon’s progressive policies.
Flores had a previous strike conviction and received two years probation for a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. This sentence is in accordance with Gascon’s policies that put convicted felons back on the streets without any remorse for the victims.
Those policies allowed Flores to plead no contest and receive a light sentence despite having a strike on his criminal record.
Sources with the district attorney’s office said that if Flores had been prosecuted under the normal procedure, instead of Gascon’s progressive policies, he would have likely been sentenced for up to three years in prison.
Instead, Flores was released back to the streets and murdered two police officers. This incident is likely to direct more criticism at Gascon, who is facing a second recall of his policies. The recall campaign announced that it has collected the number of signatures required to let the voters decide.
Reportedly, Flores’ first strike stems from a conviction for burglarizing his own grandparent’s home nearly a decade ago. The felony firearm charge comes from a 2020 arrest where he was also charged for possession of drugs for personal use. A statement from Gascon’s office said:
“The sentence he received in the firearm case was consistent with case resolutions for this type of offense given his criminal history and the nature of the offense. At the time the court sentenced him, Mr. Flores did not have a documented history of violence.”
LA Superior Court records show that Flores was sentenced in February 2021 to 20 days in jail and two-years probation after he pleaded no contest to a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm following an arrest in March of 2020.
Prosecutors also dismissed two other counts when Flores entered the plea; one for being a felon in possession of ammunition and another of being in possession of methamphetamine. Records show that Flores was considered a felon because of a 2011 conviction for a burglary that led to a two-year term in state prison.
Court records also showed nearly a dozen other prosecutions, many resolved with no contest pleas and probationary sentences for charges such as driving with a suspended license, being under the influence of a controlled substance, or resisting arrest.
Flores wife, Diana Flores, said that the 911 call was made when she was with her husband at the motel. Diana said:
“I’m so deeply sorry. My condolences for saving me. I’m so sorry. They didn’t deserve that. They were trying to help me.”
#California #JustinWilliamFlores #JustinFlores #GeorgeGascon
Justin William Flores, who killed 2 El Monte Police Officers, was out probation for a weapons charge after receiving a lenient sentence under a plea deal. Thanks to DA Gascon's policies. https://t.co/lDop0GE1o0
— R_William (@RWilliam1987) June 16, 2022
According to a report from the New York Post, a day before the deadly shooting, Flores’ probation officer filed for a revocation hearing after the suspect allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, which is a violation of his probation.
Instead of being arrested and put in jail, Flores was allowed to stay on the streets ahead of a June 27th hearing. The two officers came under fire after knocking on the door of a room at the Siesta Inn.
Flores reportedly followed his wife to the hotel, where she booked a room to escape him after he allegedly stabbed her a day earlier. Diana said she warned the officers that her husband was not in the right state of mind and that he had a gun. She said:
“I love my husband to death, but … this wasn’t my husband. This was a monster. I didn’t want anyone to get hurt in this. I am so deeply sorry. They didn’t deserve that or their families. They really didn’t. They were trying to help me.”
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