LAPD hit with the ‘blue flu’? Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – As many as 300 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were out sick over the violent holiday weekend, days after city leaders voted to slash the police budget by $150 million, according to ABC7.

This comes after an unsigned letter circulated among the LAPD rank and file last week, encouraging officers to call in sick in a way of standing up for themselves and protecting their own interests. 

“They succeeded in defunding the police; what do you think is next? Our pay? Our benefits? Our pensions? You’re God Damn right all those things are in jeopardy now,” read the letter, which was obtained by The Los Angeles Times.

“We have to send the city a clear message that we are not expendable and we are not going to take this crap anymore.”

This unusual spike in officers calling in sick over the July 4 weekend has lead to the department’s command staff investigating whether this was the result of an orchestrated protest or labor action, which would be illegal, and in violation of the union agreement.

The suspected “blue flu” came on a weekend with an unusually high number of homicides and shootings and as residents complained of illegal fireworks exploding all across the city. Los Angeles is not alone as major cities across the United States experienced an increase in homicides and violent crime over Independence Day weekend.

Certain anti-gang units were hit harder than others, as everyone or nearly everyone called in sick at one, sources said.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore explained there could be various different reasons why officers called in sick, particularly given rising COVID-19 cases within the force and throughout Los Angeles County. He did however acknowledge signs that certain officers and units called in as part of a concerted action.

Officers who knowingly participated in such an effort would be guilty of misconduct and punished, Moore said, but he did not have a timeline for when the internal probe would wrap up.

As of Tuesday, he was still talking to front-line supervisors like sergeants and lieutenants about the pattern and any justifications they may know of, including any coronavirus concerns among officers and their families.

“Rather than jumping to conclusions and indicting and impugning the integrity of our rank and file, I’m asking that we explore this,” Moore said.

“We want to find the facts out before we start making sweeping judgments.”

The move comes just weeks after LAPD officers called in absent for nearly 700 shifts on Los Angeles County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s transit system after Moore temporarily froze overtime pay. But major coordinated sick-calls are not common in the LAPD. More common are actions in which officers report for duty, but are intentionally less proactive.

Moore said that he department has specific protocols in place for officers to report COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. This would help enable the department to determine what role the virus played in the staffing shortage.

Moore said the department heavily increased their staffing before the holiday weekend based on high call volumes in past years, including for firework. This proactive move allowed them to be able to divert officers as sick-calls rolled in to ensure that patrol shifts were fully staffed throughout the weekend.          

The chief acknowledged that he was aware of the calls for a “Blue Flu” — both in Los Angeles and across the country — but claimed they played no part in the decision for the increased staffing.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union which represents rank-and-file officers, said it was not behind the effort. The union went as far as to send an email to its members denouncing the effort.

“We have heard some unsubstantiated rumors of a potential ‘Blue Flu’ where officers would coordinate to call in sick for the same day. We urge you to not take this action,” the LAPPL wrote.

“The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Police Protective League unequivocally condemns any attempt to engage in a ‘Blue Flu.’ It is wrong, it is illegal, and it is contrary to the oath we all took as police officers to protect our community.”

Due to the risk of decreased public safety, it is illegal under state law for police officers to go on strike.

Moore said he did not know how many officers in each division called in and could not provide a total figure, but insisted that collecting the data would be part of the review.

“Certainly it was higher than normal, and we’re trying to figure it out,” said Moore.

Both Moore and Josh Rubenstein, a police spokesman, said the “vast majority” of officers showed up to work their scheduled shifts.

Craig Lally, president of the LAPPL, added that commanders won’t know why officers called in sick until they talk to them to determine “whether it was a sick-out or COVID or they had a headache.

Steve Gordon, a former LAPPL board member who remains in contact with many officers, said he discouraged officers from calling in sick. Gordon added that he believed it would alienate city residents and lead to officers being retaliated against or disciplined by the department.

Rather than a “blue flu,” Gordon is encouraging officers to participate in a “LAPD Appreciation Rally” at police headquarters on Saturday, where he said they can channel their frustration with city and police officials not standing up for them or the progress the department has made in recent years.

Dear America – Atlanta cops walking off the job is only the beginning. And we deserve it.

This editorial is brought to you by Kyle S. Reyes, the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. 

June 17, 2020

ATLANTA, GA – On Thursday night, the Atlanta Police Department was quick to downplay “rumors” that cops had walked off the job.

Anyone in law enforcement – or anyone with friends in law enforcement – knew that the denial was a load of crap.  But talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place, right?

Option 1) Lie to everyone and hope that criminals are too dumb to realize the truth… that the city has fallen.

Option 2) Tell the truth and watch the terror begin.

The reports came in fast and furious.  Cops all over the city suddenly fell ill.  Dispatchers couldn’t come into work.  Officers refused to go out on calls to anything other than an officer in trouble.

Police departments in nearby communities refused to send their officers in.

Has the day of reckoning finally arrived?

Is the “Blue Flu” about to become the most deadly pandemic America will ever face?

First – quick backstory on what lead to all of this.  I’m going to sum it up – but if you want all of the details, you can read them here.

A criminal who “allegedly” abuses children (among a litany of other crimes) who should be in jail gets trashed – falls asleep behind the wheel of the car.

At a Wendy’s drive-thru.

Police arrive.  Friendly conversation.  Criminal fails sobriety test and breathalyzer.

Cops go to arrest him.  Criminal fights.  Steals Taser from cop.  Runs.  Turns and points Taser at cop, who has to make split-second decision.  In a split second, the cop doesn’t have time to process whether it’s the Taser or a gun.  Cop shoots criminal.

Criminal dies.  

Social justice warriors on social media who were apparently medical experts last month and Constitutional scholars the month before engage in virtue-signaling.  Burn down Wendy’s.  Because, you know, that’ll bring the dead criminal back.

Flash forward.  District attorney holds a press conference.  Lies.  Lies again.  Then says the cops are going to be arrested and one of them will be charged with a whole bunch of felonies. He could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

The death penalty.  Let that sink in for a minute.

Oh yeah, that DA is up for reelection and isn’t doing so hot, so some people suggest he’s pandering for votes.  Shocker.

Oh yeah, and he’s also under investigation for “allegedly” doing some really bad stuff.

Oh yeah, and just last week, some cops were fired for using a Taser on some entitled college students who thought the rules didn’t apply to them, and social justice warriors and the DA were talking about how a Taser can be a deadly weapon.  Except in the hands of a criminal, apparently.

I’m done.  Atlanta police officers are done.  Cops across the country are done.

Because here’s the thing, America – a significant number of you are absolutely, completely, entirely full of shit.

Yup.  I’m going there.

Three weeks ago, you had signs in your windows.  “We love you first responders!”

What’s the deal – were you just bored?  You just needed to pass the time?  Or was the paper not big enough to sign at the bottom:

Sincerely,

Hypocrites

In a split second, you’ve caved.  You’ve sold your souls.

These men and women put on a uniform every single day and go into harm’s way – not knowing for sure that they’ll ever see their own families again.  They’ve asked nothing of you.

You could have given them the greatest gift – love and support.  But instead, you’ve chosen to be sheep.

You’ve been duped, America.

A month ago, if you wanted to protest and demand that you be allowed to work again, you would have done so under the threat of arrest by Democrats.

But if you wanted to riot and throw bricks at the heads of police officers, that’s apparently perfectly acceptable.

And the very people keeping you and your family safe through all of this… are the ones under attack.  As are the people who support them.

I’m embarrassed by what’s happening in this country.  I’m sickened by how quickly the country has turned on the people who keep them safe.

And I’m terrified for what the next couple of months have in store.

None of this is about George Floyd or Rayshard Brooks.

It’s about 90 days of quarantine.  Nearly three years of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

More riots will happen.  Violence will escalate.  And you’ll be screaming “how dare cops walk off the job”… having quickly forgotten that you were just screaming that we defund and abolish them.

This isn’t a damn video game.  It’s not a sci-fi movie.  This is life and death.  This is your family.  This is our country.  Get your shit together, America – before it’s too late.

The collapse of law enforcement will usher in the end of America as we know it

I, [name], do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

Mortality.

It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young.  You can do anything.  You’re invincible.

But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality. 

It’s time we start considering the mortality of America.

I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.

By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry.  My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.

By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.  I’m not a police officer.  I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do.  I can give them a voice.  I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.

That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America. 

My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America.  And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.

As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare.  But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now.  And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.

Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within.  Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.

When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power.  That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.

It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process.  The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:

  • Economic issues
  • Social and cultural issues
  • Environmental issues
  • Political issues

Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.

What that means is you wouldn’t make a determination that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse.  And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.

That brings me to the threat we face today.

Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.

American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966.  The idea behind it is to overload the U.S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.

If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running for POTUS right now, I don’t know what does.  But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize.  That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive.  It’s poisoning the very roots of America.

And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”

We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders.  Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally.

At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement.  It’s gotten so bad in states like the People’s Republic of California and Connecticut that we’re seeing the crash and burn of morale in law enforcement. 

We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits.  After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?

We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs.  We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations.

If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.

Step one: Divide the protectors.

The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law.  It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement.  Divide the protectors… conquer a society. 

Step two: Divide the supporters.

Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.

Make cops the bad guys.  Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy.  Divide the supporters… conquer a society.

Step three: Remove their protection

Make cops afraid to be cops.  Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks.  Don’t go after the criminals who attack them.  When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat.  Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated.  That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged.  Remove both their desire and their ability to police.

Step four: Flood America  

By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.

There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America.  Do the math.

Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.

Step five: Destroy our homes

Own the media.  Own Hollywood.  Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system.  Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right.  Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.

Step Six: Bypass Congress for gun control 

Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy.  Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and snap determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the 1st Amendment if it’s done by private enterprise.

Step Seven: Use “social justice” to vilify love of country 

Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them.  Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled and their voices are shut down. 

Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress.  Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.

The Collapse

It’s happening right in front of our eyes.  And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.

Want to save America?  We need to start by understanding the enemy.  And sometimes the biggest threat that an empire faces is the enemy within.

In case you missed it… here’s a letter from the founder of Law Enforcement Today on what you need to know… and how LET is fighting back.

Dear America:

When I founded Law Enforcement Today, I did it during a time where freedom of speech still existed. 

A time when the ability to market and advertise your company wasn’t infringed by bigger companies that control the media space and decide who does and doesn’t get a voice based on their own political perspectives.

Sadly, that time has come to an end.  Which is why our family at Law Enforcement Today has no choice but to step forward to fill that void and begin advocating for people and companies that are being actively silenced.

We’ve received word from some of our partners in the firearms and tactical industry that Google is actively shutting down advertising accounts of companies in the firearms accessories and tactical space.

Let’s be clear – we’re not talking about companies selling guns.

One such company, for example, is Inforce.  They make weapon mounted lights that are used by departments like the FBI, NYPD, LAPD, Boston PD, CBP and others.  Widely recognized as being both an LE and a consumer brand that helps make people safer… they are now shut down by Google.

They are a company spending six figures on advertising their products to consumers on the search engine, and now they’ve been shut down.

Here’s the message they received:

“Google, despite our ads having run without issue, now insists that weapon-mounted lights do not fall into the “increasing safety” clause of their violent content policy, therefore they cannot approve our ads. This is regardless of the ad copy wording because the landing page contains policy-violating content (the weapon-mounted light products).  Google is having to crack down on what qualifies as a ‘safety-enhancing’ accessory as a result of the backlash they have received following recent shootings in the US.”

Bing, another search engine, also shut down the ad account because the flashlights have “a line related to weapons.”

Please understand that we’re using Inforce as just one example of our many partners who have come to us about this attack in the recent weeks since the Dayton and San Antonio shootings.

Inforce, like many other partners of ours, moved to Google advertising after their ad account was shut down on Facebook and Instagram.  Although the platforms explicitly allow for the “advertising of weapon-mounted lights”, they still shut down the ad accounts as they move to remove all firearms and tactical related advertising from their platforms.

Think about this for a minute.  Where do you do your searching for products and brands? If you’re like most Americans, it’s Google, Facebook and Instagram.

When the three biggest platforms decide it’s time to attack the industry and the Second Amendment, it has the potential to be catastrophic.  It’s, in effect, gun control through censorship.  And it’s an attack that’s going to continue to spread.

We at Law Enforcement Today want to make our stance very clear. 

We strongly and firmly stand behind the Second Amendment, companies that keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe through products and innovation, and the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country.

We are launching a new series of options to help our partners and other patriotic businesses to be able to connect with consumers. While we can’t replace Google, Bing or Facebook – we sure can provide options to ensure that these companies and our brothers and sisters have a voice.

We welcome with open arms companies in the firearms and tactical industries and are proud to offer them options to get their products to market.  We’re also proud to stand beside organizations like NSSF, which runs SHOT Show, along with the Anteris Alliance, to make sure that the companies they represent have a massive voice.

Now to the consumer side of things.

We started noticing the problems a couple of years ago.  Social media was scaling back the reach of content that it didn’t believe people should see.

Not that there was anything offensive about it.  We’re talking about pro-police videos, stories about patriotic Americans and more. 

And from our perspective, that created a huge problem.  We have some of the greatest warriors in the world.  Yet their voices and their stories were being buried.

The mainstream media, on the rare occasion that it would tell some of these stories, would give you only a piece of them.  They’d cram as much as they could into a 90 second segment, slap their bias on it and that was it.

We needed to fix it. And so we are.

Law Enforcement Today (LET) is proud to announce the beta launch of LET Unity – a new home focused on bridging the gap between civilians and civil servants.  We’ve merged with The Whiskey Patriots to massively expand content, rolling out hundreds of videos to members.

 Many of those in our focus groups dubbed it the “Netflix of the law enforcement community”.  But the truth is, it’s so much more.

The first officer in the door at the Pulse nightclub shooting. 

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

Emergency responders from the Parkland shooting. 

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

The bomb squad that responded to the Aurora movie theater massacre. 

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

Survivors of the Dallas five killings.

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

The first Marine Guard hostage in the Iran crisis. 

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

The CIA agent who started a counter human trafficking company. 

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

SWAT teams. 

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

Sniper schools. 

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

World War II veterans.

LAPD hit with the 'blue flu'?  Report: 300 officers out sick over the violent holiday weekend as leaders vote to slash budget.

And so, so much more.

The membership is less than the cost of two coffees a month, and those who sign up for an annual membership will get some surprise bonuses in the mail.  We decided to charge a nominal fee so we could take all of the proceeds and reinvest them into capturing more of these stories.

On top of that, we’re opening up the platform to some well-known podcasters who are going to be joining the team with some incredible content soon.

We have a problem in society.  Censorship has created an existential threat to democracy.  But even worse is the risk we run that some of these incredible stories of patriotism, hope, faith and our Sheepdogs would be lost.

We’ll soon be launching a series of content with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) to share the stories of survivors.  We will also be dropping a weekly law enforcement focused newscast that addresses some of the most important topics in the country… and helps bridge the gap between those who serve and those whom they serve.

On top of that, we’ll soon be rolling out a series of private discounts and special promotions to members only as a “thank you” for being a part of the family.

The beta platform is live and the apps for Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku will be launching soon. 

We hope you’ll join us in this journey, knowing that your membership is going to give a voice to those who have been silenced for so long.

Click here to sign up. 

If you are one of the many companies out there that’s being censored – or you’re worried about what’s to come – don’t hesitate to reach out today.  I can be reached at [email protected]

We will not be silenced.  You shouldn’t be either.

God bless you all, and God bless America.

Sincerely,

Captain Robert Greenberg

Founder, Law Enforcement Today

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