The Sacramento Bee ran an editorial piece yesterday, written by their own “Editorial Board”.
In the article, entitled It’s high noon, and high time for accountability for California sheriffs, the writer(s) spend multiple paragraphs detailing why crooked sheriffs need oversight to keep them honest and accountable.
Most of us would agree that a corrupt sheriff should be dealt with accordingly. But in no way should a couple of allegedly crooked individuals be the basis for abolishing and entire law enforcement profession.
While everyone is entitled to their opinion, this editorial board’s article is full of obvious issues. The overall premise of law enforcement leadership being held accountable is something that most reasonable people would agree with, but that is where common sense and logic exits the conversation.
If they simply said that crooked sheriffs need to be kept in check, I would absolutely agree, but this ‘opinion’ piece went so far as to call for the outright abolishment of the position of sheriff.
Recognizing that this would not be a viable option, they asked that the post at least become an appointed position rather than elected.
Making a sheriff a political appointee rather than an elected one would essentially relegate the sheriff and by default, his/her deputies, into a role of hired muscle, doing the bidding of the county’s elected officials.
What comes to mind for me is the Sheriff of Nottingham from Disney’s Robin Hood.
Keep in mind, this opinion piece is specific to California.
The Bee highlighted four different sheriffs from Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno and Trinity counties.
The ironic part to the arguments against Sacramento County Sheriff Scott jones is the he “routinely engages in petty political feuds with county supervisors, showing that he has no regard for their authority.”
Isn’t California the same place that passed State Bill 54, designating the entire state a ‘Sanctuary State’?
This is a bill that was enacted to thumb its nose at federal immigration law, showing that they have no regard for the authority of federal agents, the legislative body (Congress) and the President.
It seems that the writers of the Bee editorial are willing to turn a blind eye to petty political feuds and disregarding legitimate authority if it fits their particular agenda.
Assemblyman Kevin McCarthy authored AB1185, which creates citizen oversight boards for the sheriffs of all 58 California counties. While the bill narrowly passed in the Assembly, but the Bee states that it should pass the Senate and to be signed into law by the governor, Gavin Newsom.
As shown in the bill, there is very little language that identifies how that citizen board is comprised and what the qualifications are to be appointed to it. It simply says that members shall be appointed by the board of supervisors or through the vote of county residence.
The bill primarily addresses what the oversight board may do.
Why does the Bee agree with this bill?
According to the editorial board:
“Time and again, California sheriffs have proven the need for oversight and supervision. The office of sheriff has too often become a hotbed of scandal, controversy and injustice.”
So their idea is to appoint an oversight group that is appointed by county officials, and they may or may not have any law enforcement experience.
In theory, this board can create an environment where a sheriff is forced to bow to political pressure at the whims of other elected officials and potentially removed from office for no other reason than ‘petty political feuds.
Once again, California is leading the way in terms of preposterous behavior towards law enforcement.
The article also begs the question… who is overseeing the “editorial boards” of so-called “unbiased media outlets”?
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Here’s what we’re doing… and why we’re doing it.
It was suggested that I open this article with the following line:
“You may have noticed that over the past six months, we’ve gotten a little more outspoken at Law Enforcement Today.”
Screw it. I’d prefer to go with some real talk. Here we go.
We’re flat out PISSED at what’s happening to those who hold the Thin Blue Line and how their families and supporters are being treated. So we’re done keeping our mouths shut.
In the past, we had taken a completely middle of the road path. Report on things pertaining to law enforcement. Avoid politics, religion, celebrities and controversy at all costs. Tell people about fallen officers. Rinse. Repeat.
After much soul searching, the staff at Law Enforcement Today agreed that we had a duty that was much greater than staying in hiding. We have a responsibility not just to report on topics that impact law enforcement officers and their families, but to go to war for them.
You may not realize this, but Law Enforcement Today now reaches more than 25 million people per month. It is still – and always has been – owned by police.
Those officers toed the line because, quite frankly, that’s what cops do. They don’t get political because they CAN’T. They aren’t outspoken because they’d risk being fired. After all, the first amendment doesn’t mean anything when you wear a badge.
Then one day it happened. Robert Greenberg, the Founder of LET, turned on Fox and Friends and saw my mug on there. I was doing a segment about the war against police officers in America. He started following me on Facebook and shortly after, reached out.
“I know you’re the CEO of a marketing agency, but you’re one of the most pro-LEO guys who ISN’T a cop that I’ve ever seen. If you ever need stats or data to support cops on the national news, we can help you.”
It was a match made in heaven. We had just launched our campaign to donate $1 million in services to tell the stories behind the uniforms of emergency responders and veterans.
A year later, Robert asked me to be his National Spokesman.
“You can do one thing that we as cops can NOT do,” he said. “You can run your mouth, and no department is going to fire you.”
(Above- Kyle Reyes and Graham Allen produce a piece calling out the attacks on police officers.)
How sad is it that cops don’t get a voice?
Robert and I started traveling the country together to capture the stories of those who serve and protect our communities and our country.
We’ve interviewed the guy who ran the bomb squad in the Aurora movie theater massacre and was checking for bombs under the bodies.
We’ve shared the story of the off-duty cop who ran into Parkland unarmed when the shooting started and saved kids’ lives.
The officer shot while sitting in his cruiser at a light by a Muslim terrorist sat down at The Whiskey Wall to share his story.
We’ve spent time with countless wounded officers, including cops shot in the Dallas 5 massacre, the first cop in the door at the Pulse Nightclub shooting and literally hundreds of others.
We’ve attended conferences where we interviewed dozens of police survivors whose lives were saved by Concerns of Police Survivors.
We spent time working on investigations with a counter-human trafficking intelligence agency called DeliverFund.
We’ve worked with a company called DetectaChem that’s taken the war on the opioid crisis from border to border by putting the right products in the hands of police officers to save lives.
I could go on and on and share with you literally hundreds of videos, tell you thousands of stories or talk to you for days about the police wives, kids of cops and other amazing supporters we’ve met.
But the point is this – there’s a massive Blue family out there. And with a reach of more than 25 million people per month, we need to give them a voice. We need to share the stories of wounded officers and the impact their injuries had on their families. We need to honor the fallen, but we need to support the living as well.
We’ve seen the comments you’ve left when we post stories calling out politicians or celebrities. And it’s funny – we look deeper to see who is talking about what.
Overwhelmingly, LEOs and their families support us calling out policies that aren’t good for cops. They are behind us on going after celebrities who rail against LEOs.
But there have been many people who troll us, telling us we shouldn’t talk about those topics.
(Above: Kyle Reyes and Graham Allen share a powerful message to the families of fallen police officers.)
Interestingly, when we look deeper into who those complainers are, we find they typically aren’t in or related to law enforcement. As a matter of fact, most of them don’t actually follow us on social media… they show up to complain and try and stifle our – and your – voices.
Enough is enough. There’s a war on the color Blue in America. And we are going to continue to call it out. If a politician isn’t supporting the laws in America or those who are sworn to uphold them, we will call that politician out – regardless of whether they are a D or an R.
If there’s an entire party that’s working in a particular situation to undermine law and order in America, we are going to call that party out.
If there are companies, celebrities, community leaders, community organizations, non-profits or anyone else that wants to mess with the Blue Family, prepare to be called out.
John Jay Wiley, a retired Baltimore police sergeant injured in the line of duty, is the producer and host of the Law Enforcement Today podcast and radio show. He points out the blindness of law enforcement when it comes to those who come after the Blue Family:
“When working the street, when we received a call that an officer was down or was under attack, we would drop everything and go through anything to help them. It didn’t matter if it was gunfire, a fist fight, a criminal gang or terrorist attack … we were coming and we would do anything to make sure they were okay. Rest assured that when celebrities, activists, media, politicians or political parties unfairly attack law enforcement officers, we are coming to their defense as well.”
And yet those same protectors aren’t allowed to speak out.
For too long, the voices of those who serve and protect have been silenced. Not anymore.
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We decided to give a voice to LEOs and supporters who need to hide their identity.
Here’s how it works.
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I want to end with a closing thought for those of you who have a problem with us very specifically calling out socialism. Let’s be very clear. Socialism and a free society protected by law enforcement officers will never go hand in hand.
President Trump nailed it:
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” the president said. “America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”
At Law Enforcement Today, we are unashamed, unapologetically, unabashedly in support of the good and righteous men and women who hold the Thin Blue Line.
We will fight to give them and their families voices and protection. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters in the streets to defend freedom.
And let us not forget the words of President Ronald Reagan:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Officers of America – we’ve got your six. And we’re about to get even more vocal about it.
~Kyle S. Reyes
National Spokesman, Law Enforcement Today
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