Where’s the media? Skyrocketing number of police officers being ambushed, shot and murdered so far in 2022


We are only 5 1/2 months into 2022. We have already seen at least 156 officers shot this year, with 24 of them succumbing to their injuries, according to figures provided to Fox News by the Fraternal Order of Police.

The Officer Down Memorial Page has the number of confirmed 2022 line-of-duty shooting deaths at 26.

Both websites include El Monte Police officers Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana, who were allegedly shot and killed by a gang member with a prior record that included a conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

“Criminals feel free to engage in crime,” said Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, spokesperson for the National Police Association and a retired officer with nearly three decades of experience. “You see videos all over TikTok and Instagram, where criminals are doing things, and they appear to have no fear of the police, of a security guard, of a store manager, none of that.”

Many believe that left-leaning district attorneys have a lot to do with the number of criminals on the street who commit more violent crimes as they await trial.

Case in point, the suspect in the killing of the two El Monte officers, Justin Flores, likely should have been in jail. But Los Angeles County District Attorney George 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.”

He certainly has a documented history now, if convicted, and there are two families grieving over the death of these officers.

But many believe that the assault on law enforcement is a direct result of the violent “defund” movement posing under the guise of BLM and Antifa.

“We’re in the third year of the war on cops, the renewed war on cops in a post-George Floyd world,” Brantner Smith said. “And then we have these ‘woke’ prosecutors who are not keeping people in jail.”

She believes that the two suspects responsible for the last three slayings should have been behind bars.

“Had they been in prison, these three cops would still be alive,” she said.

We have an archive of stories we have published over the past few years that identify numerous officers shot to death in the line of duty.

Many of them we killed by someone that probably should have been locked up. Instead, criminal justice reform has continued to put violent offenders back on the streets, where they continue to commit acts of violence.

According to the stats provided by the FOP, there have been 27 ambush-style attacks this year, with 42 officers being shot, and six dying of their gunshot wounds.

Continue to use Flores as the example, an unidentified source within the LACDA’s office, told Fox News that had he been tried under standard procedure, he would have likely been sentenced to around 3 years.

Instead, he was tried and convicted under a “blanket directive.”

Whether it is a DA, a politician or a random group of cop-hating protestors, police officers are forced to navigate this false narrative that the left is pushing so hard. Law enforcement is fighting an uphill battle with a much steeper grade than previously experienced.

“We’ve got to fight the false narrative that American law enforcement is a danger to our communities,” Smith said. “San Francisco recalled Chesa Boudin, and now there’s a big movement afoot in Los Angeles to recall George Gascon. I think this may be a trend now… I think we may see a trend politically that this is what’s going to happen.

In the meantime, cops are dying. We’re getting ambushed, we’re getting injured, and it’s not just fatal shootings. Most police officers who are attacked don’t die, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have life-altering, career-ending injuries.”

Sadly, we are on pace to set records for the number of law enforcement officers that are being shot and/or killed. We are on pace to see 375 officers shot by the end of the year, with close to 60 of those losing their life in the line of duty.



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.

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.”

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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Report: Recorded prison phone call shows convicted murderer and LA gang member praising Gascon’s policies that will get him out of prison early

April 19th, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA- According to an exclusive report from Fox News, a convicted murderer and Los Angeles gang member told an unidentified caller that District Attorney (DA) George Gascón’s new policies are going to get him released from prison early.

In the obtained audio, the violent man said that he was going to get Gascón’s name tattooed on his face because the progressive prosecutor massively reduced the charges in his case. In the phone call that was made while in prison, Luis Angel Hernandez said:

“I’m going to get that (expletive) name on my face. That’s a champ right there. (Expletive) Gascón.”

Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. He said to the unknown caller:

“This (expletive) looking real good. Now we got a new DA in LA. I got court on the 14th, right here in Compton.”

According to law enforcement, Hernandez shot and killed a delivery person for a marijuana delivery service during an armed robbery in 2018. He is allegedly a member of the OTF gang.

Upon taking office, Gascón implemented a policy that barred prosecutors from applying “sentencing enhancements” in practically all cases, even the violent ones. Michele Hanisee, a current Los Angeles deputy district attorney, said in a statement:

“A robbery can be a purse snatch with no injury or it can be a gun in your face. Sentencing enhancements make sure that the perpetrator of the first and the perpetrator of the second are treated differently.”

Hernandez reportedly faced sentencing enhancements for being a gang member, using a firearm in the commission of a crime, and for the “special circumstance” of committing a murder during an armed robbery.


However, according to law enforcement sources who are familiar with the case, the sentencing enhancements were dropped because of Gascón’s policy. This seemingly was cause for celebration for Hernandez who said during his phone call:

“…So, they’re going to drop a gang of, um, like my gun enhancement, my gang enhancement. My gang enhancement is 10 years fool, for being a gang member And then the gun in the commission of a crime.”

He initially faced life without the possibility of parole, but that is now barred by Gascón’s policies as well. Hernandez pleaded guilty to murder and the personal use of a firearm. He will be eligible for youthful offender parole, which would limit his time in prison to 25 years. He said on the phone call:

“…He’s [Gascón] making historic changes for all of us, fool. I’m just grateful, fool. Like, I got good news off that (expletive).”

He added:

“They’re like, ‘You’re coming home, blood.’ They already told me, my lawyer told me, ‘You’re coming home.'”

According to Fox News, this is not the first violent offender getting released early due to Gascón’s progressive policies. In February, Fox News obtained and published audio of a convicted sex offender named James Tubbs who was gloating over the light punishment he received for his pedophilia-related conviction.

Tubbs was reportedly convicted of sexually assaulting a minor in a Denny’s restaurant in East Palmdale, California in 2014. In the phone recording, he refers to his victims as a “piece of meat.”

Another leaked video shows convicted murderer Phillip Dorsett drinking prison moonshine and toasting to Gascón. He said in the video:

“Right here with my cellie. Some white lightning, a little cup, boom! Celebrating us going home on this Gascón directive.”

Dorsett was serving a 40-year prison sentence for the 2005 execution-style murder of a rival gang member.

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Los Angeles just decided cops need to explain in ridiculous detail why they pulled over potential criminals

March 3rd, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA- As of Tuesday, March 1st, Los Angeles police officers are now required to articulate in the moment why a traffic or other minor violation has turned into a criminal investigation.

When making these “pretextual stops,” officers must now record themselves on their body-worn cameras stating their reasons for suspecting a more serious crime has occurred. According to the new rules, officers who fail to do so will be required to first undergo additional training and will then face increasingly severe discipline for subsequent violations of the new policy.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) defines a pretextual stop as one in “which officers conducting a minor traffic or code violation escalate it into an investigation of a more serious crime unrelated to the initial violation.”

According to reports, the five-member Los Angeles Police Commission unanimously approved the new policy, which takes effect immediately.

The vote was made over objections by the police union that represents rank-and-file officers, which stated that pretextual stops are critical to ensuring public safety and should not be restricted.

However, critics of the LAPD also spoke out against the measure, saying that these types of stops disproportionately impact people of color and should be banned in their entirety.

According to the Office of the Inspector General, there were “pretty substantial racial disparities” in stops, many of which were pretextual stops, conducted by the department in 2019.

The Office of the Inspector General added that “a fairly small number of them yielded evidence of serious crimes or ended up resulting in any kind of arrests.”

According to Commission President William Briggs, those findings let the commission to request that the LAPD update its current policy. Briggs said in a statement:

“Those pretextual stops do not result in guns being taken off the streets. Those pretextual stops do not result in curtailing murders and curtailing shootings … there is no data that anyone can point to that establishes that pretextual stops curtail violent crime in our city.”


On Tuesday, March 1st, Police Chief Michael Moore responded to several concerns about the new policy. He said in a statement:

“I’ve heard thoroughly members of this organization who believe that this policy will stop us from identifying those responsible for violent crime, stop us from identifying those that are carrying weapons, firearms, engaged in street violence. I firmly believe that this is not the case.”

Union leaders from the Los Angeles Police Protective League warned that the new rules were a threat to public safety. The also said that the process by which the commission followed to change the policy violated the union’s collective bargaining agreement with the city.

The union added that they are considering legal options to challenge the new policy. The Los Angles Times reported that in a statement, the union said Briggs “should get off his soapbox, do his homework, and tell the truth about pretext stops and the important role they play in taking guns off our streets.”

The statement allegedly cited data suggesting there were 817 firearms seized during 726 stops in the Newton Division in 2021 and that those seizures “prevented our residents from being shot, shot at, intimidated, victimized, and murdered.”

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Under proposed legislation, police no longer allowed to stop drivers for most traffic violations

February 10th, 2022

SALEM, OR- According to reports, Oregon legislators are actively considering a bill that essentially stops law enforcement officers from being allowed to stop drivers for minor traffic violations.

Senate Bill 1510 would make reforms to how drivers interact with law enforcement as well as to parole and probation conditions.

The summary of the bill is that it will require a police officer to inform the stopped person of a right to refuse to consent to a search during the traffic stop.


If the bill becomes a law, it will also prohibit an officer from pulling someone over based solely on a minor infraction such as a broken headlight, taillight, or license plate light.

However, officers would still be able to ticket drivers for those equipment violations if the stop was initially made for another unsafe driving violation.

Officers will have to ask for consent to search a vehicle and get that consent in writing, on audio or a video recording.

According to OPB, Senate Bill 1510 contains pieces of a farther-reaching bill that died in the 2021 session and law enforcement groups say it could make roads less safe.

The bill being proposed now is wide-ranging, but is still opposed by law enforcement officers who would face new constraints on how they pull over motorists and search vehicles.

Supporters of the bill say that the overall intent is to help communities who are disproportionately impacted by the criminal justice system to avoid future interactions with police.

In testimony for the bill, Sen. Kayse Jama, (D-Portland) said:

“This is not an anti-law enforcement bill. It’s about transforming our law enforcement system into an inclusive one.”

However, law enforcement officers and prosecutors state that the legislation will make Oregon roads less safe. Law enforcement groups say that officers can play an important safety role in alerting motorists when their lights are not working.

Some agencies even participate in a program that offers discount coupons so drivers can fix the problem without having to spend a large amount of money. Amanda Dalton, a lobbyist for the Oregon District Attorney’s Association, said in a written testimony:

“A car’s lights are what give those around them an awareness of their presence and a perception of the other car’s location in relation to their own. The lack of proper and functional lighting is especially hazardous on darker roads or in adverse weather conditions where visibility is limited.”

Joshua Wetzel, of the Oregon State Police Officers Association, told lawmakers that drivers’ brains are trained to perceive their distance from another vehicle by the space between its taillights. He added:

“Something as simple as an exposed white light from a broken taillight … can cause trailing drivers to respond differently.”

He said:

“One headlight not working could be likened to covering one eye 55 miles per hour or faster. Add in weather factors such as fog, rain or snow and this makes for a dangerous situation.”

Advocacy groups such as the Transforming Justice Coalition and Next Up Action Fund say that unnecessary interactions with police, such as stops for minor traffic violations, disproportionately affect persons of color.

Part of the goal of this bill is to reduce interactions that could escalate to violence.

Senate Bill 1510 is now scheduled for a work session where it could be amended or voted out of committee. The legislature’s budget committee would next have to approve the bill.

The suit claims that the Democratic Governor failed to provide victim notification of the prisoner releases as required by clemency procedures. Monique DeSpain, a lawyer for the Kevin L. Mannix Salem-based law firm, which filed the case with Common Sense for Oregon on behalf of the plaintiffs, said:

“We are asking that the court compel the governor to follow the laws that are already in place.”

He argued that the pace of the clemencies demonstrated a disregard for sentencing laws in place:

“When they’re granted to the rate of nearly 1,000 commutations, then really it becomes a rewriting of sentencing laws.

“That is a lot of commutations that have been handed down.”

Kevin Mannix, a former chair of the Oregon Republican Party, leads both the law firm and Common Sense.

The lawsuit accuses the Governor of breaking rules requiring individual commutation applications and unlawfully delegated her responsibilities to state agencies. DA Martenny said the legal action was not personal:

“This lawsuit is not personal on my . I believe our laws put limits on (Brown’s) actions. I am working to enforce those limits.”

Gov. Brown commuted the sentences of 912 people in custody who were deemed at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, according to a June 2021 letter she sent to state lawmakers.

Those freed were medically vulnerable, had completed at least half their sentences, and were not serving time for crimes against people.

Brown also commuted the sentences of 41 people who fought the Labor Day 2020 wildfires that scorched the state in 2020., according to the June letter, which is cited in the lawsuit.

Those released did not “present an unacceptable safety, security, or compliance risk to the community,” the letter claimed.

Aliza Kaplan, a Lewis & Clark Law School professor involved in clemency applications, said the Governor’s actions were proper:

“The law is very clear on the governor’s power to grant clemency. She’s using it in the exact way it was intended by our founders,” Kaplan said. “There’s precedent for granting group clemency. It’s unfortunate that we have to all waste our time talking about this lawsuit.

“She’s using it in the exact way it should be used. These people have been punished significantly, and even in a place like prison, they have managed to rehabilitate themselves, and the governor is offering them mercy.”

The lawsuit also addresses concerns over offenders now made eligible for commutation for violent crimes they committed as juveniles.

In 2019, Oregon passed a law eliminating life sentences without parole for youth offenders. It also allowed them another hearing to review their case after serving half their sentences.

Following the law’s passage, the Governor signed an executive order allowing it to apply retroactively to juveniles convicted between 1988 and 2019.

The move has been criticized by multiple Oregon district attorneys, who called the move dangerous and traumatizing to the victims of their crimes.

The Governor’s Office declined to comment on the pending legislation.

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