Suspects in murder of Cleveland cop should have been in jail, but progressives kept that from happening

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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. 

Morrow continues: 

“[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?  

 

Officer down: Off-duty officer killed in robbery and carjacking - teen woman under arrest

Officer down: Off-duty officer killed in robbery and carjacking – teen woman under arrest

CLEVELAND, OH – Several suspects are in custody after allegedly robbing a man and stealing his vehicle on New Year’s Eve.

The suspect shot the car owner twice in the back, killing him. Sadly, the victim was an off-duty Cleveland police officer who worked in the city’s 5th District on the northeast side of Cleveland.  He’s been identified by the PD as 25-year-old Shane Bartek.

The suspect shot him as he attempted to rob his vehicle. After the shooting, the gunman fled the scene in the officer’s vehicle. 

The cop was taken to Fairview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

The officer’s slaying was confirmed by both Cleveland Police Union president Jeff Follmer and incoming police chief Wayne Drummond. 

Police were able to locate the vehicle in Euclid, where they took a suspect into custody. 

A few hours later, a woman was also arrested in connection with the murder.

The officer has since been identified as Shane Bartek.

According to a release from CPD: 

“On December 31, 2021, at approximately 6pm, an Aggravated Robbery Motor Vehicle incident occurred at 4320 Rocky River Drive in which a 25-year-old off-duty Cleveland Police Officer was shot and killed.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a suspect approached the victim in the parking lot of the apartment building with a gun, a struggle ensued, and the victim was shot twice by the suspect.

The suspect then fled in the victim’s vehicle. The victim was conveyed to Fairview Hospital by Cleveland EMS where he was pronounced deceased.

Following a multi-jurisdictional police pursuit, the victim’s vehicle was recovered, and a male was taken into custody. Further investigation has resulted in the arrest of additional suspects including a female.

Search warrants have been executed in connection with this investigation. Suburban law enforcement agencies are also pursuing additional felony charges.

This matter remains under investigation. Charges have not yet been filed. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

“My heart is aching for the family, for our officers. Senseless. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said Drummond.

Bartek joined the Cleveland Police Department in August of 2019. 

“We are devastated by this news and are asking for prayers,” said Follmer.

Incoming mayor Justin Bibb echoed the sentiments from Drummond and Follmer.

“This evening is about the family of this slain officer that we lost today. I just ask the residents of Cleveland to keep the family in their prayers. Let’s all stay vigilant this evening. Stay safe and healthy. I also want to thank all members of law enforcement who supported us this evening.”

An 18-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of aggravated murder, while the suspect arrested with Bartek’s car is being held for allegedly receiving stolen property.

This investigation is ongoing. Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Bartek and the entire Cleveland, Ohio law enforcement community. 

Sadly, being off duty does not remove the threats that officers face. 

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Off-duty officer shot after stumbling upon and trying to stop a commercial burglary

PUYALLUP, WA – Puyallup Police responded to a shooting call in the early morning hours of October 31st.  When they arrived on the scene, they were shocked to find that an off-duty police officer was the one who had been shot.

Puyallup Police arrived in the area of 11 St NW and River Road at the Jennings Equipment Store before 7 am and made contact with off-duty Federal Way Police Officer Donovan Heavener who was suffering from a gunshot wound. 

Puyallup Police officers immediately began life-saving measures and Heavener was transported to nearby Tacoma General Hospital by medical crews.

Heavener underwent surgery and is thankfully expected to survive. Federal Way Police Chief Andy Hwang said:

“The Federal Way Police Department would like to thank all those that have sent kind words, prayers, and assistance during this critical time.”

Puyallup Police report that Heavener was out for a morning jog when he encountered what appears to be a burglary attempt at Jennings Equipment. Police are not releasing if Heavener attempted to stop the burglary and was shot or was just simply shot because he was a potential witness.

Police report that they believe Heavener was shot while standing on a sidewalk near a black Chevy truck. At some point, police say that someone inside of the truck opened fire, striking Heavener. The truck then fled the scene last seen traveling eastbound on River Road to North Meridian.

Police issued a bolo (be on the lookout) for the suspect vehicle.

After a few hours of the bolo being active, Puyallup Police located a vehicle that matched the description of the one used in the shooting. There are no reports if there were any persons inside of the vehicle and/or any evidence. Police also have not released any information concerning any suspect identities.

Puyallup Police Chief Scott Engle addressed the incident:

“The Puyallup Police Department has determined that our suspects are Hispanic, were speaking Spanish, and had been in the area of our city in the area of 8th Ave NW and 13th St NW just prior to the incident. Some citizens observed them there.

These subjects appeared to have left that area of that city and then come to the business for the burglary.”

Detectives with the Puyallup Police Department are asking anyone in the area to check their video surveillance and see if it may have captured any portion of the incident or the suspects coming into or out of the scene.

Any glimpses of the vehicle regardless of what direction it is coming from will help detectives pinpoint more specific information about the case.

Detectives are asking anyone with information on the case to please contact them at their tip line at 253 770-3343 or email them at [email protected].

Heavener has spent almost thirty years in law enforcement and is also the state director for the Washington Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. In this role, Heavener oversees over 2,000 officers that participate in the Special Olympics in some form and helps bring awareness to the event.

Additionally, Heavener and others at his police agency take part in the annual Polar Plunge in Tacoma. 

He and others dress up in costumes to raise money which helps offset costs incurred by the athletes that perform in the Special Olympics. Mary Do, the Chief Operating Officer for the Special Olympics in Washington had this to say about Heavener:

“We love Donovan and are so grateful for his dedication and support of the athletes and the community. We are sending Donovan, his family and all of our law enforcement officers love and light during this time.”

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