Immediately following the most recent car crash of Tiger Woods, there was an overwhelming suspicion that he was likely operating the vehicle under the influence of something.
It could be an easy conclusion to draw based on what the media tells us about him, and it’s easy to judge the cause of someone’s actions when there is no cost to being wrong.
This could not be further than the case for a Police Officer who is investigating an incident.
Police Officers set aside emotional judgement and develop a cause-and-effect relationship based on facts and evidence from a scene, and plug them into their training and experience.
While the media will report to us what they think happened and the rest of us can fill in the gaps with our own judgement, the Police investigate what really happened using science and victim/witness testimony.
Enter the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Conversation.
Many Monday morning quarterbacks are questioning the lack of involvement of a DRE in this case.
Tiger Woods is home from the hospital after several weeks in the hospital following his February car crash https://t.co/rv2C2DaQwG
— CNN (@CNN) March 17, 2021
I will start by saying, a DRE is not a magician who waves a wand, and the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program is not Voodoo Science as some of my former colleagues used to call it.
It is a prescribed 12 step process that when deployed properly, the DRE will provide an expert opinion on whether the subject was under the influence of an intoxicating drug or alcohol, and by which one or more of the seven drug categories that the intoxication was caused by.
Upon the arrival of the first Deputy to the Tiger Woods crash, his first priority was to secure the scene and render it safe for additional responding rescuers. The next priority is the preservation of life for the victim, and provide any aid possible.
While doing so, the Deputy likely took in additional “information” from the scene. Was there an odor of alcohol, were there any signs of impairment, were there any illicit drugs or prescribed medications in plain view, etc.?
These actions fall under the basic responsibilities of a basically trained police officer. Additionally, you don’t need to be a DRE to make an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs.
The reporting Deputy in this case, as well as the Sheriff, have indicated that DUI was never a suspected factor in this case. Additionally, there was no indication of substance use or abuse by any other authority.
That said, this was not likely to ever have been a case for a DRE. The 12-step process requires several physical observations of a suspect to make an accurate conclusion.
This includes Step 1 as a Breath Alcohol Test, which in this case was not possible because the driver was brought directly into surgery upon arrival at the hospital.
Based on the injuries sustained by Mr. Woods, many other parts of the evaluation could not be completed such as the Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand and the Romberg Sway Test.
There would also be a legitimate challenge to the validity of Steps 4 and 7 of the exam related to eye movement and pupils size due to head trauma.
Finally, any loss of consciousness (like reported in this case) would most likely render a DRE evaluation not admissible in court.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 17, 2021
While a DRE is highly trained to observe and evaluate behaviors that may be overlooked by other Officers, the integrity of the program relies on the Standardized and Systematic application of the evaluation.
Any deviation could result in a misguided opinion and ultimately compromise the scientific reliability of the program.
Without the ability to properly evaluate a suspect, an official DRE report should not be completed.
I would note, however, just because the ability to complete a proper evaluation is not possible, a DRE can still opine to specifically observed characteristics in a standard operations report, State crash report, or supplemental report to the investigating officer based on their training and experience.
While this may seem like splitting hairs, their observations are still recognized and documented, just not as an expert witness.
The court of public opinion is not subject to any legal standard and usually renders a defendant guilty without the ability to prove themselves innocent.
Fortunately, these cases are also heard in a court of law where facts are presented, challenged and adjudicated by experts in their field and a defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond all reasonable doubt.
Opinion: Tiger was not given preferential treatment in this case as a celebrity. He was treated as a person who suffered traumatic injuries from a crash that fortunately did not involve or injure anyone else.
Law Enforcement (not the media or public) treated him with the dignity that we would all want to be treated with ourselves. The Police are experts in their field and take an Oath to “faithfully execute” their duties “to the best of their abilities.”
Let’s give them the respect they deserve.
About the Author:
David Berez is a retired Police Officer and Drug Recognition Expert, having served more than 20 years with the East Windsor Police Department and a total of 30 years in Emergency Services. Following his retirement, Mr. Berez is now the President and Founder of Six4 Consultants, a Public Safety Consulting Firm. Mr. Berez is also a featured columnist, guest speaker and panelist on a variety of Public Safety discussions. In September of 2020, Mr. Berez was trained as a Resiliency Program Officer.
The collapse of law enforcement will usher in the end of America as we know it
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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.
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.
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