Podcast: Never Quit: Powerful Messages You Need to Hear

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Radio talker Sean Hannity had a gentleman named Israel Del Toro on his radio program not long ago. Israel’s a master Sergeant in the Air Force who had been refused entrance twice to the commissary where he’s based because he wasn’t wearing a mask. Now keep in mind, he couldn’t wear a mask because he’s got no ears. He couldn’t have put it on if he did have ears, because he’s only got one hand and it has no fingers. Israel had been so critically injured when an IED exploded under his Humvee in Afghanistan, that he was burned over 80% of his body and ultimately needed more than 130 skin grafts and was in a coma for three months. Continue reading Podcast: Never Quit: Powerful Messages You Need to Hear

Podcast: Fear of Being Branded a Rat? Listen Up. The Times They Are a-Changin’.

It may be an extreme example, but picture this. A young co-pilot sees the fuel gauge is nearing a dangerously low level, but he doesn’t want to interrupt the veteran pilot who’s in the middle of telling a war story he’s told maybe a hundred times before. Fearful of angering him, the young pilot does nothing and the plane crashes just shy of the runway. Or, an intern in the middle of an emergency surgery notes that the gruff formidable old surgeon has left a forceps in a patient’s abdomen and stitched him up…and out of fear, intimidation or worse being, banished from his internship if he says a word. Three days later, the patient doesn’t wake up. Or, how about the veteran officer who smells alcohol on a fellow cops breath day after day after day and chooses the route of monkey no see, monkey no hear, monkey no smell. One day, the alcoholically-challenged officer doesn’t report back at the end of his shift because not only he, but also the mother pushing the baby carriage are dead, courtesy of a drunken cops vehicular negligence. Oh, and did I add…the baby in the carriage is dead, also. Continue reading Podcast: Fear of Being Branded a Rat? Listen Up. The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Podcast: Detroit Police: We Don’t Retreat Here; Lessons for All L.E.

When I interviewed then-Chief Belmar of the St. Louis County Police about law enforcement’s response to the Ferguson rioting, I remember him telling me that he’d been told police had “lost the narrative”, and it was a hard lesson to learn. Who told him that? It was then-Chief Charles Ramsey, a long time veteran, and then chief of the Philadelphia Police. In fact, here is exactly how Chief Belmar recounted that phone conversation:

“I did talk to chief Ramsey and I reached out to him in Philadelphia and it was probably Thursday or Friday evening of the first week. And I said, Hey, listen, we got a problem. And chief Ramsey said something really interesting to me. This is a 44 year veteran of law enforcement guy has been the assistant chief in Chicago, the Boston and DC. Now three very challenging environments. I think anybody would say, but Ramsey said to me, you’ve lost the narrative. Continue reading Podcast: Detroit Police: We Don’t Retreat Here; Lessons for All L.E.

Betty Shelby Case – Surviving an Officer Involved Shooting

In 2016, Tulsa officer Betty Shelby was in a fatal officer involved shooting that ended up in the international media hot light…and ended up with her being charged with manslaughter less than a week following the shooting.

You’ll remember the incident. It was caught on tape from a police helicopter (being piloted by her husband, Officer Dave Shelby)…and on cruiser cam. Continue reading Betty Shelby Case – Surviving an Officer Involved Shooting

Podcast: Death of George Floyd/The Response That Might Have Been

It’s pretty obvious by now that the name George Floyd will soon brand itself permanently in law enforcement history just as much as Michael Brown, Rodney King , Miranda,  Graham,  Connor, and quite possibly more than all of them combined.

Whatever happens, too you know and I know that the seemingly surreal actions of ex-Minneapolis officer Derick Chauvin will, by themselves, become the stuff that is required academy training, likely, now and forever. Probably an academy class unto itself.

I did a very informal survey of several veteran officers, decorated cops, longtime trainers, and most current line of duty technical advisors. Among them cumulatively, they have nearly 150 years of total service to law enforcement.

Not one said he had ever seen anything like Derick Chauvin’s knee to George Floyd’s neck. Not one. Continue reading Podcast: Death of George Floyd/The Response That Might Have Been