Whittier, California Police Chief Jeff Piper decided enough was enough when he slammed the liberal media after a veteran police officer, Keith Boyer, was shot to death by a known member of the dangerous MS-13 (Mala Salvatrucha) gang. Piper in an unrehearsed briefing while shedding tears, angrily called out all the liberal politicians who have — what he and other cops say — is Officer Boyer’s blood on their hands.
Piper talked about gangbanger Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, who resided in Los Angeles. Besides Piper’s difficulty in finding out about Mejia’s background, the well-known news analyst Bill O’Reilly of Newsmax reported that his news team also ran up against a brick wall of problems just trying to find out who had been arrested for the murder of Officer Boyer. O’Reilly claims it was a ‘black out’ and he wanted to know what was the reason for the mainstream media in California to hide his name.
Whether it’s federal law enforcement, such as the Border Patrol or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), or state and local police departments throughout the nation, the trend appears to be the blaming for society’s ills on the men and women who serve in law enforcement. Politicians have discovered they can easily stoke-up animosity and anger among the mobs of Democratic voters by following the advice of Barack Obama’s mentor Saul Alinsky: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.”
Houston, Texas. Police Union President Joe Gamaldi told the nation that he is fed up with the anti-cop sentiment in the United States and he told the nation how he felt in no uncertain terms. The head of a police organization that represents over 5,000 police officers went as far as calling the anti-cop voices of criminals, advocates and politicians “dirtbags.”
“But now I want to speak on behalf of the 5,200 brave men and women of the Houston Police Department and the other 800,000 police officers that are working these streets every single day, putting their lives on the line. We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families. Enough is enough!” said Gamaldi during a press conference regarding the shootings of five Houston cops.
Besides the criminals who use deadly force on police officers, Gamaldi called out the people who use dangerous rhetoric to downplay the importance and integrity of the police. Those people include the men and women who call themselves journalists or activists and political leaders including such Democratic Party stalwarts as Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and others who are expected to vie for their party’s nomination.
“And if you’re the ones that are out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we’ve all got your number now,” Gamaldi sternly warned. “We’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure that we hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers.”
Officers were attempting to serve a search warrant “for black tar heroin” when four of them were shot by one or both of the suspects, who are reportedly both deceased. Police Chief Art Acevedo told the press that the names of the wounded officers are not being released due to their undercover assignments.
Acevedo identified the dead as Rhogena Nicholas, 58, and Dennis Tuttle, 59. Property tax records indicate Tuttle is the owner of the house.
Tuttle, armed with a .357 Magnum revolver, came around from the back of the house, opened fire and struck the officer in the shoulder, Chief Acevedo said. At that time, the female suspect Nicholas reached over the officer attempted to grab his pump shotgun, the chief said.
But a backup police officer got the drop on her and shot Nicholas and killed her, Chief Acevedo said.
According to the in-house publication the Badge & Gun, 2018 statistics didn’t bring good news, either, according to the police union’s Tom Kennedy. On-duty police deaths in 2018 rose nationally from 129 a year ago to 144, a 12 percent increase.
Likely to no one’s surprise in HPD, the majority of these line-of-duty deaths were caused by gunshots or being struck by vehicles .
The Badge & Gun (the union’s publication) makes this point as it urges prayer for two officers whose patrol car was struck, overturned and set afire after a drunken driver struck them on a Houston street while they were on patrol. These latest two victims are Officers John Daily and Alonzo Reid, both young officers aged 25. Reid was treated and released at a hospital while Reid wasn’t so lucky. He suffered burns and injuries that are expected to keep him hospitalized or in rehab for months to come.
“We’ve said it before and will continue to make the point this year and all years to follow: police work is the most dangerous work any individual can undertake. It entails dedication and sacrifice. We pray those sacrifices in 2019 are not what we common refer to as the ultimate sacrifice,” wrote Kennedy.
“This brings to mind the message always conveyed by the old roll call sergeant from the 1980s TV series, Hill Street Blues. At the end of his announcements, as officers prepared for the day’s duty, he said with conviction: ‘Be careful out there,’” said Kennedy.