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Mike…

I was directing traffic before a Cardinal’s baseball game when I got the news. “Did you hear about the nonsense?” An officer stopped at my intersection in a golf cart asked me. “Nonsense?” I hadn’t heard about anything to do … Continue reading

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“Those people…”

There’s an article in today’s local paper that  summarizes the fact that here in St. Louis, four children have been killed in the past four days as the result of gun violence. Read it again. Four children. Four days. All … Continue reading

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On charging do nothing cops…

When I was teaching law in the police academy, I used to throw out this hypothetical. Let’s say that I was in my police uniform, on duty, and I was walking into a convenience store to get myself a drink … Continue reading

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Reckless? i don’t know…

I was sitting in a barbershop yesterday when some of the men around me started talking about a recent police involved shooting in the St. Louis area. Long story short, a black woman, who is alleged to have been shoplifting at … Continue reading

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Some final words…

A few people who couldn’t make Officer Alix’s funeral have asked if they could read my speech, and this seems to be the easiest way to share it. It was apparently way too long, I guess I see that now, … Continue reading

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Tragedy spares nobody…

When it comes to tragedy, there surely can be no better place to have your heart broken or spirit crushed than by being associated with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. I don’t know if egregious misfortune is endemic to … Continue reading

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The appreciation is appreciated…

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is apparently a thing. It’s January 9th, the same day as National Apricot Day and National Static Electricity Day. I kid you not. I had several people send me thoughtful messages on National Law Enforcement … Continue reading

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Indicting the police…all of them

‘It’s still a blast beating people’: St. Louis police indicted in assault of undercover officer posing as protester The headline above is from the Washington Post news site. That paper serves a community 900 miles away from St. Louis, MO, … Continue reading

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Ubiquitous violence…who’s next?

A man was shot and killed on a recent Monday morning in the City of St. Louis, well before eight o’clock had rolled around. The sun was out and it was a pretty nice day, especially for the end of … Continue reading

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Policing, the deterioration is real…

I’ve started and deleted several iterations of this post because I don’t know what I want to say. I haven’t been following the news, so I don’t have enough facts to make an informed statement on my thoughts about the … Continue reading

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