6 officers dead in November; 3 killed in the last 4 days

Let’s turn that headline around.

Let the headline now read:

6 blacks killed by police in November; 3 black men killed in the last 4 days

by Leftist Journo

In a veritable landslide of death, a hail of continuous, burning gunfire, law enforcement officers throughout the nation have taken it upon themselves to attempt to instigate genocide against the entire American black race, particularly young black males.

If anyone thought the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray was indicative of racist hatred by cops on a national scale, then these naked assassinations of innocent, strong, proud, young black men cut down prior to even realizing anything of their destiny and goodness in just a few days simply confirms the open war declared against blacks by US cops.

What do you think the response by Leftists, Demorats, the American Media Maggots and the Race & Poverty Pimp Industrial Complex would be if that headline were true?

Could you not envision riots in every major Leftist-run American city for days? Protests, violence, destruction, injuries, block after block burned and ransacked, perhaps even deaths?

Of course you could. People would go out of their way to make it so.

The fact is: it’s true with regard to law enforcement officers in the US. The top headline is 100% accurate.

On Thursday, November 16th, Baltimore Police Department Detective Sean Suiter was killed. From ODMP.org:

Detective Sean Suiter succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to interview a person during a homicide investigation in the 900 block of Bennett Place.

He and his partner were canvassing the area when he observed a man attempting to hide in an alley. He notified of his partner and then approached the man to speak to him. The subject produced a handgun and opened fire, striking Detective Suiter in the head.

Detective Suiter was placed in a patrol car to be transported to University of Maryland Medical Center. During the transport the patrol car was struck by another vehicle. Detective Suiter was then transferred to another vehicle and transported to the hospital where he remained on life support until succumbing to the wound the following day.

The man who shot him fled the scene and remains at large.

Detective Suiter, a U.S. Navy veteran, had served with the Baltimore Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Homicide Unit. He is survived by his wife and five children.

There is also an update on this case, from the BaltimoreSun.com:

Baltimore police return to scene of detective’s killing, say new evidence found

by Justin Fenton

Armed with new autopsy findings, Baltimore Police investigators returned Monday to the scene where Det. Sean Suiter was fatally shot last week and said they had found “additional, significant” evidence.

“I’m very encouraged by the recovery of this evidence,” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday, declining to elaborate on what was discovered. “I think it’s going to help us identify the killer.”

Davis said the new findings were the result of an autopsy completed over the weekend, which formally ruled Suiter’s death as a homicide by shooting.

The commissioner appeared upbeat about the progress of the case, despite the investigation’s taking longer than usual for an agency accustomed to quickly identifying killers of its own. Since at least the 1960s, the city police department has never gone so long without identifying a suspect in the killing of a police officer.

Police have said Suiter, 43, was investigating a still-unsolved homicide from December of last year when he saw a suspicious person in a vacant lot in the 900 block of Bennett Place. Suiter was shot once in the head, rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead the next day.

The very next day, New Kensington Police Department Officer Brian Shaw was killed. Again, from ODMP.org:

Police Officer Brian Shaw was shot and killed while making a traffic stop of a vehicle in the 1200 block of Leishman Avenue at approximately 8:00 pm.

The driver fled on foot during the stop, then opened fire on Officer Shaw as he pursued him. Officer Shaw was fatally wounded in the chest during the foot pursuit. The subject continued to flee and remains at large.

Officer Shaw had served with the New Kensington Police Department for only five months. He had previously served as a part-time officer for three years with the Cheswick Police Department, Frazer Police Department, and Springdale Township Police Department.

He is survived by his parents, brother and grandmother.

Who killed Officer Shaw, a Caucasoid? Yes. A black man.

There is good news on this case, however. From ValleyNewsDispatch.com:

Suspect in New Kensington officer’s death arrested in Pittsburgh, held without bail

by Megan Guza and Matthew Santoni

Rahmael Holt, the man accused of shooting and killing New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw, was arrested Tuesday morning in Pittsburgh.

Holt, 29, of the Natrona neighborhood of Harrison, was charged with murder of a law enforcement officer, murder of the first degree, illegal firearm possession and carrying a firearm without a license. He was transported to New Kensington for arraignment, where District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr. ordered him held without bail.

Westmoreland County Det. Ray Dupilka said a SWAT team arrested Holt at a home on Ladora Way in the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh, along with several associates and family members — including his mother, Sherry Holt — who were being charged with hindering his apprehension during the several days he spent as a fugitive.

Police said Holt fled a traffic stop Friday night on Leishman Avenue in New Kensington and fatally shot Shaw, 25, after a foot pursuit. The alleged driver, Tavon Harper, 27, was arrested Sunday .

I cannot help but wonder what links there may be between this suspect and organizations such as Black Lives Matter and/or Antifa. A few years ago this would not have been my default question, but I have been disabused, having been dragged kicking and screaming into thinking this way via the identity politics foisted upon everyone by Demorats, Leftists and the American Media Maggots.

The very next day, Sunday, November 19th, a USBP agent was killed. From ODMP.org:

Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed in the line of duty while he and his partner were on patrol near mile marker 152 on I-10, in the area of Van Horn, Texas.

They were patrolling in rugged terrain when both agents suffered serious injuries. Agent Martinez’s partner was able to notify dispatchers and requested assistance. Responding units and rescue personnel transported them to a hospital where Agent Martinez succumbed to his wounds.

Several federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are investigating the cause of Agent Martinez’s death.

Agent Martinez had served with the United States Border Patrol for four years and was assigned to the Big Bend Sector. He is survived by his fiancee and son.

Please note that ODMP is indicating the cause of death is “unidentified,” as per the US Border Patrol administration.

The first reports were sketchy, as per Breitbart.com:

We do know that two Border Patrol agents working as partners in the Van Horn Station area of responsibility of the Big Bend Sector responded to “activity.” Whether the activity was an activated sensor or something else is currently unknown. This occurred on the morning of Sunday, November 19, 2017.

One of the Border Patrol agents later radioed into the communication center saying that he needed assistance and that he was injured. Other Border Patrol agents responded and found one agent injured and unconscious with injuries to his head and body. That agent, Rogelio Martinez, was later pronounced dead. Breitbart has learned that the agent’s family has been notified.

The responding agents also found the partner who had radioed for help. The agents transported the injured agent to the hospital where he is in “serious condition,” according to the official.

The FBI, conducting the investigation, would only say that the two agents involved were not “fired upon,” yet did not identify the specific manner of attack.

The FBI had taken over the investigation into the death of Martinez, 36, and the injuring of his partner, who was not identified. The two were patrolling the Big Bend Sector of Texas when the attack occurred.

“They were not fired upon,” said Jeanette Harper of the FBI’s El Paso office. “There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline.”

This was when the hairs on the back of my neck began to stand up.

Then from FoxNews.com:

Border Patrol agent appeared to be ambushed by illegal immigrants, bashed with rocks before death

by Katherine Lam

Illegal immigrants appeared to have “ambushed” two U.S. Border Patrol agents near the Texas border with Mexico and bashed their heads with blunt objects — possibly rocks — killing one agent and sending another to a hospital in serious condition Sunday, a National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) official told Fox News.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, was killed and another agent, who has not been identified, was injured while they were patrolling the Big Bend Sector, leading authorities to scour West Texas for the attackers, officials said. Although few details about the incident have been released, Brandon Judd, the president of the NBPC, told Fox News on Monday it appeared Martinez and the second agent were “ambushed” by a group of illegal immigrants.

“We don’t know exactly what happened because we weren’t there. However, just from agents that were working in the area, reports are saying it was an attack and it would appear to be an ambush,” Judd said.

He added: “There’s a high likelihood this was an assault on the agents.”

Then note this from Breitbart.com:

Images Show Where Border Agent was Found, Cast Doubt on AP Source’s Knowledge

by Brandon Darby and Ildefonso Ortiz

Images obtained by Breitbart Texas show the reported exact location where one Border Patrol was found with fatal head wounds and broken bones and another found who also had severe head injuries. Contrary to the report of an Associated Press (AP) source, the “14 foot culvert” the source claimed the agents may have fallen into is clearly not 14 feet deep. The drop, if they had both fallen, would be no greater that 8-9 feet and the culvert has a soft, sandy bottom with few, if any, objects to fall upon.

Well yes, the hairs on the back of my neck were completely straight now. Of course, my first thoughts were: “why the hesitancy and the discrepancies?”

In a world where details matter, the AP source clearly did not have them. The source did, however, properly state that the surviving Border Patrol agent was struggling to remember details of what occurred. This fact was known to many in media, but most did not report it out of concern for possibly damaging an investigation.

Breitbart Texas first reported that an agent had been killed and that another was hospitalized with serious injuries on the morning of November 19, 2017. Later in the day, the National Border Patrol Council echoed what agents on the ground where expressing and asserted that illegal aliens had attacked the agents. The word “attacked” became very controversial as many from President Trump to the Texas Governor used the term, and federal officials began insisting that such details were speculation as the FBI had taken over the investigation and that they were releasing no new information.

Want to know the real reason for hesitation on the part of the FBI and reticence to provide information by the USBP? I happen to have a memory, so I refer to these next articles.

From this 2012 CSMonitor.com story:

Bullets vs. rocks? Border Patrol under fire for use of deadly force.

by Lourdes Medrano

An Oct. 10 incident, in which a Border Patrol agent fired his gun in response to rock-throwing, leaving a 16-year-old dead, is drawing attention to the Border Patrol’s use-of-force policy.

“The disproportionate use of lethal force in the exercise of immigration control functions is unacceptable under any circumstances,” the Mexican Ministry of Exterior Relations said in a statement. “These kinds of acts, especially because they are recurring, have been rejected by Mexican society and all of the country’s political powers.” 

It has pressed the US to make its investigations “exhaustive, timely and transparent.” Mexican officials plan to release José’s autopsy and the ballistics report before year’s end, says Parra. Reports suggest José was shot several times.

Let’s begin to tie things together.

Ms. Gaubeca echoes Mexico’s concerns about the Border Patrol’s use of force, noting that no agent has died in a rock attack.

“The reality is, it’s not equal force,” she says. “The damage a rock can do is not the same as the damage a bullet can do.”

Then this from SplinterNews.com in 2014:

Border Patrol told to avoid shooting at moving vehicles and rock throwers, but they won’t listen

by Ted Hesson

In recent years, Border Patrol has come under increased scrutiny from immigrant rights groups for how the agency uses deadly force. And a new internal report commissioned by Border Patrol shows that there are clear areas for improvement, even if the agency isn’t willing to take the advice.

Moving vehicles aren’t the only controversial instance where Border Patrol agents are authorized to use deadly force. Agents can also respond to thrown rocks by firing a weapon.

Of the 24 people killed by Border Patrol agents in the last four years, eight of them were alleged rock throwers, according to The Arizona Republic. One Mexican teen was fatally shot twice in the head and eight times in the back after an alleged rock-throwing incident in 2012.

There was also this situation regarding bean-bag shotguns vs deadly force.

Acting off of Hernandez v Mesa, my guess is that the USBP agents were either ambushed and/or were hesitant to utilize deadly force against a rock attack.

Further, realizing the death of one agent and serious injury to another stemming from a rock attack won’t play well with the families of the agents and line officers themselves, USBP admin in concert with the FBI are attempting to tamp things down until a firm handle and strategy can be crafted.

Folks, it’s plain and simple. The Ferguson Effect in action, with the result that hesitancy on the part of law enforcement officers is now costing lives.

It’s a war on cops, make no mistake.

BZ

 

7 thoughts on “6 officers dead in November; 3 killed in the last 4 days

  1. Yikes. Just read the Mesa case. Very interesting set of “facts” (Hernandez Complaint that was assumed as true by the Court for evaluating the case against Motion to dismiss). Been a while since I studied cases studying Bivens Actions. Will have to research what the 5th Cir did with the case on remand and if a Bivens Action case was ever brought.

    For sure, the killing of our policemen and women is a disgrace. Media today (with a few notable exceptions) cherry picks cases that they even feel obligated to report on. You can BET if a minority perpetrator were shot by a white officer, there would be massive reporting, race driven misinformed riots, demonstrations, etc. Reverse discrimination is the NORM today, not the exception as I tried to explain to a mixed race / gay acquaintance of mine earlier this week. Until we can get beyond the ID politics, PC driven narratives in media and Govt, and discrimination against “non-protected” classes of people (eg. White Men, Police, etc), I fear (KNOW) more of the same will continue to happen to our Police and Citizenry.

    • Resulting in a smaller gene pool of persons who even want to go into police or military service. You can draft to solve your military problem; you can’t draft for the police.

      “What happens when you call 911 and no one comes?”

      BZ

  2. I can’t help but wonder how many of these deaths can be directly attributable to the officer’s reluctance to produce their own weapons, in fear of being sued… Dammit…

  3. It is sad that cops are more afraid of being labelled and having their careers destroyed than by actual physical harm or even potential death.

    During my police academy days, we were taught to protect ourselves first and foremost. The saying was “Better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6”. Which means that it is preferable to face criminal prosecution and potential civil lawsuits than it is to be dead. Seemed like a rational and fair enough statement.

    But today, cops are more afraid of what their agencies will do to them than they are of what the bad guy will. It’s to the point cops need lawyers next to them at every moment for fear that some stupid allegation will be the end of them. Right or wrong, once a cop is accused of a serious allegation like those Baltimore cops, no other agency will ever touch them. Their ability to support themselves and their families in their chosen profession, over in a moment. Even if the cop is completely cleared of all wrongdoing, the stigma is like a stench that can never be washed off. An no matter how much good an officer has done, and no matter how great the experience he or she has, other agencies would rather hire a rookie than someone who has been accused of doing something horribly wrong. And what is truly sad, is that the agencies know this, and use it to their advantage. It is a great weapon used to keep officers from leaving and it is how they keep them in line…under constant fear and threat of destruction.

    Cops are trained to stop bad guys from harming them. In fact, we are pretty darn good at it. They are poorly equipped however, in keeping from being stabbed in the back from those that are supposed to have their backs, not put a knife in it.

    When the higher ups tell their cops they are behind every step of the way…that does not mean it is a good thing. That’s what worries the cops the most.

    • I can tell you that many cops are re-thinking their career choices. Look at Darren Wilson? What do you think Wilson is doing these days? No department will touch him. Unless he’s been taking classes in nuclear physics I’m wagering he’s employed by someone who keeps him hidden and low paid.

      BZ

  4. I know the area where our 2 BP officers were “jumped” and killed one of them.
    This is a flat area with a very rocky ridge running South to North.
    Known for “coyotes passage” ridge running South to North to avoid the Interstate Check Point.
    Lots of drugs are brought in there, to be loaded into cars going to Houston and Dallas.
    I expect the smugglers set off a hidden transmitter.
    The 2 Agents were found and jumped, and one killed.
    Just Damn.

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