A rose by any other name . . .

. . . would smell as sweet, according to William Shakespeare.  Clearly, he wasn’t thinking of Star Wars when he said that – unlike the parents of a hapless felon in Tennessee. The Force was not with Luke Sky Walker when he was arrested this week by Tennessee police, according to a report. Walker, 21, of Johnson City, Tenn., was arrested Thursday on a charge of violating probation, WJHL-TV reports … He was arrested in 2017 on charges of stealing 46 road signs with three cohorts, the Elizabethton Star reported at the time. There’s more at the link. Actor Mark Hamill played the character Luke Skywalker in

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Active shooter incidents and police response

Greg Ellifritz has noted a change in active shooter tactics, including setting up ambushes to catch responding officers.  Most of us aren’t police, but we can learn useful lessons from the history of active shooter incidents and how they’re likely to play out.  We can adapt our response accordingly, and hopefully keep ourselves and our loved ones from harm in the process. I was reviewing some of the recent articles about the Borderland Bar shooting in California.  During that shooting, the killer purposely stopped firing on the victims to set up an ambush to attack the police officers he knew were coming.  That’s

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Some crime certainly seems to pay

It seems that the Vancouver housing market has been floating on top of a huge pool of drug money. The stately $17-million mansion owned by a suspected fentanyl importer is at the end of a gated driveway on one of the priciest streets in Shaughnessy, Vancouver’s most exclusive neighbourhood. A block away is a $22-million gabled manor that police have linked to a high-stakes gambler and property developer with suspected ties to the Chinese police services. Both mansions appear on a list of more than $1-billion worth of Vancouver-area property transactions in 2016 that a confidential police intelligence study has linked

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When criminals turn technology against the police

Here’s an interesting twist on criminals and cellphones. Police believe Juelle L. Grant, 24, of Willow Avenue, may have been the driver of a vehicle involved in an Oct. 23 drive-by shooting on Van Vranken Avenue, near Lang Street, so they obtained her phone, according to police allegations filed in court. No one was injured in the shooting. After police took her iPhone X, telling her it was considered evidence, “she did remotely wipe” the device, according to police. “The defendant was aware of the intentions of the police department at the conclusion of the interview with her,” according to court

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Sobering thoughts on self-defense firearms from a Minnesota cop

I have a friend who’s a police officer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota.  He’s got more than twenty years service, and is looking forward to retiring soon.  He’s had a lot of “street” and “hands-on” experience, and knows whereof he speaks.  I’ll call him Mike for the purposes of this discussion (not his real name). Mike got in touch a few days ago.  After the usual pleasantries between friends, he got down to business.  He said that the current crop of synthetic marijuana, sometimes known as “spice” (and by up to 700 other street names), is producing some truly

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Sobering thoughts on self-defense firearms from a Minnesota cop

I have a friend who’s a police officer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota.  He’s got more than twenty years service, and is looking forward to retiring soon.  He’s had a lot of “street” and “hands-on” experience, and knows whereof he speaks.  I’ll call him Mike for the purposes of this discussion (not his real name). Mike got in touch a few days ago.  After the usual pleasantries between friends, he got down to business.  He said that the current crop of synthetic marijuana, sometimes known as “spice” (and by up to 700 other street names), is producing some truly

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That’s not crime – that’s a war zone!

I’m still blinking in astonishment at this news report from Chicago.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Since Friday at 5 p.m., 60 people have been shot, nine fatally, in shootings in Chicago. 34 of the shootings and five deaths occurred between 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police. During one two-and-a-half hour-hour period, 25 people were shot in five multi-injury shootings. “We know that some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas,” said Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference Sunday afternoon. . . . CPD said the

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Police get a bovine assist

A car thief in Florida was captured by police . . . with the help of a herd of cows. A news report stated: Sanford police said they spotted a stolen Subaru SUV from Brevard County Monday near Celery and Locust avenues and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver of the Subaru kept going, running a stop sign, and crashed into a ditch near Celery and Sipes avenues, according to the police report. Police said the driver, Jamie Young, 46, ran into a pasture to the east … the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office aerial alert team continued to track

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Gotta watch out for them babies . . .

I had to laugh while reading this report. German police have rescued a man after he called for help saying a baby squirrel would not leave him alone. . . . Officers sent a patrol car out to investigate and arrived to find the chase still in full flow. But the drama ended suddenly when the squirrel, apparently exhausted by its exertions, lay down abruptly and fell asleep. Officers took pity on the animal, which had probably become separated from its mother. Police said it likely targeted the man because it was in search of a new home. “It often happens

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Sometimes the police can’t win for losing

Calibre Press posted this video a few days ago. In an accompanying article, the author pointed out: Only one person should be talking to the witnesses and taking information—confidential information, as it is—from the victims. That person in this case, Officer Bartynski. No one else should inject themselves into the investigation. This is too much, it seems, for Rev. David Bullock. . . . I’m not going to detail everything Reverend Bullock said over the course of the video. But what I will say is that this is a sad state of affairs we’re in. Elites criticize peace officers with impunity.

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