Tales From The Blue Line #29 Nov18

Tales From The Blue Line #29

Few things are as demeaning to a modern day law enforcement officer than being called a “Wyatt Earp.” Depending upon the circumstances, the officer will laugh it off, or be a bit insulted. This is not news – it has long been a rib tickler thing for cops – but of course sometimes it’s true. That goes without saying. When an individual cop steps outside the law, he/she must face appropriate consequences. There is compelling information that the OK Corral incident and followup was not properly handled. That unauthorized gun slinging ruled the day.   The Gunfight at the OK Corral was a watershed moment for America’s police type...

Tales From The Thin Blue Line 28 Nov04

Tales From The Thin Blue Line 28

Protests, like Occupy Wall Street, have been happening long before the financial domination of big banks. People deign to take time from the important business of living life so that they can point out the bad behavior of the few who have gained power in society. While many people argue the effectiveness of protests, there is an undeniable (and profitable) side business that comes with each uprising. The selling of drugs, for instance, becomes as lucrative as firecrackers on the Fourth of July. How do I know? Because I used to attend similar roundups years ago. Oh, I wasn’t protesting or advocating for anything. No, I was an...

Tales from the Thin Blue Line 27 Oct21

Tales from the Thin Blue Line 27

Reporting on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman crime incident began with the exact same elements as all inter-racial confrontations in this country: People in control of the information highway instantly get in front of the telling of the story. It is well understood that contentious people who insist on getting their own way can be anarchic and brutal in their methods. It’s the main, monstrous, by-any-means-necessary tactic, where you develop a campaign of misinformation and spread it at light speed to the masses. I saw it throughout my police career of more than 30 years, and having worked on some delicate investigations, I...

Tales from the Blue Line 26 Oct14

Tales from the Blue Line 26

You’re a small town police officer in the quiet mountain town of Boulder, Colorado. You have never investigated a major crime. After all, major crimes don’t occur in small towns. At least, not the type of major event programmed into the minds of average Americans. You may be the type of officer who peers into every possibility, in hopes that it could actually be the real deal…the big break you need to feel justified in being a serious man of the law. You could be the type who socializes with business owners and regular citizens- knowing the names of each person you pass on the street. Because, let’s face it- there will never be a real...

Tales from the Blue Line 25 Aug12

Tales from the Blue Line 25

Thirty years plus – the amount of time I spent as a police officer – can seem like an eternity, to borrow from an old cliché. But then so can thirty seconds, given the right conditions. Some who study time and space say that it’s proof that there really is no time in the traditional sense, that there are only events by which we measure and change our lives. Some predict that each of us will come to know the difference; to know the truth, in our own time and in our own way. Well, those are muddy waters for us folks stuck in the physical realm. Grasping for higher meanings aside, things can get especially twisted for we who were/are...