“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Both sides of the fence

Like most cops, I talk a lot about the stupidity of criminals we deal with. However, I won't limit it to the bad guys only - we're just as bad... Last night had several incidents which reminded me of this fact.

New Year's is one of our busiest nights of the year, if not the absolute winner hands down. I suppose it's always been this way. People who have done the job for a while know, and try to teach the new guys, that this is not the night to go starting stupid stuff, get a lot of officers tied up on something trivial and all of that. We simply have too many places to be at once to deal with some of the things we would normally address, that's the plain truth.

Well, last night a few folks missed that memo...

We had a couple of guys wanting to run normal traffic enforcement right at midnight, when we needed to cover the most things.

Another group decided they wanted a standoff with a house full of our true hardcore gangbangers, with no real plan to do anything but sit there and stare back and forth... which didn't prove anything at all, and basically gave them the win when we drove away.

Then we had the group that felt the appropriate spot to plan an entry into a house with an armed subject who had already shot at folks was right in front of the living room window in the street.

Stuff like this just reminds me we aren't immune. Fortunately, no one on our side got hurt and we made it through ok.

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