Quantcast
Connect with us

Here are some good cops who have the crappy job of protecting you in trigger-happy America

Published

on

Police officers have a shitty job.

Day in and day out, they deal almost exclusively with people having a really bad day – many of whom are carrying weapons and are highly motivated to avoid capture.

They respond to toxic and combustible domestic calls. They’re called to gruesome crime scenes. They’re the first to arrive at horrific crashes. They break tragic news to family members. They’re sometimes forced to work alongside cops who are truly terrible at their jobs, if not outright psychopaths.

ADVERTISEMENT

Most police officers make it through the day underpaid and underappreciated, just like we all do. But some truly do go beyond what’s required of them, and we want to recognize these competent, humane officers for a job well done.

Trooper Jeff Jones, of the Utah Highway Patrol, helped an elderly woman visit her ailing son after stopping her for a traffic violation. The 87-year-old woman accidentally backed into the trooper’s patrol car during the stop, and Jones determined she couldn’t safely complete the 180-mile drive. So he arranged to shuttle the woman to Salt Lake City with the help of three other troopers. “I just decided she needed help and we do help shuttle people once in a while — so why not her?” Jones said.

Officers A.D. McElroy, Justin Jenkins, Toma Sparks, and Robert McCurry pooled their money to provide a hotel stay and groceries to a homeless Tennessee family turned away from a Salvation Army shelter. The family had been sleeping in their car outside Walmart but sought help when temperatures plunged below 20 degrees, only to find the shelter would not admit their 15-year-old son as a possible safety risk. The four Johnson City police officers chipped in their own money and solicited donations from 911 dispatchers to help the family rent a hotel room, but managers at the Johnson Inn provided free shelter to them after learning of the officers’ assistance. So the cops bought the family dinner and groceries and gave them the leftover cash.

Sgt. Sean Gordon and Lt. Stacey Geik managed to keep their cool and helped defuse a potentially violent encounter with an apparently intoxicated man carrying a rifle and threatening revolution. Video shows 63-year-old Joseph Houseman grabbing his genitals, screaming obscenities at police, claiming a First Amendment right to threaten their families, and providing an obviously false name – Joe Schmoe – during the encounter. But the officers kept talking calmly to Houseman, who eventually apologized and agreed to hand over his rifle to police if he could pick it up the following day. No one was injured, and Houseman wasn’t even charged. Michigan law allows for the open carry of firearms, but Geik said Houseman made a poor example of safe gun ownership. “They might as well put up a billboard right now that says the Second Amendment is junk because of people like this,” the officer said.

Police and sheriff’s deputies arrested — but did not shoot – two apparently intoxicated white men who opened fire inside an Idaho Walmart with BB guns they unboxed and removed from store shelves. This stands in stark contrast to the sloppy police work that resulted in the fatal shooting of a black man holding a BB gun he found unboxed at an Ohio Walmart. Those officers were not charged, although surveillance video shows them open fire almost immediately upon spotting 22-year-old John Crawford holding the toy weapon while talking on his cell phone. Officers in Idaho found the pair had already left the store by the time they arrived, so they set up a perimeter and managed to take the men into custody without further incident. Similarly, police in Louisiana used “minimum force” to arrest a self-described “sovereign citizen” who allegedly threatened city officials in a water bill dispute. Officers said Brandon Gibbs, who is white, was wearing body armor and armed with a knife and pepper spray when officers served an arrest warrant, but police talked to him until he could be subdued. That’s good police work.

ADVERTISEMENT

Deputy Chris Behnam helped brighten Christmas for a Florida woman who was ripped off when she bought a disabled iPhone off Craigslist. The Jacksonville sheriff’s deputy investigated the case but determined no laws had been broken, so he offered to buy the nonworking phone from her and have it repaired. Behnam’s supervisors wouldn’t allow the deputy to purchase the phone, however, but he returned to the family with $100 cash, some toys, coffee, and books. “(This is) a man who puts his life on the line everyday for us, who isn’t jaded or difficult,” said Autumn Beardsley, a single mother of two autistic sons. “Perhaps we need more stories of when the police get it right, like Chris Behnam did.”


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

US intel officials believe Trump has been duped by a ‘yearslong’ Russian effort to blame Ukraine for 2016

Published

on

A new report from the New York Times claims that American intelligence officials believe that the effort to blame Ukraine for meddling in the 2016 presidential election is part of a "yearslong" Russian intelligence operation aimed at exonerating Moscow.

According to the Times, intelligence officials recently "informed senators and their aides in recent weeks that Russia had engaged in a yearslong campaign to essentially frame Ukraine as responsible for Moscow’s own hacking of the 2016 election."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Resurfaced quotes come back to haunt Graham and Nunes on impeachment

Published

on

A video showing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., during the Clinton impeachment proceedings resurfaced this week, illustrating how the Judiciary Committee chairman has reversed his stance on impeachment now that an inquiry has been activated into President Donald Trump.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Graham, an ardent ally of President Trump, sponsored a resolution that has been co-signed by all but three Senate Republicans decrying the House impeachment probe. He told Fox News host Sean Hannity in October that any articles of impeachment against Trump should be “dismissed in the Senate without a trial.” He also called the impeachment inquiry proceedings a “lynching in every sense.”

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Covering for Trump!’ Conspiracy nuts turn on Bill Barr after he says Jeffrey Epstein definitely killed himself

Published

on

Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday said that he had seen direct evidence that accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein took his own life -- and conspiracy theorists at Reddit are not happy about it.

Barr told the Associated Press on Friday that Epstein's suicide wasn't the result of a nefarious plot, but rather what he described as a "perfect storm of screw-ups" that occurred at his detention facility over the summer.

Continue Reading