Pit Bulls As Police Dogs — Now That’s Cool!

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Time for another confession. I love pit bulls. I think they are so cool. I’d definitely get one (or more) if I could. But unfortunately, I am allergic to dogs, I live in a small house, and the pet I do have is definitely an only child. So I’ll just have to “settle” for a pit bull in a cat costume.

I’ll also take any chance I can get to advocate for these wonderful dogs, which are all too frequently exploited, vilified and discarded by irresponsible and ignorant people. And I’m not the only one.

Recently I came across an article about a program that trains rescued pit bulls as police dogs. No, I am not kidding. Along with German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois, Bloodhounds, Dutch Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers and similar breeds, some American law enforcement agencies are using pit bulls as police dogs.

As a former cops and courts reporter, and as someone who volunteered at a local animal shelter for several years, I think that is pretty (bleeping) awesome. In fact, I think it’s so awesome, I’ve probably written about it before. But if I did, it was more than a year ago… so I’m going to write about it again.

Animal Farm Foundation + Sector K9 = Success

The story that caught my attention was about Sector K9’s latest graduating class, starring Pepper, Hype, and Maverick. All three are pit bulls, all of them were pulled from animal shelters around the country, and each of them now has a second chance at life.

K-9 Demonstration at Puttin’ On The Dog, 2018. Photo by A. Bogdanovic

Grant funding from the New York-based Animal Farm Foundation allows Sector K9 to train rescued pit bulls as police dogs. But not only that. The  Midlothian, Texas organization trains their handlers, too. Once they’ve completed the program, some of the canine and human partners hit the streets in search of drugs and guns. Others head “back to school,” where they help provide a secure learning environment for kids. All of them are expected to participate in community out reach, and act as ambassadors for the breed.

“Participating in our Police Detection Dog Donation Program is more than conducting a sniff of a vehicle or a building. It’s about educating school kids and sharing your K9 with the community at events,” Sector K9 says. “We carefully select departments and handlers who share these values.”

Saving money, saving lives

According to the Animal Foundation, law enforcement agencies often spend a small fortune (more than $20,000) to acquire one purebred, purpose-bred dog capable of doing the same jobs as a Sector K9 graduate.

On the other hand, Animal Farm Foundation’s grant allows authorities to acquire K9s at no cost. Just as importantly, it improves the quality of life in the communities they serve while giving the dogs opportunities to do meaningful work.

So far, brief bios for more than 30 detection dogs and their partners are featured on the Animal Foundation’s website.

There’s also plenty of praise for the dogs from the people who know them best.

“The best thing about having K9 Wilson is that he did not just benefit one community. He has brought several communities together because other agencies have contacted us to do searches for them as well, thus creating a partnership between our communities,” says Officer Lucky Huff of the Quinton Police Department in Oklahoma.

At a time when law enforcement is often maligned by politicians and the press, having a pit bull as a partner can actually help kids overcome their distrust of the police, another officer says.
“[The program] benefits the community a great deal by impacting young kids and bringing them closer to the police department as a whole with the help of K9 Athena’s presence. Hopefully, after they meet Athena, they walk away with a better outlook on police officers,” says Office Jody Bullard, who is assigned to the Dallas Independent School District.

Paws up, don’t shoot!

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These days, much is made about fatal or near-fatal encounters between police officers and civilians — and rightly so. However, there are other stories that don’t get as much publicity. These are the stories about the lethal or near-lethal encounters between police officers and “dangerous” dogs.

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Most — but not all — of these encounters tend to occur when the officer is on or approaching someone’s property.  Sadly, these stories usually end badly — for the dogs.

For example, as reported by Red Alert Politics, a Minnesota police officer recently shot two family pets, both of which are also emotional support animals.  The officer allegedly shot one of the dogs, a Staffordshire terrier, in the face, causing serious injuries.

“Jennifer LeMay, the dogs’ owner, released security footage of the shooting. The video shows an officer climbing over a seven-foot tall fence and entering the yard housing two Staffordshire terriers,” according to media accounts.

“The officer backpedaled and drew his gun as Circo ran towards him. The dog stopped about five feet in front of the man, then, wagging his tail, slowly approached the officer.  The officer shot the first dog in the face, which fell and fled, and then shot multiple times at the second dog, Rocko, which briefly ran into the camera footage.”

Police claim the dog “charged” at the officer, prompting the use of force.

LeMay emphatically refutes that claim, however.

“He was wagging his tail,” LeMay said about Ciroc. “My dog wasn’t even moving, lunging toward him or anything.”

“My dogs were doing their job on my property,” she continued. “We have a right to be safe in our yard.”

In a Facebook post following the incident, the Minneapolis police chief called for an investigation and said the department “will be implementing updated mandatory training specifically for officers identifying effective tools and tactical strategies with police and dog encounters.”

Meanwhile, the LeMay family is faced with thousands in veterinary bills stemming from the injuries to both dogs. LeMay is reportedly pursuing legal recourse.

But there is hope. Another article tells another story. In this case, the officer did the right thing.

According to the account, “Oklahoma police officer Storm Barrett responded to a call about two angry pit bulls who were running wild in a busy area of El Reno. Luckily, the former dog handler knew exactly what to do. Instead of trying to use force, Officer Barrett got up onto the hood of his cruiser. He pulled a bystander onto the car with him.”
Concerned that the dogs could harm children at a nearby school, Barrett distracted them until backup arrived.
“Both dogs were captured ten minutes later and returned to their owner – who was given a citation for allowing the dogs to get loose,” the report states.

Voicing support for law enforcement

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Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of times knows that I am unashamed and unapologetic when it comes to my support for law enforcement.

I simply cannot, do not, and will never buy into the politically correct, liberal, media-driven narrative that most American cops are violent, racist, subhuman creatures who are running amok with impunity.

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Founder/owner of In Brief Legal Writing Services, Alexandra Bogdanovic. Photo by N. Bogdanovic

Having said that, my support is not unconditional, nor is it given blindly. As a former crime reporter, I am fully aware of the abuses perpetrated by some police officers. As I have said before — and will no doubt say again — any police officer who engages in racism or otherwise abuses their authority should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Apparently I am not alone.

Earlier this month I came across an article about an Indiana man who is also voicing his support for law enforcement. His name is Craig B. Moore, and he recently wrote a song called Thin Blue Line.

Proceeds from downloads on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon will be used to benefit the families of slain law enforcement officers and fund regional law enforcement programs. Specifically, the money will go to the Indiana Chapter of C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors), the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Rush County Sheriff’s Department.

The proceeds designated for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Rush County Sheriff’s Department will be used for each agency’s K-9 program.

Moore’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the organizations.

As he told an Indiana TV station, “I hope that this reaches a lot of people and helps provide some sort of comfort to them.” Moore also said he wants the police to know how most Americans feel about them.  He explained that he wrote the song in order to  “provide the message that they’re our heroes, they’re out there to protect all of us day and night and they work hard to do that.”

Moore got the idea for the song after his brother-in-law — who works for the Rush County Sheriff’s Department — wrote to him this summer. According to Moore’s brother-in-law, Joshua Brinson, the letter was basically a “one page kind of an essay based on a fallen officers funeral and what goes through with all of that.”

Brinson reportedly wrote the letter after five officers were killed in Dallas over the summer.

He then sent it to Moore.

“It affects all of us that wears the uniform, but more importantly, it affects the families and that’s kind of how I looked at that,” said Brinson.

To say it’s been a rough year for American law enforcement is a bit of an understatement. There’s been too much sadness, too much loss, too much fear, too much mistrust, and too much ignorant rhetoric.

And in a year when the people who have screamed the loudest and engaged in the most hateful rhetoric have dominated the news, it’s nice to hear that someone has actually raised his voice for a good cause.

Thanks, Craig.

Connecticut K-9’s death is truly heartbreaking

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Last week, Connecticut’s law enforcement family lost a true hero.

According to published reports, Thor, a Wethersfield Police K-9, died in the line of duty. He was just three years old.

The incident ultimately that claimed his life began with an alleged kidnapping in Hartford last Monday. The suspect in the case reportedly took the victim to a Wethersfield motel. The suspect fled into a wooded area nearby, and that’s when Thor gave chase. As he did, he disappeared from view.

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NYPD barriers. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic

“Officers found someone matching the suspect’s condition in Rocky Hill and a state trooper found Thor on the ground with internal bleeding,” a Connecticut TV station reported.

No one knows exactly how Thor got hurt. Police did say Thor was taken to an animal hospital, where he died last Tuesday from complications after receiving a blood transfusion.

The sergeant in charge of the Wethersfield Police Department’s K-9 unit said the agency plans on honoring the fallen police dog. Details have not yet been publicized, however condolences may be sent to:

Chief of Police James Cetran
Wethersfield Police Department
250 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Sadly, Thor is not the only K-9 killed in the line of duty last week.  The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is also mourning the loss of K-9 Forest.

Information on the portion of the Officer Down Memorial Page website specifically dedicated to fallen police dogs indicates that K-9 Forest was shot and killed “while attempting an apprehension of a vagrant fugitive near Vann Park in Deltona, Florida.”

In that case,  officers also sent the two-year-old German Shepherd into a wooded area. That’s when the fugitive “opened fire on Forest and deputies as Forest attempted an apprehension.” Forest was taken to a nearby animal hospital, where he eventually succumbed to his injury.

Condolences may be sent to:

Sheriff Ben Johnson
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office
123 W. Indiana Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720

Thor and Forest died roughly one week after K-9 Jardo of the Boise City (Idaho) Police Department also succumbed to injuries sustained in the line of duty.

He was reportedly shot while “attempting an apprehension on a suspect wanted for shooting two citizens and carjacking an elderly woman.”

The suspect opened fire when Jardo, a six-year-old Belgian Malinois, found him, striking Jardo, and two officers who were assisting his handler.

Jardo was reportedly transported to an emergency veterinary hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was released several days later, but developed complications. He was taken back to the vet where he died while undergoing additional surgery.

Condolences may be sent to:

Police Chief Bill Jones
Boise Police Department
333 N Mark Stall Place
Boise, ID 83704

Here’s what happens when ignorant civilians meddle in law enforcement…

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Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I came across this story about George Soros. And frankly it makes me sick.

Apparently Soros — a man about whom I have absolutely, positively nothing nice to say — sank millions of his allegedly “hard-earned” dollars into local law enforcement races across the country. Clearly he did this to influence the outcome. And unfortunately, it worked.

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NYPD barriers. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic

According to the Associated Press, Soros “mouthpiece” Michael Vachon said the billionaire’s motives were completely above-board. Specifically, Vachon claims that Soros “contributed to candidates in these local law enforcement races because of his longtime interest in ending mass incarceration, combatting racial disparities within the criminal justice system and abolishing the death penalty.” Really, it’s all good, Vachon insists. Soros “believes that society benefits when the criminal justice system is fair.”

So do I. But I also believe that the criminal justice system works most effectively when the good people who devote their lives to it can do their jobs without outside interference. I believe it is especially effective without outside interference from people who know absolutely nothing about it.

Call me cynical, but I also find it highly unlikely that Soros’ motives are all that altruistic. After all, he also stands accused of undermining law enforcement by funding the Ferguson protests and spurring similar movements in recent months.

Sorry, George. To coin a baseball phrase, “I call ’em like I see ’em.” And as a reporter I covered law enforcement in three states over 21 years. So I’ve seen quite a bit.

Yes, I’ve seen my share of bad cops and overzealous prosecutors. I’ve seen my share of incompetence. I’ve seen shady defense lawyers play the system to ensure that criminals get away with little more than a slap on the wrist.  But I’ve also had the pleasure of dealing with some wonderful people who are truly devoted to the system and work tirelessly to ensure that the good guys prevail.

So do us all a favor. Put your wallet away and mind your own business. Please.

Here’s what happens when law enforcement and politics mix

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Yesterday, the FBI announced that its review of additional material in the so-called Hillary Clinton email server “investigation” did nothing to change its prior decision. So Hillary Clinton and her cronies will go unpunished. Again.

According to various news accounts, here’s what happened. Following the decision not to pursue legal action against Clinton, FBI Director James B. Comey and his agency faced considerable criticism. Rumors about the level of discontent within the agency has also surfaced in recent weeks. Apparently bowing to the  pressure from within, the FBI recently decided to review the additional material, which it said “‘appeared to be pertinent’ to the FBI’s original Clinton email investigation.”

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The media has since reported that the new “case” is allegedly “related to ex-New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner using a laptop he shared with estranged wife and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin for ‘sexting’ an apparently underage female.”

Now fast-forward to Sunday, when Comey issued a missive to Congress saying the agency conducted a comprehensive review of “all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.” As a result, Comey said, “we have not changed our conclusion.”

Honestly, with the Liberals screaming about Comey trying to influence the election, did this really come as a surprise?

It didn’t come as a great big shock to me, that much is for sure. To me it’s just another example — albeit an extreme example — of what happens when law enforcement and politics mix.

Yes, I know. It should never happen — but it does. It happens all of the time. And it’s a recipe for disaster. Obviously.

Back in July, I shared my opinion about FBI Director (er… lackey) James B. Comey’s  decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton in connection with the email scandal.

Just to refresh your memory, here’s what he said at the time:

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

He also said:

“I know there were many opinions expressed by people who were not part of the investigation—including people in government—but none of that mattered to us. Opinions are irrelevant, and they were all uninformed by insight into our investigation, because we did the investigation the right way. Only facts matter, and the FBI found them here in an entirely apolitical and professional way.”

And here’s what I said at the time:

“Well, with all due respect, Mr. Comey, here’s what I think. I think you are full of fecal excrement. I think one day, when your ambition is no longer a factor and your career is no longer at stake, you may actually find the intestinal fortitude necessary in order to share the truth about this whole situation.”

But based what’s happened in the last few days, I won’t hold my breath.

Life lessons: what to do during a traffic stop

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Every law-abiding citizen knows that feeling.

It’s the one you get when you hear the siren, glance into the rear view mirror and see the cop car with the flashing lights. It’s the heart pounding, stomach clenching sensation that threatens to overwhelm you when you realize you’re about to get pulled over.

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NYPD barriers. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic

Perhaps you didn’t realize you were speeding. Maybe you didn’t mean to roll through the stop sign. You know you meant to signal before changing lanes. But by the time the officer’s about to stop you, it’s a moot point.

The only question is what to do next.

In Illinois,  a new law ensures that every new motorist knows exactly what to do. Under the law, driver’s education classes throughout the state will include a section on traffic stop “etiquette.”

State Senator Julie Morrison is the Illinois lawmaker who co-sponsored the bill inked by the governor in August.

“Being pulled over by an officer is really stressful,” Morrison told the Chicago Tribune.  “I think it’s really important, especially in this time that we’re in, that kids and new drivers learn what is expected when they are stopped by an officer, how to respond correctly, to be respectful, and hopefully that will make the encounter as least problematic as possible. I’m hoping it protects both the officer and the driver from things escalating.”

Personally I think this is a great idea. But I would take things one step further. In addition to teaching new drivers what to do during a traffic stop, I think it is even more important to teach them why it is important to do it. In this day and age, it is crucial to help civilians see things from the police officer’s perspective.

It sounds like a cliché, but it is true. For a police officer, there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop. The second the officer steps out of his or her cruiser, he or she is incredibly vulnerable. The risks of being shot, dragged under the car if the motorist decides to flee, or struck by a passing vehicle are real.

Just last month, a law enforcement officer in New Mexico was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Another officer was shot during a traffic stop in Indiana in July. The list goes on.

In another incident in upstate New York this summer, a police officer was reportedly  “pulled alongside the vehicle for almost 40 yards” after making a traffic stop. That’s almost half the length of a football field.

Luckily, the officer was not hurt. The motorist, who was stopped because he was allegedly driving without his headlights on after dark, was charged with with several misdemeanors and traffic violations.

FBI statistics released this May show that 41 law enforcement officers were “feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2015.” Of those, six officers were “conducting traffic pursuits/stops.”

As far as I am concerned, that’s six too many.

A police reporter’s perspective

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I haven’t been able to stop thinking about my friends lately — and with good reason. Most of them are cops.

I’ve known a lot of these guys for at least 12 years. I’ve known some of them longer than that.

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Founder/owner of In Brief Legal Writing Services, Alexandra Bogdanovic. Photo by N. Bogdanovic

Having said that, I must admit I wasn’t happy about getting the cops and courts beat when I started working at The Greenwich Post back in 1996. In fact, it was the last thing I wanted. I was so upset I cried. But I did my job. I didn’t love it — but it was OK.

When a new reporter joined the staff, I happily handed her the police beat. And it was only when I no longer had the job that I learned to appreciate it. With no pressure, I started doing some features on the Greenwich Police Department and getting to know everybody there a lot better. From that point on, covering cops was all I wanted to do.

In 1999 I left the Post to work at a weekly newspaper in Westchester County. And that’s when I got a chance to cover not one but three different law enforcement agencies. Two of them are pretty small and the police beat in those communities was pretty tame. And then there was the PCPD.

The Port Chester Police Department is pretty small, too. But because it serves a more urban, densely populated and ethnically diverse community, let’s just say that writing about crime there was often… challenging. Believe it or not, it was fun, too.

A lot had changed by 2003. The publisher had sold the newspaper where I had actually enjoyed working in the summer of 2001. The new owners were…. well, the less said about them, the better. So in January 2004, I moved 300 miles away from home to join the staff of what had once been one of the best suburban newspapers in the country.

I had a five-year plan when I moved to Warrenton, Va. But for various reasons I ended up staying there for more than eight. The cops in the law enforcement agencies I covered there became friends. And because I had moved to Virginia alone, without knowing anyone, they also became my surrogate family. That didn’t mean I compromised my objectivity, though. If anything, it made me work even harder to make sure my “journalistic integrity” remained in tact. (You can stop laughing now. It does exist — and I did have it.)

Having said that, there was one time when I almost lost it. It was December 29, 2009. I had just brought Eli home from the vet, and was making lunch when I heard a court deputy’s voice come across the police scanner. “Officer down! All units! Shots fired! Officer down!”

At first I thought it was some sort of drill. But I didn’t waste too much time thinking about it. I set the land speed record from my house to the courthouse, where a bank robbery suspect awaiting a hearing made a desperate bid to escape. He stabbed one deputy in the face and then used his first victim’s gun to shoot another deputy who intervened.

I arrived at the Fauquier County Circuit Court building to find the scene had already been secured. No one objected when I joined a K-9 handler on the perimeter and snapped some photographs of one of the victims being loaded into an ambulance. Long before the D.C. media arrived on the scene, I learned that perpetrator was quickly subdued and that both deputies — one of whom I knew pretty well — were expected to make full recoveries.

It was a very, very close call.

I think about that day every time I hear about a police officer being hurt or killed in the line of duty. I say a silent prayer for the victim(s) and their families. And then I thank God it was no one I know.

I think about my friends every time I hear about a law enforcement officer being hurt or killed in the line of duty. And then I say a prayer that they’ll all stay safe. Because they have husbands and wives and boyfriends and girlfriends and children and parents who would be destroyed if anything happened.

And then I think about the thugs and criminals who prey on innocent, law-abiding citizens and the cops who are sworn to protect them. And then I say a prayer that they’ll be brought to justice — even though I know that seldom happens.

Frankly it makes me sick. But not half as sick as I feel when I listen to President Obama and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio making baseless and ignorant comments that fuel anti-police sentiment. Thanks largely to their anti-law enforcement rhetoric, people like alleged Dallas sniper Micah Johnson think it’s perfectly okay to declare open season on police.

Now I will never deny that there are some really bad cops out there. There are plenty of racists and bullies in uniform — there is no doubt about it. They make me sick. And yes, Mr. Obama, they should be held fully accountable for their actions.

But what about the thugs and gangsters and criminals who routinely target honest, decent, hard-working cops in law enforcement agencies across the country? What about all of the people in this country who want to kill cops just because they’re cops? What about them, Mr. President? What about them?

An (alleged) criminal with a conscience… who knew?

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OK. I admit it. I am a cynic. No, make that a dyed-in-the-wool cynic. And I’m proud of it. Not that it should come as a shock or anything. I was a reporter for more than 20 years.

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So imagine my surprise when I came across an article with the following headline: “Fugitive pens letter to law enforcement agencies a week after his capture.”

At first I thought the story might have been left over from April Fools’ Day and someone accidentally re-posted it. Then I thought it was a hoax. Then I actually read it.

Yep, it’s for real, alright. Seriously.

Here’s what happened. Apparently this guy in Texas wasn’t happy about getting pulled over by the police. So he decided to get out of the car and run… and with that, a routine traffic stop turned into a royal cluster-bleep.

The good news is that the good guys — and their dogs — did catch him. Eventually. From what I read, the chase lasted an hour before he was finally taken into custody.

“What I witnessed that night by all the law enforcement personnel was a level of professionalism and team work and respect that I’ve never seen before,” Gregory Wylie said in his letter, which FOX 12 News posted along with the story.

Wylie also admits that he ran because he was “not man enough to face the consequence of my action which led up to the point in my life.”

Well, I don’t know about you. But I, for one, applaud Wylie for having the courage to admit that. It takes guts to admit your shortcomings and it takes a certain amount of intestinal fortitude to apologize.

Still, I can’t help but question his motives. Was he really sorry for what he did? Or did he just want to score points with the judge?

Blue lives matter bill puts things in perspective

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Yesterday this country lost a true hero.

A man went to work and never came home.

And now somewhere a family grieves. A wife is now a widow. Three children no longer have a father.

But there are no protests. There is no national media coverage and there is no national outrage — because Ronald Tarentino Jr. was a cop.

Officer Down

His death is summed up in a few brief paragraphs on the Officer Down Memorial Page website. Here’s what happened. Tarentino, an officer with the Auburn Police Department in Massachusetts for two years, made a traffic stop shortly after midnight. As he approached the vehicle, someone inside (allegedly) pulled a gun and killed him in cold blood.

“The subject who shot him fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building,” the synopsis on the ODMP website says. “As officers searched the apartment he was believed to have been hiding in they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment the subject exited a closet and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.”

Tarentino — who had previously served on the Leicester Police Department — was just 42.

Grim Statistics

Tarentino was the second law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in Massachusetts this year. In all, 38 American police officers have died in the line of duty so far this year. Of those, 19, including Tarentino, died after being shot. The number of officers killed by gunfire so far this year represents a 46 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2015.

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NYPD barriers. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic

Danville, Ohio Police Officer Thomas Cottrell — the first officer killed in the line of duty this year — was also the first to die after being shot. According to information on the ODMP website, the person who surprised him behind a local building was targeting police officers.

“At approximately 11:20 pm (January 17) dispatchers received a call from a female subject stating that police officers in Danville were in danger,” according to the synopsis on odmp.org. “She stated her ex-boyfriend was armed and intended to kill a police officer.”

When Cottrell did not respond to radio transmissions, law enforcement personnel organized and initiated a coordinated search. Searchers found Cottrell’s body a short while later and an ensuing manhunt resulted in the apprehension of the alleged perpetrator.

At just 34, Cottrell worked in law enforcement for more than a decade. He his survived by his parents, stepmother, several siblings and three children.

The Blue Lives Matter Bill

According to various media accounts, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards could soon sign a bill that would make attacking a police officer, firefighter or paramedic in that state a hate crime.

Apparently this doesn’t sit well with a lot of people — most of whom probably have no problem admitting they hate cops.

Personally, I think it’s great. Because as far as I’m concerned, all lives matter.