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Fall Guys E-mail

Fall guys
There aren’t many places that cops can speak out against injustice like we can in American Police Beat. You all have my profound thanks as a former police and corrections officer and longtime subscriber.
I’m sure I’m not alone in my outrage at the TV news media, which, hours after the shooting at Virginia Tech, started looking for a fall guy.

The criticism of officers on the scene that they didn’t do more to stop the shooting is an insult. According to reporters, law enforcement officials should have shut down the entire campus of 26,000 students right after the first shooting.

Considering that the first crime scene was contained, why would police officials panic thousands of students and teachers needlessly?

Most murderers flee from the scene so they don’t get caught. No one would have the hindsight to think that a mass murder was about to take place a couple of hours later.

Instead of placing the blame on the guilty party who committed the crimes, the reporters seemed to be trying their best to make someone other than the gunman the fall guy for this terrible tragedy.

It’s another tragedy when the police, who are willing to lay down their lives every time they go to work, are accused of not doing their best. Shame on the news media.










Warrenville, SC 29851


A Profession of Honor E-mail

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cynthia Brown on being recognized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and receiving their “Distinguished Service Award.”

Cynthia received this prestigious distinction for her work on behalf of U.S. law enforcement professionals from across the country.

During Cynthia’s years of service to all of us in law enforcement, she has tirelessly supported the work of law enforcement professionals not only with the publication of American Police Beat but also with efforts to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum.

Cynthia’s integrity coupled with her dedication and talent has gone a long way into making law enforcement in the U.S. a profession of honor.

– William J. Bratton
Chief, Los Angeles Police Department

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