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December 18, 2014

Police chief takes to social media to defend officer

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  • dbeard57 posted at 5:12 pm on Mon, Jul 28, 2014.

    dbeard57 Posts: 185

    one day this guy may need an officer and guess who might show up on the scene. Things like this has a way of making one eat crow if anyone gets my drift.

  • kevjlang posted at 12:14 pm on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    kevjlang Posts: 3170

    Summer school, perhaps?

  • gecroix posted at 11:52 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 3254

    Or, the 'Occupiers'...[wink]

  • Jbgood posted at 11:35 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    Jbgood Posts: 1999

    I finally got the proper opportunity to say this and I have waited a long time to do so. We have many young officers coming out of the various police academies every so often, and I would like to stress that in this day and time, NEVER, should an officer allow a citizen or anyone else to approach him in a position where that officer can be summarily executed without even having a chance to draw a weapon and firing back!
    I was in a certain city, and approached a certain officer, who was in a sitting position, coming at an angle detrimental or which could have been an angle where a hidden weapon could have been pulled and fired on that officer with no opposition. That officer saw me coming, but did not adjust his position at all. We talked and I left, but what if I was some deranged fool who had a score to settle, or who meant evil toward the law? What if I was an individual off his medication? It is no different that when an officer is standing writing a citation in the presence of a suspect! They are trained to approach a certain way! They are trained to stand a certain way! They are trained to park a certain way too!
    It does not take but one careless mistake, to make an officer dead. I got "HOT" before I got to him, and started to go off on him, but I didn't! I asked my question, he answered it, and I thanked him and left! I felt worse after I left than I did when I walked up on him!
    So I would say this to all of you young officers out there on the job, we need you, YOUR families need you too! So be sober, be vigilant, for you know not when, some fool might seize the opportunity to try to gun you down! Stay focused at all times, by practicing good life preserving tactics and professional job behaviors. God Bless all you peacemakers.

  • NurseJayne posted at 10:39 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    NurseJayne Posts: 405

    Good eye for detail, Kevin, but I will point out that school is not in session yet.

    We have seen more and more of this 'sovereign citizen' movement, people harassing or failing to acknowledge government authority. Think along the lines of Cliven Bundy.

  • kevjlang posted at 10:19 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    kevjlang Posts: 3170

    One question, though. Is the officer's last name Gonzalez or Hernandez. The article discusses both surnames, but the only two full names are for Henry Gonzalez and Michael Kramm.

  • kevjlang posted at 10:17 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    kevjlang Posts: 3170

    I cannot fathom what motivated that "citizen" to act as he did. That was ridiculous behavior. FM 518 is not an Autobahn, and especially not around school zones. Sure, it's inconvenient to have to slow down in those zones, but, I doubt that even the speeders would rather have little kids run down while trying to go to school. Some people just won't think beyond their own selfishness. No problem with him holding a sign about the speed trap, after all, the idea is safety. But, berating an officer and trying to bait him into some kind of altercation is stupid. You make a fool of yourself, and hope to see if you can lure the officer down the same road? I hope he's proud of himself. I guess someone needs to be proud of him....

  • KeithGray posted at 9:43 am on Sat, Jul 26, 2014.

    KeithGray Posts: 138

    i find it disturbing that this new breed of folks stalking and trying to find fault with our police. I think it comes from a pandemic of non-accountability IMHO.

    Being an occasional speeder (no I am not perfect by any means), I have found the police officers in Galveston and Harris Counties to be quite professional. Thank you for what you do.

  • gecroix posted at 11:15 pm on Fri, Jul 25, 2014.

    gecroix Posts: 3254

    The mouthy clown didn't just 'speak his mind', now, did he.
    Our Police officers deserve better than such stupidity from a member of the public...

  • truthserum posted at 10:50 pm on Fri, Jul 25, 2014.

    truthserum Posts: 524

    I agree with Kramm on his comments in this article. Good work behavior needs to be reinforced by recognizing / pointing it out.

    I assume it's not everyday that someone has a screw loose enough to brazenly approach a cop in this manner. I'm sure the cop was surprise thus paralyzed.

    I do disagree with the last comment Kramm said about not worrying about what you say .... If you want to survive as a leader in the community you better care and worry how the public takes your comments.