Saturday, January 30, 2010


A friend called me this morning and asked if I would put up the story of murdered Gilbert, Arizona Police Lieutenant, Eric Shuhandler.

Lieutenant Eric Shuhandler was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle occupied by two males near the intersection of Val Vista Road and Baseline Road, near the border of Gilbert and Mesa.

After pulling into the parking lot of a strip mall, he was shot by the passenger who had a warrant outstanding. Lieutenant Shuhandler was fatally wounded in the exchange.

Two sergeants from the Mesa Police Department heard the shot and found Lieutenant Shuhandler at the same time as Gilbert police received a 911 call reporting the shooting. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his wound.

The suspects were located minutes later and a 50-mile high-speed chase began along Highway 60, with several units pursuing the pickup through Phoenix-area communities. The suspects fired several rounds and threw objects from their vehicle at the pursuing officers. The vehicle abruptly stopped in the town of Superior, and both suspects were wounded in an exchange of gunfire with officers from four agencies. Both suspects were arrested at the scene.

Lieutenant Shuhandler had served with the Gilbert Police Department for 16 years. He had previously served with the Manasquan, New Jersey, Police Department for a year and a half and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for two years as a detention officer and two years as a deputy. He is survived by his two daughters, sister, and parents.

Please visit Officer Down Memorial Page to leave your thoughts and prayers for Lt. Eric Shuhandler. Please keep Eric's family, friends and the men and women of the Gilbert Police department in your prayers.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


This morning I had the displeasure to read a story in the Chicago Tribune that attempts to discredit two Chicago Police Officers. The officers were involved in a shooting on the west side back in 2004. Now the Chicago Tribune claims doubts are cast on the justification of the shooting of a suspect and a 13 year old bystander. Right away I began to suspect that this "investigation" by the Tribune and Columbia College journalism students was nothing more than a smear job generated by an unsavory law firm.
When pressed by plaintiffs' attorney Russell Ainsworth of Loevy & Loevy about why he did not shoot at Smith, Chatman said he didn't have a good angle.

Well go figure, Loevy and Loevy coincidentally happen to be representing the bystanders. This firm has to be one the most reprehensible group of greedy bastards that "practice" law in Chicago. These people will take any arrest and spin it so that the hard working dedicated police office is seen by a jury as nothing but a thug and the arrestee a victim. They make my stomach turn and they, not the officers, cost the citizens of Chicago millions of dollars because of their greed.
As for the Tribune, try investigating political corruption in this city, county and state and quit being manipulated by the likes of Loevy and Loevy who strive for dollars, not justice.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I was reading American Police Beat and saw this article:

Resisting Arrest: Not A Crime
Written by Dennis Slocumb
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in the Portland, Oregon area recently sent out a memo regarding a resisting case (State v. Oliphant) and its decision's effect on Oregon law enforcement. In essence, the ruling says: an arrestee may defend himself against a police officer's use or imminent use of force if the arrestee believes, as much as a reasonable person in his position would believe, that the officer's use or imminent use of force exceeds the force reasonably necessary to make the arrest.
Oregon effectively is now the only state that gives a suspect charged with Resisting Arrest (ORS 162.315) an affirmative defense that they were defending themselves against what they reasonably believed was an actual or imminent unlawful use of force by a police officer.

Accompanying charges including Assault on a Public Safety Officer will likely be dismissed if the argument stands

Where is the sanity?

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Today was the first time I logged on in 2 weeks and was on the verge of just ending the site. It has been well over three years that I have been doing this and I have been aimless in the direction that I wanted to go. I really wanted to be a place to provide basic info and somewhere for sergeants to express opinions. I think the person/people at Second City Cop run a great blog and I can't compete with that.

I like to peruse different sites, be it news or LE, and then post articles I think may be of interest to others who may not have seen it. I may bring up topics that are of concern to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department and in particular the roughly 1200 of us that are sergeants. There is no way for me to run a post every single day but I will try to keep it fresh.

So I have decided to give this thing another shot.
Please keep in mind that this is an open blog
that can and is read by people other than Chicago Police Officers.