On Monday when America was paying solemn tribute to the men and women of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, two more men in uniform were killed in the line of duty.
U.S. Air Force veteran Officer Gregg “Nigel” Benner of the Rio Rancho Police Department, New Mexico, was killed while making a traffic stop, and Sergeant Iris Smith of the Mississippi Department of Corrections lost her life in a traffic accident while transporting a prisoner.
Only one day earlier, Housing Authority of New Orleans Police Department Patrolman James Bennett, Jr. was executed in his car during an ambush while working overtime at a construction site.
In this month of May alone, thirteen law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty, including eight by gunfire and one by vehicular assault. Of the 51 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year, 14 were by gunfire. With 8 of them occurring just this month alone, May has been the deadliest month of 2015 so far.
All of these deaths are devastating, especially to the family members of the fallen. Some of the most heartbreaking include the death of 25 year old Liquori Tate, who had been a Police Officer for only eleven months when he became the 43rd law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty this year.
Also murdered in this traffic stop gone bad was Police Officer Benjamin Deen, a 34 year old veteran who was named the Harrisburg Police Department Officer of the Year in 2012. Deen was the 44th law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in America this year.
The 48th officer killed in the line of duty in 2015 was Detective Kerrie Orozco, a 29 year old mother of a newborn daughter and two stepchildren. She was shot to death while attempting to serve a warrant.
North Miami Beach Police Officer Lino Diaz, who was cleared to go back to work yesterday by his surgeon, was shot on February 6, 2015 while attempting to serve a warrant at Bandoo’s home.
Bandoo, who is suspected of tax fraud and identity theft crimes, is also “famous” for his ultra violent rap videos featuring guns and gangs, at least one of which entitled Pull Out The Stick, was filmed at the very house where the raid took place.
In real life, however, this “artist” is the proud owner of “an arsenal of weapons, including a high-powered assault rifle and clips for automatic weapons,” according to NBC Miami.
In spite of his brush with death, or perhaps because of it, Officer Lino Diaz told me he can’t wait to get back to work. He’s only disappointed that it will be a while before he can rejoin the SWAT team.
Needless to say, Officer Diaz is one of the good guys. Police officers like Diaz are being unfairly targeted by race hustlers like Al Sharpton, who has instigated the War on Cops, the flames of which are fanned every single time there is a police shooting, whether justified or not. It has now become “fashionable” to hate law enforcement under the false narrative that blacks are unfairly targeted by white cops.
Of course, that narrative doesn’t quite fit when a black man shoots an Hispanic cop.
Or, as in the case of slain Officer Liquori Tate, the four individuals charged in his murder are three black men and a black woman.
Al Sharpton was nowhere to be found.
But, I digress.
In the War on Cops, North Miami Beach Police Chief Scott Dennis has found a way to fight back. Not with weapons, but with the truth.
On May 21, 2015, three local school children were sworn in as Junior Chiefs for the Day. The winner of an essay contest in which “more than 100 submissions” were entered, when asked what she would do if she were a chief of police, Ojus Elementary student, 9 year old Nae’kia Lawrence wrote that “having a squad of her friends called “Kids Citizen Patrol” to help check on suspicious activity would help cut crime.” The other two winners of the contest were 11 year old Chrissie Baptiste from Sabal Palm Elementary and 9 year old Kenold Ordenat from Fulford Elementary. They were all sworn in as Junior Chiefs for the Day. Like Chief Dennis was in his youth, all three winners “are part of the safety patrol program in their schools.”
The Junior Chiefs and their families spent the day with members of the North Miami Beach Police Department. As the Herald reported, “The agenda for the day also included a K-9 demonstration by Radek, an 8 year-old German shepherd, a robotics presentation from the SWAT unit, an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle tour and lunch at Area Code 55 with the Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.”
At the end of the day, Chief Dennis told the Herald, “We hope that this will continue to instill positive relationships between our youth in our community and the law enforcement community.”
Kudos to Chief Scott Dennis and the North Miami Beach Police Department for going on the offense in this despicable War on Cops. Not with weapons or by force, but by helping educate local children that the police are the good guys.
A very special thanks also goes out to Officer Lino Diaz, who literally took one for the team.
“Spreading the Wealth”