Good cops don’t wage war on the populations they’re charged with serving. Good cops know better than to do dumb stuff like put Punisher decals on their cruisers. Good cops also probably would look at a video like this one that Lake County, Florida Sheriff’s “Community Engagement Unit” made over the weekend and say, “You know what? That’s a pretty dark vibe. Let’s try a different approach”:
Older and more rural than Florida in general, Lake County — situated just west of Orlando — is famed regionally for its beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and boating. Now, it’s famous for this viral video of probably very competent law enforcement officers being goobers.
Flanked by four deputies who look like they just came out of a fetish party to look for El Chapo, Sheriff Peyton C. Grinnell engages the community like it’s a hot LZ:
Over the last month or so, I’ve had several phone calls from citizens in this county, concerned about the number of overdoses related to heroin. I want our citizens to know that I am aware of this serious issue. I am asking our residents to please call and let us know if you know of a location that this poison is being pushed out to our streets. You can remain anonymous.
Um, yeah. Lemme just ring you guys up to come down to my street. What could go wrong?
To the dealers that are pushing this poison: I have a message for you. We’re coming for you. As a matter of fact, our undercover agents have already bought heroin from many of you. We are simply awaiting the arrest warrants to be finalized. So, to the dealers I say, enjoy looking over your shoulder constantly wondering if today is the day we come for you. Enjoy trying to sleep tonight wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges. We are coming for you. If our agents can show the nexus between you the pusher of poison and the person that overdoses and dies, we will charge you with murder. We are coming for you. Run.
And after completing his dramatic soliloquy to strike of fear in the hearts of drug dealers all over Tavares, Grinnell and his quartet of DIY Deadpool cosplayers shuffle awkwardly off to stage right, no doubt to fight some crimes.
While violent crime is hitting lows nationwide, Lake County’s crime index rose slightly in recent years after dropping pretty consistently from 1999–2013. The nationwide opiate addiction problem has hit Lake County particularly hard. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled he will expand the war on drugs — again — give local cops more tools to fight heroin and marijuana, which he’s called “only slightly less awful” than heroin.
Clearly, more balaclavas and Oakleys in community engagement videos will do the trick. America is now on the DARE program’s darkest timeline.
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Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
The M160 Robotic Mine Flail at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo: Maj. Dan Marchik/U.S. Army
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A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."