Did Sandra Bland have to get out of her car?

Short answer: Yes

Uniform StoriesThis post orig­i­nally appeared on the Uni­form Sto­ries web­site and is reprinted here with their permission.

Waller County, Texas. July 10, 2015

San­dra Bland was stopped by a Texas State Trooper for a traf­fic vio­la­tion. She was ulti­mately arrested and booked for assault­ing the trooper. Three days later, she was dis­cov­ered hang­ing in her jail cell. An autopsy con­firmed the death of suicide.

The Crossover Show — 014

Positional Asphyxia, Restraints, and HM's Weird S&M Tactics

crossover showThe guys are back with a new episode! In today’s episode, MC and HM talk about trans­port­ing com­bat­ive suspects/victims/patients.

Should they be in soft restraints? Hand­cuffs? Dri­ving the ambu­lance (to be fair, we didn’t cover this…because, c’mon…).

We also take about the dif­fer­ent options when it comes to restraints in the field…everything from sim­ple rope (not to hogtie, peo­ple) to the Wrap.

In the BOLO, MC let’s you know what he’s read­ing these days.

When it’s time to head back 7S/AIQ, they talk about whether or not dis­cussing your day/incidents with loved ones is a good idea and why.


Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling


Don’t Like Getting Tickets?

Stop driving like an idiot.


Old School Harley

I recently researched the his­tory of motor­cy­cles in law enforce­ment for an arti­cle for PoliceOne.com.  I was pretty amazed at what I dis­cov­ered about the impe­tus behind motor­cy­cles being used in a law enforce­ment capacity.

See, in the 1920’s, vehi­cles were becom­ing more widely man­u­fac­tured and uti­lized on the roads. The tech­nol­ogy was still new, so peo­ple weren’t really aware of the inher­ent dan­gers in oper­at­ing a motor­ized vehi­cle. Con­se­quently, they drove like idiots.

Police depart­ments were quick to fig­ure out a motor­cy­cles advan­tages in enforc­ing traf­fic laws and uti­lized them to great suc­cess in reduc­ing the amount of fatalities.

You know…just like we do today.

The Crossover Show — 013 — In Memory of Sgt. Scott Lunger

EOW 7/22/15


Thin Blue Warrior

MC and HM recorded a spe­cial edi­tion of the Crossover Show this week in honor of Hay­ward PD Sgt. Scott Lunger.

Sgt. Lunger was shot and killed in the line of duty dur­ing an early morn­ing traf­fic stop on July 22, 2015. At the time of the record­ing, very lit­tle infor­ma­tion was avail­able regard­ing the inci­dent. MC and HM don’t talk specif­i­cally about the inci­dent in which Sgt. Lunger was involved. Instead, HM takes the lead in ask­ing MC about the dan­gers of traf­fic stops and if they should ever be con­sid­ered “routine”.

MC and HM appre­ci­ate your lis­ten­ing to a dif­fi­cult episode. The guys have left the usual friv­o­lity, patches, and BOLO for another show.

This episode opens with radio traf­fic from Sgt. Lunger’s part­ner (and an incred­i­bly pro­fes­sional and cool-headed dis­patcher) and ends emo­tion­ally as well.

If you appre­ci­ate our show and this episode in par­tic­u­lar, please share it.

RIP, Sgt. Lunger.

We have the watch.


Fishing is Easy

Especially when they jump in the damn boat


Sure, it’s more of a chal­lenge, but some­times it’s just fun when they jump in.

Summer. I’ve writ­ten recently about the num­ber of things I hate about it…and it wasn’t the first time. Hav­ing been a motor for nine sum­mers, I’ve ranted about my dis­dain for sum­mer (and the sun in par­tic­u­lar) before.

One of the con­se­quences of the worst sea­son of the year is the dis­tinct reduc­tion in traf­fic due to school being out. But worry not, my fret­ful friends! For there resides hope in your intre­pid hero’s desire to hit his 10 x 10 goal. (That’s 10 cites by 1000 hours, by the way. After 1000, it tends to get Stu­pid Hot, and I pre­fer to be cool.)

One of the rea­sons I started as a motor offi­cer was due to the fact that traf­fic vio­la­tors gen­er­ally piss me off.

For exam­ple: Car­pool violators.

My Toastmasters Speech

Let Me See Your Hands


Can’t rec­om­mend this orga­ni­za­tion enough!

I joined Toast­mas­ters a few months ago.

The Toast­mas­ters’ mis­sion is “To empower indi­vid­u­als to become more effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tors and leaders.”

I have really enjoyed get­ting a bit more out of my com­fort zone as a pub­lic speaker. By now, you should real­ize my cho­sen medium of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is the writ­ten word. What you don’t know is I have plans to take my writ­ing on the road in the near future.

On August 5th of this year, I’ll be giv­ing a one-hour work­shop at the Mis­sis­sippi Office of High­way Safety con­fer­ence in Biloxi, Mis­sis­sippi. The title of the work­shop is “The Anatomy of a Traf­fic Stop”. The short seven minute video below is a brief snip­pet of that workshop.

In it, I tell you about the worst day of my law enforce­ment career.