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Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

As a former resident of Charleston County who returns at least once a year for a visit; it's nice to see that the "City Paper" has not lost its sense of humor.

Unfortunately, by publishing this article in a less than objective fashion, it is not doing a credible service to its readers who might only get their printed news from this paper.

I don't know the author's professional background, however, based on his commentary, I'm pretty sure he never served a day in a law enforcement uniform. So, as a career law enforcement officer, I will offer some objective facts that the author of this piece failed to provide.

There is a war on law enforcement officers, courtesy of the Obama administration. It goes back to the incident in Cambridge, MA in 2009 where Mr. Obama passed judgment on the officers involved and the agency before the ink was dry on the arrest report. http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/24/officer.gates.arrest/

It can also be traced back to when Eric Holder was the Attorney General of the US, and failed to prosecute both domestic and foreign terrorists (Black Panthers for voter intimidation, and GITMO detainees who were returned only to fight some more).
http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970203550604574361071968458430 AND http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/23/joseph-connor-eric-holder-gaive-aid-to-terrorists/ AND https://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1681

Now fast forward to the present day.

As of 28 July 2016, law enforcement line of duty deaths are up approximately 8% over this same time frame last year. http://www.nleomf.org/facts/officer-fatalities-data/

There are only about 900,000 total sworn law enforcement personnel, serving a nation of residents and visitors that exceeds 300 MILLION people. And on average, a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 61 hours or so. http://www.nleomf.org/facts/enforcement/

You should also know that a black Harvard professor jut released a study that shows that claims of racist deadly force incidents by law enforcement have no merit.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/11/no-racial-bias-police-shootings-study-harvard-prof/ AND the actual study is here. http://www.nber.org/papers/w22399.pdf

Your readers should also know that ballistic vests have a safety rating of approximately 5 years, which can be reduced somewhat in high heat and humidity environments (it has been rather warm this week). http://www.nij.gov/topics/technology/body-armor/pages/compliant-ballistic-armor.aspx

Your claim that no ordinary citizen can buy body armor is also false. There's a company out of Kentucky that has a wonderful selection. http://www.galls.com/body-armor-ballistic-protection

And at around $500 per vest when bulk ordering, $250,000 should outfit the department with new vests, that will last about 5 years.

So, for yours and your reader’s future endeavors, feel free to use the following open sourced items for your research into actual news reporting.


http://www.refdesk.com

http://www.christianpost.com/

http://tpsnews.co.il/article_category/security/

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East

http://canadafreepress.com/

http://newsbusters.org/

http://www.cnsnews.com/

http://www.stripes.com/news

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/

http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world/middle_east

http://news.sky.com/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/world/

http://australianconservative.com/category/international/

http://www.theblaze.com/

http://drudgereport.com/

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/


Personally, if I were your editor, I would have at least suspended you over this piece; unless of course this is your normal effort, then I would have fired you.

It’s one thing to be left leaning, it’s another to totally disregard objective fact based reporting.

God bless the USA and all her allies.

Posted by Retired GI and current LEO on July 28, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Dylann Roof federal trial to draw from local jury pool

Pronghorn, so 28 people were executed last year and that makes you ashamed to be a an American. Seems like a million abortions would bother you too but I doubt it does. The hypocrisy is amazing. You sound like a giant P#$$y.

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Posted by Randall Floyd on July 28, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Dylann Roof federal trial to draw from local jury pool

Wouldn't you want to be defended if you were on trial.

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Posted by Randall Floyd on July 28, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

You forgot the third thing the shootings have in common; they were resisting arrest (fighting). Another asinine article from a liberal. Why not take their guns away also, so they will have no defense at all?

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Posted by Showmoor on July 28, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your daughter will know how loved she is always. I belueve in heaven and love and your love will permeate forever.

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Posted by Elizabeth Bruce on July 27, 2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Delegate blog: Navigating security and being wowed by Michelle Obama

Are all Amish Peeps Democrats?

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on July 27, 2016 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

Actually the vests they want to order are a great idea. They work better against the high powered rifles that lunatics prefer. I want the all the p-dogs to get this type of vest as well. I think they are also entitled to safety. And the 50,000 in riot gear is nothing. Better to buy this stuff for them, then to pay for any of the stupid asinine studies to see where the crime is located, as we have in the recent past.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on July 27, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Dylann Roof federal trial to draw from local jury pool

I don't understand why they're trying so hard to defend this murderer.

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Posted by eden0718 on July 27, 2016 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

I thought policeman automatically wore bullet proof vests???🤔🤔🤔

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Posted by eden0718 on July 27, 2016 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: On mentors and a little red wagon

Congrats. Much better than being a food critique who is too nice to say a place sucks. I hope you do not start editing my bad language and mean spirited restaurant comments (That are always true). I have no niceness left in me for places that suck or even semi suck and I won't pretend.

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Posted by Cia Culinarykid on July 27, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

Seems like the media has declared an all out war on the police as of late. Why not get them these to keep them safe? People are throwing bricks at "peaceful" protests. I have no issue at all with this as a city of Charleston resident. I have nothing but respect for these officers and what they deal with day to day. If you have a problem; who are you going to call? Sorry to tell you but ghost busters are fictional.

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Posted by Kimmyk1031 on July 27, 2016 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Thank you for my beautiful life

Alison,
You are a real inspiration to me, Noa, and everyone who is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet and get to know you. What you have written is beautiful and moving and will be shared with many people and for many years after you are not on this earth, and we will miss you very much. I feel so thankful to have met and gotten to know you. Love, hugs, and wishes for eternal peace,
Jill

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Posted by jillgila on July 27, 2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: On mentors and a little red wagon

and the editorial value of this rag continues to devolve.

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Posted by ncspartan on July 27, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Re: “Jeff Cook wants to sell your house if you're moving to Canada because of Trump or Clinton

Just passing through. Great billboard!

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Posted by Joe Forgeng Jr. on July 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

Mat, the next time you are in trouble why bother the police, seems that you have a strong disregard for their safety.

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Posted by Ben West on July 27, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Editor's Note: On mentors and a little red wagon

Congrats Kinsey!!

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Posted by Matt Vielbig on July 27, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Will traffic into and off of the peninsula suffer as a result of the new bike lane?

One small correction - the van driver that killed Dr. Hollen on the JI connector did not "lose control of his van" - he was talking on his cellphone and distracted, and drifted off the driving surface into the emergency lane.

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Posted by islander828 on July 27, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

Ballistic vests? As in vests designed to stop a bullet if you get shot? Of course. Why should cops wear a vest that could save their lives?

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Posted by jadenova on July 27, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Police ballistic vests are a greenlight for CPD to militarize

"sorry, until there's a trial, you're still a citizen and you have rights"

Yes, and so does the officer. If you are a fleeing suspect and you are shooting at the officer (or about to) the officer, just like any other citizen, has a right to defend themselves. The officer (unlike citizens) also has a right to fire in defense of the society at large as well.

Now, this is not meant to excuse some of the actions seen by law enforcement. however, despite the dozen or so incidents seen on YouTube or media recently, these incidents are still, by far, in the minority. The vast majority of officer / citizen interactions are done calmly, professionally, and occasionally in, a friendly manner.

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Posted by Jshicke on July 27, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Charleston County Council will consider resolution opposing assault weapons

I am disappointed to hear that your city is even considering a ban on any weapon when it is a violation of the 2nd amendment right. When did a city have the right to change the constitution to be a PC City? I spend about 5 weeks a year in your city each year and if the passes you have lost all the money I send there. I am ashamed of the city of Charleston and the State of South Carolina. Your pay cut is in your hands enjoy and I will be passing this information on to all of my friends and everyone I meet while traveling around as to how un-American your city has become.

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Posted by Keith Grice on July 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM
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