Do blue lives matter? Chief Sheridan gives WJZ silence regarding police heroics, while Kamenetz is a no-show at police graduations.
Countless hours of training and courage paid off in this horrific gun battle
(Warning: Full video contains extreme violence)
Video footage supplied by Police Activity on Youtube
Folks, I’ve been around the block, as the saying goes. Before I became Publisher of The Baltimore Post, I was a retired Baltimore County police officer with 39 years of service. So I’ve seen quite a bit in my years.
With that said, what I saw in the videos presented today across various media outlets and on this page was a demonstration of the true professionalism and extreme courage of the men and women in blue.
Each and every one of the officers from the Baltimore County Police Department involved in the shooting shown above had some of the best training in the world. What I hope to accomplish in this column is to walk our readers through every move made by these brave men and women as they faced a life or death situation.
I will also discuss what I believe to be a disgraceful act by the police administration and our local politicians, who have said absolutely nothing regarding the situation and the service provided by these dedicated officers.
From the moment the officer’s body camera begins to roll, everything that happens is a direct result of the finest training received from the Baltimore County Police Academy. Everything captured in these videos and still shots reveal the thousands of hours of intense training that enables these officers to deal with these types of horrific incidents.
As I personally watched these videos unfold, it brought back many memories of days spent on the firing range learning the skills to be involved in a firefight and provide assistance to an injured officer.
In an interesting sidebar to this story, and to solidify the impact of training on our first responders, I can vividly recall a particular story relayed by a firearms instructor at the range.
Before the days of the 9mm and semiautomatic weaponry used by our officers, there was a study that looked at the reason why so many law enforcement officers died in close encounters with adversaries.
What the study found was shocking. Back in the days when officers carried the .38 caliber Smith & Wesson or similar models, following a firefight involving an assailant, in many cases neat piles of .38 shell casings were found next to the body of the dead police officer.
The findings revealed that, in a combat situation, the officers resorted to their firearm training—shoot straight and clean up your mess. I can vividly recall year after year of shooting the .38, dumping my ammo into a nice neat pile, reloading, and firing again. It was during the dumping and reloading phase that the officers were caught off guard.
That study, along with the advancement of weaponry, led to a dramatic change in the way officers use their firearms.
Before switching gears to the ugly side of the story, I want to point out a couple of things that each officer is taught at the Academy involving how to respond to a combat situation.
The first thing I noticed while watching the video was the calmness and professionalism of those officers involved. I saw that the officer, after grabbing his shotgun and firing three rounds at the suspect, checked the chamber and knew he only had one round left. The officer immediately threw the shotgun aside and resorted to using his handgun. After the offer made the switch to the .40 caliber handgun, he practiced the finger control method of firing his weapon. That means taking your finger off the trigger and placing it down the right side of your weapon. This practice eliminates the possibility of the weapon being accidentally discharged during the adrenaline rush that a combat situation can often produce. I also noticed the officers use the two-handed support style of shooting.
You may also notice that the officer’s voice and demeanor is very calm and professional, which is amazing considering the high-stress situation.
Once the suspect was neutralized, the officer’s attention turned to his fallen comrade.
With that done, let’s get to the latter part of the story (Clint Eastwood called it The Good, the Bad and The Ugly) as we take a look at what I think is profound disrespect for our men and women in blue by leadership and elected officials.
(Warning: Video clip contains extreme violence)
The message below depicts the FOP’s response to the County Executive being AWOL at two recent police graduation ceremonies.
How can the political leadership of this county not acknowledge the men and women you just saw in action above? If anyone can find one sentence, syllable, or utterance of a politician praising the efforts of these brave men and women, please let me know because I cannot find anything that acknowledges the bravery of these officers or any other man or woman who puts on a badge and gun and serves the members of our community with distinction each and every day.
Let’s do the roll call of shame: Baltimore County Chief of Police Terry Sheridan — Not a word!
Councilman Todd Crandell — Not one word from “Councilman Clueless”!
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz — Look below!
Baltimore County States Attorney Scott Shellenberger — “The officers did nothing wrong.” Hey, Mr. Shellenberger, could you at least tell people what they did right?!?
Shame on them all for not speaking up and praising these blue lives–they should ALWAYS matter.