Enemy at the Gate: Habeas Corpus: A Tale Of Freedom

Habeas corpus. The term is ugly. Obscure. Like something only a lawyer could love. But nothing could be more wrong. Within those unattractive Latin words lies an age-old tale of evil kings and their dark dungeons, a tale of the common man battling tyranny. The story begins in England. It begins—as these things often do—with

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Frontline Debriefs: When You’re Hit

I’ve not yet been shot. Shot at? Yes. Hit? No. It’s not much of a party. On the first night of the L.A. riots in 1992, 11 other officers and I were engaged in a major gunfight with many suspects in the projects at 114th and Central. We were rescuing fire department personnel who had

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Training and Tactics: I Know You

I know you. I mean I really know you. All your achievements and all the failures. All the peccadillos, all the bravado in front of your accomplices—and the fear and trepidation you feel when nobody else is around and you’re home alone late at night. You live your life of desperation, striving for success in

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Street Smarts: One Plus One Equals Trouble

The idea of killing people is not funny. Therefore, please know that I am not giggling while writing this column. OK, maybe a little. Our topic of the moment is the “1+1” rule. This principle reminds us that when searching for bad guys or weapons, there is always one above and beyond what you have

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Enemy at the Gate: Hooked On Forfeiture

Last month I catalogued some of the outrages of civil asset forfeiture—the legalistic scam in which the government takes people’s property without charging the owner with any crime. Government agencies get away with this by making the medieval claim that the property itself is guilty of (unproven and often unstated) misdeeds. I noted in that

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Frontline Debriefs: Cop TV: Tripe or Training Films?

Years ago, the reality show genre spooled up covering just about every facet of society. The police arena was not immune to this by any stretch and in fact there are probably more reality shows regarding law enforcement and court than any other venture. I found myself featured in a number of segments of LAPD’s

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Street Smarts: Break It Down To Prevent Breakdowns!

There is a hoary old joke that is relevant when discussing the best options for responding to a crisis: “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “Take very small bites.” That wheezing old one-liner captures the essence of dealing with any problem, regardless if the incident in question is a major regional disaster or

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Training and Tactics: Shooting Too Accurately

“Think small, shoot small.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that expression, I’d be sitting on a beach in the Bahamas, sipping umbrella-covered girlie-man drinks. While it sounds like a brilliant idea in principle, sometimes when something walks like a duck and looks like a duck it turns out to be

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Briefing Room: Colonel Cooper Memorial Service

As most readers probably know, Colonel Jeff Cooper passed away on 26 September 2006. The funeral was private, consisting of only family and a few close friends. A public memorial service for the Colonel will be held at the NRA Whittington Center on 10 May 2007 at 1330hrs. Accommodations are possible, but limited, at the

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