Saturday, December 26, 2009

Did Channel 13 News Inadvertently Aid in K9's Death?

While spending Christmas I heard a rather disturbing story. We were talking about the recent tragic death of a Harris County Pct.4 police dog. What my source tells me is the K9 handler let his dog off the leash to go after the burglars who ran off into a wooded area. He lost sight of the dog but was listening as the Channel 13 news chopper lowered itself blocking all sound. The handler couldn't hear his dog barking and running through the trees. It makes one wonder had that damn news chopper not been so low off the ground getting its news shot the handler may have heard his dog being attacked. Anyone with experience knows that when dogs fight it is a rather loud occurrence. So it is possible the dog's death struggle was drowned out by the damned news chopper. I told my source I hope his agency is looking into taking action against Channel 13.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Another 'Misdemeanor Shooting'

With Christmas almost here you would think that people would act right. Not quite. Up until the last couple of hours of my shift I was bored. I was just patrolling (more like wasting gas) and nothing going on. I was even sending random, pointless text messages to friends. I think I had just hit the 'send' button on a text when the radio blares to life. The first broadcast is a man waving a gun. I make the u-turn and head that direction. I'm not anywhere close but nothing else is going on. It won't hurt to drive that way. Then another broadcast about shots fired at the same location. After a few more 'shots fired' calls then the broadcast is someone's been shot. Yeah, there is something to this! Of course by the time I arrive another gunshot victim had been located and both had been carted off by the ambulance. I drive amongst the news vans that are just now showing up and find the sergeant on the scene. The scene is an apartment complex in a bad part of town infested with criminals. So naturally the family is screaming and carrying on (both victims were shot in the leg) however nobody wants to talk to us and tell us who did it. Of course everyone knows who the shooter is. Yet the street culture mentality says people can't help the police. So they don't. In return the police tend to label these kinds of shootings 'misdemeanor shootings.' Not to sound insensitive however it's hard to feel sympathy for people who treat you as the bad guy and refuse to let you help them. What will probably happen is this guy will wind up shot within the next couple days and will be met with the same compassion.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pouting In The Cold

I was coming to the intersection when I noticed a vehicle backing up. I followed it to watch it. I watched it drive in both lanes. Either this person was lost or drunk so I decided to find out which. I pull the vehicle over to find it stuffed with about 7 people. The thing that got my attention was the three year old girl on the lap of an adult. That seriously irritates the hell out of me. They were all headed home and crammed everyone in the car without thinking the 3 year old needing a car seat. I can tell the female driver is going to have an attitude. She isn't looking at me and letting her mother in the passenger seat do all the talking. This also annoys me! The mother isn't driving so I don't need to hear the excuse from her. I ignore her and get the driver's license and wind up writing her two tickets (one for not restraining the child). Then her mother and brother (in the back seat) start talking at once. About this point I've had it yet I keep my cool. I politely tell the mother to be quiet I'm not talking to her. Then the driver, without even looking at me tells me she isn't signing. I think I actually grinned. She is on her way in meeting this guy's fate. I open the door and she still isn't looking. So I tell her to look at me. Her mother is still talking to I have to tell her to be quiet again as well as her brother. I tell her up front if she doesn't sign I will arrest her. I handed her the pen and dared her to tell me she wasn't going to sign the citations again. I could tell despite her attitude she was going to sign it. She realized I wasn't playing and probably could tell I was hoping she'd give me the reason to slap the handcuffs on her. You would think it ends there but it doesn't. I tell them to find a way to secure the child before driving off. Well this whole family must be dumb. The driver turns off the engine and gets out of the car along with her mother. I'm a little surprised. I wasn't expecting this. I tell her to leave the engine on with the heater for the children in the car. However the driver was too busy pouting she didn't seem to care. I told them they could drive off if they could find a way to secure to the child. However the pouting driver and her mother wanted to get out of the car and acted like they wanted nothing to do with it. The brother wound up driving away leaving his mother and sister. They called for a ride to come pick them up. The pouting driver walked away in the cold weather. Oh well she's free to go. If she wants to freeze while pouting that's her problem not mine. The ride finally arrived and picked up the mother. I have no idea if they found the pouting driver. I got back into the warm car and drove off.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

When the kid is more streetwise than his dad!

A father and son were walking down their street. I guess quality time together. A vehicle pulls up with a heavy set guy with a doo rag on his head. He shouts from the car "hey man you wanna buy a plasma TV?"

Now, anyone with a lick of sense should have alarm bells going off at this point. You live in the hood and some fool pulls up next to you in a car selling a plasma TV! Oh hell no!!!!

The dad walks up to the vehicle asking what size screen! The son tugs on his sleeve telling him they need to get the hell out of there! The man gets out of the vehicle draws not one, but two pistols and robs both of them!