On Friday morning, the kids woke up to the news that their father was dead.
Medical staff couldn’t save Ahrens from the bullets that tore into his liver, said Karen Buckingham, his mother-in-law.
“It’s just beyond belief,” Buckingham said.
Ahrens had been with the Dallas Police Department since January 2002, according to department records.
“He was always one of the happy ones, with a smile on his face,” said one of his fellow officers who saw him around the department’s Central station often.
Steve Stribley, a state Fraternal Order of Police vice president and Dallas patrol officer, said Ahrens was “an incredible loving and devoted husband and father. Greatly respected veteran of the department.”
The 48-year-old officer was married to Detective Katrina Ahrens from the Crimes Against Persons division. The couple lived in Burleson with their two children together: 10-year-old Sorcha and 8-year-old Magnus. Read the rest of this entry »
UPDATE: Dallas Police Negotiating with a Suspect in a Parking Garage; Police Have Been Exchanging Gunfire with Suspect for 45 MinutesPosted: July 7, 2016
Someone captured this footage while walking around New York and stumbling upon a cop writing a parking ticket for a Ferrari 458 Spider. Thinking it might make for a decent video he starts filming. It turns out the car was parked inside the designated valet area for a hotel and while it’s unclear as to why the ticket was being issued in the first place the owner of the Ferrari approached as the cop was writing the ticket. The owner complains briefly and tries to refuse the ticket (Mistake #1) while getting in his car and starting it up….(read more)
The results are in. They’re written in blood.
Lee Stranahan writes: A sharp spike in the murder rates of Democrat-controlled cities across America is one of the consequences of the increased tension between police and black Americans; tension that has been stirred up by both the liberal media and by Democrat-aligned radical political activist group Black Lives Matter.
As Baltimore announced it is embedding federal agents with its homicide unit after one of the highest murder rates in years, the Washington Post took note of the sharp increases in other cities like New Orleans and Atlanta:
Some blame the increase in violence on the “Ferguson Effect” — officers pulling back on tough enforcement because of the intense focus on police-involved shootings like the one that killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last August.
In neighborhoods where police have long been viewed with suspicion, people use their cellphones like all-seeing periscopes every time police officers get out of their cars. Officers and the unions that represent them describe a combination of surveillance and skepticism, with body cameras, ACLU recording apps and jeering wherever they go.
This increased pressured on law enforcement is a direct result of radical anti-police activist groups like Black Lives Matter using social media and community organizing to urge inner-city black Americans toward confrontations with the police as they are trying to do their work keeping the public safe.
As with the recent confrontation between Black Lives Matter activists and Cleveland police showed, the press usually sides with the acitivists and against the police. The unrelenting anti-law enforcement atmosphere is taking its toll, as CNN reported in May:
The latest homicide statistics arrive amid reports that Baltimore police officers have lost confidence in the chain of command and that officers have coordinated a work slowdown by not talking to community members and showing less initiative. The drops in arrests and increase in murders are the result of officers refusing to follow their marching orders, according to one Baltimore officer who spoke with CNN. Read the rest of this entry »
The police vehicle was abandoned near a local train depot, it said. The station, citing local officials, said law enforcement agencies were conducting a manhunt for the suspect in the area, which is about 80 miles (129 km) southeast of Jackson.
A police dispatcher declined to comment and a spokesperson for the Hattiesburg Police Department could not immediately be reached for confirmation or detail on the report.
According to WDAM, two officers were transported to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, where they were pronounced dead. Read the rest of this entry »
West Coast Desk: #LACounty Sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez Updates Reporters on Fatal Deputy-Involved Shooting in #CerritosPosted: May 8, 2015
Kevin D. Williamson: ‘Today’s discussion suggests that some people have forgotten how government works. Here’s a quick explanation’Posted: April 2, 2015
BOSTON—The final showdown began after midnight.
Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, were driving a stolen Mercedes SUV through the dim, narrow streets of Watertown, Massachusetts, in the early minutes of April 19, 2013. It was their fourth day on the run, and they hadn’t made it more than a few miles from the scene of the twin blasts that killed three and injured dozens more.
BREAKING: Man shot by LAPD on Skid Row was Charley Robinet, Convicted of Bank Robbery and Recently ParoledPosted: March 3, 2015
— Robert Holguin (@ABC7Robert) March 3, 2015
[VIDEO] Woman Punched in Face, Injured by Seattle Cop while Handcuffed Files $1 Million Claim Against CityPosted: February 5, 2015
SEATTLE — A woman who was slugged by a Seattle police officer while she was handcuffed in the back of a patrol car and who suffered facial fractures last June has filed a $1 million claim for damages against the city of Seattle, it was disclosed Thursday.
The woman, Miyekko Durden Bosley, was handcuffed and taken into custody on June 22, 2014, after a 911 call that she was coming over to a man’s house to fight with him. Police met her at the house.
When she was being placed, handcuffed, in the rear of police officer Adley E. Shepherd’s patrol car, the woman kicked out at Shepherd, an investigative report by the Washington State Patrol said later.
“Off. Shepherd responded by punching Durden Bosley once, which resulted in multiple fractures to the right side of her face,” the State Patrol report said.
Medical records showed later that she suffered…
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Family in Mar Vista loses everything in fire, LAPD Pacific Division steps in with generous donationsPosted: December 24, 2014
— Robert Holguin (@ABC7Robert) December 24, 2014
“Brinsley’s family is Muslim; however, they say he has never expressed any radical sentiments at all. They report that he has had a troubled life; he has attempted to hang himself in the past and may have been on medication for mental illness.”
New York police held a press conference Sunday afternoon shedding further light on the murders of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Saturday, revealing a troubled young man had driven from Maryland that morning and boasted to two men that he was about to do something big right before the execution-style shooting.
The perpetrator Ismaaiyl Brinsley, age 28, was born in New York, went to high school in New Jersey, and went back and forth from Georgia through the later part of his life. His father currently lives in New Jersey and mother lives in Brooklyn.
“He has a child but is estranged with the mother; she does not appear to be the same woman as his ex-girlfriend, who he shot early Saturday morning before driving to New York City.”
Brinsley has a history of run-ins with the law. He has 15 prior arrests in Georgia for assorted crimes: misdemeanor assault, larceny, shoplifting, and gun possession, dated from 2004 to 2013. He was arrested 4 times in Ohio from May 2009 to September 2009–robbery and misdemeanor theft. He served over 2 years in various prisons, mostly from a 2-year sentence for the Georgia case of criminal possession of a weapon.
Law enforcement stated that Brinsley had been broken up with his ex-girlfriend for a year, he entered her home in Maryland yesterday with a key he was not supposed to have. At 5:50 AM, Baltimore police received a report of shots fired, and when they arrived, the ex-girlfriend IDed him–he had already left. Baltimore police tracked him as he was driving on I-95, and he called police to say he shot his ex accidentally and hoped she survived. He also called the woman’s mother several times while driving, apologizing to her. Read the rest of this entry »
“This initiative will ensure that police officers across the country will be held accountable for their actions as they pour out of an 18-ton combat vehicle in response to a routine call. If the police are forced to discharge a high-caliber, vehicle-mounted weapon in the line of duty, we’ll know why.”
WASHINGTON—In an effort to restore the public’s faith in law enforcement, President Obama made an impassioned appeal this week, calling for the installation of turret-mounted video cameras on all police tanks.
“Furthermore, this policy will discourage the misuse of shell-proof tanks in our communities.”
— President Obama
“This initiative will ensure that police officers across the country will be held accountable for their actions as they pour out of an 18-ton combat vehicle in response to a routine call,” said Obama, who announced Read the rest of this entry »
— Robert Holguin (@ABC7Robert) November 4, 2014