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Michael A. Thiac is a retired Army intelligence officer, with over 23 years experience, including serving in the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Middle East. He is also a retired police patrol sergeant, with over 22 years service, and over ten years experience in field training of newly assigned officers. He has been published at The American Thinker,, and on his personal blog, A Cop's Watch. Opinions expressed are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of current or former employers.

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Cameras. Not Just for Cops Anymore
Michael A. Thiac 6/22/2021 5:06 AM

Police BodyCam, Image: Pixabay

I’ve posted on police Body Worn Cameras (BWC) in the past, and in my opinion, for the most part, they are a positive. Thinking on this, I recalled my year of hard time, i.e. the year I spent as a jail intake supervisor. One of routine jobs was to review camera videos that were placed all over the jail. If we had a fight between a prisoner and jail staff, I had digital evidence to review. If a prisoner complained his fifty thousand dollars was missing from his wallet, we had cameras over the property intake desks, where the money was counted.

Marvin Martian Don’t Call Back!
Michael A. Thiac 6/19/2021 1:01 PM
I needed a laugh on Sunday, and the Washington Puke, err Post, provided it. Contacting aliens could end all life on earth. Let’s stop trying. Whatever the UFO report says, it’s time to set some rules for talking to extraterrestrials

Civilians Enforcing Traffic
Michael A. Thiac 6/15/2021 5:03 AM
Yes, another stupid idea from the geniuses. I spent over two decades in the U.S. Army, and seeing the massive waste, countless worthless studies, etc., I coined a phrase from the experience. This is so *%^&ed up it can only be federally funded.

A Lack of Options
Michael A. Thiac 6/8/2021 5:21 AM

Body Cam, Image: Pixabay

Use of Body Worn Cameras has reduced a lot of complaints against officers, made both cops and others more pleasant, and helps in numerous other ways. That being said, it has also eliminated our discretion on the scene.

Cops and Cameras
Michael A. Thiac 6/1/2021 2:09 AM
Longtime friend, fellow army officer, and blogger from Right on the Left Coast, Darren Miller, sent me a link from P J Media, and it's brought up a few good points I've made over the last decade. Liberals wanted body worn cameras (BWCs) on local police for ages, as it would show all cops do is go out and patrol the streets for unarmed black and brown men to shoot. And this would provide the evidence to show it. Evidence. Why am I getting the image of Bufford T. Justice in my head?

Police and Professionalism
Michael A. Thiac 5/25/2021 5:14 AM
A urban fable that's come up recently, is that being a law enforcement officer (LEO) requires less training than a beautician (although inaccurate, I must agree some states put ridiculous requirements on licensing to cut hair). The implication is that police are undertrained, or worse, untrained. To put it mildly, that is inaccurate. Liberals in the US want to paint a narrative of police as Keystone Kops who’s only mission in life is to shoot every unarmed black male, they see every day. Like many issues, the left gets this one wrong

Shoot to Wound-Another Idiotic Leftist "Solution"
Michael A. Thiac 5/18/2021 5:11 AM
“Shoot to Wound.” Whenever an officer uses a firearm in the performance of his duties, if the shooting was justified or not, we hear the usual suspects asking the routine questions: "Why did they have to shoot to kill…couldn’t they shoot him in the leg...couldn't they shoot the gun/knife out of their hands..." Because it's impossible. Sorry Joe Biden.

Officer! Why didn't you deescalate?
Michael A. Thiac 5/11/2021 6:40 AM
In my column last week, I reviewed the Five Levels of Force (Command Presence, Verbal Instructions, Physical Force, Intermediate Force, Deadly Force) used by law enforcement officers (LEOs) when working. In this article, I would like to the answer a question that has been all the rage since at least the Michael Brown case in 2015. To coin a phrase, "Why didn't the cop try to deescalate..."

Police and Use of Force
Michael A. Thiac 5/4/2021 5:29 AM
With the Derek Chauvin trial completed in Minneapolis, the usual suspects are screaming for police “reform.” Among the issues these “activists” and “leaders” want changed is civil liability law, response to persons in mental health crisis, and police use of force. While I’ll go into more detail on specific “reform” issues later, I think it would be useful to simply look at the use of force overall. What the National Institute of Justice has entitled The Use-of-Force Continuum, from lowest to highest.

Brooklyn Center, You Have a Problem
Michael A. Thiac 4/21/2021 7:08 PM
In reviewing the shooting of shooting of Daunte Wright, some things are obvious. 1. The officer, Kim Potter, screwed up. Bad. Mr. Wright is gone because of a mistake on her part, his family is grieving, and she is pending a charge of manslaughter. His life is gone, hers is ruined. 2. The facts of the incident, unlike George Floyd, are not in dispute. Mr. Wright was pulled over a traffic violation, expired license plates. During the stop, the officers determined he had a warrant for failure to appear in court and unlicensed possession of a firearm. As the officers were taking Mr. Wright into custody, he pulled away and attempted to get into his car. As Officer Potter’s Body Worn Camera (BWC) video shows, during the scuffle, she pulls out her pistol, screams “TASER!” And fires one round into his side. She then says, “I shot him!” In the days past, she has resigned, and was arraigned on manslaughter charges.


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