Meet the Cops Who Gave Their Lives

If you’ve been watching cable news, reading Hollywood celebrities’ tweets and listening to race-hustling opportunists, you might think that every police officer in America has a finger on the trigger, hunting for any excuse to gun down defenseless youths.

This hysterical nonsense must be stopped.

The Cirque du Cop-Bashing, with Al Sharpton as ringmaster, is working overtime to exploit the deadly incident in Ferguson, Mo. That means stoking anti-law enforcement fires at all costs.

Are there bad cops? Yes. Does the police state go overboard sometimes? Yes. Do the demagogues decrying systemic racism and braying about “assassinations” know what happened when teenager Mike Brown was tragically shot and killed last week? No.

Here’s a reality check. While narcissistic liberal journalists and college kids are all posting “Hands Up” selfies in hipster solidarity with Ferguson protesters, it’s law enforcement officers who risk their lives in “war zones” every day across the country.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports that a total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year. These include local and state police officers, federal officers, correctional officers and military law enforcement officers.

Fact: Last year, 100 law enforcement officers were killed. On average, over the past decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.

Fact: New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 697 deaths. Texas has lost 1,675 officers, more than any other state.

Just this week, NLEOMF released preliminary fatality statistics from August 2013 to August 2014. Total fatalities are up 14 percent, from 63 last year to 72 this year. “Five officers were killed in ambushes, which continue to be a major threat to law enforcement safety,” the group notes.

Among the men in uniform who gave their lives this summer:

—Police Officer Scott Patrick of the Mendota Heights Police Department in Minnesota. He was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on July 30. Patrick leaves behind a wife and two teenage daughters.

—Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield of the Gary Police Department in Indiana. Westerfield was shot in the head and killed in a July 6 ambush while sitting in his police vehicle after responding to a 911 call. The suspect had been previously arrested for domestic violence and for kicking another officer. Westerfield, a 19-year police department veteran as well as an Army veteran, leaves behind a wife and four daughters.

—Officer Perry Renn of the Indianapolis Police Department. He was shot and killed while responding to reports of gunfire on July 5. After 20 years on the job, Renn chose to serve in one of the city’s most dangerous areas, even though his seniority would have allowed him to take a less dangerous role. “He chose to work in patrol to make a difference in the field,” Police Chief Rick Hite said at Renn’s funeral. “Every day, Perry got out of his police car.” Renn is survived by his wife.

—Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares, Jr. of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. The 15-year law enforcement veteran was shot and killed on June 23 while investigating two suspicious suspects. Bares had been mowing his lawn while off-duty when he witnessed a suspicious car crash. When he went to investigate, he was gunned down. The assailants stole his truck as he lay dying. “He’s the type of person that would give his shirt off his back to anybody,” a cousin said in tribute. “Anyone that knows Allen will tell you that he was that kind of person.” Bares leaves behind a wife and two children.

—Police Officer Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City Police Department in New Jersey. Santiago, a proud rookie cop who loved his job, was ambushed on July 13 by a homicidal armed robber. Santiago was 23 years old. After Santiago’s killer was shot dead by police, the violent Bloods street gang vowed to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called out.”

Al Sharpton, concocter of hate-crimes hoaxes and inciter of violent riots against police, had no comment.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is


  • loupgarous

    Michael Brown was caught on video assaulting an innocent person who tried to prevent him from stealing merchandise. His respect for other people’s rights was nil. And Brown actually reached INSIDE the patrol car of the police officer who ended his criminal rampage.

    This administration’s coddling of violent criminals because of their skin color is its most disturbing characteristic. Trayvon Martin, according to the testimony of his own girlfriend, was motivated by racial hatred when he approached George Zimmerman and began assaulting him. He was only stopped from continuing this act of racial violence when Zimmerman shot him.

    The Obama administration compelled this trial, yet when Zimmerman was acquitted of murder, they didn’t apologize to Zimmerman or the state of Florida for their knee-jerk declarations of racism on Zimmerman’s or Florida officals’ part. Obama and Eric Holder doubled down on being racist and stupid, threatening Federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman. I wonder if they stopped to think that their own activity was a profound violation of George Zimmerman’s civil rights, and they themselves would be the logical defendants in any Federal civil rights charges arising from the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

    Now we have Eric Holder flying down to Ferguson with a retinue of FBI agents, proving how politically malleable the Federal Bureau of Investigation has become – a perfect tool for even the most rabid racial ideologue in power. The message is clear – riot all you want, Eric Holder has your back.

  • Sick of the crap

    There is convenient store video of Mike Brown stealing and pushing an innocent man to the side while robbing the place. There was a 911 call made and cops responded to the call – this officer wasn’t just out looking for some poor black “kid” to shoot! The officer was responding to the 911 call! When the officer saw Mike Brown standing in the middle of the road, he ran at the officer. There are many eye witnesses that say Mike Brown ran at the officer while taunting him, but no one wants to talk about that do they? Who knows what Mike Brown would have done?! Do you people expect a police officer to just stand there and find out if Mike Brown had a gun or not? Officers are trained to make split second decisions when they feel their life is in danger, not to just sit there like tweedle dee and get killed. A reasonable, good person doesn’t go around robbing, taunting, and trying to hurt an officer plain and simple! It doesn’t matter if Mike Brown wasn’t armed, he was using his body as a weapon. And by the way, there is always a gun involved in every call an officer goes on – the officer’s own weapon. Mike Brown was trying to get the officer’s gun! It’s funny when a black person is killed riots and stupidity break out everywhere. The news twists the story into what they want it to be to make cops look like they are just a bunch of killers, etc. etc. & picking on the public. You get Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and all the Liberals out there trying to turn the cop into a villain and doing nothing but trouble making. It is complete nonsense. What if the cop killed a white man? What if the cop that killed Mike Brown was also black? It would change the story wouldn’t it? Everything has to be turned into a freaking race war these days! The cop was doing his job. Regardless of race, Mike Brown attacked the officer plain and simple and tried to get his gun. In situations like that the officer has to take action to survive. I’m guessing if the cop had of been killed by Mike Brown there would be no rioting in the streets, no one would have cared, everyone would have said “what a shame” and that’d be it. Right? Probably. Mike Brown sealed his own fate that day by bumrushing the officer plain and simple and trying to get his gun. People who are against the police need to go to a Community Police Academy, go on ride alongs, and watch videos of officers getting murdered because they didn’t take action quick enough in situations dealing with people like Mike Brown. If that officer hadn’t of taken action against Mike Brown, I’m sure he would have ended up being another officer training video. People need to get educated on what the police do and how they are trained instead of just being a bunch of spoiled brats who constantly cry civil rights violations!

  • jackietreehorn3

    One of my best friend works undercover narcotics in some of Chicago’s worst neighborhoods. Therefor I am privy to some amazing stories of what they see on a daily basis. Without getting into it I will just say that being a cop in these neighborhoods is one of the most thankless and difficult jobs around. They make split second decisions that occur on a daily basis in virtual war zone conditions. It’s easy to look from the outside and second guess. Hindsight has become America’s new favorite past time. I have no clue if this officer in Ferguson was correct in his actions or not. I do know that 93% of African Americans are murdered by African Americans, and if there is a reason for unrest and outrage, that would be a good place to start.

  • Skip in VA

    I find this all very extraordinary that a black man who gets shot sparks such rioting and looting yet a police officer gets ambushed and no one riots in his behalf. There is a gross hypocrisy here by one portion of society and yet no one seems to care much for the police officer murdered. I’m in no way saying that if the police officer in Ferguson, MO did in fact commit murder that he should not be punished. Of course he should! But the riots happened, in my opinion, mostly because the people burning buildings and stealing are, in fact, thieves at heart. They’re not doing this because a black brother was killed but because their thievery has been legitimatized and now they show who they really are.

  • richardbrentm

    “Do the demagogues decrying systemic racism and braying about “assassinations” know what happened when teenager Mike Brown was tragically shot and killed last week? No” Yes, now we know that Michael Brown was a gangsta thief who had just robbed a Quick trip. If the blacks in Ferguson had known, that they still would have rioted as the shooting was just the lead in to just an excuse to loot and burn their neighborhood (and of course, free cigarettes, liquor and shoes). I feel sorry for the good law abiding residents of Ferguson and all the law enforcement officers who have to put up with the demagoguery by the likes of the governor and the country chief executive.

    • Thurly

      From RedState:

      “We don’t yet know what precipitated the gunfire but unless jaywalking and contempt of cop have suddenly become capital offenses we’ve passed the “benefit of the doubt” stage and are in the “innocent until proven guilty” phase.”

      The best comment that I saw said this:

      “I think it is sad that there is a rush to judgement being made by folks who want to take this incident and make it a poster child for their point of view be it condemnation of the young man or police militarization and overreaction.

      The one thing I know for certain about this incident is that a young man was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. No more, no less. My heart goes out to his parents.

      A person who is not actually involved in the shooting investigation cannot make an informed judgement about this killing at this time. Only those who are conducting the shooting investigation and have therefore interviewed witnesses and the officer involved can, at this point in time, make an informed judgement concerning whether or not the young man’s actions led to his demise or whether or not the policeman involved grossly overreacted . . .”

  • Thurly

    I don’t understand. Are you saying that because 100 law enforcement officers are killed each year, people should be understanding when a police officer shoots an unarmed boy?

    You address a specific situation by citing unrelated incidents and statistics which, if relevant, are only loosely relevant. There were specific events that night.

    The question should be, when does Missouri law permit officers to use lethal force? Did the shooting under discussion meet that legal standard? No other case matters. This isn’t a “general principle” thing.

    Was the killing of that boy justified under Missouri law?

    • Thurly

      My sister, a Missouri resident and liberal sent me this:


      Sergeant Michael King was shot and killed from ambush as he sat in his patrol car at the intersection of Leland Avenue and Delmar Boulevard. A known criminal approached his vehicle on foot and opened fire without warning, fatally wounding Sergeant King.

      The suspect fled the scene but was arrested five days later following a traffic stop by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

      During his trial, the subject stated he targeted and ambushed Sergeant King because he wanted to start a racial revolution by murdering a police officer. On April 13, 2011, the subject was sentenced to two life terms in prison for murdering Sergeant King.

      Sergeant King had served with the University City Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife.”

      My sister writes:

      “The ambush happened about a mile from my house and really scared the peaceful residents and businesses that depend on customers feeling safe enough to visit the Loop (a primary source of tax revenue). Since this episode, I think police in the area have felt they have a target painted on their back. It’s hard to know who the next cop killer is going to be. I wouldn’t want their job but I wouldn’t want them to stop doing their job either.”

      • Thurly

        For the sake of balance, this: “From 2006 to 2012 a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country.”

        Harris makes the point that many of the victims were unarmed. I don’t know how many or what percentage.

        • Moc

          Do white people riot after a black cop kills a white person. Maybe black people need to go to school to be cops, Everyone jumps to conclusions before all the evidence is in. Very sad situation in MO. One life ruined (officers) and one lost.

        • loupgarous

          Thurly, the real question was “Why were those people killed?” You didn’t answer that.

          My experience as a police officer is that many more times than twice a week in this country, people place other people in legitimate fear for their lives, which is the legitimate threshhold for lethal violence everywhere in the United States of America.

    • loupgarous

      Michael Brown reached inside the officer’s patrol car just before his death. Why, precisely, would he have done that? My experience as a former police officer tells me it’s not because he was looking for a candy bar. He was a violent criminal on a rampage. And even if only the first shot was the result of the officer’s being in immediate danger, the threshhold for legal violence was crossed then and there.

      Leaving a violent criminal wounded but not incapacitated once he’d placed ANYONE in danger of his or her life would have been the violation of police ethics – or, as we were told in Academy, “anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.”

  • gold7406

    What happened in Mo. was tragic. It has galvanized the community. How can they use that energy and cohesiveness to work for something good in the city?

    • loupgarous

      One welcome change would be for the politicians who claim to represent the African-American population in Ferguson to loudly and sincerely condemn the disregard for law and order which led to the riots there.