“You worry too much,” my friend told me as we walked with our wives on the streets in the downtown section of Denver. I had just cautioned him to keep an eye out for someone walking behind us. I thought for a minute about what he said, and I replied, “No, I’ve seen too much.” We were in an area I knew well. As a police officer, I spent many years patrolling these streets and am very familiar with what they had been like. It’s hard... Full Article »
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Working the holidays can be interesting for police officers and other first responders. New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July are usually busy for cops, but many of the other holidays are quiet. Holidays can be emotional times for everyone. It’s common knowledge among cops that the Christmas season can be a lonely time for some people. A November 28, 2010, Psychology Today article stated, “One North American survey reported that 45% of respo... Full Article »
One of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States is the right to speak our minds and protest without fear of retaliation. For years I’ve participated and watched law enforcement officers attempt to protect these rights by maintaining control and keeping everyone safe at protests and demonstrations. In doing this, police officers are the visible form of authority and, unfortunately, become most at risk. I’ve observed that as people participat... Full Article »
The headlines of the Sept. 8, 1980, Honolulu Star-Bulletin read, “Two Marines found dead at Beach Park.” The article quoted local police as saying that two Kaneone Marines apparently were fatally beaten early the day prior when parked near the water’s edge at Manualua Beach Park in Hawaii Kai. One of those Marines was 21-year-old Lance Corporal Rodney “Rocky” Padilla, my brother. The investigation conducted by the Honolulu Police Depar... Full Article »
Several states will be voting to legalize recreational marijuana this month, your state may be one of them. Colorado voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational marijuana in January of 2014. The ability to buy cannabis is now as simple as going to a liquor store to buy a six pack of beer. Anyone over 21 years of age can enter a recreational marijuana shop and buy it for personal use or they can grow limited amounts at home. Color... Full Article »
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