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Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at www.stevepomper.com.


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What Does Dallas Cop’s Murder Conviction Have to Do with Police Accountability…Or with Racism…Or with Murder?

After hearing about the breaking-news murder conviction of former Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger on a mainstream news broadcast, a quote the media outlet used struck me. A man representing some “civil rights” group said something to the effect, this is justice. Now, people will see that the courts will hold white police officers accountable […]


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New Police Training Standard: From Reasonable Police Officer to Unreasonable Judge

Policeone.com reports the Force Science Institute has issued an assessment of a police-related case out of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has led to confusion, training revisions, and the apparent dismissing of a long-established law enforcement training standard. The Tueller drill, better known as the 21-foot rule, demonstrates a suspect armed with a […]


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Has Chicago’s Electorate Remedied a Mayoral Mistake with a Bigger Mistake?

Who would have predicted that Chicagoans would elect a mayor to succeed Rahm Emanuel who is a further leftist radical than he was? Well, the Windy City’s electorate has done it. New Mayor Lori Lightfoot is proving herself an unabashed, anti-cop, and anti-rule-of-law banshee. Her recent anti-ICE comments leave no doubt about her loathing for […]


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Cop Sues City Over Toxic Exposure at ‘Homeless’ Encampment Cleanup

I’ve written about the “Navigation Team” the city of Seattle deploys to handle “homeless” camp “cleanup” tasks. I’ve criticized the team not because it’s not worthwhile to help people in need but because it seems intentionally onerous, intended to obstruct the enforcement of laws that should apply to everyone. The city will not allow cops […]


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‘Squad’ Member Ayanna Pressley Puts Together Fund to Bail Out Antifa Protesters Who Assaulted Boston Cops

I recently received a fundraising email from my home state’s Massachusetts Republican Party (Mass GOP). Unfortunately, people in the commonwealth saw fit to elect the AOC-led “Squad” member Ayanna Pressley to Congress. And what is she up to now? According to the MassGOP.com email, earlier this month, the Bay State radical “put together a fund […]


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A 40% Decrease in Traffic Tickets Since 2015—But it Goes Back Further Than That

A reduction in police proactivity, particularly in perennially leftist-run cities and counties, is becoming the norm in many communities. It’s not that cops don’t want to work, it’s that their civic leaders and community activists won’t let them. This is leading to an increasing onslaught of dire consequences. One consequence is the growing anarchy on […]


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Police Body Cams — Giggling at Unintended Consequences

Unintended consequences can be a bitch. But it can also be a bit of schadenfreude when you’d warned the people suffering such consequences. I’m talking about police officer-worn body cameras. Unlike an officer’s other items on his or her “Bat Belt” containing radio, pepper spray, baton, or gun, cops have no say in how or […]


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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Call the NRA Domestic Terrorists

So, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (BOS) has decided that I am a domestic terrorist. Because I was a police officer? No, but I’m sure they’ll add that to the terrorism list at some point. Because I am a member of Antifa? No. They would never deem a left-wing group, even one that uses […]


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Nobody Needs a Gun? This Family May Think Otherwise

The Georgian Journal recently reported the unthinkable. Parents were walking on a sidewalk with their two children in Tbilisi, Georgia. Mom had their 3-year-old son by the hand, their daughter was walking with dad a few paces behind them. An ordinary-looking 51-year-old woman appeared as if she were casually walking by the family when, suddenly, knife […]


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Pink Pistols: Gay Gun Group Faces Intolerance from Their Own

How do you get liberal media to give positive coverage regarding owning, carrying, and shooting guns? When the gun owners are members of a leftist-qualified “victim” group. Crosscut.com recently published an article by Dorothy Edwards about a national organization of gun owners called Pink Pistols. And what qualifies Pink Pistols for positive coverage? It is […]


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When the Institution Complains About Institutional Racism

My wife and I joined an online neighborhood community group. It wasn’t through Facebook, so we thought it would be nice to hear politically-free neighborhood news. But, no… These days, politics rears its ugly head everywhere. A middle school teacher mentioned putting up a sign to greet his soon-to-be-arriving class. The sign read: “All Lives […]


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Citizen’s Arrest

What is a citizen’s arrest? Let’s do a brief, cursory excursion into the concept. First, so as not to “trigger” any lefties, a PC disclaimer: I use the term citizen as it is a part of the term we’re exploring. However, non-citizen, legal (and, these days, probably illegal) immigrants also have this right. Another disclaimer: […]


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Cop Fired, Rehired, Fired Again—For Now

If Seattle’s elected leaders felt they were so in the right when they refused to comply with a state arbitrator’s ruling to rehire a fired officer, then why didn’t they have the common courtesy to return the officer’s calls? Shouldn’t the city at least have told him why they weren’t adhering to binding arbitration, as […]


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More Concerned About Criminals than About Crime Victims and Cops

I keep returning to the leftist political petri dish of Seattle as a microcosm of the negative forces damaging policing today. Obviously, one reason is because I served the city for over two decades (experience matters) but also because it is so indicative of what is wrong with how leftist local governments view law enforcement […]


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Okay, I’ll Admit it…I’m Facebook Illiterate—But This Was Weird

My wife sent me a text about an offensive anti-cop post on a neighboring community’s Facebook page. So, I went to see for myself. Seems some lowlife posted a photograph of a federal law enforcement vehicle he spotted at a local gas station. He wrote, “Ice sighting at the chevron off of Ballinger way. Don’t […]


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The Crosswalk to Stupidity

You know how when someone says, “Have you heard what the left [or the euphemism or epithet of your choice] is doing now?” you wince. You don’t know whether to cover your ears or your eyes or the other person’s mouth. You wait for the news snippet as if you’re about to have a tooth […]


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Dem Candidates Reignite Murder Myth

It’s terrible when rank-and-file party extremists perpetuate or resuscitate an irresponsible and malicious myth. But it’s appalling when so-called mainstream Democratic Party presidential candidates do this. Haven’t they gone too far? Shouldn’t the candidates themselves realize this? Of course, but decorum no longer matters in Democratic politics. The hands-up-don’t-shoot myth was the basis for the […]


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Should Off-Duty Cops Always Carry a Gun?

The debate about law enforcement officers (LEOs) carrying firearms even while off duty takes on renewed significance with any mass casualty attack. Some officers never leave the house unarmed. Others never carry while off duty. I think the most prudent is somewhere in between but much closer to never leaving the house without a firearm. […]