With the upcoming general election looming, I thought I would weigh in on 2014 Florida Constitutional Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana Under Certain Medical Conditions, from a law enforcement officer’s perspective. I have read the full language of the amendment, as well as the ballot language. They are included at the end of the article if you wish to peruse them.
Frankly, I am alarmed that under Article X, Section 29 (a) Public Policy sections (1), (2), and (3), all patients, personal caregivers, physicians, and marijuana treatment centers will be free from any criminal or civil liability under Florida law as it relates to the amendment. Of the seventeen states legalizing some form of marijuana, Florida would be the only one conferring civil immunity. Any reasonable person should be wary of such extreme blanket protections without yet knowing the future consequences of unwritten legislation and procedures.
Following the amendment’s Public Policy section, the bulk of the remaining amendment language instructs the Department of Health to build a marijuana production and distribution infrastructure, but the amendment gives no specific methodology or parameters for such an undertaking. Another cause for pause when dealing with such a complicated undertaking.
I will give you an example. Who can be a “personal caregiver?” Continue reading
Diebold Inc.’s new ActivEdge™ Secure Card Reader is one attempt to stop identity theft at the terminal. ActivEdge reads the credit/debit card via an internal motorized head that moves along the top edge of the card, which is inserted lengthwise in. Diebold says the ActivEdge will:
• Prevent External Skimming devices from reading card data by requiring long-edge card insertion.
• Mitigate Internal Skimming through modification of the card reader with an encrypting read head.
• Eliminate capture and tracking of card data via USB Sniffing by encrypting communication to the CPU.
• Deter full Card Reader Substitution by pairing each ActivEdge™ card reader to a specific terminal.
ActivEdge prevents the card being scanned during its insertion and Continue reading
K9 Hurricane, K9 Jordan. Secret Service photo.
As a former police dog handler, last Wednesday’s White House intruder incident made me both proud and angry. K9 Hurricane and K9 Jordan performed their duties well. The suspect, whom I won’t name out of thorough disdain, pissed me off with his disrespectful stunt.
In the widely shown video, Jordan takes a pretty hard front kick to the head from the suspect. Hurricane is punched repeatedly. The dogs stay in the fight until the Secret Service uniforms arrive. This fast-paced perimeter protection is perfect for the dogs’ talents.
The speed, tenaciousness, and ferocity of the Belgian Malinois make them ideal as security assets for open areas such as the White House Complex. The K9 Unit’s main job is to detain, or at least obstruct, an intruder attempting to penetrate the secure space.
The dog is a sort of less lethal smart bullet, homing Continue reading
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It was a nice fall day and although I had taken some time off from work, I rolled out of the vacation sack early to put on some OD BDU’s and boots to join the SWAT guys for a range qualification day. I got a kitchen pass from the Missus! Man, reliving old times.
When I came off the road and into detectives, I gave up my AR-15 to an ex-SWAT guy working Midnight Shift. I figured he needed it more than I did. I still have my Remington 870 with rifled sights, SpeedFeed stock, and Surefire foregrip light in the trunk of my unmarked. While the shotgun is nice, it’s no carbine.
My bureau has an AR assigned to two detectives, but my LT said he wanted me to take it since I am tactically trained and they are not. Okay, Boss, whatever you say! In my office, I examined the gun, a Rock River Arms LAR-15 with aftermarket light kit. Hmmm. Only one 30 round mag in the bag–with 15 live rounds in it. There was exactly nothing else accompanying the gun in the nylon case. A shaky start. Continue reading
Aimpoint, Inc. is introducing a carbine-specific red dot optic for the modern sporting rifle, a.k.a. the AR-15. Unlike some optics, this one co-witnesses with your AR’s iron sights for reliable performance. I have my own (different brand) optic set up this way on my personal rifle. Batteries be damned!
The price point of the Aimpoint ACO is very tempting. Details are below.
Chantilly, VA, October 20, 2014 – Aimpoint, the originator and worldwide leader in electronic red dot sighting technology, has announced the introduction of a new sight designed specifically for modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15. This new product, known as the Aimpoint Carbine Optic (ACO), expands upon the company’s already proven designs and focuses these features into a high quality, entry priced optic.
This new sight was developed with the modern sporting rifle owner in mind, and the ACO is ready to mount and shoot directly out of the box. A full suite of branded accessories, such as front and rear flip covers, an anti-reflection filter, and spare battery holders are available from dealers, and allow users to customize the sight to fit their specific requirements. The ACO pairs a 30mm aluminum alloy sight tube with an extremely rugged fixed height mount designed to provide absolute co-witness with AR-15 backup iron sights. A two minute of angle (2 MOA) red dot is utilized to allow maximum target acquisition speed and accuracy at all distances. The ACO is completely waterproof, and offers one year of constant-on use from a single 1/3N battery.
“The Aimpoint Carbine Optic is the smart choice for today’s modern sporting rifle owner,” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “By choosing this optic, shooters get a premium Aimpoint sight at an extremely friendly price point. If you own an AR-15 rifle, the ACO is exactly what you need to complete the package.”
The Aimpoint Carbine Optic has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $393, and will be available from Aimpoint dealers in mid-to late October. For more information on Aimpoint and the new ACO, visit the company’s website at: www.aimpoint.com or contact:
Phone : (703) 263-9795 ext 226
I met Tom Nardone, owner of BulletSafe Body Armor, at SHOT Show earlier this year. I wrote an article about BulletSafe’s extremely cost effective $299.00 Level IIIA body armor for BlueSheepdog.com (BulletSafe on BlueSheepdog). Above is a video of this vest taking on a .50 Action Express caliber from a Desert Eagle. The .50 AE can be loaded very hot. The bullet used here is a Magnum Research 350 grain JSP.
Ballistics101.com states the specs for the Magnum Research .50 AE in 350 grain put it at 1,270 FPS, delivering 1,253 FPE at the muzzle. While this is far below the punch given by the .454 Casull, .460 S&W Magnum, or .500 S&W Magnum, it is comparable to a hot .44 Magnum. Whatever the numbers, I don’t want to get hit in the chest with this puppy.
The Miami Beach Police Department is poised to change its deadly force policy to now prohibit an officer from discharging his or her firearm at a vehicle unless an occupant displays a weapon–not to include the car–or shoots at them. This move stems from a 2011 incident involving officers shooting at a motorist who tried to run over five Miami Beach police officers.
That driver, Raymond Herisse, was shot by officers of both the Miami Beach and Hialeah police departments after his violent behavior during Urban Beach Week. Herisse died at the scene. A video of the end of the incident went viral. The last Miami Beach Police Department shooting involving a suspect and vehicle took place in 1993.
Despite three years having elapsed, the Herisse shooting is still an on-going criminal investigation, though the MBPD reported to FDLE that the shooting was justified. Because it is an incomplete investigation and due to the fact that I was not there, I will not comment on the shooting. However, I do have something to say about the policy change.
Adopting a restrictive policy that interferes with officers defending themselves and citizens endangers lives. Leaders should be cautious not to pit civil liability against public safety in a decision such as this. The Herisse case is undecided. In the previous police shooting of Clement Lloyd in 1993, the officer was acquitted. These are the two controversial incidents that drove the decision to alter policy.
Years ago, I was in charge of our SWAT element when a Vice Unit buy-bust went sour. The suspect tried to Continue reading
I am sitting in Denver International Airport as I compose this, fresh out of a crowded TSA maelstrom, and awaiting my flight home. I came out here several days ago to visit family in the Mile High City. A new backpack had been sitting in my garage and I thought that a travel trip for its maiden voyage would wring out its versatility. The carrier in question is a new Mil-Spec Monkey/Tactical Tailor Adapt Pack.
The Monkey contracted with Tactical Tailor to build a lightweight, multifunctional backpack for either military, LE, or hard-use civilian demands. The MSM Adapt Pack can be configured as a traditional two strap backpack, one strap slingbag, or no strap grab-n-go bag. The morphing quality of the pack appeals to the traveler in me, as I have differing requirements for it depending on the day.
The Adapt Pack is arranged with a front compartment that is lined with Continue reading
A St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office K9 dog was killed in the line of duty early Tuesday morning, presumably drowned by a suspect. K9 Deputy Farrah Ashe and her partner Baron were in pursuit of Brandon Bernard Allison, who fled from a disturbance, when the dog team came to a fence. Dep. Ashe hoisted Baron over the obstacle and Baron continued without her while she scaled the fence.
As Dep. Ashe tried to catch up with the dog, she heard shouting ahead in the darkness. Dep. Ashe found K9 Baron dead in the shallow water of a swampy area. Allison was gone and a manhunt ensued. Allison turned himself in late Wednesday. He was jailed on a felony warrant for Sale of Cocaine. An investigation for felony Killing a Police Dog is underway. A necropsy will determine how K9 Baron Continue reading
For you back-up revolver carriers, Sturm, Ruger & Company is introducing a 9mm version of their popular LCR platform. If you like having a secondary firearm chambered in the same caliber as your on-duty pistol, then this one may be your ideal belly gun.
The Ruger LCR has rightly gained a solid following based upon its light weight, smooth cammed trigger pull, and reliable functioning. A 9mm round ups the foot pounds of energy delivered on target when compared to its .38 Special +P variation, though both still lag behind the .357 Magnum.
Sharing the same 400 stainless steel monolithic frame of the .357 model, the 9mm LCR will come with three moon full clips to hold the cartridges and facilitate relpacing. Thus far, I have seen photos of the hammer spur-less DAO model, and I am curious if a hammer-spurred LCRx in 9mm will be in the works. Continue reading
It should come as no surprise that The Original Mochibrand would call upon Stormdrane to collaborate on a custom drawstring backpack. Stormdrane is a wizard at conjuring eye-pleasing and functional ropecraft. His website has been in my blogroll since I started. I am pretty sure that somewhere he has a magical staff bearing a paracord chain sinnet wrap secured by a Turk’s head knot above and below.
Mochibrand, aka Mochibag, has been in the drawstring backpack business since 2009. Their mission was to upscale the simple bag into a premium carryall with such features as their trademarked Channel-Anchored Drawstrings, Easy Pull-Open Handles, and a True Side-Seam Zip Pockets.
Stormdrane’s limited edition Venom Mochibag is black with blood red accents. Stormdrane’s name rides on the right side of the pack; Mochibrand’s logo is on the left. Ultralight utility ropes in black and red support the cargo area. On top, the carry handle is black cobra-weaved paracord with a repeating V stitched in red. Neat! A small piece of Continue reading
Waldo, FL has been a speedtrap for the fifty-odd years I’ve been knocking around the Sunshine State. Its main drags, U.S. 301 and State Road 24, have six different speed limits within the 2.15 square land miles of the city. The Waldo Police Department wrote over 12,000 tickets last year, which translated to about a third of the city’s revenue. Surprised the police were replaced with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office this week? Well, I kinda am.
This terrifying little town has uncaringly hammered travelers for decades. Nothing changed. AAA had officially rated Waldo as speedtrap for years. They didn’t care. The Media had been at the Gates regularly. Ho hum. See what I mean? It took two different FDLE investigations, two failed Chiefs, and five Waldo officers’ complaints about illegal ticket quotas to finally Continue reading
Everyone should have an Uncle Vernon. UV Paclite Company was founded by a father and daughter team who named their business after a wise old role model and protector of the family. Uncle Vernon inspired generations of his kin to venture into the outdoors with safety in mind. These lightweight, no-fail glowing “pack lights” echo his teachings.
UV Paqlite sells products featuring natural strontium aluminate crystals that absorb, store, and reproduce light without the use of batteries, chemical reactions, or radioactive elements. The company says their large crystals are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. These glowing objects provide utility as nightlights, equipment markers, and safety beacons.
For fun, I ordered a combination set called the Scout Pack. It had entry-level items intended for a Boy Scout. (I may have been called one during my career.) The UV Paqlite Scout Pack contains a 4″ GloStik, 1 1/2″ Round UVO Necklace bead, 6″ Tooblite, and flat 6″ x 8″ UV Paqlite. When the products arrived, I quickly found some uses for them. Continue reading
The FBI published its 2014 Active Shooter Incidents Report this week. It collated information from a total of 160 ASI’s from the years 2000 through 2013. In the introduction, it noted that the selection of ASI’s can be subjective and that the aggregate seeks to add “clarity and data of value” for a basic assessment. The 2014 report adds 33 incidents, as well as 17 from 2013, to the prior bulletin from January of this year.
From 2000 to 2013, the 160 incidents resulted in 1,043 casualties: 458 killed and 557 wounded. The average number of ASI’s per calendar year was 11.4. The first seven years of the study showed a yearly average of 6.4 ASI’s, while the latest seven years rocketed to an average of 16.4. The report includes a one paragraph synopsis of each of the 160 events. Continue reading
Have you ever been illegally texting behind the wheel, seen a marked police car, and lowered your phone until the “threat” had passed? Of course you haven’t. The California Highway Patrol is now testing a device that may end up putting thumb cuffs on texting outlaws. Comsonics Sniffer Sleuth II can detect cell phone emissions and identify among texting, calling, or emailing from inside a moving vehicle.
We all know that distracted driving leads to car crashes. Whether it be texting, sightseeing, or eating a McWhopper, taking your attention away from safely operating a motor vehicle is dangerous. While not a primary p/c stop, the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving (FSS 316.305) aims at curtailing en route mischievousness.
Comsonics Sniffer Sleuth was originally developed as an electronic leak detector for the cable industry. The same technology that can locate a damaged TV cable can discern the different cellular frequencies assigned for Continue reading