Category Archives: Law enforcement

Justice (?) Department

November 28, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

I will be damned if I can figure out where our top-heavy, regulation oriented, United States Government is headed. It seems that, more and more, the bureaucrats are making worse and worse decisions.

It also seems to me that Colorado is all to often on the top of the headlines for some stupid reason.

The latest goofball turn of events is that the Denver Sheriff’s Office was fined by the U.S. Department of Justice for making U.S. citizenship a qualification for being hired as a deputy sheriff.

Let me clarify one thing before I go on: The Denver Sheriff’s Office is not typical of the rest of the state. Denver is both a city and a county and does not elect a sheriff as their chief law enforcement officer. Sheriff’s deputies in Denver County are responsible for maintaining the jail, transporting prisoners and serving civil process. Sheriff Patrick Firman is an appointee of the City and County of Denver. That being said, the deputies are Colorado law enforcement officers.

So, some guy goes to the Sheriff’s Office (probably through the Denver City and County Human Services) and applies for a job. He is turned down because he is not a citizen and evidently is not fluent in English. The Justice Department, through the Civil Rights Division gets involved. Ultimately, Sheriff Firman enters into an agreement with Alberto Ruisanchez, the deputy special counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. The Sheriff’s Office agrees to pay a $10,000 fine, but they agreed to a whole lot more.

Under the agreement, the S.O. will go through all job applications received from non-citizens and offer them another opportunity for employment “with no consideration of their citizenship status.” They are also agreeing to provide certain printed material in “applicant’s preferred language.”

This all means that a person whose English is so deficient that he (or she) has to have printed material in another language is expected to communicate efficiently with a population of inmates, the majority of whom speak English. He (or she) will be expected to transport prisoner to and from jail and to and from the courts and I suppose have a laptop with a version of Rosetta Stone in seven languages on the dash of the transport vehicle, for which they will probably be criticized for using because it distracts them from their driving, which they may not be able to do legally because they didn’t get a driver’s test in Archi.

Another twist on this whole thing is that a provision of Section 8 of the United States Code, which is the one supposedly violated by DSO, provides that it is not a violation to “hire, recruit, or refer an individual who is citizen or nation of the United Stated over another individual who is an alien if the two individuals are equally qualified.” In my evidently screwed up mind it would seem that the applicant who speaks English has an edge here. But that is just my opinion.

By the way, Archi is considered by many scholars to be the least known language in the world and is spoken only in a small village of just over 1,000 people who live in Southern Russia on the Caspian Sea. Putting up a “Right To Work Poster” in Archi could be difficult because one verb could have more than 1.5 million conjugations.

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016

 

 

 

Stop scaring people with lies

July 18, 2016

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Way back in my previous life, so to speak, when I was the Undersheriff in Kit Carson County, Colorado, I was at the fairgrounds in Burlington, when a young mother walked by almost dragging a little boy, who was obviously not wanting to leave the carnival.

 

As we met on the walkway, the mother told her ward, “See there is the sheriff. If you don’t behave, he will throw you in jail.”

 

I looked at the little boy and could see the fear on his face. I bent down and said, “You tell your mother that we don’t throw little boys in jail. We like kids and we are always willing to help you. Okay?”

 

After I received a reluctant nod from the teary-eyed young man, I looked at the mother and asked her bluntly not to use uniformed officers to scare her child. I explained that he may need a policeman or sheriff’s deputy to help him some day and the last thing we want is for him to be afraid to call on us.

 

I found out later that I was not alone in this sort of encounter. One police officer told me of a young girl that became separated from her family and, rather than respond to the calls of police officers looking for her, she hid from them. I heard many other similar stories from my peers over the years.

 

On a much larger scale, what is happening now is very similar to what happened to those young people: they were made to fear someone who was really there to help, and the comments made by President Obama and his minions are tantamount to telling children to be afraid of police officers. Every time that the president condones the actions of groups like Black Lives Matter, he in effect is telling everyone that all police officers are bad and that they will shoot you based only on the color of your skin. He is wrong and he has literally become an accomplice in the recent violence perpetrated against our law enforcement community. These young minds that have vacuums needing filled are looking to the first black man to occupy the oval office and rationalizing that they are doing what he wants them to do when they display a hate for anyone carrying a badge.

 

Oh sure, Barack Obama will walk up to a lectern as soon as he can following another attack on a police officer and he will give a speech telling everyone that he is praying for the families and the victims. Then, almost without taking a breath, he will in some way either endorse the “peaceful” demonstrations or bring up his favorite topic of the moment, usually gun control.

 

And, his followers listen. They conveniently forget his negative attitude when he said that police “acted stupidly.” They choose not to acknowledge his references to non-existent statistics, the latest being that “we flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”

 

For most people, that statement is a blatant lie on it surface, but to those who are like that small child being dragged home by his mother, it is a scary statement and they believe it because of its source. Like that small child, most of these people are not stupid, they are merely ignorant, but when the mainstream media chooses to promulgate the lie, it becomes extremely difficult to expose the truth. When they keep playing the sound byte without giving any reference to the other side of the coin, we find ourselves at a great disadvantage. But, we must not give up. Ignorance can be fixed. The first tool in our toolbox is our vote. We must vote these people out. The second tool is our common sense. We must be willing to bend over and tell the truth to those who are not being told the truth by their leaders or by their news and entertainment sources.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2016