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San Bernardino Police:  American heroes

Another mass shooting tragedy occurred in the United States.

Terrorism or workplace violence or a combination of both made no difference to those that were killed or wounded.   The end result was the same, death and carnage.

Innocent people were once again the victims.

The terror the victims endured before they were shot is what we should be concerned about right now.  The families of those killed and the survivors and their family members is what I am thinking about.

All too often American law enforcement comes under attack for the actions of a few bad cops.

I saw American law enforcement at its best.  I watched great cops doing a thankless job.

From the first four San Bernardino police officers who entered the building looking for the active shooters, to the police officer who was shot and wounded engaging the two suspects and the hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement officers who responded to assist, true American heroes all.

Without a moments thought they placed their own lives in jeopardy to protect the community.

Yes, I know that’s what cops get paid to do.

But lately we are led to believe by some in the media and their so called experts that cops across the country are hesitating to do their jobs, not going above and beyond and losing their heart and soul for the job.

To those that say that, take a look at what happened in San Bernardino, California yesterday.

You all should be ashamed if you say anything like that again.

As a former police officer my hat goes off to all those law enforcement officers that responded without hesitation.

You showed the country and the world why the United States is the greatest country on the planet.

Thank you all.


About the author

Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.
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