Blue-On-Blue Violence And Deconfliction At Mar-a-Lago

By | May 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

Blue-On-Blue Violence And Deconfliction At Mar-a-Lago

Los Angeles is surrounded by several small cities. I knew a retired police officer from one of them. He was on a medical retirement. He had participated in a raid in conjunction with officers from a neighboring city. To prevent blue-on-blue violence, everyone wore a raid jacket – unlike the FBI agents at Mar-a-Lago. But the deconfliction plan left something to be desired.

The man I knew was shot in the back by an officer from the other department. He survived, but with disabling pain and PTSD. He became a stay-at-home dad while his wife worked. He sometimes expressed suicidal thoughts.

So when I talk about blue-on-blue violence in police activities, I am not talking theoretically. When I talk about deconfliction in multi-agency operations, I have an actual human being in mind.

And when I hear former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino’s anger and frustration at the bumbling FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, I can empathize, not merely sympathize. I think about the man I knew, with the pained expression on his face, and my anger and frustration may not equal Bongino’s, but they are quite sufficient to raise my blood pressure. I would like to express them to FBI Director Wray and Attorney General Garland, but I doubt I could change their arrogant, self-satisfied attitude by one millimeter.

Note: This photo is not from Mar-a-Lago. It is included only to show that the FBI can afford raid jackets, and it uses them when it wants to be sure everyone knows who they are.

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