The Spokane Country, WA, Sheriff’s Office must evict a homeless man from occupying a handicapped parking stall at Wal-Mart, but the squatter refuses to leave and things get aggressive. Again in Spokane, officers must respond to complaints that a couple is getting a bit too friendly on a stranger’s front lawn. Finally, officers of the Des Moines, IA, Police Department question a man who allegedly threatened his property manager with a pocket knife
ALBUQUERQUE POLICE SERGEANT JEFFERY FERNER STOPS A TRUCK CONTAINING THREE MALE SUSPECTS. ONE OF THE SUSPECTS, A TRANSVESTITE, WAS SEEN BY AN UNDERCOVER OFFICER SMOKING CRACK. DURING THE QUESTIONING OF THE SUSPECTS, FERNER SEES WHAT HE BELIEVES TO BE A CRACK ROCK IN THE SUSPECTS MOUTH. THE SUSPECT IS WARNED TO COOPERATE WITH THE OFFICERS OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. WHEN THE SUSPECT FAILS TO COOPERATE, HE IS TACKLED BY THE OFFICERS WHO ATTEMPT TO EXTRACT THE ROCK FROM HIS MOUTH. HOWEVER, THE SUSPECT MANAGES TO SWALLOW THE CRACK ROCK. THE OTHER SUSPECTS ARE RELEASED, BUT THE MALE IS ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES.
A routine traffic stop is abruptly interrupted when a cyclist is hit by a passing vehicle. Deputy Jason Corey of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department quickly contains the scene and calls for assistance. Paramedics arrive within minutes to treat the victim. Meanwhile, Deputy Corey questions the occupants of the vehicle that was involved in the accident. They all insist that they did not see the cyclist before the accident. When the investigation of the accident concludes, Deputy Corey prepares to deal with the driver from the traffic stop that was driving on a suspended license.
Deputy Kristi Estes of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is in pursuit a vehicle which has been reported to be traveling up to 100mph on a local freeway. Officer Russ Martin assists in the pursuit by successfully deploying stop sticks in front of the fleeing vehicle the moment he passes by. The pursuit ends when the driver’s deflated tires force him to pull off to the shoulder of the road. With their guns drawn, the officers order the driver to put his hands outside of his window. The unresponsive driver ignores the officers orders. As the officers assess the situation, they discover that the defiant driver’s talking on his cell phone. The officers eventually extricate the driver from the vehicle and later learn that he fled because of a suspended license and three warrants for his arrest.
Detective Derin Catli of the Passaic County (NJ) Sheriff’s Department follows a stolen vehicle with three male occupants. Three units join Detective Catli and attempt to stop the vehicle. To their surprise, the desperate driver squeezes by three units and a dangerous high-speed pursuit ensues down busy city streets. After recklessly barreling down empty sidewalks, and negotiating several sharp turns, the driver eventually loses control of the vehicle and crashes into a parked car. All three suspects are taken into custody with out incident.
Officer Michael Winslow of the Cincinnati (OH) Police Department is on evening patrol when he stops a motorist for not having his lights on. The two occupants are asked to present identification. While confirming ID’s the passenger escapes on foot and a chase takes place with the officer tasering the man who as it turns out has a felony warrant and is taken into custody. The driver is cited for no taillights and is released.
Harris Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Sieck receives a domestic disturbance call. He arrives to find a man in the street and a woman yelling from a distance. While questioning them, the woman hits the man in the face. Both parties refuse to sign complaints and Sieck lectures them; he leaves, wondering if that’s love.
“Let the chips fall where they may,” he said when some of his staff objected to how risky it might be to have cameras follow Deputy Sheriffs around recording their calls.
That was “Uncle Nick,” which was a nickname I gave him after our first meeting. He was fearless. He had guts. He wasn’t afraid to make a decision, right or wrong, as long as it reflected his beliefs. And “transparency” was one of those beliefs, meaning he welcomed the chance to show his department in action despite the possibility that it might not be a perfect portrait. “We are human beings,” he told me. “If we make mistakes, we need to correct them. If we do our job right, the people should know…”
And millions of people did know, and learn about day to day police work, thanks to Nick Navarro’s guts and his gumption. He was a singular man, a gentleman, and a tough cop. I admired him…and all who knew him will miss his mighty spirit. Uncle Nick was truly one of a kind, and police officers everywhere owe him a little gratitude for letting us all come into their lives and see the humanity behind the badge.
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