The Thin Blue Line Is Compromised at the Top


One of the more
disturbing aspects of

illegal alien crime anarchy
has been the number of
police officers killed by foreigners—and the apparent
lack of concern about the issue at the highest levels of

police departments
.

There has been local
outrage from citizens, to be sure. But not much of the
official variety from

leaders in uniform
who should regard the safety of
their officers as a top priority—especially any threat
from illegal aliens, who should not be here in the first
place.

Of course, Chief of
Police is a

political position
. You attain it by doing the
bidding of powerful people and gaining the support of

influential voting blocs
—not necessarily by being an
effective cop.

An ambitious captain
looking for promotion has to demonstrate capacity for

community outreach of a diverse nature
while
navigating the obstacle course of alliances that is City
Hall everywhere.

So obedient Chiefs who
want to keep their cushy jobs—San
Francisco
top cop

Heather Fong makes $210,000
—fall into line with
cop-killer policies like

illegal alien sanctuary zones
.

Sanctuary zones are a
force multiplier on the side of the bad guys. If I were
a citizen gangster, say a

Crip or Blood
, I would be offended that my criminal
enterprises were being discriminated against. And they
are. A

foreign gangster
is practically given a license to
practice in Los Angeles, while

homie lawbreakers
get arrest and incarceration.

As a result of pander
politics, we have creatures like the Los Angeles

Chief William Bratton
, who continues to

defend
his city`s sanctuary policy. In 2003, Bratton
even told a radio listener who objected to LA`s

Special Order 40
that he should

"leave the state"
.

LA`s growing

list of victims
at the hands of foreign gang-bangers
include:

At least LA District
Attorney Steve Cooley created a website,

EscapingJustice.com
, dedicated to shining a light on
Mexico`s

corrupt policy
of providing a

largely extradition-free
safe haven for murderers,
rapists and other violent thugs.

Years of citizen anger
and organizing on the David March case and a few other
high-profile crimes has loosened the logjam in the

Mexican court system.
Now at least some of the worst
are sent to America to face US justice.

  • Another success was
    the December 2005

    extradition
    of Raul Gomez-Garcia for the murder
    of Denver officer Donald Young. That case
    caused a lot of anger for many reasons: not only was
    the killer an illegal alien gangster, but at the
    time of the shooting he was

    employed at a restaurant
    owned by the mayor,

    John Hickenlooper.
    Officer Young had been working as a
    security guard at a private baptism party when he
    ejected Gomez-Garcia for misbehavior. The Mexican
    returned with a gun and shot Young three times in
    the back. Gomez-Garcia was

    sentenced
    to the maximum 80 years in prison last
    October.

But to call retrieval
and a middling jail sentence a

"success"
is only to note a slight improvement
on the part of our narco-criminal neighbor in terms of
extradition. Officer Young`s murder was a preventable
crime, as are all the

deaths caused by illegal aliens.

Doubly indefensible are
deadly crimes committed by previously arrested illegal
aliens who have not been deported. For example:

Dallas officer

Brian Jackson
, murdered during a domestic
disturbance call. The

killer was illegal Mexican Juan Lizcano
, who had
been previously arrested twice but allowed to remain
in the country.

Needless to say, there
are no federal statistics kept about the number of
police officers (or innocent citizens) killed by illegal
aliens. So there is no definitive list of their names.
The following is a remembrance taken largely from my
website

Immigrations Human Cost
, where crime victims of
illegal aliens have been memorialized.

  •  Brandon
    Winfield

    of Marion, Ohio, was killed while checking on a
    disabled van by the roadside. He was found shot in
    the head in his patrol car after apparently giving a
    lift to the Mexican owner of the vehicle. Just 29
    years old when he was murdered, he was the father of
    two young sons. In heartland America, hundreds of
    local citizens came to his funeral to show their
    respect and concern because such crimes are not the
    norm there yet.


  • Rodney Johnson
    , a decorated officer of
    the Houston Police Department, was killed last year
    by

    Juan Leonardo Quintero
    , a man previously
    deported for sexual indecency with a child. It`s
    hard to know whether Houston`s sanctuary policy was
    an attraction for Quintero, given his history. At
    any rate, the Mexican was pulled over for speeding,

    managed to hide a gun
    while being cuffed and
    then

    shot Officer Johnson four times in the head
    from
    the back seat of the patrol car. It`s believed
    Quintero feared a prison sentence as a previously
    deported felon. (He will wish he had a little
    10-year sentence after a Texas court gets finished
    with a cop-killer.)

Chief of Police Harold
Hurtt actually remarked shortly after the murder that he

supported Houston`s sanctuary policy
and it didn`t
cause Officer Johnson`s death because "the subject
was deported and yet he came back"
. It was not a
shining moment in the

annals of police leadership
.

  • Oceanside California
    Officer

    Tony Zeppetella
    was a rookie cop who had
    been in the department just over a year, when he was
    shot and killed in a credit union parking lot by
    Adrian George Camacho, a Mexican illegal alien with
    a long criminal record. Officer Zeppetella was
    married with a six-month-old child. He was

    born in Whittier
    and enlisted in the navy after
    he graduated from high school in 1994. Tony
    Zeppetella was 27 years old at the time of his
    death. The accused killer had been

    deported several times
    , and his criminal record
    lists

    drugs,
    illegal firearms possession and gang
    activity. Camacho fled the scene of the shooting to
    the home of his ex-wife`s parents, and was taken
    into custody only after a four-h

  • It was 1992 when
    Oregon State Police Trooper


    Bret Clodfelter
    was murdered by an
    illegal alien, but the crime has not been forgotten.
    Trooper Clodfelter of Klamath Falls had arrested
    three Mexican men for being drunk and disorderly,
    then offered them a ride and was murdered for his
    generosity. The prosecutor sought the death penalty,
    but one dissenting juror meant Francisco Manzo-Hernandez
    got life in prison instead. To add to the tragedy,
    Clodfelter`s widow Rene committed suicide a year
    after her husband was murdered. The couple had been
    married just over a month when the murder occurred.


  • Officer Sheila Herring
    was lost to a
    bullet from an illegal alien in an early morning
    altercation at a Norfolk bar in January 2003. The

    accused man, Mario Roberto Keen
    , a citizen of

    Jamaica
    , had reportedly shot a man in the bar
    after which the police were called. When several
    officers arrived, Keen opened fire and shot Officer
    Herring who died later in surgery. Keen was shot and
    killed at the scene. He had been sentenced to five
    years in prison in 1990 for selling cocaine and was
    later deported. Keen attempted to re-enter the
    United States in New York in 1997, but was
    reportedly barred from entering. It is not known
    when Keen succeeded in entering the U.S. Herring had
    been a cop in Detroit for ten years before moving to
    Virginia. She was 39 and had an 18-year-old
    daughter.


  • Marc Atkinson

    was just 28 when he was shot and killed in a 1999
    ambush by an illegal alien from Mexico. Officer
    Atkinson was a five-year veteran of the Phoenix
    Police Force, and was survived by his wife

    Karen and infant son
    . The killer, Felipe Petrona-Cabanas,
    had around a pound of cocaine in his car when
    apprehended with two other Mexican nationals. The
    three came from a farming area in the state of
    Guerrero near Acapulco, and said they came to the
    United States to work but couldn`t find any.

A notable detail in this
case: an

armed citizen, Rory Vertigan, returned fire against the
three Mexicans
after they had ambushed Officer
Atkinson and began shooting at him. He tackled one
Mexican and disabled their car so the others were unable
to escape into their country.



  • Officer Kenneth Collings

    of the Phoenix Police Department was killed in 1988
    during the arrest of two robbery suspects at

    a local bank
    when one opened fire. One of the
    robbers, Ismael Conde, was quickly arrested but the
    other, Rudy Romero, escaped to Mexico. Romero was
    caught in southern Mexico in 2000 and brought back
    to stand trial. The

    Arizona Attorney General`s Office
    credits help
    from the Phoenix Police Department, the FBI, the
    Attorney General for the Republic of Mexico, and the
    Mexican Federal Agency of Investigation—a rare and
    welcome act of extradition from our southern
    neighbor. In March 2003, Romero was sentenced to 98
    years in state prison.


  • Officer Hugo Arango
    of the Doraville
    (Georgia) Police Department was murdered by an
    illegal alien, Bautista Ramirez, in May 2000. At
    trial the admitted cop-killer pleaded self-defense,
    alleging he thought Officer Arango would kill him
    first. But the jury wasn`t having any and found the
    19-year-old Mexican guilty of the murder as well as
    aggravated assault against a nightclub manager David
    Contreras who was blinded in one eye by the attack.
    The jury decided Ramirez should get

    life in prison (with the possibility of parole)

    plus 20 years for shooting Contreras. According to
    the strange math of sentencing, the convicted cop
    killer could be out in 46 years or less.



  • Officer Will Seuis

    a motorcycle patrolman in Oakland, California, was
    killed on his ride home by an illegal alien.
    Fortunately, some witnesses on the highway
    immediately phoned 911 and the hit-and-run driver,
    Carlos Mares, was quickly caught. A sixteen-year
    veteran of the Police Department, Officer Seuis was

    remembered at his funeral
    as a hard-working cop
    who had received 33 letters of appreciation from
    citizens, including one from a motorist he had
    ticketed. He had been in traffic enforcement since
    1998, and was a member of the department`s 20-member
    precision motorcycle drill team. Seuis left a wife,
    Michelle, and two daughters.


  • Officer Michael Gordon
    lost his life to a
    drunk driving illegal alien. The Chicago policeman
    was in the driver`s seat of his squad car when it
    was struck by Luis Calle, a Guatemalan whose

    blood alcohol level
    was 0.177, twice the legal
    limit. Another officer, John Delcason, sustained
    injuries and was in fair condition in the hospital a
    few days after the incident. Luis Calle died several
    hours after striking the police car. Michael Gordon
    is survived by his wife and four children.

    Several of his relatives have also been police
    officers
    , including his father, brother, uncle
    and cousin. Before entering the police department,
    Gordon joined the 82nd Airborne right after high
    school, serving in Bosnia and Korea. As a policeman,
    he asked to be assigned to

    a tough part of Chicago
    because he wanted to do
    more than just write tickets.

  • California Highway
    Patrolman

    John Bailey
    was off his shift on Feb. 25
    of last year, riding his motorcycle home when he saw
    a dangerous drunk driver and pulled him over. As he
    stood on the shoulder of Interstate 15, he was
    struck and killed by another drunk driver, illegal
    alien Domingo Esqueda, who had a blood alcohol level
    three times the legal limit. Esqueda was sentenced
    in early August to 10 years in prison for gross
    vehicular manslaughter. Officer Bailey was married
    with four children. He had just returned from a tour
    in Iraq that ended in November 2005.

As a result of
Washington`s policy of No Borders, law enforcement
officers are the only protection we have against a
planet overrun with criminals and terrorists.
Accordingly, police should be remembered and honored as
soldiers used to be—back when we had

sovereignty
and the

armed forces
defended America.

In other areas of law
enforcement, the

"broken windows"
approach of tough
policing on small infractions has been lauded as
successful because it prevents minor situations from
escalating.

But when illegal aliens
are involved, the

world turns upside down
and the worst imaginable
behavior is

excused and permitted.

Within that
looking-glass universe, police officers are so much
disposable road kill to elites from City Hall to the
White House.

Just like

the rest of us
.


Brenda Walker (
email
her) lives in Northern California and publishes
two websites,


LimitsToGrowth.org
and

ImmigrationsHumanCost.org
. She
admires Mexico for its marvelous tequila, and that`s
about all.