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February 15, 2013


Riverside Chief of Police’s Eulogy for Officer Michael Crain

Ace of Spades reports on the funeral:

The local television stations broadcast the funeral of Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain — one of the officers whose life was cut short by crazed ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner — in its entirety on Wednesday.

It was stunning. There was more than 8,000 people in attendance, 4,000 of whom were uniformed police officers from around the state and some from out of state. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Governor Jerry Brown were also in attendance.

By the time Dorner was finally stopped, his rage had touched the five largest counties in Southern California — Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles — and turned the state into one large army of law enforcement officials determined to stop the carnage of one mad man.

The funeral was held at The Grove Community Church in Riverside and the eulogies were gut-wrenching. But I have never been more proud of Riverside’s Chief of Police Sergio Diaz. (Full disclosure: I live in Riverside and confess to a little bias in my views.)

This is what Chief Diaz chose to share—not with the 8000 in attendance, but to the family:


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Chief Diaz was a deputy chief w/ LAPD. He was pretty special there, you have a good one, Riverside.  What graceful, tender, genuine and heartfelt words. 

It’s quite chilling to me, a uniformed officer that the user comments for a major news website the Huffington Post were running 90/10 IN FAVOR OF DORNER.

It was also galling witnessing Marc Lamont Hill’s comments the other day on CNN (this is exciting!  It’s like watching Django unchained!) and then watching him go on O’Reilly the next day and get to claim he was misunderstood.  MLH wasn’t misunderstood, he has an odd, sick copkiller fetish.  He co-wrote a book with convicted copkiller Mumia Abu Jamal.

[1] Posted by Seanny Rotten on 2-16-2013 at 02:55 AM · [top]

In hearing the Chief’s description of Officer Crain’s role as father – “he lived for his family” – I could help thinking of Barack Obama’s comments the same day:

“There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,” Obama said.

“You know, I — don’t get me wrong. As the son of a single mom who gave everything she had to raise me, with the help of my grandparents, you know, I turned out O.K.,” he continued. “But at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved.”

But then Obama goes on – and you could see it coming – to say that actually “families” come in all kinds and shapes including “gay or straight parents.”

Hmm. I’m glad Obama turned out so well with only a single mom (and a deadbeat dad). But suppose he had lived in our advanced age and had had two mommies. Would he still say he had wished he had a father around? I suspect so.

[2] Posted by Stephen Noll on 2-16-2013 at 07:02 AM · [top]

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