Blue Byline

A cop's perspective of the news and South Sound matters

Archives: June 2014

June
17th

Three years later, a blue wrap-up

In 1988 I was a big fan of the cop drama, Hill Street Blues. It was a brilliantly poignant show that myself and many of my academy classmates credited for driving our decision to become police officers. Fast forward to April 2011, and that career choice spurred a new gig as a News Tribune blogger.

Hard to believe it’s been over three years since I first started writing Blue Byline. Back then I was a cop with a penchant for writing hackneyed diatribes, small 600 word missives forever destined to change the way TNT readers viewed the world of law enforcement.

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June
9th

Mass shooter: the rise of the anti-hero

This time it happened close to home. One victim dead and three wounded on a college campus. A lone gunman taken into custody.

Once again it was our turn to stare in shock at the breaking news on the television – a mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University, the quiet, tree-lined campus that hugs Queen Anne Hill (TNT 6/7).

Our reaction to such senseless violence should not depend on proximity, but of course it does.

In an achingly familiar cycle, we first experience panicked shock as we recall the faces and names of students we know (four,

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June
2nd

Red-flagging unstable individuals is not without risk

Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of men?

Simple answer: God. Since he isn’t sharing, and the Shadow (whose catch phrase this is), is a fictional character, that leaves the rest of us to blunder our way through life, locking our doors both figuratively and literally, trying to keep the unknown forces of malice at bay.

Yet in defiance of logic, we often demand that our authority figures predict the future. We curse the weather forecasters. We make boogeymen out of politicians (sometimes rightly so). We point the finger of blame at law enforcement when killers emerge from

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