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Protecting & Serving Protesters

Sep 13, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Joseph Padilla

One of the freedoms we enjoy in the United States is the right to speak our minds and protest without fear of retaliation. For years I’ve participated and watched law enforcement officers attempt to protect these rights by maintaining control and keeping everyone safe at protests and demonstrations. In doing this, police officers are the visible form of authority and, unfortunately, become most at risk. I’ve observed that as people participat... Full Article »

Revisiting My Brother’s Murder, 36 Years Later

Jan 18, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today
By: Joseph Padilla

The headlines of the Sept. 8, 1980, Honolulu Star-Bulletin read, “Two Marines found dead at Beach Park.” The article quoted local police as saying that two Kaneone Marines apparently were fatally beaten early the day prior when parked near the water’s edge at Manualua Beach Park in Hawaii Kai. One of those Marines was 21-year-old Lance Corporal Rodney “Rocky” Padilla, my brother. The investigation conducted by the Honolulu Police Depar... Full Article »

Rocky Mountain Highs (& the Associated Lows …)

Nov 07, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Joseph Padilla

Several states will be voting to legalize recreational marijuana this month, your state may be one of them. Colorado voters legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and recreational marijuana in January of 2014. The ability to buy cannabis is now as simple as going to a liquor store to buy a six pack of beer. Anyone over 21 years of age can enter a recreational marijuana shop and buy it for personal use or they can grow limited amounts at home. Color... Full Article »