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What might have been: Officer John William Westfall

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by ronduke, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. ronduke


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    There was an incident that happened a few years
    ago that most people have never heard anything
    about. But this incident speaks to the very essence
    of the mission and the current state of TMPA. So it
    is only appropriate for you to now hear the rest of
    the story.
    A cold, drizzling rain was falling on the capitol
    building as the President of the United States
    walked out onto the East Portico to deliver his second
    inaugural address. The Republican president
    had originally been elected four years earlier even
    though he received less than half of the total popular
    vote. His presidency had been marked by some
    of the most trying times in our nation’s history.
    Now, four years later, he had been re-elected by a
    comfortable margin, but only after a vicious campaign.
    He is now focused on trying to re-build the
    nation, putting aside our differences and moving
    the country forward.
    A young man in the front row of the crowd, who
    despises this Republican, and all that he stands for,
    lunges toward the President. A Washington
    Metropolitan Police Officer, John Westfall, grabs
    the young man and holds him back. The President
    does not even notice and moves on to the podium.
    Officer Westfall recognizes the young man. He is a
    nationally famous actor, and he is from a family of
    famous actors. Westfall knows that arresting this
    celebrity will not make his bosses at the police station
    — or at city hall — happy. So he accepts the
    would-be attacker’s explanation that he had only
    stumbled. Officer Westfall lets the young man go
    and does not report the incident to his superiors.
    You all do in fact know the rest of this story. Six
    weeks later that young actor, John Wilkes Booth,
    assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. No one
    disputes that Lincoln's assassination changed the
    course of history.
    But what if? What if Officer John William Westfall
    had felt confident that he could enforce the law,
    arrest a man who had just tried to assault the
    President of the United States — even a famous
    actor — and still had the backing of his department,
    and his city council, and his citizens?
    What if Boothe had been arrested and interrogated
    on March 4th, 1861? Might that arrest have put in
    motion a series of events that would have prevented
    the assassination President Lincoln?
    How much did Westfall’s decision NOT to arrest
    Boothe, also change the course of history?
    Every peace officer has been in situations where
    they have had to ask themselves, “If I make this
    arrest, or write this report, or write this ticket, is
    my department going to have my back?? Or am I
    risking my livelihood and my family's financial
    well-being by simply doing my job?”
    TMPA was created in 1950 to pursue job protections
    and due process for all cops in Texas. TMPA
    has been, and will continue to be, focused on that
    You all know that when you are out there doing your
    job, trying to do the right thing, TMPA has your back!
    We are striving for the day that all of you, when
    you face a dilemma like the one that Officer John
    Westfall faced, you will also feel comfortable that
    your department, your city, your county, your
    school board, your voters, will also have your back.
    You should be able to make law enforcement decisions
    based upon the facts and evidence before you
    – not based upon the potential consequences to
    you personally. And the citizens you serve need for
    you to have that confidence as well.
    Because we all know that every day that you work,
    you are faced with decisions that will change the
    course of somebody's history. You and your family
    should not suffer because you choose to do the
    right thing.

    (This was from my most recent union newsletter.) Sept-Oct 2012.pdf
  2. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    I'm going to formally request that you cease from associating with Dragoon. Very disingenuous ruse in the 1st sentence, and thruout the article. I like it. :)

    There are too many similarities between between then, and now.

    The only pressing remaining question then is: When Pres. Romney is in office, will you be able to restrain yourself when you are arresting Alec Balwdin?

  3. Patchman

    Patchman Florist

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    Land of Flora, Fauna & Merriweather
    Alec who...? :dunno:

    John Wilkes Booth I know by reputation in the theater world.
  4. vanilla_gorilla


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    Dragoon went and saw him act one evening...:whistling:
  5. RetailNinja


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    Jan 31, 2007
    With the rest of his class from the 40th HS reunion?
  6. CJStudent

    CJStudent No Longer Fenced In

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    I think you forgot a couple of zeros in that.
  7. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    What is this, the rag-on-Drag thread?

    I LIKE IT! :rofl::supergrin::rofl: