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March 2023 Blues Vol 39 No. 3

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48 SCORPION STREET CRIME UNITS • FULTON COUNTY SCORPION - DOES IT RIGHT • MEMPHIS UNIT SHUT DOWN AND FIVE OFFICERS INDICTED 60 ALTERNATIVES TO LETHAL FORCE DEPARTMENTS 6 PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS 8 EDITOR’S THOUGHTS 12 GUEST COMMENTARY lEONARD A. SIPES 16 NEWS AROUND THE US 68 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 70 REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES 80 WAR STORIES 84 AFTERMATH 90 HEALING OUR HEROES 92 DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS 94 LIGHT BULB AWARD 96 RUNNING 4 HEROES 98 BLUE MENTAL HEALTH DR. 100 ADS BACK IN THE DAY 104 PARTING SHOTS 106 BUYERS GUIDE 126 NOW HIRING 192 BACK PAGE

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AROUND THE COUNTRY SELMA, CA. A 24-year-old California officer with only two years on the department, was preparing to become a parent when he was shot and killed last month. Officer Gonzalo Carrasco Jr. with the Selma Police Department was patrolling in the small Central Valley city around noon Tuesday when a woman flagged down his squad car and said there was a suspicious person in her yard, officials said. As Carrasco left his car and approached the suspect, the man opened fire and shot the officer several times, according to a statement from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Carrasco died at a hospital. The suspect was arrested a short time later, and a gun believed to have been used in the shooting was seized, the statement said. Nathaniel Dixon of Selma faces multiple charges including murder, being a felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, as well as probation violation. It wasn’t known Wednesday if he has an attorney who could speak on his behalf. Carrasco began his career with the Selma Police Department in May 2021. He is survived by his parents, brother, sisters and girlfriend, who is pregnant with their child, the sheriff’s department statement said. The killing is the first line-ofduty death for the police department, which was formed in 1893 in the city that is home to about 23,000 people. “I’m absolutely outraged. I am horrified right now,” Selma Police Chief Rudy Alcaraz said during a Tuesday night press conference. Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered flags at the State Capitol to flown at half-staff Wednesday in honor of Carrasco. inside the Selland Arena, over 4,000 people were on hand last month to honor and pay their respects to Officer Carrasco. His family and friends were supported by law enforcement from across the country as they laid him to rest. Law enforcement agencies from as far as New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and Idaho, along with officers and deputies from up and down California were there to salute Carrasco. “It gives us comfort knowing yrs. OFFICER GONZALO CARRASCO, JR. that Gonzalo is with the only person who could love him more than his family-with God,” said Julio Martinez, Carrasco’s cousin. Martinez was emotional as he described Carrasco’s excitement to become a father to a son he will never meet, but who will carry on his name. Baby Gonzalo. “He kept a calendar in his room that tracked upcoming doctor’s appointments and had a stroller, baby shoes, and tiny outfits. He was ready to go,” Martinez said. FROM OUR PUBLISHER, MICHAEL BARRON Thugs. That is exactly what the five Memphis officer acted like when they beat and ultimately killed Tyre Nichols. If they weren’t wearing uniforms, you’d swear you were looking at a street gang beating up an innocent man just driving through their neighborhood. Memphis Police Director Cerelyn Davis described the officers’ actions as “heinous, reckless and inhumane,” and said that her department has been unable to substantiate the reckless driving allegation that prompted the stop. Regardless of why they stopped Nichols, there was NO justification to pull him out of the vehicle and start beating him. Now some will say, he must have shot at them, or tried to run over one of them, or did something to threaten their lives. NOPE. According to the body cam videos and street surveillance video, they just pulled him out and the beat down was on. After watching these horrendous videos, I know there are 800,000 cops who’d like to have five minutes alone with each and every one of these asshole former cops. Beat their ass like they beat Nichols. What they did was wrong and there’s evidence to prove it. Of course, each deserves their day in court, and they are innocent until proven guilty. But personally, I hope they end up in GenPop and get their assess beaten every single day. On behalf of every good and decent cop in America, I apologize to the family of Tyre Nichols for what these five animals did 20 The BLUES The BLUES 21

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