Articles

Randy has been authoring articles related to policing for years. He has been published in many nationally distributed magazines, newspapers and web based periodicals. The Daily Caller, Townhall.com, The New York Daily News, Police Magazine, Policeone.com, Law Officer Magazine, NJ BlueNow magazine and many others have all featured his writing.


A QUESTION OF MURDER
By Lt. Randy Sutton (Ret)

Another prosecution for Murder involving an on duty White Police Officer who killed a Black suspect during a legitimate enforcement interaction is once again ripping through our nation. The bodycam footage reveals the events leading up to the shooting but due to the physical nature of the violence when the deadly shot was fired, it is unclear exactly what happened. Read The Full Article Here


ATTACK IN CHATTANOOGA, ITS ONLY JUST BEGUN
By Lt. Randy Sutton (Ret)

The attack today that took the lives of four Marines in Tennessee underscores two things.  First, how vulnerable our nation is to terror attacks and second, that it will be local police who confront and defeat the threat. Read The Full Article Here


THE COST OF COVER-UP: COMMISSIONER ANTHONY BATTS, THE 4 MILLION DOLLAR MAN
By Lt. Randy Sutton (Ret)

I have fought my entire life for the cause of justice both as a 33 year police veteran and as a writer and journalist.  I believe deeply that integrity and honor are the cornerstones of leadership and without a personal commitment to those ideals, true leadership is impossible and those who inhabit the top rank of a law enforcement agency but do not possess those qualities are simply imposters in a pretty gold braided uniform.  Case in point, Baltimore Police Commissioner Batts. Read The Full Article Here


THE WAR ON ALL FRONTS
By Lt. Randy Sutton (Ret.)

Another Police Officer is gunned down in Memphis.  The killers of a Hattiesburg Police Officer only a few weeks ago is granted bail, as the Mother of that Officer looks on helplessly. A cop orders some food at a drive-through and the man that prepares it writes “PIG” on the wrapper. A County prosecutor decries police making car stops for minor violations as “Chicken-crap” when a car stop leads to the death of a black man.  All of this takes place in the same few days and all of us involved in law enforcement and those who support us wonder, “How is this possible?’ Read The Full Article Here


A TIME TO BELIEVE
By Lt. Randy Sutton (ret)

There was a time when you believed in me. You knew who I was and why I wore that uniform. You knew that I believed also. I believed that when I put on that uniform and strapped that gun belt around my waist, I was much more just a man. I was a cop…your cop. I knew my job then. It was to make sure that you could walk the streets safely, that your daughters would not be accosted and your sons wouldn’t be dragged into a gang. You knew that my job was sometimes not easy and often dangerous and you appreciated me for being willing to take that risk. You spoke to me when we passed in the street and we smiled at each other. Read The Full Article Here


A Police Week Plea To President Obama
LT. RANDY SUTTON (Ret)
National Spokesman, American Council on Public Safety
2:44 PM 05/14/2015

Dear Mr. President:

American streets are running red with the blood of police officers. In the last twelve days alone, four officers from across our nation have been murdered.

As a law enforcement veteran of more than thirty years, I have known fear, I have felt heartbreak, I have tasted disappointment, and I have touched disillusionment, but never before have I seen my profession suffer the despair that envelopes them today. It is despair wrought by injustice, distrust, helplessness, and the threat to the quality that is the very heart of policing: trust. Read The Full Article Here


The dangers of de-policing — will cops just stand down?
By Randy Sutton May 5, 2015 | 8:03pm

The death of yet another NYPD officer, killed in the line of duty after an incident this weekend, offers more proof that police officers across America are under siege.

They are under fire in the streets, in the media, in their own departments and from political leaders.

Understandably, their frustration has never been higher. In precinct locker rooms, police association meeting halls and whispered conversations between partners, the topic is the same: de-policing — that is, the conscious decision by cops to provide only minimum service.Read The Full Article Here


Truth, Justice, Fairness, Protecting the Streets of America
By Randy Sutton

Another Police Officer is gunned down in Memphis. The killers of a Hattiesburg Police Officer only a few weeks ago is granted bail, as the Mother of that Officer looks on helplessly. A cop orders some food at a drive-through and the man that prepares it writes “PIG” on the wrapper. A County prosecutor decries police making car stops for minor violations as “Chicken-crap” when a car stop leads to the death of a black man. All of this takes place in the same few days and all of us involved in law enforcement and those who support us wonder, “How is this possible?’Read The Full Article Here


Mulling McKinney: A New Normal
By Randy Sutton June 11, 2015

Based on the recent firestorm surrounding the events in McKinney, Texas, it appears the ‘new normal’ threshold for demanding swift justice and national condemnation of police officers is a short video clip followed by social media outrage. Read The Full Article Here