How many in law enforcement have to die at the hands of criminals?

Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Micah May
Las Vegas Police Officer Shay Mikalonis,
Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Micah May

 Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Micah May is the latest victim at the hands of a criminal. This time justice was served sooner than later when the criminal was shot at the scene by another Highway Patrol officer. If those who attack and kill those in law enforcement could suffer the logical penalty for it at the time of their crimes, law enforcement/cop-killings would likely come to an end. A report released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) found that 264 federal, state, military, tribal and local law enforcement officers to date died in the line of duty last year — the highest since 1974. In Las Vegas alone in the last fifteen years, since 2006 when Sgt. Henry Prendes was killed in an ambush responding to a domestic violence call, nine other police officers have lost their life, almost one per year, ten in total, but ten too many. It seems like those who were responsible for the death of those police officers rarely paid for their crimes because there was always a legal loophole that helped them out.
Edgar Samaniego, who shot Officer Shay Mikalonis, has been in the Clark County detention Center since August 2020 and every time they set a court date, something happens and the court date is postponed, making one wonder about the reason for the postponement and why the prosecution is not ready to send Samaniego, an alleged gang member and cop-shooter, to a cell keeping him incommunicado twenty-three hours a day, like the federal agents are doing with Chapo Guzman, who never shot a police officer.
It is always sad to see someone killed at the hands of criminals, but when that someone is a law enforcement agent or officer, the sadness multiplies because in our minds law enforcement personnel are the ones who protect us from the criminals. Seeing them get away with such killings leaves a sadness and heaviness on our hearts.
We can see now that defunding the police and any other attack on them diminishes their value. When we ourselves might’ve cried out for police help but felt they turned a blind eye to us, even though at that particular time they just happened to lessen their obvious dedication and loyalty to the community they chose to serve for who-knows-what-reason.
Sure, many of us at one time or another, may have had an experience, confrontation, or altercation with a police officer because at that time we failed to realize that the officer is also a human being and as such, is entitled to a bad moment or a slip of the tongue, just as we are, and we failed to look at them as the example and authority figure that they are.
Twenty-three years ago, the Las Vegas Tribune was founded for the sole purpose of exposing the bad apples in the police department after being victims ourselves of some cowardly police detectives who could only show their bravery or their manhood with the badge and gun visible to others. The more we communicated with them, the more we could see through them and the more we realized that in most cases those who used the badge and the gun to emphasize their cajones were just plainclothes detectives with close ties to the higher-ups in the administration, those who enjoyed their own ego and cocky attitude because those detectives knew how to kiss the butts of the administration; and the police officers in uniform sometimes were    victims of their counterparts in plainclothes.
Over the years, we’ve learned to appreciate and respect our police force in uniform and we’ve exposed those walking into the courthouse showing their big bellies, walking like they’re real men, displaying their guns and their badges and looking at the marshals and the uniformed officers as though they’re way beneath them.
Our articles exposing that behavior within the department’s bad boys has stopped since they’re behaving a little better and more like human beings. We’re glad to see that change because their behavior reflects on the good men and women in the field.
We offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers of Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Micah May; and we offer our respect to Officer Shay Mikalonis that extends to his family, friends and fellow officers; we can assure this community that we, at the Las Vegas Tribune, will continue to follow his recuperation and if we do not seem to be part of any “official recognition” it’s because for the last ten years this newspaper has been discriminated against by the current administration.
Still, every day here in the Las Vegas Tribune’s humble office, we pray for the recuperation of Officer Shay Mikalonis and hope that the heartless juvenile delinquent who shot him will not be able to slip through the cracks of the alleged Constitution of this great nation.

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