A note for the San Diego Police Department

August 7, 2011

A note for friends, on an occasion most dreadful:

Jeremy HenwoodSan Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne said Sunday that the officer who was shot Saturday in an unprovoked attack has died.

He was identified as Officer Jeremy Henwood, 36. He was a Marine reservist and had been deployed overseas three times, and had been with the Police Department for four years. He was from Texas and is survived by his parents and a brother and a sister.

Please know you have the condolences of entire cities—a whole region—up where I am in western Washington state. And my personal best wishes to the San Diego Police Department, and all who serve it, in this most difficult of times.

Sorry, guys. It sucks. We know.

Stand tall.



  1. Jeremy Henwood (In Memorial) Uncommon Valor In Peace & War

    Wow! San Diego, California not Detroit, New York, Chicago or LA,
    Unprovoked attack on a proudly worn blue uniform shatters the day,
    Completed tours of combat duty one in Afghanistan and two in Iraq,
    This USMC Captain gunned downed stateside via a cowardly attack.

    Whenever there is police intervention many will play the race card,
    Viewing a security camera from McDonald’s restaurant it’s not hard,
    Given the lighting inside at the counter & outside the sun did shine,
    It’s easy to see that this hero in uniform was completely colorblind.

    “Officer Friendly” is a term rarely associated in Black neighborhoods,
    As law enforcement is hardly meant to portray anything that is good,
    Tell that to Daveon Tinsley 13, who entered Mickey D’s short of cash,
    He was dime short as the cop opened his wallet & used his own stash.

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression, oh how true,
    However, kindness from the, “good guys” is neither rare nor is it new,
    Yet if the video equipment wasn’t working this story would have died,
    And without the proof if the kid retold the deed it he’d be telling a lie.

    Soon afterwards a black Audi behind the police cruiser flashed its lights,
    Okay, just another citizen requiring assistance, this too would be all right,
    Pulling over Officer Henwood put down his window, a blast to the head,
    Not from a pistol but a shotgun & injuries so severe, next day he’s dead.

    Mention a killer’s name alongside a man who served his country well?
    Naw! Just as long as he answers Satan when his name is called in hell,
    In their brief conversation the kid said he wanted to play in the NBA,
    Then Jeremy said work hard with a smile saying, “one day you may.”

    Jeremy leaves behind proud patents, loving brother & sister, must be hard,
    “The eyes of the Lord run to & fro.” There! My new Captain of the Guard,
    America, no the whole world doesn’t need less dedication it needs more,
    Foot Soldiers whose way of life is, “Uncommon Valor in Peace & War.”

  2. Thank goodness some bloggers can still write. My thanks for this writing!

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