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  •  Same incident apparently. (2+ / 0-)
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    •  happened again this spring (1+ / 0-)
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      friend of mine in Dallas says.
      Big uproar among parents, then .... crickets.
      Dammit.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:01:04 PM PDT

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      •  Apparently troopers in Tx. are remiss in their (1+ / 0-)
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        white blitz

        Squirrel training.

        •  Okay, Horace. I'm'a try to be nice to you (1+ / 0-)
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          gerrilea

          but you need to embrace some basic facts.

          In Texas, the hierarchy of police goes like this:

          The Texas Rangers / The Department of Public Safety State Troopers
          You must be at least a Trooper II to take the Ranger test. More than 100 applicants apply for every opening. The Rangers, Chuck Norris's tv show aside, are the best of our best -- and they're often working far from where they live. Think of them as Scotland Yard detectives who can still ride horses when the need arises. The Ranger stationed in Alpine might be called upon for cases anywhere in the State, just like one in Dallas; plus, the Rangers handle the Coastal Bend. There are 150 Rangers in the whole state.That's not even one per county. They do investigative work.
          Right now they've called some in about 40 miles from me, in Lamesa: Sunday, a farmer found some human bones in a bar ditch across the road from his cotton patch. Nobody knows whose they are, or how they got there. The Rangers came in to help, 'cause between 'em Dawson County and the City of Lamesa (who would not have jurisdiction) have about a dozen hands, counting the sheriff and the dispatchers.

           Texas Rangers don't have the time or manpower to harass adolescent squirrels. The DPS just graduated a new class, and somebody you might've heard of recently, Senator Letitia Van de Putte, gave their commencement.

          “Protecting Texas from crime and terrorism is of the utmost importance, and I am proud of these men and women who have pledged to do just that,” said Texas State Sen. Van de Putte. “This group has endured months-long, rigorous training in order to serve one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the nation. I am proud of each of them and am confident Texas will be safer because of their extensive training and selfless commitment."
          There's at least one pair of troopers permanently stationed in every county in Texas. In counties where there are regional headquarters there may be as many as six dozen. We lose one or two a year to idiots in traffic, and every so often some dirtbag will shoot one, or maybe more than one. These men and women are grownups, and they have neither the time, manpower nor inclination to harass adolescent animals with pepper spray.

          Neither of the incidents involving squirrels in Mesquite involved "troopers."
           Savvy?

          Comments over there on the link you provided suggest this was Mesquite PD jacking around.

          LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 09:52:50 PM PDT

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          •  But you knew I was referring to law enforcement (2+ / 0-)
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            which is sufficient for communication.

            •  No, it's not. I'm telling you (1+ / 0-)
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              first you have constables, then school districts' cops, then municipal PDS, then reserve deputies, then deputies / police officers, then the sheriff, who has the LEO responsibility for the county, then the DPS, and the "troopers" are the DPS.

              This was some ISD rentacop gone wild, or some local PD jerkoff.

              "Trooper" is a different animal altogether in Texas.

              Kinda like you're not a SEAL just because you're a sailor, or a PJ just 'cause your AFSC includes "medic".

              But I'm sure that's a distinction you find irrelevant.

              I'm just sayin' you need to be accurate lest you pick a fight with the wrong level of LEO in Texas.

              If you want an idea of a real Ranger's job's hazards, watch "Man of the House" and pay attention to Roland Sharp. You could easy be in a cowlot this morning and the governor's office this afternoon, or vice versa, happen your caseload called you to do so.

              LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 10:14:17 PM PDT

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