One of the Cops That Jumped Dymond Milburn Named 2008 Galveston “Officer of the Year”

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Congrats, Officer Sean Stewart. You are the latest embodiment of Justice Antonin Scalia’s “new police professionalism” in action.

See here (pdf), page five.

Prior posts on Milburn’s lawuit here and here.

Credit to commenter CharlesWT for the find.

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20 Responses to “One of the Cops That Jumped Dymond Milburn Named 2008 Galveston “Officer of the Year””

  1. #1 |  Cappy | 

    Holy shit! Did ya’ll read the article on Page 12 about “throw downs” (weapons planted at the scenes of fatal shootings).

    Excerpt: Both shootings
    took place in southeast Houston
    and the fact that the weapons were
    ‘throw downs’ was discovered during
    the course of follow-up investigations.
    Several officers lives were ruined over
    two pieces of human garbage that
    were not really worth the effort. The
    cost to the officer’s families can never
    be tabulated. Children grew up without
    fathers and without adequate financial
    support, and all of it for no good reason.
    In fact, both of the aforementioned
    cases were justifiable shootings,…

    The stolen van spun out and
    the officer approached the driver’s
    door with his duty weapon drawn. The
    suspect bailed out of the van and the
    closest officer to him grabbed the
    unarmed suspect with one hand and
    struck him once in the head with his
    pistol while trying to subdue him.

    When that specific cop struck the suspect
    in the head with his pistol it bent
    the aluminum trigger guard and accidently
    discharged. The young suspect died immediately from an unintended
    gunshot wound to his head.

  2. #2 |  Cappy | 

    Oh yeah, and then the author, a Mr. Brian Foster goes on to educate the police that the best guns to use in a throw down are guns that are manufactured before 1968.

    Yowzer. Not only advocating a criminal act, but instructing on how best to set it up.

  3. #3 |  Bob | 

    OMG, read the newsletter itself. What a self centered bunch of… self worshipers.

    Read the article about “Throw downs”. Heh.

    This newsletter is a joke, right? Like “The Onion”?

  4. #4 |  supercat | 

    When that specific cop struck the suspect
    in the head with his pistol it bent
    the aluminum trigger guard and accidently
    discharged.

    That’s story 2.0; any reason to believe it’s more truthful than story 1.0?

  5. #5 |  Highway | 

    And sadly, the part about ‘in both cases, the shootings were justified’ is probably both false and true. When was the last time a police internal investigation found a shooting unwarranted and unjustified?

  6. #6 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Note that the “throw-down” article comes from a book written by a Houston cop. The end of the article:

    “From the book More Homicidal Humor by
    Sgt. Brian Foster, Houston Homicide, Copy-
    right 2008. Reprint with permission.
    Available online at http://www.homicidalhumor.com

    Interesting. It is supposed to be some form of morbid humor, apparently.

  7. #7 |  Brian | 

    http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=c7a4c86aa9e4d872
    New story on this subject..

  8. #8 |  Michael Chaney | 

    I love this part:

    Galveston Police Chief Charles Wiley also declined to comment specifically about the case, citing a law that keeps some information about juvenile crimes out of the public’s view.

    Wiley said the facts of the case as he knew them and as related in police reports differed with a version of the event reported by a Houston newspaper.

    So, the police report didn’t admit to 3 or 4 guys getting their pathetic donut-eating asses kicked by a 12-year-old girl? Why, knock me over with a feather!

    This is the part that always gets me. I’m probably more “manly” than these guys (well, no “probably” about it – I don’t beat up young girls for fun), but I would be *ashamed* to arrest a 12-year-old girl for “assaulting” me if I were a cop. Seriously. Especially at school. You’d think they would be embarrassed to admit that she was arrested for assaulting them in front of a bunch of other kids her age.

  9. #9 |  Mike T | 

    When that specific cop struck the suspect
    in the head with his pistol it bent
    the aluminum trigger guard and accidently
    discharged.

    If that were true, then suspect would already by dead from having a pistol smashed from one side to the other through his skull based on the amount of force it’d take to bend a trigger guard back to cause a discharge.

  10. #10 |  claude | 

    “One of the Cops That Jumped Dymond Milburn Named 2008 Galveston “Officer of the Year””

    Just an award? No raise and promotion? Man, the economy really is starting to hit everyone hard. Looks like cops in that area r gonna have to ramp it up a bit if they want the full package. Pre-schoolers take note. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  11. #11 |  Bronwyn | 

    Not even 8 am, and my morning is already ruined.

  12. #12 |  Bronwyn | 

    So Radley’s timestamper thingie is located somewhere in the Atlantic? Fascinating.

  13. #13 |  Andrew | 

    The timestamper never was updated for Daylight Savings.

    As for the story… is anyone really surprised? C’mon.

  14. #14 |  scott clark | 

    How many officers of the year can there be? They’re giving that prize out like Halloween candy. In the end, there can be only one.

  15. #15 |  Nick T | 

    What a bunch of scumbags. Why were they arresting this “child” again? Even if she was a prostitiute, were they of the view she was just some enterprising 12yo, who was trying to save up for the new Jonas Brothers album? Maybe she was the madam!
    Assuming this CHILD was having sex with people who then paid a sum of money for said sex, she was obviosuly being abused, or enslaved into such circumstances and thus needed RESCUING.

    And 12yo girls do not look like women. Sorry.

  16. #16 |  Randy | 

    What I took from Sgt. Foster’s article was that LEO’s should not use a “throw down” weapon as it is illegal. However, if you insist on doing so, be sure it can’t be traced back to you in some way.

    IMO, his main point is why use a “throw down” weapon when the chances are, you, as an officer of the law, will likely be cleared of any wrongdoing regarding the shooting regardless of the circumstances.

    IOW, Sgt. Foster is less concerned about the criminality of “throw down” weapons than he is with their utility, given the likelihood that the officer will be cleared anyway, whether is suspect is armed or unarmed.

    Sadly, Sgt. Foster is correct. We all know that a few well worn phrases along the lines of “I feared for my life” or “I was certain I saw a weapon” uttered by the LEO will usually do the trick 99% of the time for most questionable shooting incidents.

  17. #17 |  Bob | 

    scott clark says:
    “How many officers of the year can there be? They’re giving that prize out like Halloween candy. In the end, there can be only one.”

    That was my first thought too! But look at the departments… one ‘Officer of the year’ from each department. So Galveston police gets one, the Galveston Sheriff dept. gets one… etc. They broke it down so they could pass out as many of these ‘awards’ as possible.

    Obviously, it’s just a publicity stunt from the ’50 Club’ to boost membership.

    Right there, you can see how sick ‘Police Culture’ has become. It’s a bunch of mutual admiration societies fawning over each other, vying to see who can best point out how awesome police are at the expense of the rest of the world.

  18. #18 |  CharlesWT | 

    I don’t know whether it makes the police look better or worse in this case, but it’s very likely that the Milburn home wasn’t just another house on the street to them. The father, Wilfred Milburn has a bit of history with the police.

    GALVESTON — A traffic stop turned into a felony drug arrest late Tuesday night.

    A patrol officer pulled over a car in the 4500 block of Avenue S about 10:45 p.m. for failing to signal before a turn, police said.

    The officer saw a red liquid in a clear, plastic soda bottle standing next to the driver, with more of the substance in an adjacent, Styrofoam cup. The substance turned out to be codeine, according to police reports.

    Galveston resident Wilfred Louis Milburn Jr., 42, was in jail Wednesday, under a $250,000 bond. He faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance, which carries a possible prison term of five to 99 years, or life, as well as a fine of up to $50,000.
    Police News for July 22, 2004: Traffic Stop Turns Into Arrest

    [...]
    “NCIS had contacted us and asked if we’d work an operation before the ship docked on Friday,” Braun said.

    Sgt. Phillip Fleming, who leads the department’s vice and narcotics team, said the number of arrests and felony charges stemming from the operation made it a success.

    Attorney Anthony Griffin was not so sure. Griffin, a lawyer who has taken on many civil liberties cases in his legal career, said military involvement made for potentially murky legal issues.
    [...]
    Charged were:

    • Wilford Milburn, 43 … Milburn also faces a marijuana charge.

    Navy, DPS, GPD net 12 in drug sweep

    Eight misdemeanor cases listed (place Milburn Wilfred in “Party Name:” box and click search):

    Misdemeanor Records – Search

  19. #19 |  Michael | 

    CharlesWT,

    I vote for worse. Should not they have known the age of the daughter?! As a reasonable person, I would have to think the drug charges had nothing at all to do with the bogus “prostitution” claim, unless, of course, it was, all, intentional!

  20. #20 |  Brian | 

    Police chief vows new ‘philosophy’ (Unfortunately, the breaking of vows happens quite often in this particular field)

    http://galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=6aa1514b964f0da3

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