Saturday, February 17, 2007

Farewell Officer Vazquez

A bunch of stories in the media.

Tribune, Channel 2, Channel 5, Channel 7.

We've also heard that the investigation into this case has hit a brick wall. This isn't for lack of effort on the Detective's part but rather the fact that the investigation is being run out of 35th Street rather than Area 4.

We won't speculate aloud on this one, but the rumors and e-mails have been flying back and forth between ourselves and a large number of disgusted PO's, bosses of all levels and more detectives than we'd care to mention regarding the conduct of this investigation. Rumors will NOT be published at this point - keep the BS to yourselves - we've read a bunch of it and it isn't going to get aired here at the moment. Stay sharp people.

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Blogger leomemorial said...

Do not stand by my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep,
I am the thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on the snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle Autumn's rain,
When you awaken in the morning's hush
Oo quiet birds in circular flight,
I am the soft star that shines at night,
Do not stand by my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

2/16/2007 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if, and I say if, the investigation is controlled by 35th st., with large numbers of personnel thrown in (on the theory that more is better), rather than allowing the affected Area to assign their best dicks, in some sort of coordinated effort (without pressure or interference from hq), that investigation might (I say might) be in trouble...

2/16/2007 11:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jose,
We miss you, brother. Your smile, your charm, your humor, your kindness. If I hadn't known you, I would have thought you were too good to be true based on all the words spoken at your service today. But I did know you. I did know that you were all of the exceptional qualities mentioned. It still seems like a bad dream. I pray every day for your beloved wife. I hope she will be able to reflect on her years with you and this will be able to carry her through this trying time. We will take care of her. She is one of us, as she was yours. You can rest easy knowing that we will always look over your Nelly.

2/16/2007 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe me I mean no disrespect to Officer Vazquez but is this being considered a "Line of Duty" death?

Just curious.

May he rest in peace

2/17/2007 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those of you that made it out to the funeral, thank you, your presence and representation was noticed and appreciated. To those of you P/O's, and more importantly to the bosses of the department, who did not make time to attend, shame on you. Jose was one of our brothers and he was taken from us violently. Of all times we need to come together, I was sorely disappointed with the outcome. By my best estimate, 2% of the department was there in that church (approximately 250/13000). And I honestly dont know how many exempts there really are in the CPD, but I counted only 6, excluding Supt PC. Very sad.

2/17/2007 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING ON THE SAME TEAM AS JOSE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS WE HAVE SHARED MANY LAUGHS AND SERIOUS TIMES ON AND OFF DUTY MY LIFE HAS BEEN ENRICHED BY HAVING KNOWN HIM .THANK YOU MY FRIEND I'LL REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS.

2/17/2007 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We've also heard that the investigation into this case has hit a brick wall. This isn't for lack of effort on the Detective's part but rather the fact that the investigation is being run out of 35th Street rather than Area 4."

I work in A/4. What I can tell you is that Peterson is pissed because of some of the typical shenanigans that have been going on that comes with a high profile case. I think the above issue has been addressed and hope will be resolved.

We're working hard.

2/17/2007 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A sad day.....keep your chins up and your eyes open.

2/17/2007 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was at the funeral today. great turn out considering it wasnt a line of duty death, the weather fuckn sucked, and it was way up north. but that's what we do- we honor our fallen-on or off duty. great turn out by 153 and i saw a lot of officers not from 153. also i hate to say it but at least dick daley showed up maybe not for the right reasons but he was there where was everyone else?

2/17/2007 03:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what happens when MR. 5x5 gets involved in an investigation. When he starts stepping on a case with his danty size 6's, the case grinds to a halt because of his micromanaging.

2/17/2007 06:07:00 AM  
Blogger Doubter said...

I don't know if anyone remembers the name Charley Pollard. Charley was a great guy, worked the lockup in 010. I worked with him occasionally.

Charlie got killed around 1966, under strikingly similar circumstances. He lived in the district. It was mid-winter. I don't remember if he went to take the garbage out or he was coming home, but his wife heard what sounded like arguing and then a shot. He was killed in the alley behind his house. As I recall, his revolver was laying in the snow near his body.

Charlie was a stand-up guy with brass balls.

I was on the scene that night, and got into an altercation with reporters who were trying to snap pictures of his frozen body. Today I'd probably be fired.

Anyway, it turned out to be a failed robbery. The offenders were caught about a week later. One of them had fled to Alabama (or Mississippi), but his mother persuaded him to come home and give himself up.

Unfortunately for the investigation in Vasquez's case, we didn't have the kind of restraints that detectives have today. Crying shame.

Rest in peace, Vasquez. You'll like Charley.

2/17/2007 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have one question to ask?

From the looks of it, Vasquez received an Honors Funeral... Does this mean his widow gets the benefits as if he was on duty?

Remember the conflict "In the line or perfomance of duty" this b.s. started under Hillard?

2/17/2007 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Checklist needed.

[x]-Nearest Tree
[x]-6 feet 1/2 in. Nylon rope
[ ]-Offender

Let's bring this maggot to justice.

2/17/2007 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

"(G)reat turnout considering it wasn't a line of duty death..." -"ANONYMOUS" at 3:27 AM

Unless you were there when off-duty Officer Jose Vazquez was murdered, how dare you come to such a conclusion!

Shut the fuck up, you "anonymous" piece of shit.

2/17/2007 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can we do to help? (wives of PO's, families of PO's, supporters of CPD) Please, tell us...

Do you think efforts need to be made to raise the reward $?

2/17/2007 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His funeral card had him and his wife. Did he just get married? If so, thats really sad.

2/17/2007 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

let the best A4 detectives run the investigation. God bless Officer Vasquez and his family. He will be sorely missed. Good man. Good police.

2/17/2007 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 12:11 AM,

As, sorry as I am for the lose of a brother. Some of us have other responsibilties and have no control over them. Dragging a infant out in the cold to satisfy your feelings are not my problem. We all grieve and we all go to 011 every night and tear the shit out of it looking for someone or something that might bring justice to our brother. You want to vent your anger? I suggest you go to 011 and start there and not with your fellow brothers. I will grieve in my own way and pray for my brother and the rest of my brother's on the street, for we all must be our brother's keepers.

FYI. There are not 13,000 P.O.'s out there, try alot less.

2/17/2007 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous No shame said...

To 12:11 A.M.

You should have just kept your coments to "Thanks to those, who attended Jose's Funeral.."

But you had to get in a dig at those who didn't or COULDN'T attend with the "Shame on you comment" and I think that was in poor taste.

I have attended probably closed to 100 police funerals in my time, some were taken from us violently and some died peacefully after many years of receiving a pension. At a minimum they all get a moment of silence and are remembered in my prayers.

Didn't personally know Jose, but personally do know many of his co-workers and asked them to express my condolences to his family.

In addition, I contributed when the hat was passed around.

So take a valium, have a drink, and relax Sally!

The city doesn't come to a halt, crime doesn't stop happening, AND lastly we don't all get to put in slips and take time off to attend, and we know many bosses aren't going to let you "sneek-out" during a backlog and drive clear across town in rush hour traffic to attend "St. Jude's"..that's reality!

SOMEBODY HAS TO REMAIN AT WORK..besides from what I hear Jose was that kind of officer..he would have wanted us to carry on!

R.I.P. Brother.

Always in our thoughts and prayers...

2/17/2007 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

talking about hill his son was supposed to be watching the lot at the academy, to prevent the new detectives, ftos and lts from parking in the staff lot. well little hill fell asleep in the marked car and everyone just drove around and parked where they wanted. One new detective got a couple of good pics of it with his cell phone. hope to see them posted here sometime soon.

2/17/2007 04:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have one question to ask?

From the looks of it, Vasquez received an Honors Funeral... Does this mean his widow gets the benefits as if he was on duty?

Remember the conflict "In the line or perfomance of duty" this b.s. started under Hillard?


Jose got NEITHER. Just a private funeral with perks, with the help of SOS and 025, along with a few burbs..THANK YOU FOR THAT, but the Department turned their back.

2/17/2007 04:19:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

To the anonymous poster who typed a comment not for publication:

We're heard all that and worse. The fact is that 35th Street should have kept their fingers out of this from the start and let the Area handle it as usual - which in this case means averting their eyes and running interference with the press and politicians.

2/17/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since uniform checks are dur soon why dont we all give our checks toward the reward that way its city money going to fund the reward. If you figure $300 x even 1000 po's thats a boost in the reward of $300,000. I'm in if someone can organize it. If the reward isn't collected maybe give a check to the family. Admit it the niform check is found money anyway

2/17/2007 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To editor in chief:

Remeber when Joan Lefkow's family was killed, they closed down A/3 to find this guy. Just food for thought.

2/17/2007 06:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To leomemorial: That poem brought a tear to my eye.

2/17/2007 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We plan to have benefits. Please do the best you can to help his wife Nelly. She's a full time student and Jose was workin hard to put her through school. When the benefit gets under way.. please help when it gets to your dist/unit. Again, I thank all my brothers and sisters who helped with the services, the ones who attended in this brutal weather, and the ones who were understandably unable to attend but still had Jose and his family in thier prayers. Thank you very much. Jose...I love ya brother, OJ

2/17/2007 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That uniform check idea would be great. It would help his wife out incredibly...Im up for it.

2/17/2007 09:37:00 PM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

We're heard all that and worse. The fact is that 35th Street should have kept their fingers out of this from the start and let the Area handle it as usual - which in this case means averting their eyes and running interference with the press and politicians.
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So what EXACTLY is going on and why aren't they letting the dicks handle this?????

2/17/2007 10:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI I'm a Det, who was assigned to assist in this investigation, thou I am not from A/4, I can assure you that this case is number #1 priority! Every angle has to be looked at, remember this is not an easy case. I knew Jose and OJ both of whom are very good officers and worked with in 025. No matter where I work, whether it be in A/3 or the 5th Dist I will always have Jose in my heart with the intention of finding the animal that did this. OJ I made you a promise that I will always keep trying!
To those of you working this case hands on keep your head up and stay focused, we all support you!
Thanks "F"

2/17/2007 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what EXACTLY is going on and why aren't they letting the dicks handle this?????

2/17/2007 10:09:00 PM

There is a reason Civies aren't privy to what is happening! Do you really think posting ANYTHING here helps? Get a grip and save the crocodile tears, ya nut case!

2/17/2007 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those of you that made it out to the funeral, thank you, your presence and representation was noticed and appreciated. To those of you P/O's, and more importantly to the bosses of the department, who did not make time to attend, shame on you. Jose was one of our brothers and he was taken from us violently. Of all times we need to come together, I was sorely disappointed with the outcome. By my best estimate, 2% of the department was there in that church (approximately 250/13000). And I honestly dont know how many exempts there really are in the CPD, but I counted only 6, excluding Supt PC. Very sad.

Shame on me? Why because I couldn't physically attend. (work, family obligations, etc.) My heart was there and Jose and his family were in my prayers. Shame on you for thinking that just because I wasn't physically there I didn't care.

We plan to have benefits. Please do the best you can to help his wife Nelly. She's a full time student and Jose was workin hard to put her through school.

Ok, seriously here. My heart goes out to her but why would she get a benefit? If she had children to raise and couldn't work for a while this would make sense. A benefit to fund a scholarship program in Jose's name makes better sense to me. Benefits are usually held for coppers kids who will need the extra help. Not a wife who is capable of working full time herself.

2/17/2007 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he recieve a full honors funeral? Shouldn't have. Cheapens the sacrifice made by those who died while serving. His death while sad was not because he was the police.

2/18/2007 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10:59pm -
You heartless fuck.
If you don't want to give, then don't. Don't worry, we won't reach into your pockets and rob you like the animal that robbed Jose.
But we will be supporting his wife. Why? Because it is the right thing to do. It's a damn shame that you can't see that. Just because they didn't have children does not mean that she is any less deserving of our help.

2/18/2007 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Jun 20, 1990. Officer John L. Martin was shot and killed in a similar situation, in the back of his House in the 23rd Dist. Supt. Leroy Martin, went on TV and stated that Officer John Martin had his star and gun with him and that he had been killed in the line of duty, why is it that the Dept. turned their back on Jose and not consider it a line of duty death?

2/18/2007 12:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real nice to see your lil mayor at the funeral while he was "all choked up". I remember at P.O. Jerry Wright's funeral as I was carrying Jerry's casket, we paused to give him a salute and the lil mayor, who was standing right behind me and next to then Supt. Matt Rodriguez asked the Supt. "What district did this guy work in?". Must be election time for numb nuts to show up at one of our own's funeral. He should have stayed home and let us grieve with each other(Family & P.O.'s) instead of trying to STEAL the DAY! Fuck ASSHOLE.

2/18/2007 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hats off to everyone who attended, especially under the extreme weather conditions. And a special thanks to the CPD Honor Guard. You guys were great and made us proud to wear the uniform. Jose, Rest In Peace, Brother.

2/18/2007 05:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, seriously here. My heart goes out to her but why would she get a benefit? If she had children to raise and couldn't work for a while this would make sense. A benefit to fund a scholarship program in Jose's name makes better sense to me. Benefits are usually held for coppers kids who will need the extra help. Not a wife who is capable of working full time herself.


*************

can you be more insensitive?

2/18/2007 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a reason Civies aren't privy to what is happening! Do you really think posting ANYTHING here helps? Get a grip and save the crocodile tears, ya nut case!
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Hey a$$hole, and why IS that? So what's the big "secret?" You're the nut when you don't realize that not everyone who is a member of the thin blue line wears a star. some of us have had family memebers/friends who were killed in the line of duty.

CREEP

2/18/2007 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...On Jun 20, 1990. Officer John L. Martin was shot and killed in a similar situation, in the back of his House in the 23rd Dist. Supt. Leroy Martin, went on TV and stated that Officer John Martin had his star and gun with him and that he had been killed in the line of duty, why is it that the Dept. turned their back on Jose and not consider it a line of duty death?...

It was in the 019th District and he was killed while trying to arrest a burglar. That police action by him made it line of duty, not his carrying the star and gun.

2/18/2007 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I need to stop reading these comments because they are making me less and less proud to be the police.

Someone has the nerve to ask why should Jose have gotten an honors funeral????

Well, dipshit. The case is still open, still being investigated. We don't know whether it was a random robbery or if he was targeted because someone KNEW he was the police. If its the latter, that he was targeted, well then he sure as fuck died in the line of duty.

But clearly we didn't know any of this - and we couldn't know this until after he was buried.

So, yes, let's err on the "side of caution" and give a noble and courageous officer an honors funeral. We can't ask for a "do-over" once he is buried and in the earth.

And you know what? Even if he died as the result of a "random act", he was still deserving of an honors funeral. It was the right thing to do.

To all of those who are asking why we should be giving to a girl who just had her world and dreams ripped from her? Isn't it obvious?

2/18/2007 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone that does not want to participate in a benefit for my brother, please keep ur negative comments/opinions to urself. Thats ur choice. I dont care. A benefit is simply a nice thing to do to help out his family and celebrate Jose's life. Family and friends read these comments. Its very hurtful to hear negative comments, theres no excuse for that kind of nonsense. Its a way of communicating with all our brothers/sisters who loved Jose and it would be nice to just have nice comments about Jose and his family. Thank you....and to the officer with the heart of a shit-bird...I'm his partner, OJ Sanchez #19244 /Unit 153 SOS. Any negetive/hurtful comments can be made in person to me at 3340 W Fillmore. God Bless Jose and all of our Brothers/Sisters in Blue. OJ

2/18/2007 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Brother! We will not reat until the scum that did this is brought with gloves off to street justice!

2/18/2007 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous 20 years on, how about you? said...

You heartless fuck.

But we will be supporting his wife. Why? Because it is the right thing to do. It's a damn shame that you can't see that. Just because they didn't have children does not mean that she is any less deserving of our help.
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I think the question we're talking about is OFFICIAL CITY BENEFITS. Would she be entitled to them? The answer is no. Since Officer Vazquez was a robbery victim while off-duty, the city is not any more obligated to give the survivors any more than a life insurance benefit and return of pension contributions. That would be the same as, for example, a city garbage truck driver or a school teacher being killed in a robbery.
If the FOP wants to make a generous donation to his wife on our behalf, I'm all for it and will gladly donate to the cause. But for some of you come to this forum and demand an Honors funeral and full LOD death benefits, you have absolutely no clue.
-A tragic and senseless death? Absolutely. But at this point, it has not been determined that it had anything to do with him being a police officer.

2/18/2007 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck Daley, I have been to several funerals and I fucking hate it when he does that same fucking fake choke up he always does. Really pisses me off!!!!

2/18/2007 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As it may of not been appropriate to say "shame on you" it is disheartening to see some of the responses to that as well as the potential to have a benefit for "nelly". every p/o knows why someone could not attend, every p/o knows about family and other obligations. Why must some be so negative? Is our compassion so little that all some can do is look to satisfy their own Conscience and bash the ones who lost so much. What if that was your spouse, or brother, or best friend? Would you not appreciate the support from the co-workers of a job your loved one loved? Would you not want to help in anyway possible? So please our brother would best be served by honoring his memory and staying safe.
Of course to the neagative ones who WILL respond we will also have good thoughts for you as well.

2/18/2007 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny MARTIN was killed while OFF-Duty; However he was taking a POLICE action when he was killed
(24/7)by the Gangbanger MUTT on a bike.
I was on the scene and worked the case.
I am not entirely familiar with JOSE's case and not involved right now, hopefully I will be soon.

2/18/2007 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he recieve a full honors funeral? Shouldn't have. Cheapens the sacrifice made by those who died while serving. His death while sad was not because he was the police.

2/18/2007 12:04:00 AM



You are a first rate prick. Last time I checked we are on duty 24/7 hence the duty availablity. I pray you never lose your life 'off' the clock--

2/18/2007 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, seriously here. My heart goes out to her but why would she get a benefit? If she had children to raise and couldn't work for a while this would make sense. A benefit to fund a scholarship program in Jose's name makes better sense to me. Benefits are usually held for coppers kids who will need the extra help. Not a wife who is capable of working full time herself.

2/17/2007 10:59:00 PM


You sir are an ASS!!! Enough said.

2/18/2007 12:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely. But at this point, it has not been determined that it had anything to do with him being a police officer.



The fact is he IS a PO and -- and we ARE held to higher standards off duty as well-- regardless if the ass knew he was a cop-- she deserves the full benefits IMO. A car accident or a heart attack would have been another story.

2/18/2007 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous FTO Bob 025 said...

Dear Jose,
It was an honor to have known you, to have worked with you , and to have stood by your side on many a job. I am not alone in saying that the city has lost a true gentleman and a family has lost a wonderful son,brother, and uncle.

I will miss you my friend, may you truly find peace where you are and know that you will be sorely missed.

Your brother in blue.

2/18/2007 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be putting my uniform check in my savings account until the benefit is held. I will donate the whole thing toward the family. Hopefully many others will do the same thing

2/18/2007 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since none of you idiots was at the scene when the man was gunned down how the fuck would you know if he had the chance to identify himself or not? For that matter until the animal who did this is caught how do you know that the shooter didn't recognize him as a P.O. Bunch of heartless useless empty holstered pricks to even talk about this shit and not give a P.O. and his family the benefit of the doubt. Man this job sure has changed in my 20+ years. Why don't all you know it alls keep your asshole opinions to yourselves and remember the man was a fellow P.O. who was gunned down and he does have a wife and family and friends who might read your bullshit. God bless him and may he rest in peace.

2/18/2007 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC.."He's good police"?.... That's a line from that HBO show, the wire. You new guys can be really corny sometimes. We don't talk like that. Maybe you call Mt. Greenwood "the two two" Please don't embarass yourself, dork.

2/18/2007 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he recieve a full honors funeral? Shouldn't have. Cheapens the sacrifice made by those who died while serving. His death while sad was not because he was the police.

2/18/2007 12:04:00 AM

He most certainly should have! Remember that we are on duty 24/7 and he died as a result of the actions of a criminal committing a crime. Do you know if he tried to take police action? It's as simple as that.

2/18/2007 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous the rock said...

Jose, it was an honor working w/u and knowing you, not only as a police officer but as a friend, Im happy the few times we worked together I made you laugh. Oj once again I thank you for asking me to be involved w/ everything though it did not turn out that way. My heart goes out to his wife and family, Jose you will be in our hearts forever.

2/18/2007 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAY THE OFFICER r.i.p. AND LOOK OVER US ALL.

THE FACT REMAINS, NO ONE KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED THAT MORNING. I AM SURE THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT SOONER THEN LATER. TAKE IT TO THE BANKS BROTHERS.

2/19/2007 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Johnny Martin was killed in the back of his house in 23 north of the border of 19, he only managed to punch his killer in the face after he had been shot, it was Johns neighbor from upstairs who took Johns snub and fired at the killer as he rode off. The killer didn't know he was the police, but as others point out, we r 24/7 and Johns death was considered in the line, Jose death should also be considered in the line. May God Bless His Family. Also remember guys, non-police also have access to this web site.

2/19/2007 01:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, dipshit. The case is still open, still being investigated. We don't know whether it was a random robbery or if he was targeted because someone KNEW he was the police. If its the latter, that he was targeted, well then he sure as fuck died in the line of duty.

But clearly we didn't know any of this - and we couldn't know this until after he was buried.

So, yes, let's err on the "side of caution" and give a noble and courageous officer an honors funeral. We can't ask for a "do-over" once he is buried and in the earth.

And you know what? Even if he died as the result of a "random act", he was still deserving of an honors funeral. It was the right thing to do.

To all of those who are asking why we should be giving to a girl who just had her world and dreams ripped from her? Isn't it obvious?

You guys need to not make decisions based on emotions; yes this was tragic, but it was not LOD. The person who posted how it would cheapen an honors funeral, was correct but chose poor words. As much as we would like, we can't give full benefits for a copper robbed off duty. We can't do things just because you believe it's the right thing to do. Throw a benefit? I dunno, I would donate for sure but it's hard to justify considering he had no children. The person who mentioned a scholorship in his name is probably more on the money, a very good idea. I have been through this many times having lost friends on duty and off and the biggest thing to do is let time pass a bit before trying to plan things, everyone wants to jump in and do things immediately when waiting is the better course of action, stop and see what the family wants,wait till everyone is thinking more clearly and it will work out much better. sorry if that isn't what you wanted to hear, just my two cents having been through this more times than I care to remember. Stay safe everyone!

2/19/2007 03:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we want to talk about cheapening the "in the line of duty" status, let's talk about former 1st Deputy Superintendent John Thomas. Full honors funeral and his widow received all of the benefits of a line of duty death. It is unfortunate that he did not handle his finances well, but if he received this benefit after having a heart attack while at home in his kitchen, why not this poor kid who was taken from us in an act of vilence. I was not in that alley, I do not know what happened, I do know however, he did not have a heart attack in his kitchen.

2/19/2007 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm no so sure the opinions posted here are from the police? Jose was shot in the chest at close range, a savage, violent and painful death. This is not a car accident or shall I say routine off-duty death. As a P.O. that has been shot on-duty, I can tell you that it changes you and your family forever and thats if you survive. I can't imagine the pain his family must be feeling. If all his family gets is a police honors funeral and his beloved wife the benefits, its still not enough. For such a large department we are lucky in that very few officers are killed in gun battles. So to take care of the few that do, on or off duty is the police way. I would like to know how many officers have at least $2 each pay peroid go to the Police Memorial??? $5 a check from 10,000 P.O's is $1.2 million a year and with the magic of compound interest (8%) in 10 years that would near the $20 million mark. More than enough to take care of our own and not have to rely on the city. God Bless the Vazquez Family and all Police families.

2/19/2007 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: 3:57am

As far as I know, the department still has not made the determination if Jose's death was in the line of duty or not.

So shut the fuck up already.

No one here has ever demanded that his wife get in the line of duty benefits if it is determined that it was not in the line of duty (but let's just say the department set a precedent with giving the benefits where perhaps they should not have gone, ah em, John Thomas).

We merely support the idea of a benefit thrown for her. Again, if you can't be supportive of that, keep your comments to yourself.

2/19/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Three Year Wonder said...

2/19/2007 08:20:00 AM

Excellent post...


He was killed, taken from the CPD, and more importantly, taken from his family.

There really should not be any further comments on this matter. Nuff said.

Let it rest people....

2/19/2007 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer Vasquez was most likely not killed in the line of duty. There are indications pointing toward that. It appears it was a robbery.

As far as a $300,000.00 reward to some shithead junkie who will give up the asshole anyway to get out of a dope pinch, no way, I not about to reward some asshole who lives the same life style as the shooter. If you want to give up some money give it to Salvation Army in the name of the Officer. It's the only worth while charity around. Don't give it to junkies or erect worthless memorials.

Here's and idea, get yourselves a new gun or a lot of ammo or a new vest if needed.

2/19/2007 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the Superintendent was not there. Is that true? Why don't you tell us who was there, so the people in blue could at least know who actually gives a shit.

I am all for helping his wife. If it was important to him and he is no longer here, it should be important to us.

2/19/2007 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a good chance Jose was performing a police function at the time of his death. If the offender announces a stick-up, once Jose identifies himself as the police (which I'm sure he did), he is now taking POLICE ACTION! Whether he was unable to draw his weapon does not matter!!! How could the ass-wipes saying this would cheapen other Line of Duty deaths sleep at night. If there was loud arguing heard, and a weapon produced by the offender, I would guarantee Jose was attempting to draw his weapon. What if the situation was reversed and Jose was able to draw his weapon and kill this piece of shit? He would've went into the area for the investigation & roundtable and would have FILLED OUT AN OVERTIME SLIP!! Why would he be granted overtime? BECAUSE HE WAS TAKING POLICE ACTION!!!
Stay Safe and Look Out For Each Other!

2/19/2007 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The superintendent WAS at the funeral. Please don't start that rumor. He gave a eulogy (sp?) that was very nice.

2/19/2007 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/19/2007 07:21:00 AM
2/19/2007 10:21:00 AM

First of all John Thomas'family did not receive "line of duty benefits", they received "performance of duty"

But dont let the facts ruin your well thought out statements.

Why is is that you whiny coppers always bash someone else for getting something instead of using this situation as a precedent for any other coppers families who go through a simliar situation.

Regardless of what these families got or are going to get it will never replace their loss.

As far as giving money to the vazquez family I'll give what i can and thank God that its not my family standing there.

Stay safe

2/19/2007 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all my fellow officers.

I just could not imagine not having my husband physically in my life anymore. With all the ups and downs in life, having someone to share life with makes life so much more fulfilling. Rather they had kids or not does not matter. What does matter is he had a wife who will now be without him for the rest of her life.

Life is tough, but imagine living with that!

2/19/2007 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the next uniform check in August? We have 2 shift differential checks pior to then.

2/19/2007 10:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will give $$ for a benefit for the wife/family but the amount of a uniform check.....NO DEAL!!! Signed, check to check.

2/19/2007 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is dead.
No one who is on this blog was there.
No one knows for sure what happened.
No one knows if there was a third person there.
What if walked into the middle of an argument with two other people, one being the offender?
no one knows.
stop guessing.
if you are not helping it is none of your business.
he can't live anymore, you can so get a life.

2/19/2007 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dicks just sent out an investigative alert for a male/female couple. Stay tunes.

2/20/2007 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry--meant TUNED.

2/20/2007 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get your undies in a bunch over these comments. How many times do they have to tell you that this board is open to the world and that these statements are most likely the work of some goody two shoes folks who also think that the "little" guy on the 5th floor actually cares about the Police. Now chill and work on keeping your blood pressure low brother.

2/20/2007 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dicks just sent out an investigative alert for a male/female couple. Stay tunes

They sent one out with two guys, one has been located and interviewed.

2/20/2007 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is dead.
No one who is on this blog was there.
No one knows for sure what happened.
No one knows if there was a third person there.
What if walked into the middle of an argument with two other people, one being the offender?
no one knows.
stop guessing.
if you are not helping it is none of your business.
he can't live anymore, you can so get a life

You can play the what if game forever, just let them work the case.........

2/20/2007 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear 2/19/2007 05:43:00 PM,
That is why I asked, I heard it and was not sure. Unlike most, I won't say anything if I do not know it was true. I do have the descency to ask a question first.
SAG! Get it right!

2/20/2007 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Supt. was at the funeral and even spoke.. He gave Jose a fine tribute....It takes a real low life to make up stories saying he didnt bother to attend. Scumgag.

2/21/2007 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he recieve a full honors funeral? Shouldn't have. Cheapens the sacrifice made by those who died while serving. His death while sad was not because he was the police.
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Your the reason the word "Fucker" was invented.

You don't know shit.

He was the Police. Put it this way-Jose goal that night was to cuff the person and send him to lock-up to eventually appear in front of a judge.

2/21/2007 10:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, seriously here. My heart goes out to her but why would she get a benefit? If she had children to raise and couldn't work for a while this would make sense. A benefit to fund a scholarship program in Jose's name makes better sense to me. Benefits are usually held for coppers kids who will need the extra help. Not a wife who is capable of working full time herself.

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How about eight years of dealing with shit you only watch about on CSI. He was in the line of duty. Who the fuck are you? Your the reason the world sucks.

2/21/2007 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts are with Officer Vazquez's family. But, please be aware that his widow will receive a police pension for the rest of her life, providing she doesn't remarry. She is not left destitute, as some think or want us to think.

2/22/2007 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But, please be aware that his widow will receive a police pension for the rest of her life, providing she doesn't remarry.
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I don't know where you get your 411, but it's wrong.

2/23/2007 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ENUF WITH THE IGNORANT COMMENTS..LET OFFICER VAZQUEZ" R.I.P ..LEAVE IT ALL IN GODS HANDS. GOD NEVER GIVES US MORE THAN WE CAN HANDLE...HE WILL SEE JOSE'S WIFE AND FAMILY THROUGH THESE DIFFICULT TIMES....

2/23/2007 02:58:00 PM  

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