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An eight-month investigation by authorities in Cuyahoga County, Ohio has absolved two Cleveland Metroparks Rangers of any wrongdoing in the death of a suspect who opened fire on the arresting officer in an escape attempt while he was being transported to jail.

Last December, Ranger Chelsea McLellan took a bullet at close range that would have been fatal if not for her bulletproof vest after 33-year-old Derek Stokes managed to position himself to gain access to a gun he had hidden in his boot.

Body cam video captured the scene as McLellan and another ranger, Kyle Schultz, exchanged gunfire with Stokes in the jail’s parking garage, as he ignored repeated demands to give up and continued firing while he attempted to escape.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty announced the findings that “any officer situated in a similar position, and faced with similar facts, would have acted in a similar fashion to end the deadly threat posed by Mr. Stokes.”  

Of course, it is only a matter of time before Black Lives Matters protesters descend on Cleveland to march, riot, burn and loot claiming that Stokes was another victim of white cop-on-black suspect gun violence.

So far, President Obama has been remarkably restrained in not rushing to judgment or issuing a comment critical of police, such as calling them “stupid” as he has done in the past.


The threat to police in defending the public was in evidence in another recently released body cam video recorded when a deputy sheriff in Florida responded to the call law enforcement officers dread the most – a domestic disturbance.

In six terrifying minutes, the sights and sounds of a cop rushing to the sound of gunshots to rescue a bleeding mother, scooping up her three toddlers as they sobbed, “Daddy tried to kill Mommy,” and facing the shooter who says coldly, “You’re going to die today,” are, thankfully, as close as most of us will ever get to the reality police face every day of their lives.

This is a reminder of the perils cops face every single day on the job:

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