Monthly Archives: November 2014

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Sadness in the Heartland

This is re-posted from my Facebook page.

Jay Dobyns Facebook 11.25.14:

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Since the Ferguson shooting 41 police officers have been killed in the line of duty – men, women, black, white, Latino, Asian.

No one rioted for them. No one from the Obama administration attended their funerals. Their deaths serving the public were limited to a blip on the public radar, consolations from within the the law enforcement world and a black band over the badges of their peers in remembrance. The media barely reacted.

I’m hearing lots of “as a black person” we are free to be shot and killed. Ignorance and racism is disgusting but if there is truly an “open season” it is on the police. Cops are free to be attacked, shot and killed because they wear a badge or a blue uniform. And guess what? It happens everyday to zero fanfare or protest.

You really wanna know what it feels like to have a target on your back and a bounty on your head? Try being a cop. The haters don’t care what color you are. They hate what you stand for. And, people of all colors accept it as a cost of doing business.

When I went to Los Angeles in 1992 to assist in riot control, below is what I faced – “X” outs and sniper bullets (under my arm on the drivers door). I drove from Arizona to California with lights and sirens at 100 mph to work to assist a community that did not look like me. I didn’t go so much to quell rioters as I did to help protect the good, innocent, hard working people in South Central, most of whom were black. It wasn’t just me, two dozen of us from Arizona, mostly white, raced to try and help in a community to which we had no ownership and was almost entirely black.

It was not about white or black or oppression of a culture or a verdict. It was about right and wrong and many of us willingly placed ourselves in harms way to do it. No one said thanks. None needed to. It was just what “those dirty white cops” do. No appreciation or concern was, or is, required. Honored to have tried to help.

Grace to ALL involved in Ferguson rioting – protestors and police – and in demonstrations around the country. Very sad days for all people who live here

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Shootout Article

…they come to snuff the rooster…

Ain’t found a way to kill me yet,
Eyes burn with stinging sweat,
Seems every path leads me to nowhere.
Wife and kids household pet,
(Working the street was no safe bet),
The bullets scream to me from somewhere.

Here they come to snuff the rooster,
Yeah here come the rooster,
You know he ain’t gonna die,
No, no, no, ya know he ain’t gonna die.

Alice In Chains – Rooster

Twenty-seven years ago today, one week on the job, I was shot.  The bullet went in my back, through my lung and exited my chest.  Most of the blood stayed in my chest cavity and collapsed my lungs.  I experienced what is known in trauma medicine as a “sucking chest wound”.  That term is very accurate – it sucked.  This is what leaked out, haha, if you can’t laugh at yourself, well….

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The ambulance chasing attorneys were at my hospital room begging me to let them file a claim on my behalf.  They told me that they would make me rich.  I flat declined.  I had no money but wasn’t seeking it.  All I wanted was to be an ATF Agent.

ATF Agents, most notably Lee Mellor and Larry Thomason saved my life that day.  I was placed under the care of Trauma Surgeon Dr. Richard Carmona who later become the United States Surgeon General.  They are each great men and have been great mentors for me throughout my adult life.

I returned to work before I was medically cleared to do so.  All I wanted was to be an ATF Agent.

Ultimately I made the right choice to decline the money.  My career was a rollercoaster ride that very few in life are ever allowed to enjoy – excitement, challenge, danger – but mostly the people and friendships.  I was blessed with opportunity and surrounded by some of the most brilliant and courageous lawmen and women our country has ever known.

Thank you to all those people – partners, peers and friends.  You made my life so wonderful.

My last few years on the job were less than ideal but, I would never give up what I had for where I am.  The experience of being on the cutting edge of attacking violent crime to serve the good and innocent people of America was worth every bit of what ultimately took place.

Knowing what I know now, I would do it all over again.  If I was a young man I would raise my hand and dive in right back in.  The recent heartaches will never outweigh the overall experience.

To all the good and honest and hard-working, brave people at ATF – it was my honor to serve alongside you and be a small part of what we were trying to accomplish.

All I wanted was to be an ATF Agent.

– Jay

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Dobyns v. USA Just Got Stranger

Dobyns v. USA just got stranger – if that was possible.

First, six years of a lawsuit, motions, orders, depositions and two trial phases as DOJ and ATF tried their best and worst to defend their corruption.

That phase ended with the issuance of an opinion and judgement out of the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Then, two months after the Judge’s opinion was issued DOJ appealed his ruling in the 11th hour of their window to do so.

I cross-appealed but not because I wanted to.  I was content.  DOJ left me no choice with their appeal but to defend and protect myself in the fullest way possible.

Attorney General Holder and ATF Director B. Jones were going to try and wring me out some more knowing how expensive it will be for me to take this through the appellate process.  Getting to truth with these guys is not for the weary, faint-of-heart or poor.  They surely didn’t like the fact that the Judge agreed with me.  More specifically, they didn’t agree with the facts.

DOJ and ATF have the right to appeal.  I respect that right and the process.  It is based in an old piece of paper that I believe in – it’s called The Constitution.  I’m not sure this Administration or Holder ever heard of it.  See yesterday’s election results as an indication.

I accepted the path laid before me and found the silver-lining in it all viewing the DOJ/ATF appeal as an opportunity for me to prove the truth – again – this time to a higher court.

But now, today,

Judge Allegra published an order announcing that he has voided his judgement in the case!  He is is preparing to announce a schedule for “further proceedings in the matter”.  See attached below.

I’m not not exactly sure what all this means yet but, what I am sure of is that I won a victory once – doing it the right and honest way – and I will do it again using the same strategy – telling the truth and providing evidence of it.

I trusted God first and Judge Allegra second to reveal an honest conclusion.  I will continue to do the same until this case finally comes to a rest.

THE TRUTH NEVER CHANGES!

Link to the Judge’s order:  01511862505