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  • We Die In The White

    We Die In The White
    By Sgt T

    Recently an event took place that up until now was unthinkable. A man walked into a coffee shop and killed four police officers. Initial reports showed that two of the officers were killed while seated, one was killed while attempting to get up, and the fourth was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the attacker, hitting the attacker in the abdomen. The murderer then fled the scene. No one else was targeted or injured during this horrendous slaughter of the four officers.

    It seems that the four murdered officers would hold their morning meetings at this particular coffee shop. While there they would plan out their actions for the day. I am sure that the food and the coffee were good, the atmosphere warm and welcoming. I imagine the coffee shops employees thought they worked at the safest place in town. That is until a madman entered their shop and opened fire.

    I have no idea if the murderer had any prior knowledge of the morning meeting of these officers, or if he just wanted to “kill cops.” That is what he had told his friends the night before. These four officers may have been a target of opportunity or the intended targets. We’ll never know. In the end it doesn’t really matter, four officers are dead.

    While no one wants to find fault with the police officers, it is vitally important that we learn from their deaths. The major lesson to learn from this incident is this: It doesn’t matter how much training and skill you have, if you are caught unaware your chances of survival are almost nonexistent. These officers had become too relaxed in this coffee shop. The coffee shop had become their “home away from home” and their makeshift office. This was their sanctuary. The officers probably knew every waitress and waiter by name. They may have known the names of the employees children. There is no doubt in my mind that in this coffee shop the four officers felt safe and as a result they died in Condition White.

    If you are new to concealed carry, or the sheepdog way of thinking, you may not be aware of the Color Codes of Awareness. Basically the Color Codes of Awareness consist of four (or sometime five) colors: white, yellow, orange, red, (and black). This is a simplified explanation and does not cover all the possible variables.

    Condition White is when you are the most relaxed. This is usually when you are at home or a comfortable, secure and familiar location.

    Condition Yellow is when you are in a familiar area but surrounded by unknown people. A shopping mall, for example, is a location where you would normally be in Condition Yellow. Driving on an expressway is another example. In Condition Yellow you are more aware of the people and events going on around you. Condition Yellow is the condition you should be in most of the time.

    Condition Orange is when you are in an unfamiliar location and surrounded by unknown people. This is where you may find yourself at the “wrong place at the wrong time.” You might also go into Condition Orange if some type of event occurred that was out of the ordinary. For example: an unusual noise, smell or individual who looked out of place in a shopping mall.

    Condition Red is when you are hyper-alert. There could be any number of events that would put you in Condition Red. Direct threats against you or another, the sounds of glass breaking while you are sleeping, etc. Anything that requires your immediate attention in order to prevent you or someone else from being seriously injured or killed is handled in Condition Red.

    Condition Black is when you find yourself fighting for your life or the life of someone else. All other options have failed.

    Most of us transition from condition white to condition yellow without ever realizing it. Our subconscious handles this for us most of the time. Our mind is always in survival mode at some level. This is often called intuition. Unfortunately many people have learned to ignore the little voice in their head that says, “Hey! Pay attention to the weirdo out there!” The clutter of competing thoughts keeps us from recognizing what is going on around us. This is why you have to consciously place yourself in Condition Yellow. You cannot afford to be on “auto-pilot.”

    In fairness to the four murdered police officers, I doubt that even had they been in Condition Yellow, the outcome would have been much different. The duration of the event was probably less than five seconds. However, had one officer been “on guard” for the group he or she may have noticed a stranger, who looked out of place and up to no good. He or she may have then been able to get the attention of the other officers. This moment of recognition very well could have been the difference between life and death for one or more of the officers.

    In this incident the murderer had a plan and the will to carry it out. The police officers, however, were limited to being reactive instead of proactive. It is much easier to be reactive if you are in Condition Yellow. Unfortunately for the officers involved the first moment that they were aware of being threatened was when the first shots were fired and the first officer died.

    In order for these officers to have not died in vain, it is important for us to honor their sacrifice by learning from their deaths. Anything less would be a disservice to ourselves and to the many officers who “protect and serve” the citizens of this great country.

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