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Lynette Mae
Lambda Literary Award Finalist Lynette Mae is the author of the best-seller Rebound Faithful Service, Silent Hearts, finalist for best dramatic fiction at the GCLS Literary awards. Tactical Pursuit, is the action packed sequel to Faithful Service, Silent Hearts. and Lambda Finalist for dramatic romance. Find her fiction at

LM is a 25 year police veteran who writes about law enforcement and policing subjects with a unique street cop perspective. Join the conversation and search for common ground on race and policing at

Entries by Lynette Mae

Why Don't Cops Fight For Gun Legislation?

(37) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 10:10 AM

"Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited...". It is "...not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose." -Justice Antonin Scalia, 2008, District of Columbia v. Heller

Today I want to ask a question that...

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National, Military-Like Standards Would Help Policing

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 10:57 AM

We see the videos popping up more and more, capturing the worst of the police profession. It makes good cops angry and more disturbingly, casts a shadow over the profession, making even the average person wonder about all cops. It's frustrating, I know. But, instead of getting angry at the...

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Numbers and Compassion Don't Mix

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:52 PM

This week, I read two good perspectives on empathy and policing by retired Chief David Couper and current D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Both rightly argued that empathy is something we are often lacking in modern policing -- the ability to see things from another's point of view. Chief Lanier...

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Lessons of Ferguson: For the Good of Law Enforcement

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 11:40 AM

I promised to examine the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson Police Department, just as I did the DOJ's report on the Brown shooting. The report on Ferguson got the lion's share of headlines in the past couple of weeks, with most headlines shouting that the PD...

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Where Are All the Witnesses Now?

(7) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:49 AM

Where are all the witnesses now? Two police officers were standing in front of the Ferguson PD, doing their job, maintaining order during the latest community protest. Out of nowhere, shots rang out from the vicinity of the crowd, striking two officers. One was shot just below his right eye,...

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Hands Up But Don't Lie

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2015 | 3:41 PM

The DOJ reports on Ferguson are in. My policy is to read the full accounts prior to commenting, and in this case, I'm very glad I did. The two reports issued by the DOJ offer very different and conflicting images of the August events in Ferguson. As usual, you will...

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You Are the Person Behind the Badge

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 6:23 PM

In 1989, the City of Tampa, with the assistance of federal grants designed to add 100,000 cops to the streets, rolled out a hiring campaign for new police recruits. Tampa's goal was to hire 100 new officers to combat the crime wave brought on by the crack epidemic racing through...

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Ferguson and Painful Truths

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:30 PM

The painful spectacle of events in Ferguson, Missouri have once again focused the attention of our country on the issues of race and law enforcement. I've been watching, listening and waiting. Waiting because it's necessary. Speaking out without the facts helps no one, regardless of one's point of view. In...

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American Heroes

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:14 AM

I've written before about my experience serving in the pre-DADT military, and the status of lesbian and gay service members has continued to be cause near and dear to my heart. In the days before and during DADT, the military was a less than welcoming place for LGBT service members....

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Equal at Last

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 7:14 PM

Nearly 13 years ago, in July 2001, our police department lost its first female and openly lesbian officer in the line of duty. Lois had served the Tampa Police Department for 19 years, and her partner was a 16-year veteran officer. In the aftermath of the shooting, it was soon...

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The Different at the Lammys

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 6:49 PM

I was in New York last week for the amazing honor of being a finalist at the Lambda Literary Awards. The nomination, my first-ever trip to New York City, and sharing the company of so many gifted writers were experiences that I will long remember, but little did I know...

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Religious Defiance, Thank God!

(13) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 7:20 PM

I'm a Christian, and I'm perplexed. Can somebody please explain to me why folks who profess to believe in the teachings of Jesus are forever bastardizing his message?

Our most recent example of faith-based hypocrisy comes from a story about a father who loves his son and...

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Owning Your Authentic Voice

(5) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 9:26 PM

Hi, gang. I've been thinking a lot lately about the importance of living and expressing our authentic voice. In my life, just as many of you, I've experienced homophobia in various forms. I lived as a closeted lesbian in the U.S. Army in the pre-DADT days, when just the whisper...

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Planting Peace and Shocked Rants

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 7:23 PM

I want to talk about a couple of news items that caught my eye recently.

In entertainment news, singer Michelle Schocked decided to end her musical set with an anti-gay rant, according to those in attendance at Yoshi's in San Francisco. Ms. Schocked, an alternative/folk singer who had...

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Guns and Self-Reflection

(54) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 2:09 PM

Our hearts are broken. Again.

Another horrific, senseless, unspeakable tragedy has all of us asking why. I sit riveted to the news, watching the devastation of others, and a voice inside starts posing much more difficult questions -- difficult because, by acknowledging that voice, I might have to admit I...

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Vote Equality

(8) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Same-sex marriage is on the ballot in four states today. Thirty-two times before, voters have cast ballots on the question of marriage equality throughout this country, and 32 times we have lost. But this is the first time that the question has been on the ballot since the repeal of...

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It's Those Damned Homosexuals Again!

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2012 | 1:29 PM

Science? Bah! It's those damned homosexuals again!

Have you seen the latest ultra-conservative preacher's assertion that the current storm on record -- Hurricane Sandy -- is our fault? The LGBT community that is. You know the story, these preachers can't help themselves, every time there is a devastating...

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Holy Kluwe, These Guys Are Awesome!

(11) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 12:50 PM

I'm a huge football fan -- American football -- college, professional, doesn't matter. In my household, Saturdays and Sundays (and Monday and Thursday nights) are all about the pigskin. In the past couple of weeks, there have been some amazing equality-related events revolving around the game of football in our...

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L-Chief to the Rescue!

(28) Comments | Posted September 2, 2012 | 6:09 PM

This past week while the GOP held their convention in Tampa, something truly amazing happened -- well, didn't happen. The massive protests and violence that were predicted, based upon the angry mood of the country, Occupy demonstrations and encampments nationwide, and of course, past history of senseless violence seen at...

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