Remember our heroes not just in May…. But everyday

Remember our heroes not just in May…. But everyday
By The Founder of BLUE LIVES MATTER-NY- Joseph Imperatrice

Today I watched a video online of President Trump inviting the family of Cpl. Ronil Singh onto the stage with him in Washington, D.C. for Police Week. I couldn't help myself as the tears rolled down my cheeks as Reggie, Ronil’s brother, and Anamika, Ronil’s wife while holding 10 month old Arrna, spoke. “ The Singh Family supports this man, anything he does for law enforcement…. We support him” said Reggie.

On December 26th, 2018, Cpl. Ronil Singh of the Newman, CA Police Department left for work. He had just spent Christmas with his wife, K-9 partner Sam, and then 5 month old son. He went to work just like any other night and at approximately 1 a.m. on December 26th, pulled over a vehicle he observed swerving, possibly under the influence. At some point during the car stop, Ronil was shot and ultimately died from his injuries. This incident hit me personally as I have a son who at the time was 8 months old. Unlike large police departments, Newman had only 13 officers assigned to their county. Funding and benefits are not as generous as other larger departments.

I immediately called my Co-Founders Chris and Carlos and said we have to set up a fundraiser here in N.Y.C. and we did. BLUE LIVES MATTER-NYC flew out Reggie and Newman P.D. Chief Randy Richardson and put them up in a hotel. We hosted a fundraiser on February 6th where even HollyWood Actor Chazz Palminteri made an appearance to hand deliver a check to Reggie. In April the founders along with NYPD widow Lisa Tuozzolo flew to C.A. and presented Mika with a check for $15,000.00. We also presented the family with a custom action figure of Ronil’s liking along with K-9 Sam so that his son always has his hero close to him.

Walking around Washington, D.C. during police week you see people with blue and yellow badges around their neck. This symbolizes an officer that was killed in the line of duty that they were related to. They walk around quietly not looking for attention. But I make it a point to always go up, introduce myself and say thank you. Each person always lights up, and an immense sense of pride overcomes them. See, National Law Enforcement Week is so special and much needed. But we shouldn’t just make it a point to honor our heroes one month out of the year. We should make it a point to honor and remember them daily. It seems like every day another officer, from another agency, is killed while doing the job they love. Being killed in the line of duty doesn't exclude a certain background or religion you practice. It doesn't matter if you are a man or woman, young or old. The bad guys are acting with a depraved indifference for human life and they aren’t excluding anyone. 

We owe it to these heroes, both recent and years past, and we also owe it to family members like Reggie, Mika, and Arna, that show so much resiliency and class in front of the world, being the voice for all those alike that lost their loved one unexpectedly. 

Stay Safe & God Bless

The ‘Abortion Wars’ continue to heat up in America


The ‘Abortion Wars’ continue to heat up in America
By Robert Foreman
America’s ongoing debate over the issue of abortion is heating up in 2019 as some states have passed restrictive abortion laws known as ‘heartbeat bills.’ These states include Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana and Georgia. The legislation, also known as a ‘fetal heartbeat bill’, makes an abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat is detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six or seven weeks into a pregnancy.

However, Alabama has gotten the most attention in recent weeks for their passage of what is being called the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the United States. Under the Alabama law, which does not go into effect until later in the year, any doctor that performs an abortion could be subject to a 99-year prison sentence. Alabama’s new law also does not make any exceptions for young girls and women who become pregnant due to incest or rape.

Not surprisingly, these anti-abortion laws are being met with numerous legal challenges by pro-choice advocates who believe these laws are unconstitutional. Of course, people on both sides of the abortion debate believe that these new anti-abortion laws are being aimed at overturning the landmark Supreme Court case of ‘Roe v. Wade’.

The now-famous ‘Roe v. Wade’ decision of 1973 stemmed from a woman ‘Jane Roe’, real name Norma McCorvey, who took action against Texas District Attorney Henry Wade. This was due to certain legal statues in Texas that essentially made abortion a crime in most cases. The Supreme Court ruled that those statutes that criminalized abortion were a violation of a woman’s constitutional right to privacy. Of course, ‘Roe v. Wade’ has only served to embolden both sides of the abortion debate instead of settling the issue.

Many pro-life advocates oppose abortion for religious reasons. They staunchly believe that life begins at conception and that no one should step in to interfere with God’s plan for life. In some cases, this belief extends to the strict opposition of any form of contraceptives. It seems strange that someone would be opposed to the use of contraceptives that could prevent an unplanned pregnancy. One would think that even the staunchest pro-life advocate would be in favor of someone using birth control to avoid getting pregnant. After all, if the unwanted pregnancies are avoided in the first place then that lessens the need for an abortion.

On the other hand, pro-choice advocates believe that a woman has the right to decide whether or not to have a child since it is her body and that is a personal choice. While pro-life supporters believe that life begins at the moment of conception, many on the pro-choice side tend to disagree. Some believe that if the pregnancy is terminated early in the process that you are only ‘killing some cells and not a human life.’ However, our bodies are made up of living cells and if those cells die then we die. So, when a pregnancy is aborted early in the process then something is being killed even if it is just cells and not a human being yet.

Now, as a man, I’ll never have to go through the process of carrying a child. While I consider myself to be pro-choice, I do not believe that abortion should be used as a form of birth control. When I was a teenager, I knew a girl who had multiple abortions that were all paid for by her mother. I knew another girl who gave herself a ‘home abortion’ with a wire coat hanger. Once I was approached by a friend who wanted me to loan him some money to pay for his girlfriend’s abortion. My response was ‘I didn’t make the kid and I’m not paying to get rid of it.’ 

However, I do find it odd that with all of the talk about abortion that there never seems to be any heated debate over whether a man should have a vasectomy. If a man gets himself ‘fixed’, so to speak, then he’s making the choice to not father any children. So, if men are allowed to make decisions about their own reproductive organs then it seems only fair that women should be given that same courtesy.

Regardless of where someone stands on the issue of abortion it should be agreed that a woman shouldn’t be forced to have to carry a child that was conceived through incest or rape. While the child that was conceived through those acts isn’t to blame should the mother really be forced to have to prolong the mental and emotional trauma if she doesn’t want to? 

With America’s ‘abortion wars’ now heating up again on both the political and legal fronts, both sides will dig their heels in and stand their ground. Even if the opponents of abortion get their wish and legal abortions are abolished that doesn’t mean that abortions will end. It will only force women to take the dangerous route of getting ‘back alley abortions’ from unqualified doctors or finding ways to terminate the pregnancy on their own. This will only lead to more women and girls suffering serious injury and possible death.

The fight over abortion has raged for decades in America and will likely continue to be a contentious issue for decades to come. Both pro-life and pro-choice advocates make valid points that cannot be ignored. However, America is supposed to be the land of the free. That freedom means that a person should be allowed to make a personal choice regarding their own body regardless of whether anyone else agrees with it.

So, as the courts begin to weigh in on the abortion battle we should all ask ourselves one important question. Should our elected officials be focused on passing laws that benefit the public at large or simply passing laws that suit their own personal, moral and religious code of ethics? The answer to that question could have implications that will ripple through our nation for generations to come.

Newark officer fights to save his career after fatal shooting

By  Blue Magazine Staff Writer


NEWARK, N.J. –Nearly four months ago Officer Jovanny Crespo’s life changed forever when he was suspended and ultimately indicted after a fatal police-involved shooting during a police chase through the streets of Newark. Crespo, 26, was suspended and ultimately indicted for aggravated assault, aggravated manslaughter, official misconduct and two counts of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes. After spending a week in jail, he was released on the condition that he report to a court officer on a weekly basis and surrender any firearms he may own.

On January 28th, 2019, the chase began after Gregory C. Griffin, 46, of Newark, who had a history of drug offenses, opted to flee a traffic stop after a handgun was spotted in the vehicle by another officer. Crespo, along with Officer Hector Ortiz, began pursuing the vehicle. Crespo has stated that Dixon pointed the weapon in the vehicle at him. Dixon was subsequently charged with possession of an illegal firearm. The gun contained hollow point bullets.

Crespo was only doing his job and he should never have been indicted. Some of his law enforcement brethren have failed their fellow brother in blue by not offering him their unwavering support.  Crespo is being made an example of due to some of the other high-profile incidents involving officers who have been guilty of misconduct on the job. Crespo has been an exemplary officer and is being unfairly cast as a villain for political purposes.

“It’s not like he woke up that morning and decided that he was going to kill somebody,” said one of Crespo’s supporters. “People shouldn’t try to judge what he did unless they were in the same situation that he was in. Everyone should wait until he has his day in court and wait for all of the facts to come out before they judge him.”

Due to Crespo being on unpaid suspension, his supporters are rallying to help the married father of four. A fundraiser will be held for him on June 5th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Harmony Banquet Ballroom located at 620 Orange Street in Newark. Tickets are $25.00. Anyone wishing to make a donation to help with Crespo’s mounting legal fees can go to:

Moving Forward - Legally Achieving the American Dream: Now Campaigning for Mayor

Legally Achieving the American Dream: Now Campaigning for Mayor
By Valerie Velazquez-Stetz (Ret.) J.C.P.D.


Arvin Amatorio, Esq. was born to Librado and Sonia Amatorio in the northern section of the Philippines, along with his five siblings. Both of his parents were school teachers and his mother was also involved with politics. Education, their Catholic religion, and community service were very important to the Amatorio family. All through grammar school, Arvin aspired to be a Catholic priest. It was during high school where he became interested in law. Arvin went to college in Manila and then attended the College of Law at San Sebastian where he earned his law degree. His girlfriend Ilya was also educating herself and received her nursing degree. She traveled to NYC to work on several projects. In 2002 she asked Arvin to accompany her several times, which he eventually did. Ilya felt a connection to NYC and wanted to stay when she was offered gainful employment. Ilya works as a nurse administrator at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC.

Ilya discussed her plans with her boyfriend Arvin and was determined to stay with or without him. Both of their entire families were living in the Philippines and Arvin had to choose his career in the Philippines or starting over with his love in the United States. He made a great choice and began looking into obtaining a green card and gainful employment. He became an adjunct professor in one of Manhattan’s private colleges, all while studying for the Bar exam in NYC. Arvin and Ilya eventually married and were both employed in NYC when they were having their first-born son and they wanted to achieve another American dream of becoming homeowners.

They purchased their first home in Bergenfield N.J., which was affordable for them. Arvin passed the Bar exam on his first attempt. He worked for a few firms and eventually started his own successful practice based in NYC, where he found his passion for immigration law. Arvin has been representing clients for over thirteen years, with matters before US Immigration Offices and US Immigration Courts Nationwide. His passion is helping others fulfill their dream to stay and live in the United States legally.

Arvin felt a strong connection to his new-found home, Bergenfield, NJ, where Filipinos are the largest ethnic group and he developed relationships within the community. He was asked to run for Councilman of Bergenfield by his peers, which he has been very successful at while serving the people as a two term Councilman and Council President. He has been the chairman of the finance committee for the past four years that delivered 0% municipal tax increase for two consecutive years amidst the rising cost of government in the State and in the Country.

Additionally, he is on the police and DPW committees. Being elected to the Council is one of the highest honors and privileges of his life. As an immigrant, he was entrusted with public office and he is taking this as a sacred obligation, which leads to his announcement to run for Mayor in November, alongside Council members Kornbluth and Deauna. If victorious in November, Amatorio will become New Jersey’s second elected Filipino mayor. Amatorio states, “I would like to bring Bergenfield to a different level. I know I can do more for the town and excel.” Arvin spearheaded disabled veteran tax exemption to make sure our returning veterans and surviving spouses have property tax relief. Arvin has the upmost respect for the military and first responders. Other accomplishments include reduction of borough debt of more than four million dollars and lowered tax increases by more than 50%.


As if law and politics were not enough, Arvin serves as the CEO of Pro Health Consulting LLC. and Apex Health Care. Pro Health engages in managing medical facilities, with concierges’ service to first responders, educators, local, county, state, and federal employees and their families. Apex is a professional medical staffing company. Despite his busy schedule, family always takes first priority. He loves spending quality time with his two sons and wife as he instills in his two boys the importance of love of God, family and country.


Valerie A. Stetz (Velazquez) retired on accidental disability from the Jersey City Police Dept. She was injured in a radio car accident responding to a robbery in progress call. Valerie is a member of the NJ Police Honor Legion. She is the radio host for the popular Internet show “Blue World Uncensored” on DDV RADIO.

BLUE Exclusive - Judge Jeanine Pirro

The BLUE Magazine: Judge, we always try to humanize our interviewees, so can you tell us a little about you? Who are you?

Judge Jeanine: 
Who am I? I’m a girl from a small town in upstate New York who  was raised with values that I think reflect the values of America, who was taught to know the difference between right and wrong, who spent her life fighting for a level playing field for victims, and you know, I’m here to talk about them, so I’m still here.

What is something nobody knows about you?
I’ll never tell you. Seriously.

Some people do.
It’s like a confession?  Everybody knows I had pigs for 18 years. I love animals. I prosecuted animal cruelty for years.

How about this? when you go home, who are you?
Well, I used to be mom to two kids and now I’m mom to two standard poodles. You know, I’m like every other woman. I clean the house, I do the laundry, I cook, I go shopping. I’m at this stage in my life where now that my kids are grown and gone, that I enjoy life. I look for humor. I’m not in politics anymore. I ran for office five times, four for judge, and once for DA in Westchester County, and then I ran statewide for Attorney General, lost to now Governor Andrew Cuomo. The good news is politics isn’t an important part of my life anymore.

In your opinion, how has law enforcement been treated nationally the last couple of years?
Like shit. That’s a quote. Look, I worked with cops for 32 years. I was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in a county of over a million people. I had 40 criminal investigators, I had task forces that I put together, I had an intel center where I had cops from NYPD and other federal agencies who worked in my office. It was one of the first intel centers in the country, and after 9/11, NYPD set up shop in my office because of what we had there. I love cops. It’s that simple. Have I prosecuted some? Yeah. When they cross the line, they need to be prosecuted like everybody else. But make no mistake, these are men and women who get up every day and put their lives on the line. They don’t know where they’re going, they don’t know who they’re going to come across.  They could be sitting in a car having lunch right before Christmas and some dirtbag comes up and shoots them. I could go on and on, and I don’t want to patronize you guys, but I’ll tell you, but for law enforcement, there would be no line between a civilized and a barbaric society, and anybody who doesn’t recognize that is just plain stupid.

And anybody who doesn’t respect cops is ignorant. I hate the rants. What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them, now? That is fascist, communist, barbaric bullshit. People who do that need to live in a world where they don’t have police protection, where they don’t have people fighting for them, where they don’t have the ability to call 911 and get someone to respond.  I just don’t know what these people are thinking.  I don’t know where this country is going, and the hit on cops is an indication of the decline in our society. It is an indication that we no longer respect those in authority, whether it’s law enforcement, the military. You know what? Go on your own, get the paddleboat and live on your own. But there are rules, and they have to be followed. And there is only a certain caliber of person, a certain type of person, who’s willing to say, not only will I take low pay, not only will I separate myself from my family, go into one of the most stressful jobs in the world, but willing to put his or her life on the line for people they don’t even know, people who don’t even like them, people will criticize them and sue them in a minute. Shame on us. Shame on the direction that we’re going.

Black lives matter, legit?
Every life matters. All the rest is horseshit.

Who do you admire in law enforcement?
Commissioner Bernard Kerik for all he did for this country during the 9/11 attacks.

What do you make of some presidential candidates continually saying that there’s a systemic racism in law enforcement?
I think what’s happening in this country today is that there is a group of people who believe that they are victims and are disenfranchised, and our politicians, even at the highest level of government, are looking to ingratiate themselves, to appeal to that group. And, there is this common bond that they’re victims, or that they’re being ignored, when the truth is that in some ways if you look at South Chicago, I think victims are being ignored there. So far this year, 1,000 people in Chicago have already been shot. Those are real victims, as far as I’m concerned.  But, I think this tale that people are being targeted because of the color of their skin, that’s not my experience. That’s not what I did, and I’m no spring chicken. I was in law enforcement for 32 years, and I don’t believe it. I think cops do what they’re supposed to do.  If there are some that don’t, that doesn’t mean that a whole category of people are entitled to kill them, and chant for them to die, and kind of incentivize other mindless idiots to go shoot them.

What effect will electing Hillary or Bernie as President of the United States have on the current negative climate for police officers?
Hillary is pandering… I think that law enforcement will be defunded to the extent that they can defund law enforcement, as if law enforcement has enough resources now. They don’t. I think that there will be this cultural phenomenon where cops are seen as people who are the enemy. And, I think that it would be the worst thing for law enforcement. I think that law enforcement knows that. Law enforcement has always known that. Firefighters, law enforcement. You can give me some people, the tops of the unions will promote her or Bernie, but at the end of the day, they don’t believe in the second amendment, they don’t believe that cops are primarily good people, and I think that they’d be bad for the country.

Conservatives across the nation are waiting for you to enter the political arena again…
Who me? Not a chance… Here’s the thing, I was in politics for many years. I ran for judge and won, I was the first female judge. I ran for DA and won, and then won again, and then won again, first female DA, the first president of the state’s DA Association. I was the first woman to prosecute a murder case in the history of my county.   I started the first domestic violence unit in the nation. I’ve done a lot in the public arena as it relates to politics, but for me, politics was the means to do the job that I wanted to do. It wasn’t something for me to get to the next level. To be DA, you had to run. To be a judge, you had to run. Soon as I became a judge, I said this is a little slow for me, so I gave up my robes long before my term ended to run for DA. I’m a fighter. I’m an activist. I am someone who, you know, when I see a playing field that’s not level, I want to level it, whether it’s for women, or children, or the elderly. I fought for a hate crimes law in New York. I went to John Cardinal O’Connor, we were working on a bill to cover everybody, and to get the Catholic Church behind it. I believe in justice. That’s who I am, that’s what I stand for. I have passion for the victims, and I’m furious with criminals. I think the criminal justice system is all screwed up. I think the fact that we call it the criminal justice system as opposed to the victim’s justice system is a mistake. It’s the victim who pays the price. The criminal gets all the rights. That fight for me is over. I’ve done it. I’ve done everything I could. I’ve tried murders, rapes, violent felonies. I started one of the first, if not the first, Internet pedophile sting operation in the nation with 100% conviction rate, first domestic violence unit in the nation that was a model for the rest of the country. I was a fighter. I will not use or go into politics to do what my passion is because I’ve already done it.

What’s your opinion on electing judges, rather than appointing them? which do you prefer?
There was a time when I said electing versus appointed. I really still go with the election thing. Both of them have their negatives. When they’re appointed, it’s a political inside game and anyone who doesn’t see that is stupid. When they’re elected, it may be just a function of the inside game that they play to get on the ballot in a county where that party is favored. But, what I do believe is that judges should have to face the public. I think hiding behind the robes is a mistake.

You have defeated the odds numerous times in male dominated careers, what is the best advice you can give to young women who intend to do the same?
It’s the same advice I gave to my daughter. She’s a lawyer in Manhattan, smarter than I was. She’s making money. I was in government. And that is, always have a sense of humor. Don’t have a chip on your shoulder. Be smarter and better prepared, than everyone, and always make sure you have enough under-eye concealer for those nights when you stayed up all night.

How long does it take you to prepare for your show?
My opening is what I’m most passionate about. It depends how angry I am. Some- times about eight hours, because I only have a couple of minutes and every word has to matter. If I make an argument, it’s the lawyer, the prosecutor, the judge. I need the evidence to back it up. I come out with my opinion and then I back it up with the facts. Now, I can write an open that’s done on Fri- day and Saturday, I’ll see something, I’ll be furious, scrap that one and write a new one in an hour-and-a-half, two hours. But, it reflects my passion, it reflects my quest for justice. Whether you’re in law enforcement, politics, or television, to me it’s about the level playing field, and if I see politicians lie, it infuriates me. It infuriates me when they say, ‘Oh no, this is what I said. This is what I’m going to do,’ and they do just the opposite. They speak out of both sides of their mouth. No one calls them on it. It reminds me of Rudy Giuliani. Many years ago, when he called out a judge and it was a domestic violence case, and it was this huge push back.  Everybody said, ‘You can’t criticize judges,’ and Rudy criticized the judge be- cause the judge bailed some domestic violence abuser who then went out and killed the woman. This was a long time ago, and I remember saying to myself, there’s a cultural shift right now, I’m seeing it. And of course, I jumped on it, cause I think, I don’t know whether I was the DA or Assistant DA, I said, yeah, right, they’re not beyond criticism. Neither is the president, neither is the politician. This is America. Every one of us is equal and every one of us has a vote. We’re equal in terms of votes, we’re equal in terms of victims, equal in terms of justice. And anyone who says my life matters more than yours, or this life, that’s all hogwash.

You ever have any fears with calling out the President?
Are you kidding?  I’ve been prosecuting, arresting, indicting, convicting, sentencing dirtbags for 30 years. He can wait in line with Robert Durst and all the rest of them. If you don’t have the courage to do your job and do it in a way that reflects your moral core, then don’t do it. Quit.

You ever make a mistake and then say I shouldn’t have said that?
Look, here’s the thing, I say what I think. I’m not here to say what everybody else thinks or put my finger up to the political winds. I’m here to talk about what I believe in. I believe in law enforcement. I believe in justice, and I believe in the first amendment, the second amendment. I got loads of guns. Nobody’s going to take them away from me. Nobody’s going to tell me what I can and can’t do.  Nobody’s going to tell me we’re safer without guns. Don’t tell me that taking away people’s guns is the answer to our problems.  It isn’t.  Imagine you’re in Boston, the Boston bombers have just hit. City’s on lockdown, martial law, I think that there’s a burglar in back of my house, I call 911, no one’s coming because everybody is out looking for Dzhokar Tsarnaev. But, what if my 911 call is about Dzhokar in my backyard in a boat. If I’m not going to have a gun, who’s coming to save me?

They know this, Judge. They’re just saying what the mass wants to hear when it comes to being a liberal.
No, no, no. They don’t know it. They just know that they have bodyguards and they don’t have to defend themselves. Why say it for the masses? Look at what’s happening to all of these victims that are being shot and killed. You don’t think they’d like to defend themselves?

Who’s going to be our next president?
I don’t know.

No clue?
I think Barack Obama’s tried to change the demographics of this nation, and I think he has, whether they’re coming in from Mexico, or whether he’s flying them in from Central America, or whether he’s bringing them from other countries quietly. I think that we’ve got real problems in this country, where  you don’t  have  to  have  an  ID. There’s something called Voter Registration in some states where you can actually register to vote, and vote in the same day. I’m telling you, dead people are going to vote three and four times this year. And it’s a sad commentary that this nation’s changed, and that’s their agenda.

One word to describe Bill deBlasio?
Blowhard… Maybe that’s too nice.

Will he win again?
It scares me. People vote party… Look, I ran in a Democratic county. I was a Repub- lican, Conservative, Independent. I won. But there are some people who will not cross the line, and I fear that New York City, sanctuary cities, I think that they’re going to vote for him. I think that people don’t care if you’re legal or illegal.

If Trump or another Republican was to get elected  into  the white House, do you think  it’ll be beneficial for the party as a whole or do you think we’ll still have a lot of dissension between parties when we try to think about bipartisan politics?
I think the country is in a mess. Would I prefer a Republican to Hilary Clinton or a Socialist? You betcha. But, I don’t know if this divide will ever end. I’m telling you this, based  on  the  direction  we’ve  been  going with Barack Obama, this negative stereo- typing of cops and creating this sense that you  didn’t  build  it,  and  all  of  that  other crazy, Socialist stuff, if this country doesn’t make a right turn, literally and figuratively, we’re in trouble, deep trouble.

There was a 1996 case that you were involved in, the Campbell case, and an NyPD officer, and he’s still ‘til this day…
Yeah. He was convicted by a jury. The Appellate Courts affirmed the conviction. The highest courts affirmed it. Then he took it federal. I don’t care what color you are or who you work for, what you do, if you kill somebody, then as far as I’m concerned, I’m going to take it to the Grand Jury, and if they indict you, I’m going to take it to trial. Let me tell you something, I don’t apologize for doing my job to anyone, to any group, and I don’t protect people who think that they need additional cover.  I’ve worked with a lot of cops. The cops that I worked with loved me. We made great cases. It’s who we were and what we did. And, you come out of line, and you come at some guy, you got lawyers, you’ve got the best lawyers around.

Was everybody on the jury wrong? Was the evidence wrong? Were the witnesses lying? Are the judges on the take? The judges on the highest court on the take? The federal judges on the take?

Did you find it difficult to separate yourself, not from that case in particular, but being with the police and being their adversary?
No, no, because if I prosecuted a cop, it was because he or she crossed the line. I think the toughest jobs are when the cops arrive on a scene and if they shoot someone that they are intending to target.  That’s the toughest job in the world. I was at the National Law Enforcement Foundation in Washington and they put a laser gun on me and they described a scenario. I shot everybody. They said, who do you arrest, who do you call out. I got a guy with a knife, I can’t tell what he’s doing. Then, I got a guy holding a baby, and a woman. It’s a tough job.

Favorite Baseball Team?

Pet Peeve?
People lying.

I stand up for what I believe.

Chocolate… Dark chocolate.

Are you in a relationship?
No, single. Divorced.

What do you look for in a man?
A sense of humor. Someone whose got courage, someone who’s not intimidated by me, someone who doesn’t have to compete with me, and someone who likes Standard Poodles.

Any last words? any words of encouragement toward our profession as we move forward?
I’ve worked with hundreds of cops. I also admire the cop who doesn’t need attention, who avoids the limelight, who believes that he or she works for God. The cop who is true to his uniform and true to the constitution. There’s no one who is better than another. I admire cops, I admire the institution. I think it’s the unsung cop who deserves the attention, the one who either walks the beat, investigates a crime, is sensitive to victims.

I think that cops need to know that the vast majority respects them, holds them in high esteem. It’s the blabbermouth people who have a grudge, angry, the Occupy Wall Street Group, the really leftist groups. Honestly, I think if they don’t like cops, they should live in a community without them. And, I think that cops need to realize that there’s tremendous support for them. People are not stupid. The public gets it. The big mouths know how to access the press and the media, and therefore, cops are thinking, and not just thinking, they’re getting shot, they know they’re vulnerable.  But they need to know that there’s support for them.

Check out Judge Jeanine’s latest book, “He Killed Them All” available at bookstores and online retailers.

(This article is a reprint from the May 2016 Edition of The BLUE Magazine/NJ BLUE Now)