Chandler officer killed, Gilbert officer hospitalized, suspect in stolen car identified

As a memorial vigil was held Saturday evening for Chandler Police Officer Christopher Farrar intentionally hit by Jonathan Atland, who was driving a stolen vehicle, the Arizona Republic oddly placed quotation marks around two words in the the officer’s church bulletin notice stating the community prayed for the family of Farrar and honored “his sacrifice.”

Gilbert officer Rico Aranda remains hospitalized in critical condition due to acts of wanton criminality committed by the twenty-five-year-old Atland, who also attempted to run over three Pinal County officers and four DPS officers who shot at Atland during his crime spree at a Gilbert auto dealership. Atland will be charged with murder, aggravated assault and auto theft.

A comprehensive and updated report including photos of the officers and the suspect is available on Fox10, Phoenix. The Gilbert Digital Newsroom released this report.

These police officers, like countless other men and women across our state and nation, put their lives on the line each and every day they don their uniforms and go to work. The National Police Foundation has posted “A Hippocratic Oath for policing,” written by Sgt. Jeremiah P. Johnson, (bio follows oath) which is well worth your time.

The political left has become obsessive in its thrust to demonize law enforcement, calling for defunding and dismantling of our police agencies, replacing them with chaos. As an example, the website, For a World Without Police uses loaded language, placing law enforcement agencies into the context of enemies rather than defenders of peace. The three categories, The Problem, The Strategy and The Study Guide, should not be ignored.

None of us have previously encountered anything of this proportion intent on destroying our societal system based on living lawfully and respectably among one another. Games have rules and penalties. So do our daily lives. There are lines in the roadways, traffic lights and speed limits to keep us safe. In a perfect world, there would be no criminality. Humans are imperfect. Evil dwells among us in the form of murderers, thieves, pedophiles, arsonists and other criminals. And we now see that there are those who are intent on assuring its expansion rather than curtailment.

7 Responses to Chandler officer killed, Gilbert officer hospitalized, suspect in stolen car identified

  1. Casper says:

    The opposite of law enforcement is society running amok with no controls. You see something in the store you like? Take it! Why not….when there are no penalties for crime? Like a car you see? Take the keys from the owner! It’s yours if you want it. Penalties are in sports….not in life.

  2. Realist says:

    I’m disgusted by the new war on police, which gives rise to the death and serious medical conditions suffered by these Arizona officers.

    George Floyd, a drug addict and violent criminal who was incarcerated multiple times, has become a hero of the radical left solely due to the last minutes of his life. We need to remember police were called because he was committing a crime and was resisting arrest, not wanting to be re-incarcerated. His death has given rise to the bogus concept of “systemic racism.”

  3. Just The Facts says:

    More minorities are represented in criminal stats, because more minorities commit the crimes! End of story. Arizona has nearly 35% Hispanics and less than 6% black population. Both groups are disproportionately resented in crime statistics. That’s not bias, it’s fact.

  4. StetsonXXX says:

    A lot of time, effort and substantial funding has gone into compiling negative statistics about the police. There is a war against law enforcement in this country and it’s time we realize our men and women in uniform are under assault. The goal of the left is to get them to resign or take early retirement. When there are fewer police, law abiding citizens are less safe.

  5. Joseph Bickley, Sr. says:

    It’s time to get more active with entities like Support Your Local Police committees locally and nationwide.

  6. Mr. & Mrs. America says:

    Reading the local newspaper in a cafe where we stopped for lunch. Free sections are available to customers. Nearly chocked on my BLT as I read the headlined article that took up a half page:

    “Protest held in Phoenix in honor of those killed by police”

    Below that is this line:
    “Family members want officers brought to justice”

    This was the takeaway lie:
    “The demonstration came after numerous protesters had their charges dropped by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in relation to Black Lives Matter protests last summer, when many Arizona activist groups led dozens of protests.”

    “Protests”? How about marauding mobs of thugs bent on destruction of Scottsdale Mall stores where they broke windows with cement blocks they had delivered on pallets and looted merchandise before going over to the Mercedes dealership and destroying brand new luxury automobiles.

    And why in hell were the charges dropped? We need a new country attorney instead of a cowering coward!

  7. VINOAZ says:

    Good comments all. I don’t follow Hollywood or pop culture, thus I know nothing of the man at the so called awards who said cops kill 3 people per day. (I wasn’t watching, saw a clip on Fox). It is true that police kill around 1,000 people per year, or about 3/day. It is also true that the vast majority are criminals leaving the police no choice. Sins of omission are as bad as sins committed. Too bad the perp was not killed before he killed and maimed. When people in authority lie, people believe them. Democrats lie with the ease at which we breathe. The free press is supposed to be the watchdog. Instead, they are lapdogs. They continue and magnify the lies or ignore them. They are Joseph Goebbels and Saul Alinsky combined. They are the enemy of the truth and of the people. The NY Times byline should be “all the lies fit to print”. They lying fake “news” has to be crushed. That whole cabal of leftist politicians and media are guilty of treason–“the action of betraying someone or something”. They have betrayed the American people!