The Killing of Davis Officer Natalie Corona
Davis, CA- There are law enforcement tragedies that occur every day in America. Officers like Christopher Lambert, run down by a vehicle while trying to assist others during a storm, as in Illinois over the weekend. A Duluth officer shot and his K9 Haas killed senselessly in the news this morning. A Shreveport rookie officer shot to death as she prepared to go to work. Then there is Davis Officer Natalie Corona. Two weeks into her career, she was murdered…and a UC Davis student group had the audacity to condemn a beautiful photo of her as being “racist.”
The shooting – read more at Blue Lives Matter
Officer Corona responded to a traffic accident at around 6:45 p.m. on Thursday evening. As she began the investigation, Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, 48, rode up on a bicycle and began shooting. One of his rounds struck her in the neck. Officer Corona was transported to the hospital, but did not make it. The Chief told reporters she likely never saw her killer.
Limbaugh reloaded his weapon and continued to fire at first responders. He hit a firefighter in the boot. One round struck a woman’s backpack and another a passing bus. Then he casually went to his residence, where police cornered him.
He donned a tactical vest, and went outside to watch police surround the home. A second time he walked back outside with a weapon.
“He shouted some stuff, went back in and came back out with a firearm, then went back inside, pushed a couch in front of the door and officers heard a gunshot.” Davis Police Chief Pytel
The suspect fatally shot himself. And he left a suicide note:
“The Davis police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking. I notified the press, internal affairs, and even the FBI about it. I am highly sensitive to its affect on my inner ear.I did my best to appease them, but they have continued for years and I can’t live this way anymore.” Citizen Kevin Limbaugh
There is no record of him ever filing the complaint referenced in the letter.
Officer Natalie Corona and the controversy
The lovely photo of Officer Corona (see featured photo above) was over two years old. She posted it to thank police for their sacrifice.
“I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country.” Natalie Corona October 21, 2016
The photographer Rich Laus had known her before. He said that “She chose the outfit. She chose the flag.”
Her father served as a deputy in Colusa County for 26 years. It was in her blood.
On Friday, The Associated Students, University of California, Davis, (ASUCD) Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission declared that the true meaning behind the photo was “racist.”
“We would also like to provide resources for students triggered by this event and the circulating images of a flag that has been popularized by the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ crowd. We see it necessary to call-out all community members who continue to post and disseminate images of the Blue Lives Matter flag online…In addition, there has been the circulation of an image of the police officer with the Blue Lives Matter flag.”
The commission then launched into a false history of Blue Lives Matter. Not all members of the commission were on board with the post, either.
“It’s easy to sit on the third floor of the Memorial Union when there are at least 100 brave men and women in blue between you and the shooter. It is easy to argue hypotheticals, politics, and ideology when you’re in safety. I am ashamed that some of these same people, protected by the very officers that they are condemning, have the audacity to politicize the loss of a young officer. [H]er only crime was being a police officer…I wholeheartedly condemn the Ethnic and Cultural Affairs commission for this disgusting post, and urge them to take it down and issue an apology.” ASUCD President Michael Gofman in a Blue Lives Matter article
The Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commission post created a firestorm, as it should. They finally took the post down on Saturday. The Thin Blue Line flag is a display meant to show support for law enforcement. “Black Lives Matter” hates the term “Blue Lives Matter” because they say it undermines their stand against police racism.
To politicize this young woman’s death, as so often occurs with “social justice warriors,” reveals the sad state of our nation. Natalie Corona was following in her father’s footsteps. She wanted to serve the people of her community. Rest in peace, Officer Corona, and all who have lost their lives in the performance of their duty.