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Yesterday we published a blog about the latest BLM outrage over a Springfield Police officer shooting a black man named Orlando Taylor, who stabbed the officer in the face.
As it turns out the heroic officer is a turtle rider with a long and decorated history in the military and the Springfield Police Department. Arjel Falcon is a nine year SPD veteran who served his country in Afghanistan.
What nobody had reported until today is that the suspect also stabbed another person who was walking on the sidewalk prior to stabbing the officer. This man gave police who responded a description of the suspect, Orlando Taylor, who came back to the scene of the crime and was immediately recognized. Taylor presented the knife and was told to drop it, but instead stabbed Officer Falcon in the face and ran away. Officers did not shoot him at the time, hoping to take him alive.
The wounded officer applied pressure to his face, which was gushing with blood, and followed the suspect. Taylor passed by his enabling grandmother’s house, who is now blaming the police for the death of her stabby criminal grandson, but chose not to go inside. Instead he turned around and ran back towards the officers with the knife in his right hand in an attack motion. He noticed that Officer Falcon was bleeding profusely and decided to stab him again as he was backing up. In an attempt to save his life he fired two shots from 10 feet away and neutralized the threat.
Whenever an officer is involved in a shooting the first thing the media does is try to find out his name in order to look into the officer’s past and highlight any discipline they’ve ever had in an attempt to smear them and further the communist BLM agenda. Like clockwork, Masslive found out the officer’s name and immediately began to dig, hoping to find misconduct. Instead they found the story of a self made Puerto Rican immigrant who moved here 20 years ago, learned the language, fought for his country, and now serves his community heroically.
After moving to Springfield from Puerto Rico when he was 19 years old, he attended the Springfield Technical Community College for English as a second language and received an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. He later attended Westfield State and graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Falcon received the Bronze Star Army Commendation with Valor Device for actions in Afghanistan. He entered a building after it was hit with a rocket and helped get everyone out and they all survived, according to Walsh.
“It’s great to be able to make changes. As a Hispanic guy, I know what it takes and I am looking forward to seeing the streets and being on duty,” Falcon said in an interview on his first day with the Springfield Police Department in 2013.
Falcon received a commendation after he saved a suicidal woman’s life by diving into the Connecticut River after seeing her jump into the deep and fast-moving water on Nov. 4, 2018.
“[Falcon] received an SPD commendation for saving a woman in the Connecticut River who was drowning,” said Walsh. “And on Oct. 29, 2021 he and his partner rescued an overdose victim who had no pulse and was suffering from hypothermic conditions.”
Do you realize how cold the water is in New England on November 4? That’s a death sentence. But he somehow didn’t die, and saved a woman’s life. Then three years later he saved an overdose victim, just because that’s the job he signed up to do.
Six years ago Officer Falcon tried in vain to save a stabbing victim’s life, but his quick work led to the arrest of the the killer Anthony Casiano, who was trying to escape the scene.
In 2016 he was one of the key officers involved in the arrest on Hillman Street parking garage after a man was stabbed and later died of his injuries. Falcon was checking out a report of two men fighting over damaged vehicles on the top deck. But when he came face-to-face with a blood-spattered man coming down the stairs, Falcon realized the damage involved more than motor vehicles.
“I am not the one. The other guy is doing it — I stabbed him,” Anthony Casiano, 29, of Springfield, told Falcon and a second officer, Matt Garcia, according to the arrest report. Falcon frisked him and pulled a bloody knife from his front jacket pocket.
Leaving the suspect with his partner, Falcon ran to the top deck and saw a man crumpled against a concrete barrier behind a Chevrolet Blazer. The victim, later identified as Benjamin Lariviere, 26, of Wilbraham, had been stabbed once in the chest. He had no pulse and his breath was coming in shallow gasps, Falcon determined.
Cutting off the victim’s sweater and shirt, he began performing chest compressions. When a second officer arrived and took over, Falcon cleared the victim’s airways and used a manual resuscitator to assist his breathing, the report said. Nothing worked. By the time the paramedics arrived, the victim was dead, Falcon wrote.
Unfortunately the hard work of police officer’s was undermined by District Attorney Anthony Gulluni’s office when they accepted a plea deal of 7-10 years for the killing.
The sentencing came after an impassioned plea from Lariviere’s father, Michael Lariviere, who argued that the sentence was far too lenient.
“I want the court to know that I am totally against the plea in this case. I think the District Attorney’s office has failed Ben and failed his entire family,” he said.
Michael Lariviere said his son’s death at Casiano’s hands has left him devastated to the point where he is practically unable to function. He said he has trouble concentrating, driving, listening to music or watching television because the slightest reminder of his son will send him into tears. He broke down for several seconds while reading his statement. He said he has never seen Casiano show any remorse for his crime. “I’m disgusted that this individual will some day get his freedom and be able to live his life as if nothing happened, but my son will never get that opportunity.”
Now Gulluni’s office is delaying release of the body came footage that vindicates Officer Falcon. The Police Chief and Mayor have both offered to let the family view the video, which Gulluni condemned them for doing.
Consequently it has given the the deceased assailant’s family more time to protest and smear the decorated officer. This is an open and shut case though. A man with a knife stabbed another person, Officer Falcon responded, got stabbed in the face himself, and didn’t shoot the suspect until he came back to stab the officer a second time.
We spoke with Officer Falcon about coming on the Live Show for an interview, but under advice from counsel he is going to wait until after Gulluni’s office has finished their investigation before doing so. Gulluni, like most Democrats, is sympathetic towards BLM, fears criticism from rabble rousing “pastors” like Talbert Swan and Charles Stokes, and would love to throw Officer Falcon under the bus. Until this matter is resolved it is in Officer Falcon’s best interest not to speak publicly. However, he has told us that we will be the first interview he gives once this matter is resolved.
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