On June 27, 1990, Houston Police Officer James Irby was murdered within the line of responsibility. His assassin’s (I cannot dignify him by mentioning his title, he’ll solely be known as the murdered, or POS) debt to the Irby household won’t ever be repaid. Two weeks in the past Officer Irby’s daughter posted a touching tribute to her father on The Officer Down Memorial Web page:
Hey Dad ,
Properly it’s lastly right here the “man” and I take advantage of that time period loosely who took you from us is lastly going to be put to loss of life on the twenty first of this month , nearly 32 years later … justice … should you can name it that, I might have a lot reasonably have had you these final 32 years however I’m glad it’s going to lastly be over. I’m not offended anymore and I’m selecting to not be unhappy. After the twenty first I’m going to shut the chapter on all this damage and loss and simply lastly simply let go. I’ll by no means let your reminiscence die your grandson’s carry in your title and my son will develop up realizing his grandfather was a hero. I want you had been right here. I want that you possibly can meet the person that I’m hopefully quickly going to marry , he’s wonderful and has taught me a lot. Nobody will ever exchange you nobody ever may. I hope you know the way crucial you’ve been to me in my life although I by no means acquired to know you. I’ve tried to reside my life to honor you and honor our household. There are such a lot of households similar to ours who’ve misplaced fathers , sons , and husbands within the line of responsibility and I hope and pray they know that they aren’t alone since you are watching over them similar to you watch over me. Thanks for being my guiding gentle and the angel on my shoulder.
I really like you
April 9, 2022
Whereas his debt to his household won’t ever be settled, the State of Texas settled their debt with this POS on the night of April 21, 2022. With the help of over 100 of his fellow cops.
The Skinny Blue Line Regulation Enforcement Motorbike Membership (LEMC) fielded over one-hundred members on a Cop Killer Journey to the execution. Each time a cop killer is scheduled to for execution, they set up their members to experience up and assist the relations. Because the assassin is put to loss of life, all of the motorcyclists rev their engines, with a reverberation that may be heard within the execution chamber. The final sound they hear on this earth is coming from police a couple of yards away.
On the early night April 21, 2022, these riders, backed up by dozens of members of The Blue Knights LEMC, The Reguladores LEMC, The La Familia LEMC, The Expendables LEMC, and The Protector LEMC, experience as much as Huntsville TX. After a cease at an area restaurant for an early dinner, they experience to the Partitions Unit of the Texas Penal System.
Inside minutes of arriving at Huntsville, a number of officers from the Houston Police Solo Division (Motorbike unit) arrive and are positioned in entrance of the jail. Afterwards, the a whole lot of riders are met by Ms. Cally Irby, who thanks them for his or her assist of her household. And, as is regular for this occasion, we wait.
A priority all of us share is will this get this delayed, once more. Texas executes at 600pm, however we haven’t heard but. There’s the likelihood a decide could put one other maintain on the execution. The POS has been on loss of life row for over 32 years, longer than a number of the riders and different cops out on the grounds have been alive. In 2014, we needed to wait a further three hours for Officer Man Gattis’s homicide to be put down.
Fortunately the courts don’t delay justice. We didn’t know on the time, however an enchantment to the Supreme Courtroom was heard, and declined, lower than two hours earlier than the execution. Thanks, Justice Alito. The Irby household has waited lengthy sufficient.
And the phrase comes! At 610pm, the experience organizers give the sign, the assassin is being executed. Rev the bikes!
In previous executions, we’ve been knowledgeable by witnesses that the bikes are heard loudly within the execution chamber. The very last thing the POS hears earlier than he meets his ultimate Decide is the sound of our pipes!
The official phrase comes out, the assassin was pronounced at 639pm. The oldest prisoner on loss of life row has now been put down just like the rabid animal he was.
A couple of minutes, reflection on what we’re right here for, ultimate phrases, handshakes, hugs, and a solemn vow between many right here. We will likely be right here once more. We are going to honor the fallen and assist their households.
I’m the police, and I am right here to arrest you. You have damaged the legislation. I didn’t write the legislation. I could even disagree with the legislation however I’ll implement it. Irrespective of the way you plead, cajole, beg or try to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will cease me from putting you in a metal cage with grey bars. If you happen to run away I’ll chase you. If you happen to battle me I’ll battle again. If you happen to shoot at me I’ll shoot again. By legislation I’m unable to stroll away. I’m a consequence. I’m the unpaid invoice. I’m destiny with a badge and a gun…
Brian Taylor: Finish of Watch introduction.
The invoice is settled to the sounds of roaring engines.
Relaxation In Peace Officer Irby. We Acquired The Watch.