Old School Cop: Out of Shape, Lazy Cops are Biggest Hazard to Public



HIALEAH — Leo Thalassites has been a police officer for more than 50 years.

He fought in WW2 and the Korean War.

When he came back, he competed in Greco-Roman wrestling.

He began building strength early on, deadlifting 540 pounds while weighing only 170 pounds.

He also became a boxer, making it into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.

On numerous occasions, Leo had to take on actual threats to his life.

One time a mugger tried to harm him — he ended up fracturing the mugger’s skull in self-defense.

He sticks to a high protein, high vegetable, zero sugar diet every day after his morning prayer.

Every morning he runs four miles, then lifts weights and works on his punching techniques.

He is now 86-yrs-old.

In his entire career as a police officer, he has never once murdered an innocent person, he has never beaten pregnant women, never shot and killed friendly pet dogs “out of fear” — in fact he has never even had to use his Colt .45 gun.

And he has some strong words for the new breed of cops around today, given that he’s been a cop for over 50 years and has never had to use his .45.

“We did real police work back then,” Leo says, in an interview with the Greek Reporter.

He believes that today’s cops are using tasers and guns too much because they are compensating for the fact that they are out-of-shape and “lazy,” and don’t know how to defend with their fists, much less de-escalate tense situations.

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“They have no real strength, run out of breath fast and can’t even run,” he says.

He also thinks that cops with “counterfeit muscles” — cops who have mass but little strength — are part of the problem.

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  • Brian Hughes

    Leo Thalassites hasn’t been a cop on the street in over 30 years. He’s still considered an active duty LEO because he works three days per week as an instructor. He was implicated in and suspended for his involvement with a drug dealer and influence peddler back in the 80’s and making death threats against the internal affairs officers investigating him, and was transferred out of his instructor role into a communications slot. He is also an exceedingly violent cop, he just prefers to beat suspects with his fists rather than taze them. Yeah, good example to use, guys.

    • Summer Marshall

      Where are you getting your information? I agree with him 100%! Cops today are fat, lazy, and uneducated. They are like young boys that think life is a video game. They have no respect for human life. If they are unable to properly take care of themselves, they have no business in law enforcement. Also, I think they should have T take regular sensitivity classes and submit to regular mental examinations. The police are the violent and dangerous gang in tho country.

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      • Pat

        So true! They are weak, low self esteem ans hating people. As you said they have no business in
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  • LanceSmith

    Sorry, the pics of women being handcuffed, etc aren’t going to tug on any heartstrings to an egalitarian. In a world where men and women are supposed to be equal, both men and women should be treated equally by the police. Remember: benevolent sexism is still sexism.

    • gorgegirl999

      It’s not about male or female, it’s about size, dumb ass.

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        So then women can hide behind their gender … sorry size …. when behaving badly?

        I said it before and I’ll say it again: benevolent sexism is still sexism.

        • Diane Leef

          She was handcuffed period! How far could she go, same with a man! You don’t shoot someone who’s obviously not a threat, handcuffed, running away from you!

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  • Azzaam Abdul-Hakeem

    Fitness to work test is mandatory where im from and so it negotiated surrender training so we dont use weapons even when weapons are drawn on us, we would prefer to out flank and use non lethal weapons and do al lthe time in the UK and we have civilians who police the police and can override Police Investigation and Judges against indictements.

  • Matt Suttle

    This article is bunk. Leo Thalassaties is exactly the type of cop those protesting police brutality would criticize. He might be the poster boy for use of excessive force. The fact that he never killed someone with a gun is irrelevant.

    “He quickly disarmed then nearly beat the suspect to death with his baseball-mitt-sized fists. “I defended myself.”

    Over the years, he has preferred to fight “big guys” for one simple reason: “I bring them down to me, see, then I break their wrists, ribs and shoulders,” said Thalassites,

    – See more at: http://usa.greekreporter.com/2013/04/06/dont-mess-with-leo-thalassites-u-s-oldest-cop/#sthash.t5M3f6vg.dpuf

    • Alice

      You left this part out ~~~>> “”In 1967, Thalassites responded to a Liberty City bar fight where two of his coworkers had been shot dead. “He pulled a gun on me,” Thalassites said of the suspect. He quickly disarmed then nearly beat the suspect to death with his baseball-mitt-sized fists. “I defended myself.”

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  • andy stegall

    Leo sounds like an exemplary example of a police officer, and the kind of guy cops today should look up to as far as physical fitness goes, but if you do your duty as a cop, you should never have to use physical force, ever. I have a feeling Leo’s definition of self defense is rather flexible.