Trainer Accused of War Crimes Hired to Train Tallahassee Police Department

Eddie Gallagher, a former Navy SEAL who was accused and subsequently pardoned by Donald Trump recently trained the Tallahassee Police Department.

// August 7, 2022,

11:31 pm

Updated:August 8, 2022

Our Tallahassee has learned that the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) has received training from DeFuniak Springs-based Stronghold SOF Solutions. Stronghold’s website describes their work as:

“We preserve the warrior culture by honoring its traditions, we prepare the future warfighter by delivering innovative training solutions, so we can protect those who cannot do themselves.”

One of the Stronghold trainers for TPD was former Navy Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher. Gallagher has been involved in and named in numerous war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. The following Wikipedia page details Gallagher’s controversial career.

He discussed his training with TPD in this Tweet where he described the training as “new concepts of shooting and CQB (Close Quarters Battle).”

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Wikipedia wrote that based on Freedom of Information Requests the New York Times reported:

After the verdicts, sentence, and pardon, the New York Times revisited the case and accessed, using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), investigative reports and also videos of interviews in which six SEALs under the command of Gallagher had separately extensively detailed his ongoing prohibited combat zone behavior, sometimes crying as they recounted the abuse. “The guy is freaking evil,” Special Operator First (SOFC) Class Craig Miller said. “The guy was toxic,” said SOFC Joshua Vriens. First Class Special Operator Corey Scott, a platoon medic, had informed investigators, “You could tell he was perfectly O.K. with killing anybody that was moving,” but recanting his testimony during the Gallagher trial, for which he was given immunity,[31] saying he had committed the murder himself, presumably powerfully influencing the verdicts.

The City of Tallahassee has not returned a request for comment. 

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5 Responses

  1. Imagine spending your Sunday night, as a well-accomplished 63 year old man, criticizing the very apparatus (using their off-time, obtaining active shooter response training for Leon County Schools’ innocent children) that protects you while you live in a gated community.

    Leon County parents should be livid that this author would discourage those that protect our innocent children from predators, from receiving advanced training.


  2. The questions should be:

    Is this company the best choice for teaching TPD Officers “new concepts of shooting and CQB (Close Quarters Battle)”?

    By choosing this company, is this training going to be cited as ‘evidence’ in a civil trial down the road when TPD Officers actually shoot a perp in a CQB?

    Will the radical “defund the police” leftists cite this as justification for their cause?

  3. Its amusing how bobby like to subtly impose or conflate these negative associations without actually being strong enough to point blank clearly state his opinions. Be clear here Bobby, you have issue with your law enforcement training in these violent tactics. Bob here prefers a video from Leon County of LEOs standing in cowardice safety for 75mins while children are murdered because they don’t have the skills, training, and attitude to do what needs to be done. I’m happy to see my tax dollars go to train our LEOs for situations and events like this, id pay more taxes if i knew it would go to training like this. Its a joke how these soy boys trash on the men who do what it takes to keep the sheep safe from the wolves, and don’t be naïve, there are wolves out there. Bob will be the first to cry for a man with a gun to come save him when he needs it, god forbid, and he probably wants one of these men to come if the situation is violent… get real man, wake up, your so oblivious, you need help. stick to writing reviews for coffee, and advocacy opinions for matlow and porter.

    1. Even the cops know they don’t prevent shit from happening; they can show up after the fact, chase down a perp, or even (best case scenario, like the Dayton shooter) stop the threat after its already done massive damage. The whole “sheepdogs protecting the sheep from wolves” is just jingoist propaganda for the absolute lowest-level critical thinkers in society to consume and regurgitate.

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