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Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz

Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Reflections for Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz

Rest in peace Chaplain Shabazz. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and the members of the TDCJ during this most difficult and tragic time.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

May 22, 2020

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

May 21, 2020

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

May 14, 2020

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Retired Fire Lieutenantm Frank J Corasa
Baltimore City Fire Department

May 14, 2020

To the family of Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz , friends, Executive Director Bryan Collier and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
You are lifted up in heart, though and prayer. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service!
"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and save those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." Matthew 5:4

Patrolman A.S. Batson
CH / OB PD
Goldsboro, NC

May 13, 2020

Executive Director Bryan Collier
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Patrolman A.S. Batson
CH / OB PD
Goldsboro, NC

May 13, 2020

RIP Chaplain II Akbar Shabazz. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Texas

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

May 13, 2020

On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz and the extended law enforcement family of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas.


End of Watch Thursday, April 23, 2020


Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

May 11, 2020

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Chaplain Shabazz. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

May 11, 2020

On behalf of the Kentucky Peace Officers' Association please accept our condolences on the passing of Officer Shabazz.

Chip Nowlin
Kentucky Peace Officers' Association

May 11, 2020

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

May 10, 2020

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF CHAPLAIN SHABAZZ , AND ALL THOSE WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF CHAPLAIN SHABAZZ. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. HIS SERVICE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND HIS DEEDS NEVER FORGOTTEN.
GOD BLESS

Retired Officer David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Canada

May 10, 2020

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family and your Department.

Sergeant Monica Veney
Baltimore Police Department

May 10, 2020

Thank you Chaplain Shabazz for your hard work and dedication and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in the great state of Texas. You are a true American HERO. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever rest in peace, my brother.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

May 10, 2020

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

May 9, 2020

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

May 9, 2020

sincerest condolences to the chaplain's family and friends

Randal Glenn
Canada Border Services Officer retired

May 9, 2020

Rest easy brother, thank you for your service. May your sacrifice or memory never fade.

Jerry Matalone #8046 (Retired)
Des Moines Iowa Police Department

May 9, 2020

Chaplain Shabazz,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

May 9, 2020

The National Police Wives Association would like to extend their heartfelt prayers to the family of Chaplain Shabazz and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice during this time. Thank you, Chaplain Shabazz, for your service.

National Police Wives Association

May 9, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero for your courage and sacrifice. Thoughts and prayers for your family, friends and coworkers. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 9, 2020

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

May 9, 2020

may HIS light shine perpetual upon his face

Chief Jim Allen (retired)
Mobile County Child Support

May 9, 2020

I am sad to learn of the passing of a brother and hero in Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz. I know our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms. May the Lord deliver blessings, comfort and peace to his family, friends and all members of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

May 9, 2020

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to cherish for a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Chaplain II Akbar N. Shabazz.

Gail M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

May 8, 2020

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