Cop Who Knew & Busted Ron Launius was Honored by Congress

Sergeant Beder Clifton was the cop who coined the phrase that Launius was “the coldest person I have ever met in my life”. He retired in 1991.  Josh Lucas, who starred as Ron in the movie, worked with a cop who knew Ron, in order to prepare for the role. I’m not sure if this is him or not. Please let me know if you have any info.


TRIBUTE TO SERGEANT BEDER CLIFTON — HON. ROBERT T. MATSUI (Extension of Remarks – November 05, 1991)


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in the House of Representatives 



  • Mr. MATSUI. Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to Sgt. Beder Clifton who retired from the Sacramento City Police Department on October 26, 1991, after over 30 years of service to the community.


  • Sergeant Clifton represents the finest traditions of law enforcement and the Sacramento Police Department. His service to the community and to his department is reflected in a career that saw Sergeant Clifton become dean of narcotics enforcement officers in Sacramento County. He was a teacher not only to the officers who served under him, but to all members of law enforcement of the community as well as the prosecutors that worked with him. He was a leader in establishing joint agency task forces to attack the drug problems in Sacramento. Throughout his career, Sergeant Clifton was instrumental in developing many programs that contributed to the efficiency of both his own department and to that of the many allied agencies. Without question, an officer with Sergeant Clifton’s skill and leadership will be missed in the Sacramento Police Department.


  • It is in view of this service that I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Sergeant Clifton.