It has been a tough couple weeks for the men and women of the Chattanooga Police Department and as Christmas rapidly approaches there will be no shortage of things to talk about with family. The loss of a revered police chief and his command staff, the uncertainty of their pension, the uncovering of alleged misconduct, the black community lashing out calling blaming the issues on racist cops, not to mention a scathing article by David Cook of the TFP that helped bring some of that out. It seems overwhelming just typing it out, but many have to wonder did the police bring it upon themselves?
The recent indictment of 32 African-American men has brought about some backlash that I’m certain Chief Bobby Dodd and Mayor Berke didn’t see coming. The phrase “worst of the worst” apparently has gotten much of the attention and many say how can those be considered the worst when none of them have been charged with murder. It raises a good point, but I feel many have missed the bigger picture here of what has transpired. The community has been crying out for the police to help stop the violence and the police have often faced an uphill battle with cooperation with the black community due to this code of silence, where witness cooperation has been unstable and not because of mistrust in police but because of fear of reprisals from gang members and others in the black community. With these obstacles in place the police do what they do best and that’s find a way to get the ones responsible behind bars. So, why was it only black men were the ones arrested and not any whites? I certainly don’t believe that white people are not being put in jail because I see the news and I see the Just Busted paper that is littered with just as many whites as there are blacks.
If you want answers you have to look at where the violence resides. Where does the shootings, robberies and assaults take place. Who is doing these things? In 2011 Chattanooga recorded 25 homicides for the year, of those homicides 22 of the victims were African American. In 2012 there were 24 homicides in Chattanooga 18 of which the victims were African American. A report by Ochs Center labeled the five most dangerous neighborhoods in Hamilton County. Clifton Hills/Ridgedale, Highland Park, Brainerd, South Chattanooga, and East Chattanooga area were the areas of town responsible of making up of 40 percent of robberies and drug related crime but yet those communities that are mainly populated by African Americans only makes up about 14 percent of the total population.
Chattanooga is not alone in this epidemic of “black on black” crime. If you look to Chicago who has the highest number of people murdered the numbers were a bit shocking. As I type this there have been 434 homicides in 2013, 348 (80 prcent) African Americans have been victims. Hispanics make up 78 of those murder and there have only been eight white people killed for the entire year.
It doesn’t take much police experience to realize where your efforts need to be focused at. In an article David Cook recently wrote he felt that the police should have been concentrating their efforts on white collar crime and wanted to know why a man involved in a Ponzi scheme was not considering the “worst of the worst.” Are you kidding me? When is the last time a homicide detective had to get dragged out of bed because of some good ole white collar criminals killing each other? He followed this up with an article about how the police should apologize to the black community and that their long history has caused this deep rooted mistrust. You know what I say, that’s just pure nonsense.
It makes me think of the time I was dealing with a local service that I had called upon. Later I deemed them completely ineffective and quite honestly rude. The next time I had an issue do you think I called them? Of course I didn’t. It has been made clear that the black community hates the Chattanooga Police and they are so afraid of them and cannot be trust, but do you know who keeps calling the police; the black community.
The problem now is that these liberals want the police to pick and choose who they put in jail and play some politics in prosecuting crimes at the sake of making a population happy or make them at best not appear to be so over-represented in our court rooms. A crime is a crime no matter who commits it. The police do not make the decision on who commits these crimes so why are we making them apologize for arresting black people? You wanted the police to fix a problem but don’t like the results because there were too many black people arrested? What kind of sense does that make?
As long as you have people like David Cook that is eaten up with liberal white guilt trying to steer the wheel of justice, we are sure to lose focus. Stop placing blame on the ones that are trying to help us, stop feeling sorry for the ones that commit crimes regardless of color based on some element of social dysfunction or status. Stop letting the Skip Eberhardt’s of this community have input on the direction we should take our community. Stop letting Ash-lee Henderson and her group of bleeding hearts have a voice when they only come out when an African American is brutalized by the police and not by another African American and the same goes for the NAACP. Put more faith into people like Paul Smith, Andy Berke and the next police chief to be named.