I'd Hire Them Again - And Response (2)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

In regards to the "Tatum" incident. I agree, it was a bad scene but the officers did not go down the street and just pick some guy out of a crowd and beat him. The cops were sent there after the staff called 911.  

The cops met a guy out of his mind and violent (excited delirium), CPD trains for this every year.  The you know what, hit the fan, nothing was working despite their training to strike the criminals leg area.  

Our justice system cleared the cops. Yet their employer and boss are degrading the judicial process. I didn't hear this much uproar in cases involving the death of officers. 

I wish I read instead the statements of our mayor and chief saying, "We did what we thought was the right thing to do. The court has spoken and we will abide by the verdict. It is now time to move on and back up the brothers in blue." 

During my 26 years in the CPD I saw many chiefs and mayors. It's a revolving door and they all bring their own style to the table, some good some bad. The saddest was watching how officers changed as they were promoted. I worked with guys whom are now "The Brass" and it sickens me to hear them ridicule some things cops have to do out on the street. It's as though they have become brain washed, but I know better. Instead it's the evolution of a good cop changing into a politician.  

I suggest a "Top Brass/Ride Along" to remind them what it's like being in that car listening to all radio traffic and rushing to those calls.  

I read today a response from Chief Dodd concerning the verdict of his officers. Dodd said, "I'd fire them again," Yes I know all professions have bad eggs but these two officers are not bad eggs.  

During my entire career as a patrolman (by choice) I as many officers had to stop at the E.R. before taking a prisoner to the jail because the jail will not take anyone bleeding, which is a good policy. I only say that to maybe show a glimpse that just because it's not on the nightly news doesn't mean the patrolman aren't out there doing a tough tough job every day and it's life threatening to all. 

The statement of "I'd fire them again,"  who do you think liked it? The men and women in blue or the mayor? It's a good thing we have all those CARTA buses all over town. It makes it easier to throw the warriors under one.  Pathetic. 

Good luck on your future mayor run. 

Michael Burns 

* * * 

Did you actually see the video? If you did, and all you can offer is it was a "bad scene," then I feel sorry for you. Clearly, other officers seemed bothered by what was taking place, which might suggest that the amount of force was excessive.  

Police have a mostly thankless and incredibly tough job every day and they still have my upmost support and admiration, but these two guys make you take a step back and think maybe there should be a bit more policing going on within the ranks.  

As for, "I'd fire them again," I don't believe you have to be a politician to say what Chief Dodd said, you just have to have a conscience.  

Herb Montgomery
Chattanooga 

* * * 

The video of the beating can be seen at this link: http://www.commondreams.org/further/2013/10/01-0 .   

You can judge for yourself whether the beating was necessary to subdue Tatum and take him into custody.

Nancy Willis


Kudzu Incursion On Scenic Highway

I don't know if I am the only Lookout Mountain resident to notice that Scenic Highway is about to be one and a half lanes. Kudzu is encroaching over the guard rail and onto the road. In many places you can no longer tell where the road ends and the guard rail begins. A number of new and older drivers don't need to be guessing about where the road ends. Tommy Dickinson (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Worley-Powered Vols Clobber Utah State, 38-7, In Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee, trying to snap out of the doldrums of four consecutive losing seasons, started its 2014 campaign in fine fashion Sunday night before a season opening sellout crowd of 102,445 that endured a heavy rain story 30 minutes prior to kickoff. And senior quarterback Justin Worley, who missed the final four games in 2013 after undergoing thumb surgery, was ... (click for more)

Lookouts Reach Southern League Northern Division Playoffs With Doubleheader Win Over Smokies

The Chattanooga Lookouts are now playoff bound after sweeping a double-header against the Tennessee Smokies  to clinch the Southern League North Division for the second half of the season. The first game of the double-header was backed by a masterful gem of a game thrown by the starter for the Lookouts, Steve Smith (W, 3-2). Smith dominated the Smokies' lineup from top ... (click for more)