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 

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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 

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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


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