Going To Texas Won't Solve The Problem - And Response

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sorry, nothing new to report concerning the new police chief announcement. Oh I'm sure he is a nice guy, but why in the world do we go through all the trouble/drama for an out- of-town candidate, knowing there is nothing new to say on how to clean up little Chicago, Tn.

         I wasn't expecting to hear anything different from him that we haven't all heard for many years now. I mean, what else can one say? It started as "Community Policing". Boy that had a nice ring to it, didn't it? Now it's  "Crime Intervention". Label it what you will, it's still " Cops and Robbers".  

        There isn't a man alive that can come into town and rid Chattanooga of our violence. It's not a chief or police problem. It's a break down of our society. It's police risking life and limb answering those calls and executing arrests, then our overcrowded jails and Obama letting them right back out into our society. 

        Andrew's approach to "the grass/chiefs are greener on the other side," shows how clueless this man is. Bottom line, Andrew wanted a puppet.  How much is that proposed rail system again? 

        Lastly, it's my humble opinion that those expensive four-wheeled cash registers sitting behind walls and at the bottom of hills to grab more money from the wonderful taxpaying citizens is an embarrassment to this city. You want to put an officer there, radar in hand and actually pulling you over, fine. But the mobile cash registers hidden around the corners while its driver is surfing the Internet or watching movies, just stinks. What a waste of vehicles and manpower. Not to mention the percentage made goes to the business that owns the cameras. 

       I found it interesting that the body dumped and the remains of another body were found were about a block over from the cash register hiding next to the McCallie tunnels. If there's ever a tool to combat gang violence, it's those white cash registers ticketing people with no criminal history going to and from work. Speaking of gangs. There is a gang I'd love to see back in action, the "Chain Gang". Jails are full and there's plenty of work to be done. Put them to work.

       I'm not  blaming the warrior in blue, instead the morons that are running the show.

Michael Burns

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Michael, you wouldn't be out there "dumping bodies" all over Chattanooga just to get attention or drive home a point, would? 

Mayor Berke knows what he's doing. He did the right thing in bringing in an outsider to be chief. Hopefully, no one will purposely sabotage his efforts. You've already had two locals who near turned the city into a war zone when they instructed their officers to "go out and kick butt and take names!" And "Take back these streets by any means necessary!" 

Talking about gangs. Chattanooga has had far too many of that "gangster", frat boy mentality on the force. Where most everyone considered themselves homies and drinking buddies who wouldn't dare turn a fellow officer gone rogue in. Then there were the superiors or shift supervisors who looked the other way if any fellow good officer or citizen tried. 

CPD is in need of true, honorable and honest leadership. I have relatives living in and near Austin, Tex., who say Commander Fletcher truly is one of the good guys. Perhaps one of the very best even. So stop whining, crying and snotting all over yourself and give the man a try. 

Brenda Manghane-Washington


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