published Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Sheriff Hammond

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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John_Proctor said...

ROTFLMAO! Good one, Clay.

January 18, 2012 at 12:54 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Government's job is to terrorize evildoers (Romans 13).

Does anyone really fear the Sheriff will try to murder gangsters?

Anyone think gangsters a worse problem than local law enforcement? (Not to deny the law has its problems that need to be worked on--I know one young man who got sick and died in jail, and a black Christian who was beaten up by police for walking past a drug house, neither recently. Just asking for perspective. Perspective might be a lot to ask from Mr Bennett, but some artists try to grow.)

If the Coolidge Park shooters or the shooters outside Mosaic had met police bullets coming the other way, would most of us consider this OK? (I'm sure a few wouldn't.)

Would you rather deal with Sheriff Hammond or with Pastor Tim Reid? Pastor Reed (whatever his problems) has at least a glimmer of church as not just a weekly weakly worship club, and at least a wish for personal transformation of gangsters into Christian citizens, an alternative I hope Sheriff Hammond embraces along with those he mentioned. Michael Vick seems to have improved from what he was.

January 18, 2012 at 3:37 a.m.
hambone said...

**Why not make the gangbangers better at what they do!!

Next time the CHA has a few blocks of public housing they want to tear down, don't.

Just put a high fence around it with a gatehouse and open the

Chattanooga/Hamilton County Drive-by Shooting Range.

Have the CPD and HCSD provide expert instruction.

Charge $25 per vehicle and driver with $10 for each additional person.

B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bullets)

This shooting range will have multi benefits.

Reduce the number of accidental shootings of by-standers.

Reduce the cost of the ER at Erlanger.

Reduce the number of those seeking revenge after they heal up.

Reduce court cost.

And the money collected can pay for the funeral home!!

January 18, 2012 at 5:44 a.m.
hambone said...

One more thing about the drive-by shooting range.

Saterday would be reserved for redneck deer hunters and klansmen!!

January 18, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.
dude_abides said...

True story. Cruel man. Lame defenses. Mitt's like an evil Clark Griswold. Emotionless Crisis Management equals a lack of empathy.

January 18, 2012 at 7:26 a.m.

Wow amazing how those with simple minds can only focus on one topic even when the picture above does not pertain to it at all. This is a good one Clay one of your best IMO.

January 18, 2012 at 8:59 a.m.
OllieH said...

Nicely done, Clay!

Even though cartoons on national issues seem to incite more comments, I love it when you take on local issues.

January 18, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.
riverman said...

Would love to see Clay and his family get mugged downtown by a bunch of gang bangers. Might change his liberal bed-wetting perspective a little.

January 18, 2012 at 9:32 a.m.
whatsnottaken said...

Riverman, if he were mugged, he'd draw a cartoon blaming Mitt Romney, since he's King Kenyan's challenger it appears.

January 18, 2012 at 9:46 a.m.
WHS1970 said...

Careful what you wish for riverwoman, you just might get it yourself.

January 18, 2012 at 9:57 a.m.
ibshame said...

I have no problem with any police officer using deadly force if their lives are in danger. Nor do I have any problem with a citizen owning a gun and being able to use it to protect themselves or their family or property. All of that being said, I don't think Sheriff Hammond's comment about sending gang members to the funeral home was appropriate. I don't think a "shoot first, ask questions later" attitude is one the Sheriff should be encouraging or endorsing.

January 18, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

Good one, Clay!

I do agree that something HAS GOT TO BE DONE about the gangs! Give them as good as they give. I say SWARM their territory with cops of EVERY branch...city, county and state (and federal if necessary).

January 18, 2012 at 11:16 a.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

Racial violence has increased under the Obama regime. Black teens think it's open season on white people now.

January 18, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

Racial violence has increased under the BO regime. Black teens think it's open season on white people now. BO loves unrest.

January 18, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.
mtngrl said...

I think racial violence is all ArnoldZiffel's fault.

It makes as much sense and is just as provable as his posts above...

January 18, 2012 at 11:54 a.m.
hambone said...

ArnoldZ. is just another internet TROLL!!

January 18, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
ibshame said...

"ArnoldZiffel said... Racial violence has increased under the BO regime. Black teens think it's open season on white people now. BO loves unrest"

There are times when you see ignorance and you think to yourself: is it worth responding to or just let the ignorance speak for itself? Evidently, reading the newspaper or watching the local news is not on the high priority list of someone who would write the above racist statement. If it was this person would know most of the gun violence that has occured in our communities has been "BLACK ON BLACK CRIME" and has in no shape, form or fashion been a declaration of "open season on white people." From the time Barack Obama was elected there are some who have sought to blame him for every ill in the world. This is more about their racism than it is about Barack Obama's so called "love" of unrest.
Sheriff Hammond made an ill-advised statement about funeral homes and gangs. If he had even the slightest inkling of how the gang violence has destroyed some families who have looked into a casket to see their loved ones lying there then maybe he would have said something with a little more compassion for those affected by this violence. Barack Obama had nothing to do with the words spoken by Sheriff Hammond.

January 18, 2012 at 1:11 p.m.
timbo said...

As usual you guys don't get it. This place is all about politics. Hammond doesn't care about gangs or black people killing one another. He only cares where they kill each other. If they do it in their own neighborhoods, it's ok. If they do in the almighty downtown, Red Neck Disney Land, it isn't ok because a tourist might get caught in the cross fire.

Why? Simple, Hammond and his fat cat, power structure buddies don't want it to go down the same road as BuckHead in Atlanta. BuckHead was the premiere place to go for dinner, night clubs, etc. It was slowly taken over by black youths and gangs and it could not be controlled. A lot of rich people lost their collective financial butts on Buck Head. They finally had to bulldoze it and start over.

The power structure used our money to develop their businesses. The Lookout Mountain mafia's interbred children run those businesses and since they can't get a regular job so they must save the downtown. A little kidding here but you get the picture.

The problem is that the young people and the gangs have nowhere else to go. They will never be removed from the downtown. Nice places that are free are going to be attractive to this element. Also, the more we try to get rid of them the more they will want to come down there just to show us they can. That means that nothing can be done except what was done for BuckHead. It just might have to be bulldozed.

What has absolutely been proven is that your namby pamby, touchy feely, spend more money, caudle the "young men", logic won't work. It hasn't worked since the Great Society time and actually as made worse by your "smart" methods. We have done it your way and has been a dismal failure.

So you liberals with your smug, I'm smarter than you, attitude is just a joke. Your not smarter and you couldn't be more wrong.

January 18, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
dave said...

I don't think most of you get this at all... As long as the gang-bangers are shooting themselves out in the projects that is "fine" but when they carry it into downtown and Coolidge park they are cutting into the profits.

January 18, 2012 at 1:36 p.m.
ibshame said...

"timbo said... As usual you guys don't get it. This place is all about politics. Hammond doesn't care about gangs or black people killing one another. He only cares where they kill each other. If they do it in their own neighborhoods, it's ok. If they do in the almighty downtown, Red Neck Disney Land, it isn't ok because a tourist might get caught in the cross fire.

"dave said... I don't think most of you get this at all... As long as the gang-bangers are shooting themselves out in the projects that is "fine" but when they carry it into downtown and Coolidge park they are cutting into the profits."

No, that's where both of you are wrong. Some of us do get it and have for a very long time. It's not hard to figure out that some people are considered by others to be EXPENDABLE. It's been that way for a very, very long time. If not then there would have been recognition of the gang problem long before now among city leaders. It was only when the gangs began to show up in Coolidge Park and other so-called "family places" that it became clear just how much of a threat they had been all along in certain communities and schools.

Sheriff Hammond made a statement that reflects his lack of knowledge about what actually goes on in some of our communities. Killing these gang members and sending them to the FUNERAL HOMES IS NOT GOING TO BE THE SOLUTION. It probably never occured to him that they don't FEAR DEATH because for some DEATH is an escape from a way of living that offers little in the way of HOPE.

January 18, 2012 at 2:06 p.m.
Lr103 said...

LMAO! Clay, this was one of your funniest EVER!! And so true!! If a picture speaks a 1000 words, your cartoon here speaks trillions!! Can't stop laughing!!

January 18, 2012 at 2:25 p.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

Lefty saps, too weak to say it the way it is. Right on, Sheriff Hammond. If 100% of the thugs he's referring to are black, that's tough cookies. Wipe them out with extreme prejudice. Why should families, both black and white, be afraid to come downtown in small city of this size???

January 18, 2012 at 2:29 p.m.
Lr103 said...

I'm not so sure the gang problem is as much of the problem as the individuals exploiting the problem from all sides. From citizens moving into downtown, the new north chatt, part of the plan was to keep a certain segment of chattanooga's population away from the area. From the police point, to keep us all living in fear so they could get a pay raises, they won't have to park their toys(cars). As if saying, look what will happen if you don't give us what we want! And even from these struggling communities. If we don't get more money to provide much needed activities for our youth, look what they're going to do.

All sides, I suspect, are playing this to the max. All sides in the end lose out, and the youth lose out the most, unfortunately.

January 18, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.

Solutions to problems are rarely easy. Hamond's flippant comment is reflective of antough-guy attitude that may play we'll in the media but translate poorly into solutions.

January 18, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

Why not do a cartoon ridiculng a gang banger with his baseball cap backwards or sideways, basketball jersey on, joint hanging out of his mouth and his pants below his buttocks?

January 18, 2012 at 3:33 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

I doubt if Yosemite Jim’s words brought much comfort to those who like to shop, eat, visit, and attend events in the Chattanooga region. If fact, I suspect his words only added to the safety concerns that some people may already have. Not only do they have to worry about getting caught up in the crossfire between young rivaling street gangs, but now they also have to worry about getting caught up the crossfire between young rivaling street gangs and Yosemite Jim.

January 18, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.
whatsnottaken said...

Arnold, that's one demographic Clay ain't touching with a 10-foot pen.

January 18, 2012 at 3:54 p.m.
Lr103 said...

ArnoldZiffel said... Why not do a cartoon ridiculng a gang banger with his baseball cap backwards or sideways, basketball jersey on, joint hanging out of his mouth and his pants below his buttocks?

Could it be, arnold, that depiction you have of a gang banger could fit just about anyone?

Here's one. Clay could depict a cartoon of a suburbanite mom strung out on heroin and leaning over a toilet vomiting. Or a little arnold gunning down the parents of his girlfriend's family because they refuse to allow her to date him. Whatcha say, old arnold?

January 18, 2012 at 4:13 p.m.
Lr103 said...

ArnoldZiffel said... Lefty saps, too weak to say it the way it is. Right on, Sheriff Hammond. If 100% of the thugs he's referring to are black, that's tough cookies. Wipe them out with extreme prejudice. Why should families, both black and white, be afraid to come downtown in small city of this size???

The greatest flaw in your suggestion, and even Jim Hammonds statement is the truth. The truth is when the law is allowed to go into poor, and especially black poor communities, with extreme prejudice, they don't take time to distinguish the good from the bad. That's why little old 90 year old ladies and 7 year old little girls, and even the family pet will surely suffer the consequences.

I can highly understand, respect and agree with the concerns of members in the black community. Their history with laws and law enforcement in this country has always been one of abuse at the hands of law enforcement and laws. Those lynch mobs and posse hunting down blacks, burning them out of their homes in the middle of the night. Those images of blacks and others who supported them during the civil rights movement being beaten, hosed and some even killed were all sanctioned and headed by your local sheriff and law enforcement of that time. Those images don't easily fade away. Then when someone with such power as sheriff hammonds make inciting comments every decent chattanoogan, regardless of race, should call him out.

Many of my African-American, Asian, Hispanic and other friends from other states, and countries, avoid Chattanooga when they visit the south or the country because its reputation as an intolerant city spreads beyond the borders of Tennessee and even the country.

January 18, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.
rolando said...

So our sheriff is a Republican. I didn't know that...or care.

He's certainly can't be a Dimocrat...Clay doesn't criticize or caricature libtards...much less attack them.

January 18, 2012 at 5 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

HappyWithNewBulbs said: "Hamond's flippant comment is reflective of antough-guy attitude that may play we'll in the media but translate poorly into solutions."

I agree with your comment, HWNB. I also think that Sheriff Hammond has forgotten his responsibility to be a good role model for children. There is often a special need for it in areas where gangs are prevalent because the children living in these areas - especially young males - grow up thinking that law enforcement officers are the bad guys - it's something they pick up from the older boys. Hammond’s unprofessional attitude can only reinforce this kind of thinking.

January 18, 2012 at 6:47 p.m.
ArnoldZiffel said...

Liberal mush Mountainlaurel, total mush. You don't coddle criminals. They are criminals, thugs, bullies, a cancer in a civilized society. Decades of "understanding" have got us where? Once again a liberal has turned the good guys into the bad guys. Gang bangers are the bad guys. Yes, they're black, they're bad guys who are black. Sheriff Hammond is the good guy. There are good guys and bad guys. Gang bangers want to hurt people and they need to be called what they are. Liberals make me sick.

January 18, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
brokentoe said...

@There is often a special need for it in areas where gangs are prevalent because the children living in these areas - especially young males - grow up thinking that law enforcement officers are the bad guys - it's something they pick up from the older boys.

ml, I don't think they get it from the older guys as much as they've been present when their own family members were being mistreated by LE, or have had negative experiences themselves.

January 18, 2012 at 8:33 p.m.
brokentoe said...

ArnoldZiffel said... Liberal mush Mountainlaurel, total mush. You don't coddle criminals.

But when cops are the ones caught committing the crimes, the first thing you conservatives do is coddle, make excuses, and blame it on the stresses of the job.

January 18, 2012 at 8:37 p.m.

ArnoldZiffel, you don't make people not want to be criminals by becoming just like them. The trick is prevention, not a misguided attempt to be even more thuggish because you believe it's somehow going to be intimidating.

It won't be. The only people who will suffer from that will be the rest of us who get caught in the crossfire.

mountainlaurel, it's certainly not going to inspire anybody to be better as a person. It's going to convince them to get into the life as an escape.

January 18, 2012 at 8:40 p.m.
dude_abides said...

The same liberalism that makes me empathize with the poor and the disenfranchised makes me feel empathy for the future victims of the hardened criminals the Sheriff is surely speaking of. Therefore, my suggestion would be not to send them anywhere. Rather, we should duct tape them to our bumpers to lessen damage from traffic collisions.

January 18, 2012 at 8:47 p.m.

Actually, that makes me think of something. I think we need a blinker inspection station, clearly there's a great number of broken turn signals in this town.

January 18, 2012 at 8:53 p.m.
fairmon said...

I heard what sheriff Hammond said before the media and liberals put their twist on it. It sounded like he was encouraging the study and doing those things to reach these young people or we would be, as we have been doing, send them to the funeral home. Most posting here have never seen a gang member or experienced having a crime committed against them but already know just how the problem should be addressed. Mountain Laurel as long as you stay in your all white gated fence community and express sympathy you should be OK. Many say where are the parents without realizing many are missing, a single parent and others are working long hours at low paying jobs.

January 18, 2012 at 11:36 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

AmoldZiffel said: "Liberal mush Mountainlaurel, total mush. You don't coddle criminals. They are criminals, thugs, bullies, a cancer in a civilized society. Decades of "understanding" have got us where?"

Where’s the mush in my post, AmoldZ? My focus was on young impressionable children living in areas where gangs are prevalent and the need for law enforcement to be good role models for the benefit of these young children. I did not express any opinion about the gang members living in these areas, and I also did not suggest that law enforcement were the bad guys.

My criticism of Sheriff Hammond was related to his recent statement, which I consider to be unprofessional. The way I see it is that effective law enforcement starts at the top. If the individual at the top doesn’t respect the law and does not act professionally, there is a high probability that the men and women working under him or her will hear the cue and may also act unprofessionally, which is not something that any community desires.

January 19, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.
alprova said...

Harp3339 wrote: "I heard what sheriff Hammond said before the media and liberals put their twist on it. It sounded like he was encouraging the study and doing those things to reach these young people or we would be, as we have been doing, send them to the funeral home."

No one twisted Jim Hammond's words. He said, and I quote, "You know basically folks, to cut to the chase, you've got 3 things we need to do here, either got to put them in jail, send them out of town, or put them in the funeral home."

Everything he stated before and after is meaningless. He summed up his position quite clearly. Now, as to whether he is right or he is wrong is a matter of opinion.

Putting them in jail doesn't work because they are more often than not, released in short order to resume where they left off.

Send them out of town? How? Buy them a bus ticket after arresting them rather than to recycle them over and over through the court system? A novel idea, but if they have roots in the area, they'll just come back.

That leaves putting them in the funeral home. A more final and permanent solution.

Does that make some of you feel all warm and comfy? It shouldn't. Sheriff Hammond put everyone on notice that being black or being dressed a certain way and finding yourself in the wrong part of town at night might just get you shot. Being in the right part of town may result in the same thing if an officer even suspects that you look like a gang member and are up to no good. One false move...

I have no sympathy for anyone who adopts the gang life and who winds up dead. Everyone has choices to make in life.

However, I don't want to live in a city where law enforcement have a declared policy of shooting first and asking questions later. Hasn't this area had enough questionable shootings by law enforcement?

It might have been better for Mr. Hammond to have used a bit more discretion in what he stated publicly. Even if the man is right and many people support what he said, in my humble opinion, it was a rather reckless comment coming from a high ranking law enforcement official.

January 19, 2012 at 1:02 a.m.
timbo said...

dude_abide...That is the first smart thing you have said.

January 19, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
Momus said...

If you want to know what a full out war against gangs looks like. Look south of the border. Chattanooga doesn't have the will or the stomach to follow thru. The one thing all your comments have in common is FEAR. Stay home, avoid downtown, be home by dark. Looks like the gans have already won.

January 21, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

I honestly have no desire to be out late. Sorry, but there's nothing downtown I want to do.

January 21, 2012 at 10:32 p.m.
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