published Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Sheriff Jim Hammond explains comments about Obama to Hamilton County Commission

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Sheriff Hammond comments on previous statements

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond appeared before county commissioners today to explain comments he made Tuesday about insecurity-driven gun sales in the community.

During an interview Tuesday, Hammond said because President Barack Obama was in office as the nation’s first black president, some in the community were insecure.

Today Hammond told commissioners the headline of the story was sensationalized, but he did say fear existed in the county.

“If one reads that article they won’t see anything like what that headline is saying,” Hammond said.

" ... As sheriff, I take very seriously the healing, whether it's racial healing, whether it's political healing. ...

"What you see in those headlines was not Sheriff Jim Hammond. It was editorial staff taking words and making their own headlines."

For more on the story, see Friday’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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