published Friday, March 1st, 2013

FEAR FACTOR: When race fuels fear, all lose

What does it say about Chattanooga and Hamilton County that the sheriff here believes people have a heightened fear of crime because of Barack Obama's ethnicity?

In Sheriff Jim Hammond's words: "Part of it is [the] first black president. I mean we all see that. We may dance around it, but a lot of people are fearful of 'ah, this is going to ruin our country.' And part of it is because there is a general eroding of the moral, spiritual, legal balance that we have seen in our past generations here. So people are just more nervous, more upset about the unknown. Fear."

Sheriff Hammond, 69, is a long-time law enforcement officer who has trained police all over the world -- Haiti, Jordan, England, Germany and Russia. His charge was to train them in the democratic method of policing.

Perhaps he has heard and seen irrational fear based on ethnic and cultural differences so much and in so many places that he can describe it without even flinching.

But to most of us, the idea that people would fear crime more because we have a black president is incomprehensible. And simply repulsive.

So what are we to think when we learn of a black man savagely beaten by two white Chattanooga city police officers last June at the Salvation Army Halfway House?

On a surveillance video, the man, 37-year-old Adam Tatum, is taken down by Officer Sean Emmer just after the officer tells Tatum to put his hands behind his head. Almost immediately, Emmer places Tatum in a choke hold, spins him around and throws him to the ground.

Officers later said Tatum continued to resist arrest, but through much of the video, Tatum is on the ground trying to dodge blows. Officers scream at him to roll over on his belly, but rather than let him, they flail batons over and over unto his legs and torso.

The beating continues, off and on, for about seven agonizing minutes while more and more officers arrive to look on and occasionally join it to try to roll Tatum for handcuffing. By the time Tatum is handcuffed and taken outside, no fewer than a dozen officers are on the scene. He has been struck dozens and dozens of times.

Tatum suffered six fractures to his right leg and two fractures to his left leg, including a compound break -- basically all because he didn't roll over on his belly.

How many of us could roll over with eight breaks in our legs?

Police found a knife on Tatum, but only after the beating had begun.

Emmer and the second officer, Adam Cooley, were fired after a Chattanooga attorney wrote Police Chief Bobby Dodd telling him to preserve the surveillance video at the Salvation Army.

Dodd started an internal affairs investigation, terminated the officers and met with the district attorney. They decided the matter would be presented to the grand jury.

The grand jury declined to indict the officers.

What does that say?

Does it say the police officers had an irrational fear of Tatum because he's black?

Does it say the grand jury went easy on police because Tatum was black and they favor police?

Does it say the public should have an irrational fear of crime?

Frankly, anyone viewing this video should have a fear of irrational fear. And maybe a fear of overzealous police officers.

Watching the end of the video -- while Tatum sits handcuffed on the grass with two broken legs and an officer kicks him over onto his back just one more time for good measure as 10 or 12 other officers mill around -- one has to wonder about Chattanooga City Council candidates' constant call for "more police boots on the ground."

Not more of this kind. Not more officers with an irrational fear of a black man -- or a white, red, yellow or brown man -- with broken legs who can't roll over on his belly.

Irrational fear is irrational.

Perhaps, Chattanooga, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.

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librul said...

No justice, no peace.

Once, Chattanooga had the bright idea of calling itself the "environmental city", gag. If it were true, it wouldn't have taken a foreign corporation drawn here by millions in deferred taxes to create our first large scale, industrial solar array.

No, Chattanooga, throughout most of its history and particularly since the 1920s, richly deserves to be called "the city of hate".

March 1, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.
jjmez said...

And don't forget the Chattanooga of 1906 either.

Sheriff Hammonds is right. What he said in the light of day has been going on long before President Obama was elected. Things have just escalated since his election. For whatever reason, people have become more brazen and open with their hatred. This is not taking place in Chattanooga either, but all across America and in cities and towns one once thought could never happen.

Just like in slavery when one slave ran away the entire slave population on the plantation paid a price, now when President Obama does or say something others don't like or disagree with someone, somewhere in some town, some city will be punished

Gawd {un}BLESS Amerika!

March 1, 2013 at 9:15 a.m.
moon4kat said...

If people who are "fearful" with Obama as President were equally fearful under George W. Bush, then I'll give them a pass on the racism charge. There was more reason to be fearful with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Rice . . . all of whom ignored the warnings they were given about impending terrorist attacks. Remember that the 9/11 attacks happened on their watch. Then they used it as an excuse to start a war under false pretenses with a nation not involved in the attacks. As for those who supported that administration's belligerent incompetence, and feel fearful of Obama . . . those, I think, are stupid racists.

March 1, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
timbo said...

This is absolutely wrong. No one I know is afraid of black people. Besides, they kill each other all the time. It is rare when they kill a white person.

We despise Barack Obama because he is a liberal socialist. I also despise Marx, Stalin, Edward Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. As far as I know they are/were white.

Jim Hammond is an idiot. He changed from a democrat to a Republican just to run for sheriff. Obviously, his "spots" haven't changed.

March 1, 2013 at 11:22 a.m.
librul said...

Back to the editorial -

No person who must give up their freedom and is placed in the custody of the police, whatever they have done, whether they resist police authority, spit in their face or simply refuse to roll over on their belly, should be subject to beating and broken bones or, in some cases, murder at the hands of the police.

When a person is arrested, it is then the police who are subject to punishment for any abuses visited on that person. They are not the Gestapo, they are LAW ENFORCEMENT. Laws must apply equally to them and their actions toward those in their custody.

The actions of these officers should result in discharge and trial. Any recalcitrance on the part of the "grand jury" to indict them for abuse of civil rights shows their abandonment of the law and should be met with loud objection and condemnation. What will happen, of course, in our sick, torture-endorsing society, is that they and the donut-eaters will enjoy public approbation.

If one of those pigs had died of a heart attack while beating their prisoner, he would have been lionized as a faithful public servant and been given a dramatic funeral which the victim could watch lying in his hospital bed in casts.

No justice, no peace.

March 1, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.
nucanuck said...

timbo says, "We despise Barack Obama because he is a liberal socialist".

That is a good example of blatant racism wrapped in a flimsy excuse. Obama is no more a liberal socialist than Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, or even Bush II. Obama's policies are a continuum of what went before. Bush's drug bill...Obama's health care bill...there is no real difference.

The vitriol hurled at Obama can only be described as the ugly face of racism.

March 1, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.
timbo said...

nucanuck..Bull....,no one in history has espoused a more liberal philosophy. You prove once again that you are delusional.

Blatant racism? The accusations of a scoundrel with no other argument.

March 1, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"no one in history has espoused a more liberal philosophy."

Absolutely false. That's just another WingNut talking point. It simply isn't true.

"You prove once again that you are delusional."

Look in the mirror. You are delusion incarnate.

"Blatant racism? The accusations of a scoundrel with no other argument."

This is blatant racism as well:

"No one I know is afraid of black people. Besides, they kill each other all the time. It is rare when they kill a white person."

You're simply too stupid to understand.

March 1, 2013 at 1:09 p.m.
timbo said...

slEasy321...

Ok, name one who is more liberal, maybe FDR but it is close.

How is it racist to state a fact? It is true that most murders committed by blacks are on other blacks. Now, statistics are racist.

Do you just talk to hear your empty head rattle? Your answers are bizarre.

March 1, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.
chatt_man said...

I do to agree with most of librul's paragraph. "No person who must give up their freedom and is placed in the custody of the police, whatever they have done, whether they resist police authority, spit in their face or simply refuse to roll over on their belly, should be subject to beating and broken bones or, in some cases, murder at the hands of the police."

But, I'm sick of all the "you just hate him because he's black" crap from people looking for an easy excuse to accuse others of racism. Does it exist? Yes. Are you all the one's helping it to continue? Yes!

We don't hate him, we just hate his arrogance, his lies, his apologies to other countries, and his downright determination to destroy the heritage of our country. It has nothing to do with skin color.

Nowhere in the editorial does it mention that he refused to pass a drug test because he was doing crack earlier that evening, nor does it mention he held a knife to a person's throat that got the police called in the first place.

I've never seen a more divisive presidential administration. If you want to know who fosters hate, look at Obama and a lot of the liberal bunch.

Two examples given by nuckanuk and Easy above are said to be racist. "We despise Barack Obama because he is a liberal socialist", and "The accusations of a scoundrel with no other argument." Racist? Really? Who are the REAL spreaders of hate?

From Easy, I'm not surprised. He's just a young punk with no real life experiences that feels he has to chime in because he thinks he's a political scholar. But nuckanuk, do you stand by the statement that "we despise Barack Obama because he is a liberal socialist" as really being a "good example of blatant racism wrapped in a flimsy excuse"?

March 1, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.
Leaf said...

OMG, do you folks realize how you sound? It's like reading a novel from the 1800's. How can you possibly claim to not be racist?

March 1, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
chatt_man said...

OK Leaf, if that's directed at me, please show me where I'm making racist remarks or sounding racist.

March 1, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
Easy123 said...

timboner,

"Ok, name one who is more liberal, maybe FDR but it is close."

FDR, LBJ, Jimmy Carter, Teddy Roosevelt, etc.

"How is it racist to state a fact? It is true that most murders committed by blacks are on other blacks. Now, statistics are racist."

You stated an irrelevant fact as a reason why you, supposedly, aren't scared of black people. What does black people murdering other black people have to do with anything? Go ahead, I'll wait.

"Do you just talk to hear your empty head rattle? Your answers are bizarre."

Pot meet kettle.

March 1, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Easy123 said...

chatt_man,

"Are you all the one's helping it to continue? Yes!"

No, people like you that make excuses for it instead of addressing it are why it continues.

"We don't hate him, we just hate his arrogance, his lies, his apologies to other countries, and his downright determination to destroy the heritage of our country. It has nothing to do with skin color."

Yet, everything you just said is a lie. It's all conjured up. Why?

"Nowhere in the editorial does it mention that he refused to pass a drug test because he was doing crack earlier that evening, nor does it mention he held a knife to a person's throat that got the police called in the first place."

The man didn't hold a knife to anyone's throat. However, does that make it alright for the man to be assaulted?

"I've never seen a more divisive presidential administration. If you want to know who fosters hate, look at Obama and a lot of the liberal bunch."

Read any post you or any WingNut jackass has written on this site, then tell me who fosters hate. You're truly a WingNut hack.

"Racist? Really? Who are the REAL spreaders of hate?"

Yes, really. You and your WingNut butt-buddies are the REAL spreaders of hate.

"From Easy, I'm not surprised. He's just a young punk with no real life experiences that feels he has to chime in because he thinks he's a political scholar."

And you're a delusional old man that thinks he knows something simply because of his age. You spout your ignorance here every time you post. You attack me because I call you out on it.

March 1, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
nucanuck said...

timbo, unless you can tell us why Obama is more of a "liberal socialist" than those who came before him, I will continue to call you out and out racist. Obama is mainstream in his politics...too mainstream for my liking, but about like most who have preceeded him.

March 1, 2013 at 3:51 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

Grand Juries need to become obsolete. They've become puppets for law enforcement and the courts. They will rarely indict a member of law enforcement if the individual is well liked, and even if he gets caught red handed. Even if a Grand Jury indicts, the jurors will not convict a member of law enforcement. Some individuals have gone on record saying if they ever serve on a jury where a police has been charged with a crime they will not convict. No matter what they're charged with. I gues that would include even crimes against children, their spouses.

Just remember, cops who brutalize citizens on the street are far more likely to be domestic abusers behind closed doors.

March 1, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.
chatt_man said...

I notice you didn't answer my question...of how either of those remarks referred to by you and nucanuck were racist.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/2/28/245474/Attorneys-Say-Tatum-Was-Terrorizing.aspx

Easy, your ignorance deserves no more reply.

March 1, 2013 at 4:34 p.m.
Easy123 said...

chatt_man,

"I notice you didn't answer my question...of how either of those remarks referred to by you and nucanuck were racist."

I only referred to one remark and I already explained myself as well.

"Easy, your ignorance deserves no more reply."

Check your link to see where it says the man held a knife to a person's throat. I bet you can't find it. It would appear that you're the ignorant one. Or maybe you're just a liar. I think it's a heavy mixture of both.

I notice you didn't answer my question about why the man deserved to be assaulted. Or why you conjured up the lies about President Obama.

Your ignorance is almost as palpable as your cowardice.

March 1, 2013 at 4:49 p.m.
yaffay said...

Fear of our president because he is black is irrational and bigoted, Mr. Sheriff. However, fear of 2 inhumane police officers who like to administer harsh beatings that result in numerous broken bones is a realistic fear in this community. Why did you not address a real issue versus the one that exist only in narrow little minds?

March 1, 2013 at 11:14 p.m.
AndrewLohr said...

Police brutality does happen here, as I mentioned to Moses Freeman when he stopped by to ask for my vote a few days ago, and from what I watched of the video (here's a link to all 38 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8HAVLhqTbc)--my opinion is so inexpert as to be worthless, but it looks bad; I would have wished to see all police actions clearly directed to subduing Mr Tatum, and as someone said (to radio's Brian Joyce?) Mr Tatum, though not doing what he was told, may have been too traumatized to do so. The policemen MAY have been stuck in their mode, and so MAY he. And if a dozen officers reached the scene, were any of them complicit in what took place? (I have heard of a squad of Israeli soldiers picking up a harmless old Arab, and one of them holding the rest at gunpoint to prevent them from tormenting him as they'd intended.)

But the policemen deserve a hearing, and the link above (again, http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/2/28/245474/Attorneys-Say-Tatum-Was-Terrorizing.aspx) gives some of their side as the Times did not even try to do. The link says he held an inmate at knifepoint (knife yes Easy, to throat not specified) and that he attacked the police with the knife, for which he is spending time in Silverdale; and that he was admittedly high on crack, though he refused a drug test. I do not know if the link tells the truth, but that's what it says. So the police had to subdue him (as they had to subdue the late Rodney King). Whether they went about it in the best way Chief Bobby Dodd, who fired them, and the grand jury, which refused to indict, know more than I. I have my doubts.

March 2, 2013 at 12:05 a.m.
nucanuck said...

chat_man,

I call BS on saying you despise Obama because you think he is a liberal socialist. Obama is a mainstream American politician...a centrist. You can argue about which side of center he may fall, but he is a centrist. Either you despise most of the American body politic or you have another reason to despise Obama, one or the other. I contend that you, timbo, and many others see Obama through racist eyes that badly distort what you think you see, causing you to attribute complete distortions tainted by color.

Deny all you want, but there is no other rational explanation for your hatred.

March 2, 2013 at 12:39 a.m.
jjmez said...

yaffay said... Fear of our president because he is black is irrational and bigoted, Mr. Sheriff. However, fear of 2 inhumane police officers who like to administer harsh beatings that result in numerous broken bones is a realistic fear in this community. Why did you not address a real issue versus the one that exist only in narrow little minds?

yaffay, did you actually take time to read what Sheriff Hammond was trying to explain? If you read what he said, did you so much as comprehend it? Do you even understand how that savage beating by those two thug cops of one black man could actually maybe tied to fear and hatred that other black man in the white house? Do you even know of or realize what's been going on or said on some social discussion forums against people of color since a black man has been elected to the white house? The irrational fear, influenced by hate, some right wing conservative have been spreading on their websites and at speeches such as Obama is building an Army of black soldiers to go around to kill white people?{none of which is true, of course} And those are only the sites accessible through searches. Only God knows what traveling around on those underground websites and discussion forums inaccessible through web searches.

Do you know most of the same people now on the attack and defensive against Sheriff Hammond have been after him for a while now, because he was cleaning up and out some of those same individuals who were capable and most likely have committed similar acts against people of color under him? Individuals who threatened Sheriff Hammond that he didn't have to worry about being re-elected again because he did the right thing when he arrested their drunken little darlings caught drinking, many underage, up there in Apison last year? Their parents through a hissy fit. Some of those same individuals you're likely listening to. The same ones who attack and blame inner city and the poor for, accusing them of not wanting to take responsibility for their actions when they complain about being arrested for a minor traffic violation, such as making a rolling stop at a stop sign. However, they don't think they nor their offspring should take responsibility for breaking more serious laws such as drinking, drinking underage and likely drugging too and who knows what else? GIVE JIM HAMMOND A BREAK!!! If you really care, you should be thanking Sheriff Hammond for exposing the truth and shining a light on all this idiocy that traveling around behind the scenes. Nip it in the bud! Now they're like deer caught in the headlights, and they fear what else Sheriff Hammond may know or might say to expose their deviousness. Rather than condemn and attack him, listen to him!

March 2, 2013 at 2:42 a.m.
lightkeeper said...

This is not the first incident of police brutality in Chattanooga. Hamilton County is notorious for racism you can feel it in the air. Its considered a Republican Stronghold and the African American community had been warned when President Obama was first elected President that these type of incidents may occure. All one has to do is just check out the opinion page here in the TFP and that will give you a good indication of what kind of backward conservative hillbilly mindset we have in this community. It can't even grow properly for example because the bigots want the county to stay white and the city to stay black, thats the real reason for not wanting metro that would finally put this area in the 21st century. So those of you that try to pretend not to be a racists AND DANCE AROUND THE ISSUE WITH LAME EXCUSES, I'll help you out..YOU ARE. People all around the country now know that Hamilton County/Chattanooga is one of the most hateful racists areas on the face of the earth. Iam sure Sheriff Jim Hammond wouldn't dare repeat some of the things he actually has heard.

March 2, 2013 at 5:06 a.m.
Lr103 said...

And that in part, lightkeeper, is why I'm voting against anything members of the local T-Party supports or claim to represent. Especially the candidates they support. Their core belief system is drenched in bigotry and intolerance. They may use the platform from a standpoint of concerns over our tax dollars being wasted. That's because they know that's what get everyone's dander up. They may use what seems on the surface inclusiveness, but their ultimate goal is to put into place candidates who believe as they do. The term our conservative values has come to mean different things to different people. To them the word can be defined as in support of exclusiveness, bigotry, hatred and intolerance of anyone and everyone opposite those four words. Which would be most everyone except them.

March 2, 2013 at 9:31 a.m.
yaffay said...

jjmez said...

yaffay, did you actually take time to read what Sheriff Hammond was trying to explain? If you read what he said, did you so much as comprehend it? Do you even understand how that savage beating by those two thug cops of one black man could actually maybe tied to fear and hatred that other black man in the white house? Do you even know of or realize what's been going on or said on some social discussion forums against people of color since a black man has been elected to the white house?

Thanks so much for your concerns about my reading comprehension skills, jjmez, but I can assure you I have no problem in that area. I also listened to the audio of Hammond's conversation with the reporter to get a clear picture of what he said. I did not hear or read any comments by the sheriff that fell in the "exposing the truth and shining a light on all this idiocy that traveling around behind the scenes," as you mentioned in your defense of Mr. Hammond. Did he say these people were wrong and completely misguided? Did he mention how bigoted and without merit it is to judge a president or anyone else by the color of their skin? When those in the community came to him with these irrational fears, did he use it as a teachable moment to explain the illogic behind their concerns? He did mention it as an "Old South" way of thinking, but he did not condemn it. He said we must be reasonable in how we approach the issue, but did not mention any reasoned approaches he or his staff uses to combat the ignorance of prejudice.

You ask if I understand how the beating of a black man by the 2 cops could be tied to the fear and hatred of President Obama. If that was the first beating of a black man by white cops, your point might have a shred of validity. However, this type of behavior has historically been all too common, in both this area and the nation. It started long before Obama was our president and sadly, will not disappear when he leaves office.

March 2, 2013 at noon
jjmez said...

Bottom line, and it's really a no-brainer, yaffay. Hammond was describing behavior based on the way the question(s) were asked. He was not condoning said behavior. I'm more wary and suspicious of the ones attemtping to turn everyon against someone like Hammond. That's where pretty much all the local problems lie. With them. They're divisive, mean, intolerant. They're likely the very ones he was referring to. He just couldn't say it out and right.

Why not get some leader from the black community to go sit down and have an open honest discussion with Sheriff Hammond. Even if that person can't reveal all about the convseration. Because Sheriff Hammond, both as a sheriff and a white guy at that, may have information he simply just can't openly reveal or discuss.

By the way, I know both black men, and evens ome black women, have been beaten by cops long before President Obama was elected. However, there's been an escalation of events all across the natin since his election both times. I have African-American family members scattered all across the nation, and outside the U.S. too who have kept me abreast of what's taking place where they live. What do you say would be the reason for political members from the right to be going into other countries and making President Obama look like the bad guy? They're not only trying to destroy his presidency and legacy in America, but around the world. What do you think will happen if American citizens and people and their leaders around the world turn on President Obama? Won't they just as likely turn on blacks, especially American blacks, as a whole? The issue is far more reaching than just locally, or even nationally. It's world baby. WORLD!!!

March 2, 2013 at 12:44 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

I listened to Sheriff Hammond’s responses and while I don’t think he said anything that indicates he shares the racist views that he mentions, I did find it rather odd that Hammond failed to mention several obvious things that are clearly contributing to the "fear" factor.

For starters, there is the paranoia currently being peddled by organizations like the NRA. Clearly, the NRA is a major contributor when it comes to peddling paranoia, Surely, Sheriff Hammond and other law enforcement officials are aware of folks like NRA’s Wayne LaPierre - along with his extremist views and the "racial undertones” often found in his speeches:

“During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in the United States. [NRA CEO LaPierre]

After Hurricane Sandy, we saw the hellish world that the gun prohibitionists see as their utopia. Looters ran wild in south Brooklyn. There was no food, water or electricity. And if you wanted to walk several miles to get supplies, you better get back before dark, or you might not get home at all." [NRA CEO LaPierre]

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/joe-scarborough-wayne-lapierre-racist-nra-daily-caller-op-ed-2013-2#ixzz2MWpFzXAg

March 3, 2013 at 8:31 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

mountainlaurel said... I did find it rather odd that Hammond failed to mention several obvious things that are clearly contributing to the "fear" factor.

For starters, there is the paranoia currently being peddled by organizations like the NRA.

Did you ever consider that if the sheriff started to name names he could be exposing both himself, the sheriff department and even Hamilton County and Chattanooga to retaliation and possible lawsuits? That once he began to name names it could go on for eternity and he'd still miss a bunch, even he doesn't know is out there? That he has to be careful naming any one name or source as so much as a contributing to factor? That there is more going on than the NRA and an obvious troubled mind like LaPierre?

Do you know so many right wing conservative hate groups and gun rights organizations have sprung up since President Obama was elected that even if the NRA went out of the gun business today they wouldn't even be missed, because there are several other groups and organizationps that's more than prepared to take their place?

This is the hate that has been building long before President Obama was first elected, and there was only a rumor or possibility that he might be. Hate that I and others realized was taking shape and we tried to sound the alarm, but no one would listen. They called us crazy. Told us we were living in the past; that we were troublemakers.

March 4, 2013 at 1:17 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

TimaNOG said: “Did you ever consider that if the sheriff started to name names he could be exposing both himself, the sheriff department and even Hamilton County . . . to retaliation and possible lawsuits? . . . Do you know so many . . . hate groups . . . have sprung up . . . that even if the NRA went out of the gun business today they wouldn't even be missed, because there are several other groups and organizationps that's more than prepared to take their place?”

I can understand that it might not be appropriate for someone in Sheriff Hammond's position to name specific organizations for the reasons that you've suggested, but the reality is that some of these “hate” organizations are playing a key role in this business of peddling “fear,” which is why I found it odd that Sheriff Hammond didn’t mention this factor.

In the big picture, the goals of some of these “hate” organizations are not much different from the goals of some of these foreign terrorist organizations that want to destroy our government. Indeed, who needs foreign terrorists when America has so many “hate” groups spending all of this money in an effort to undermine our government, to sow distrust among our population, and to destroy the capacity of our government to attend to the public’s business?

March 4, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.
TirnaNOG said...

But how is Sheriff Hammond to blame for all that? He has to be careful of what he say and how he say so as to not chance creating another level of fear. I believe I might know some of the people who've been attempting to undercut the sheriff for a long time. They'll say one thing in one group meeting, depending on who's attending, and something totally opposite in a different group meeting. They'll bash minorities, gays, Muslims, Hispanics in a room full of right wing conservatives, then when in the presence of minorities and other different ethnic or religious groups, they'll pretend they're on your side. They'll even hug you and pat you on your back. Just watch out, because the knife in that hand that pats is only slightly turned in the opposite direction. These are the people Jim Hammond was most likely talking about, but couldn't openly reveal everything he knows. People who have come to him off the record to spew their hate hidden behind false fears.

March 4, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.
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