published Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Quote worthy

The most memorable quotes in the Times Free Press for Feb. 24-March 1.

“We may dance around it but a lot of people are fearful of ‘Ah, this is gonna ruin our country.’ Fear and uncertainty. Part of it is [the] first black president. I mean, we all see that.”

— Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, during a meeting with Chattanooga Times Free Press editors and reporters, on reasons for the rise in public interest in crime, safety and security

“There’s going to always be prostitutes and there’s always going to be drugs. There’s always going to be people who want it and people who do what they have to do to get it. It’s plain and simple.”

— Julie Hendon, a Chattanooga woman who said she works as a prostitute

“I’ll lay the facts out and hopefully that person will look at this and say, ‘It’s excessive. It’s outside the policies. And these officers do not need to be on the streets.”

— Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd, on two officers fired over the beating of a federal inmate as they seek to get their jobs back in a hearing before an administrative law judge

“Tatum turned on these officers with a knife and attacked. He repeatedly ignored the lawful orders to ‘stop resisting’ and ‘put your hands behind your back.’”

— Attorneys for fired Chattanooga police officers Sean Emmer and Adam Cooley, on the June 14, 2012, incident that led them to beat federal inmate Adam Tatum

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