Do you think Sheriff Hammond's comments went too far?


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jesse said...

about time somebody got REAL about this prob.

just hope he means it!

January 17, 2012 at 9:20 a.m.
Lr103 said...

I'm not at all shocked by Sheriff Hammonds inciting words. Those old southern posse and lynch mobs would have never existed without the local sheriff's lead and approval.

January 17, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.
01centare said...

If Sheriff Hammonds doesn't know, he should know that some of these cops and their civilian licensed-to-carry friends and neighbors are like raging bulls in heat being held in a crowded bull pin, just awaiting for a slight tap on the pen gate to go on a posse driven rampage.

January 17, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.
jesse said...

YEAH,them posse driven rampages and lynchins been gittin out o hand round here lately!

January 17, 2012 at 12:05 p.m.
rolema said...

that is what is wrong with the people of chatt. town they want to chose the easy words to get rid of the problem. you need a strong hand and strong words to get people att.YES I BELEAVE HAMMOND DID THE RIGHT THING @ SAID THE RIGHT THING.NOW DODD NEEDS TO JOIN IN.................

January 17, 2012 at 1:01 p.m.
UnRhetorical said...

Hammonds was spot-on. Hey Littlefield, still think it's a flash mob?

January 17, 2012 at 2:15 p.m.
Legend said...

So jesse, rolema, UnRhetorical, you three are suggesting the solution to the problem is to heap on more problems for these people and their community? You're all naive if you don't think innocent in those communities won't suffer losses too. What you three are suggesting only gives the innocent in those communities a choice between the cops and the crooks as to who gets to harm them.

There's been examples all over the country where innocent citizens have been harmed, killed and even their family pets were spared when police raided their homes. From 7 year little girls sleeping on the couch, to 90 plus year old elderly ladies trying to live out their final days in peace. To soldiers home from the war. Havig survived the war killed when police burst up into the homes of innocent Americans. That's like the problem in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where the invaders and occupiers originally claimed they were going in to free an oppress people only to team up with the enemy of abuse those oppressed people they were suppose to be serving and protecting. That's no solution. And the individuals at that meeting where the sheriff spoke should be ashamed of themselves for not calling him out. Instead they clapped and cheered him on. Tragic.

Do you really think they will honestly make a distinction between the good citizens of those communities and the ones causing the problems? You're naive if you do.

January 17, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
jesse said...

well i don't know about you but i think some oldman sittin on his porch and catchin a round from a drive by, he 's innocent too!

something HAS to be done and sittin on our a$$ doin nothing ain't workin too good so lets try hammonds way!!

January 17, 2012 at 3:58 p.m.
Legend said...

Yeah, jesse something HAS to be done. But advocating and inciting murder to combat murder is not the solution.

Yeah, the guy sitting on the porch caught catchin a round is innocent too. Whether he catches the bullet from the criminal or the cop. He's still just as dead. The difference is, one is breaking the law and the other is suppose to be protecting the citizens and upholding the law. Are you suggesting that as long as cops are behaving like crooks in order to catch the criminals it doesn't matter? Why don't we all just go out into an open field and have good old fashion free-for-all, like they use to in the good old days? We can even let our children tag along and bring a pic-nic basket. Isn't that the way it use to be done?

In that case, what's the need for having cops in the first place. We could just hire a few criminals at a cheaper price, save the taxpayers lots of money and make everybody happy?

The more America seems to change, the more you realize it never did.

January 17, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.
jesse said...

i don't see anything in the story about advocating murder.

thats just you taking things to the extream to make your point!

January 17, 2012 at 5:25 p.m.
chioK_V said...

WELL, JESS, we'll just be politically right about it. How about, open seasoned a certain segment of Chattanga's population? Does that sound better?

Anywho, who WHO. I don't fear the criminals or even the alleged gang bangers as much as I'm concerned we're Chattanoogans are being held hostage everytime somebodys want a pay raise or have their toys car privileges taken away. Please give them their pay raise and their toys back. Please! Please! Please! So Chattanoogans can stop hiding under their coffe tables in fear.

January 17, 2012 at 5:44 p.m.
eMan said...

I think he went too far with his funeral home remark. There was no reason to say this. It was extreme and hostile. Saying things like this will not help solve the problem; it is offensive. I am glad that he seems set on solving the problem though; hopefully he will walk the walk.

January 17, 2012 at 6:41 p.m.
pattyk said...

I don't think he did nothing wrong, I am sure he meant those people that kill someone needs to go their funeral.. and watch what the families are going through.. We start a page on Gang violence in schools..We are going to change this immediately..its also in Elementary schools so anyone with children in school needs to stand up to gang violence and get it stopped before it gets extremely bad.

January 17, 2012 at 6:46 p.m.
Lr103 said...

What's important is how the sheriff's words translate to his subordinates on the street. That's where the problem will exist. It's the harshness of authority that has driven many of these young men into gangs in the first place. A place that gives them some kind of false sense of protection when there's none forthcoming. Not even from those who are suppose to protect all citizens, no matter their class, color, ethnicity or status.

Law enforcement operates on a similar and eerily commonality as a gang higharchy. In that the head can brainwash and control what the body(members) do. They both even adhere to that same don't snitch policy. Gang members don't snitch on fellow gang members, and cops don't snitch on fellow cops.

January 17, 2012 at 7:54 p.m.
wsweet said...

28% vote for better education, community sponsered activities, better public recreational programs, better opportunities and more compassion??????

January 17, 2012 at 10:30 p.m.
drvibe said...

In my opinion.jim hammond said the same thing some of the gang bangers,guess what?that statement made you the same as them,only difference is you can kill them without ever having to prove guilt or innocense in a court of law.besides this gang crap is the monster that you law makers created when you took the discipline out of the parents hands and the schools and the community that all chipped in to help discipline our doing this the monsters have been released and now it affects your way of living now ...

January 17, 2012 at 11:57 p.m.
UnRhetorical said...

Hey Legend, these people? Their community? I am those people. Better to do something than to not do anything at all. Doing nothing is all that's been going on. Why the heck do you think it got this way?

January 18, 2012 at 9:42 a.m.
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