What follows is what I wrote to Internal Invstigators at the Chattanooga Police Departement:
Dear Sir or Madam,
WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE IN THE OFFICER'S SHOES OR IN THE MAN'S SHOES????
Felony charges? Really? No warnings or verbal admonishments after the officer knew what was happening? Even after you know the circumstances? He says he stopped, looked and then proceeded through the red lights. He was carrying his wife into the hospital. (He can carry her and inflict a fingernail scratch?) Poor baby got a fingernail scratch while the man's wife may be DYING. She was showing signs and symptoms of a stroke. She only has one leg. Did the officer expect her to hop into the hospital (while possibly having a stroke) while the husband calmly answered questions? What about the officer's remote mike for the video feed? Did he have it on and can you hear how he is talking to the man or what the man is trying to say to him? If it were ANY of your officers' family members, would they have stopped at all lights, done the exact speed posted and behaved as is everything were rosy in his/her world or would they too panic and rush their ailing kin to the hospital? What about you? Would YOU have given him charges, including FELONY charges, or would you show just a bit of humanity and compassion? Really. Seems like police would have learned after this very thing happened in another city not so long ago and it was all over the news.