I think it is very refreshing to see young people express their religious convictions!!
Our officers have a very rough time dealing with the several violent or potentially violent offenders they have come into contact with lately. I am glad none of the officers have been hurt. Perhaps the frustration of losing a family member is causing the actions on the part of the families. Maybe Chief Cooper can counter-act some of the concern on the part of the NAACP by being more pro-active with the community in areas where he will be accepted.
I think this is a good step on part of the police department. Although Chief Cooper mentions that every Mayor's admininstration has taken up this issue with Sessions Court it is the first time that I have ever seen a police chief make public statements about getting Sessions Court to change the schedule around. Usually a Captain or Lt. has to talk to the Judges and try and get something done. The comment about other personnel changes and added expenses at Sessions Court to accomodate the Chattanooga Police Dept is a good one also.
I have seen scores of overtime sheets in which second shift officers have arrived at Sessions Court at 0830 in the morning and did not leave until noon or after. The fact that there are so mnay cases in court is an excellent sign that many officers take their job seriously. Sessions Court judges and court personnel have a huge responsibility on their hands and overall they do an excellent job.
Good catch on the part of the officer that caught them. The original article did not mention the officer's name. The capture of these people will take an burglary "gang" off the street.