My prayers and condolences are with the familes of the officers and the entire police department. Thank you all for risking your lives daily trying to protect and keep the rest of us safe. God Bless.
Great to hear! I really do appreciate the police stepping things up. I pray that they are allowed to continue this extra enforcement all summer.
Hotdog's comments are very ignorant. I am not a member of Pastor Adam's church and don't know a thing about the man but I am a faithful member of a local city church...can't imagine that you are (@Hotdog). Anyway, I agree that the gang members and thier parents are not reading the TFP but these community leaders are right to speak out. How ignorant to comment on an individual's personal issues that have nothing to do with the matter at hand, which is the safety of our children, stopping gang violience, and the escalating murders. Someone has to stand up and address it. Maybe those who have nothing better to do than air others' dirty laundry should go some place and start a gossip blog. I read an excellent statement by the Chattanooga Housing Authority Chairman regarding getting more strict with criminal activity involving public housing residents and sending those appeals to be heard before city court. To me that is progress and it sends a strong message. Everyone may not be reading the TFP but believe me, word of mouth travels fast around this city.
I totally agree about not letting gangs take over, but not just in North Chattanooga but everywhere in this city. When the gang problem here has been allowed to become so huge that you have to be afraid to stop for gas for fear of being struck by a stray bullet, there is a huge problem.
The kids who are not in gangs cannot even be kids. They can't have teen parties. They can't hang out at the mall, the movies, the skate rink, or apparently go on school field trips.
You're right, we can't even go downtown to Coolidge Park as a family and enjoy the city. With all of that said, the mayor needs to acknowledge this gang problem and come up with strong deterrents. He needs to team up with the Police department, Juvenile Court, the Hamilton County Department of Education, Family and Children Services and the Chattanooga Housing Authority. All of these entities need to get on the same page and come up with a coalition to stomp out this gang problem.
I don't pay taxes to be barricaded in my home. When you ignore a problem because it is not happening in your neighborhood or in your tax bracket, the problem can still touch you in other ways. These children need outreach, these adults who perpetuate gangs need incarceration, and the parents of the children living in these gang zones need mandatory awareness and then consequences - especially if these families are being assisted by the government. Although, these kids know right from wrong, a lot of times they've seen so much wrong at home, they have been conditioned to think it 'is' right or that there won't be any consequences.