As sad and stupid as this entire affair has been, it will be sadder and stupider yet if the officer involved, his supervisor who reviewed and approved the arrest, and the few (very few) people who are still defending the arrest don't learn from the mistake. It's not a matter of believing one story or another; it's just common sense that you should stop and think very carefully before you try to arrest a man while he's carrying his desperately ill wife into the emergency room.
If Officer Jim Daves is as fine a man as some of his friends have said, he'll weather this self-induced storm, learn from it, and do better next time. We should all try to do the same.
So much for the trumped up charge of "assaulting an officer!" How ironic that the officer committed a much greater and more significant felony in making a false police report than the ridiculous charges he filed against Mr. Wright.
The officer, Jim Page, was suspended without pay for five days in 2008. I wonder why?
The officer in question was suspended without pay for five days in 2008. This may not be his first stupid act while on duty, but it should be his last!
Two men, each trained for high-stress, high-priority work. One reacted calmly and got arrested. The other acted like a hot-headed idiot, and got paid for doing so. What amazes me most is that the Chattanooga PD had TWO DAYS to think about the circumstances and STILL had Mr. Wright handcuffed and arrested. "No comment," is the official word. I have lost all respect for the entire department.