published Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Police brutality violates rights and other letters to the editors

Police brutality violates rights

The goals of the American police force are to enforce justice and uphold the law, which can only be met with good intentions and trustworthy employees. However, police brutality is an issue that occurs daily in America with little media coverage or national attention. In March of this year, Chattanooga Police Officers Adam Cooley and Sean Emmer were terminated after the release of graphic video footage of the brutal beating of an assault suspect that resulted in serious injuries. Cooley and Emmer have been a hot topic in local news for months, but would we know their names if the encounter had not been recorded? Perhaps their actions would have been written off as self-defense because the suspect lacks much credibility in court. Police brutality occurs more frequently than it makes headlines; statistics show that excessive force tactics have become a means of assuming power for many officers in larger cities, especially in urban areas with high minority populations. Offenders are seldom punished, and their actions are typically kept from media attention. Police brutality violates human rights and will persist until departments are forced to take responsibility for strictly enforcing policies regarding force and conduct. The public's only defense is to continue demanding accountability by recording and reporting misconduct.

TAYLOR MULLINIKS


Childhood literacy must be improved

An epidemic is on our nation's hands. Over the years, adolescent literacy rates have dropped below proficiency levels across the nation when tested by the urban National Assessment of Educational Progress, otherwise known as the nation's report card. The national average, according to the NAEP, at eighth-grade level in 2009 was only a score of 262 out of 500. Inner-city schools, like here in Chattanooga, did even worse than the national average. Atlanta, close to Chattanooga, only scored a 250. Something has to give. Educational leaders need to find a way to improve how adolescents can achieve higher literacy levels. One way to do this is by using today's modern technologies, like the Internet, tablets and laptops, to help students read at higher levels. Using electronic programs that are formatted to resemble fun games can be used as easy tools to encourage students to want to read. This way, students are using technology they use at home already to improve their literacy skills. If the methods we are using to teach are not working, we need to investigate this new way of learning. Students are our future, and they need to be educated.

ELIZABETH HUNTER, White House, Tenn.


Let spouses use Obamacare

The debate rages on in Chattanooga City Council meetings regarding same-sex spousal benefits. The very simple solution is that the City Council should no longer provide any spousal benefits. That is certainly non-discriminatory, fair and less costly to the city. The policy should be that if one does not work for the city, then the city provides no benefits. Spouses of every city employee can now go to www.Healthcare.gov and take care of themselves.

JEFF W. WELLS, Hixson

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sagoyewatha said...

Mulliniks! Could you tell the rest of the story? Both officers were fired. The so called "victim" is a career criminal, who was incarcerated at the time of this offense and was also drugged up and armed with an edged weapon. Maybe you could find another way to FIGHT CRIME?

November 9, 2013 at 8:40 a.m.
TirnaNOG said...

sagoyewatha, those two cops would be carr criminals too if they hadn't managed to slither their way onto the police force. At least one, Cooley, I believe, was in the news prior, and not long before he was caught on tape, accused of the same thing. The only difference in this incident was Salvation had its own cameras. Otherwise, police cameras, would have mysteriously malfunctioned.

Reminders of just how much America hasn't changed from those bygone days John Grisham recently wrote about in his book Sycamore Row. The only difference today is they no longer bring a rope, a torches to burn down the homestead and run minorities off their land. But they still acquire the powers of the local law, change ordinances, local laws, and give power to local neighborhood associations who use the law to do the dirty work of running minorities out of their homes.

Cooley and Emmer just got caught in the act. There are and have been many more. Far too many. You can't have criminal upholding the law and expect no one to notice. Now, the Cooleys and Emmers have become embolden and are venturing into areas never before intended. White America. Like the two Texas cops who publicly stripped searched and sexually assaulted two white females on the side of the road. Now such excessive powers allotted are venturing into areas not intended, people are starting to take notice. They don't want their white teen-daughters/sons and spouses stripped searched and digitally sexually assaulted during routine traffic stops. Surely, you wouldn't either.

People like Cooley and Emmer should have been brought down a few notches a long time ago. In fact, it's those types who should never have been hired in the first place.

November 9, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

sagoyewatha, most people already know the rest of the story. Any sane person who watched that video was repulsed by the repeated vicious blows those two thug-cops administered to that guy who was NOT fighting back but simply lying as limp as a wet dishrag on the ground. Police brutality is in fact a growing concern and is happening more and more frequently throughout America, as our police forces are becoming more militarized and gestapo-like. You might like to think that because you are not a criminal and are one of the good guys, you will never be treated like the guy in that video, but it happens every day somewhere throughout the U.S. that innocent people are being beaten, manhandled, and even killed by cops who are quick to anger and lose control. I still respect cops, for the most part, because I know that they have a very hard and dangerous job, and I like to think that there are more good cops than bad cops. But we need to be constantly vigilant, calling attention to the injustices, and insisting that our police forces weed out the bad cops as much as possible.

November 9, 2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

Watch this video clip, sagoyewatha. Let me know how you justify what these two cops do to these two women. I suppose they were just doing their duty, fighting the good fight in the war on drugs?

November 9, 2013 at 11:46 a.m.
sagoyewatha said...

I am writing to a specific person about a single incident. From past comments I think TirnaNog is a cop hater with some paranoia and real problems with authority. In your mind, everyone is wrong but you. I forgot this was your day to drink heavy and speak like a fool. The legal opinion and the grand jury ruled,"Cops correct, criminal wrong." Jump in there rickaroo. I do not have the interest in sex that you do, and in that little bit of tape from Texas I see a female LEO searching a female moron.It is easy to get through life, you just do what is right, behave, get an education, work and if approached by police do what you are told and be polite. Plead your case in court because you will not win on the street anymore that you will win writing the silly stuff you offer here.

November 9, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

Cooley, Emmer and others like them are nothing more than thugs who cower behind their badge to commit crimes that should disgrace any noble and honorable police department. These type cops would be out getting their rocks off torturing helpless animals and committing other heinous crimes if they hadn't become cops. For anyone to believe otherwise, they couldn't possibly have any scruples or any sense of decency themselves. These are not isolated incidence. In fact, they became quite the norm under the last two prior police chiefs, who actually encouraged these types on the force.

Cops are not above the law. In fact, they are to be held to even higher standards, given the power over others they have. Police in America have become so powerful that even some judges and the courts are intimidate by them, while others can be found in cahoots with them. It was not suppose to happen that way, and America will regret allowing them so much control and power. There will come a day, and not too soon, America will have to take much of that power and control away.

November 10, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

There are some people who contribute their comments on this forum that I just shake my head and wonder how they can be so utterly clueless, so dense, so asinine, so stupid, and expect to be taken seriously. Sagoyewatha, you are a member of that club of idiotic yahoos. I'm not going to waste my time trying to pretend like anything you said makes sense. You might be as stupid as a fruit fly but you're obviously a good scout. Just keep saying yes sir, no sir, don't jaywalk or color outside the lines and I'm sure life will continue to be peachy-keen for you.

November 10, 2013 at 1:33 p.m.
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