I can appreciate that and I always welcome the chance to talk face to face with anyone to address individual concerns. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 643-5107 / 5108. Thank you.
Not sure what your chosen profession is or how you spend the majority of your time, but you seem to have a pretty strong opinion of what the Chattanooga Police Department should or shouldn't be doing to address crime complaints. Police Officers don't have the luxury of investigating and prosecuting only the laws they like, or feel are appropriate, we have to address violations of the laws of Tennessee.
If you are truly concerned with which laws are on the books, you should lobby your legislators to address those issues. A great deal of the vice crimes that the CPD investigates come from complaints to our department concerning gambling, drugs, and prostitution. There are many neighborhoods and families that are directly impacted by these crimes and we will not ignore the issues as long as they remain illegal and affect our community.
We have officers permanently assigned to the Vice / Narcotics unit and we do not "waste" resources to address the vice issues in Chattanooga. From reading your posts, it appears you are more concerned with a fresh start or a change in the leadership of the department more so than which crimes are addressed. Since you are posting behind an anonymous name, I obviously can't determine your law enforcement experience or actual working knowledge of the CPD. I doubt very seriously that you know enough about what we do, how we do it, or why we do things in our department to make any such suggestions.
There are many community members and families that demand we address these issues in our city and it is our duty to do so. But if it makes you feel better, just keep posting that you would like a fresh start or new leadership at the CPD because officers took action against violations of state law.
I keep telling you...I'm not accusing anyone of being guilty of anything. I'm not defending the officer or accusing Mr. Molina, in my opinion, the article is one sided and Mr. Cook doesn't have enough facts to slant the article that way. Wait till the case is finalized and write all you want about it either way.
Thank you for your kind words. This is the first time I have ever responded to a story in this forum and I can say for sure this is my last post on this subject.
You have already declared Mr. Cook the winner, so enjoy your forum my friend. I don't think you would appreciate someone writing such a matter of fact article about you with only half the facts, maybe I am mistaken.
I was contacted by Todd South via the PIO and asked if I wanted to make a comment about the recent lawsuit filed by Mr. Molina. We responded that we weren't familiar with any complaint made by Mr. Molina, nor had we had the opportunity to read the lawsuit yet. We normally don't respond to lawsuits until we have had the opportunity to review the complaint, the lawsuit itself, and review the information provided by the officer(s) involved. We also take advice from the City Attorney's office on how to proceed with responses involving litigation.
Todd South reported that the lawsuit had been filed and basically reported what Mr. Molina alleged had occurred, or the opinions of his attorney. Mr. South actually reached out to us and asked for comments on the lawsuit and then based his story on the comments made by those involved and the "no comment" from the department.
We have never heard from you about this case, nor have you made any requests from my office about the existence of any evidence to prove your story one way or the other. You wrote the story as if you have some insider information about the case, or you have all the proof you need to slander Officer Jetton and label her as a racist. When the truth is, you only have half the story. You might feel that is enough to make the allegations that you made, or feel that is all you need to label this officer as a racist who was profiling Mr. Molina, but I respectfully disagree.
One sided stories and slanderous accusations are not only unprofessional, but very irresponsible.
You have all of my contact numbers if you want to discuss this with me in person.
You're missing my point...I asked Mr Cook if he had seen the video of the interaction between Mr. Molina and Officer Jetton. I have seen the video, so I simply asked that he ask questions or review the evidence in the case before he makes allegations against the officer.
I never said the man was guilty of anything, nor did I label him a criminal, I simply asked if Mr. Cook had enough facts about the case to decide that the actions taken by the officer were inappropriate, or motivated strictly by the man's skin color. Don't you think your comment "Innocent until proven guilty" should work for both sides.
Jumping to conclusions without having the facts is never a good idea. Accusations and name calling without facts is very irresponsible.
I'm a little concerned with some of the facts that you represent as the truth in your opinion piece. I know it is easier to write your opinion pieces with your own personal slant on them if you dont ask questions or seek the facts in the case. Do you know what this gentleman was doing when he was stopped? Do you know any of the circumstances or evidence surrounding the case? Did you know the roadside interview, the field sobriety tests, search of the vehicle, and the arrest were actually recorded on an in-car camera?
Another fact that might be worth mentioning in your piece: the toxicology results are still not back from the TBI lab, so the criminal aspect of this case has not been finalized.
Do you think it is pertinent that the officer should have known that the gentleman suffers from hemorrhoids or that he also suffers with pterygium and pinguecula, seriously? Well if you had bothered to ask a few questions, or god forbid watch the video of the incident, you might have been just a little less eager to accuse the officer of profiling this gentleman based on his skin color.
This is very similar to the last time we had a local lawyer come to the department demanding justice or at least a cash settlement. I would suggest to you that it might benefit everyone if you were to check some of the facts in these cases before you label a good person, a good police officer, a military veteran, and a good American as a racist.