Shut Up and Cuff Me


Nov 15, 2012 by in On The Beat

Public Intoxication—Jail or Hospital?

Arguing over the “interwebs.” Wow. So rarely is humility better illustrated than when you partake in such a dispute … yet here I am. more »

Nov 29, 2012 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)


I instantly think of a few paraphrased lines from (of all things) the movie “First Blood” where a local sheriff says “God, I really wanted to kill that kid.” An Army colonel, in response, says, “That doesn’t sit well with that badge, Sheriff.” more »

Dec 6, 2012 by in On The Beat


I don’t have any particular problem with someone being an ass; I am a card-carrying “ass” myself. It doesn’t necessarily make someone a bad person, it just makes them blunt. more »

Dec 13, 2012 by in On The Beat

Legislating Tragedy

So much for my thoughtful Christmas story. While I was excused from that duty this year, I still had something sickly sweet in mind until Sunday. more »

Dec 20, 2012 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Collateral Damage

"I saw the faces of the most hardened paramilitary, SWAT team guys come out, breaking down, saying they've just never seen anything like this," said Gold, a member of the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department. more »

Dec 27, 2012 by in On The Beat

Bond of the Badge

I was in a hot tub when a complete stranger across from me asked if “the deal about the thin blue line, about the camaraderie” of cops was as real as TV and movies makes it out to be? more »

Jan 10, 2013 by in On The Beat

Job Description

The third shift is full of the sort of blissful ignorance that allows you to rest so peacefully at night while George Orwell’s proverbial “rough men” stand ready to do violence so that you may continue to do so... more »

Jan 17, 2013 by in On The Beat

Death of a Giant

I have seen death many times and in many ways. It’s forms are varied and sometimes defy category. I see those forms in the neatly packaged instances that I am called upon to view, to investigate and judge—but not to take home with me. more »

Jan 31, 2013 by in On The Beat (2 Comments)

Laws & Lawlessness

While Congress wrestles with this emerging phenomena largely by ignoring it, they are at least continuing to place restrictions on the only ones actually following these “laws.” more »

Feb 7, 2013 by in On The Beat

Politics as Blood Sport

As a cop, you know things and you know people. Lots of them. Despite my general cynicism, people really do have an interest in a cop’s opinion because while disturbing, cops tend to see things most people don’t have access to. more »

Feb 14, 2013 by in On The Beat

Bad to the Bone

Hate it or not in your idealistic world, there comes a time when you just have to stop getting cops killed and shoot a place full of tear gas and let the chips fall where they may. more »

Feb 21, 2013 by in On The Beat (2 Comments)

Rights & Responsibilities

Take advantage of your inalienable rights. Stand up for yourself and others, and more importantly for others who cannot stand up for themselves—but keep your head about you and you can keep $175,000 dollars in bond... more »

Feb 28, 2013 by in On The Beat

Excessive Force

Last week, a graphic video of local police using force to affect an arrest was released prompting discord from every corner of the city, from citizens to administrators. more »

Mar 7, 2013 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Cowards: The New Heroes

This guy was shot in the back. He was unarmed. I heard it was over a girl.” My young General looked confused. I said, “That’s not gangsta; that’s a coward. more »

Mar 14, 2013 by in On The Beat

Crime Culprit: Cops

I’m a brilliant sumbitch, but even Einstein would deduce that drugs are openly sold because there are people willing to pay for them, and therefore people will be willing to sell them no matter the consequences. more »

Mar 21, 2013 by in On The Beat (3 Comments)

A Desk Job in East Chattanooga

Jesus, was that smell me? I rolled back semi-reclined and glanced to see blood still on my boots, but it didn’t have time to have “gone over,” and there certainly weren’t any brains on them; I had been careful. more »

Mar 28, 2013 by in On The Beat

Cease Fire? Great.

I was recently asked what I thought about a truce called by local gang leaders a few weeks ago (as of press time). My response was both quick and heartfelt: “Great.” more »

Apr 4, 2013 by in On The Beat

Greasy Bullets: The Cop Diet

It seemed plausible that we had easily consumed more fried chicken livers than any two men combined in local history, and too much of such a unique element had to have consequences. more »

Apr 11, 2013 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Training Day

A few decades ago they issued axe handles out of garbage cans on the back lot of police headquarters to assist in quelling race-riots that plagued Chattanooga. I can safely mention this now because literally all the administrators responsible for tha more »

Apr 18, 2013 by in On The Beat

One Cop. Well Done.

Two pork chops and a bag of popcorn? Are you kidding me? That’s what you call dinner?” he screamed. I looked at him blankly from across the room, feeling no emotion…only a breeze against my shirtless back through the open screen door behind me. more »

Apr 25, 2013 in On The Beat

Lawsuits of the Stupid and Stupider

Despite his wound, the old guy is able to return fire with his .357 revolver and hits his burglarizing, home-invading drug-addict attacker four times. more »

May 1, 2013 by in On The Beat

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