Local activists (Chattanooga Organized for Action to be specific, lest I insult other better-informed activists) have compared this to the 1983 in-custody death of Wadie Suttles, and the need for justice there, too.
This was a case handled locally, overseen by the state, then investigated by the feds. Twice. But because the results were not what people wanted based on word of mouth, that made it wrong. Apparently the FBI colluded with the TBI and the local cops because the possibility that there wasn’t enough evidence to make an arrest made it mandatory to burn local officers at the stake at city hall “just in case”.
So now that the white connection is gone between the two cases, the march that has already been planned has to go on for other reasons, lest they lose face. I understand, but I’d sure prefer they just shut up and admit they hadn’t read the other half of the story yet.
In the meantime, why is the 13-year-old black female shot in the head on Bennett Avenue in Chattanooga not getting press or a Chattanooga Organized for Action-sponsored march? Is it the result of the Zimmerman’s race, or just another page they hadn’t yet read?
I’m eager to find out. You should be, too.
Alex Teach is a full-time police officer of nearly 20 years experience. The opinions expressed are his own. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/alex.teach.