November 23, 2011

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November 23, 2011

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Escort Busts do not make me proud

Dear Editor,

Periodically as I peruse the goings-on of the Chattanooga Police Department, most often I am proud and feel for the stress and strain that the job requires and understand that the pay will never be adequate for putting themselves in harms way.

What I can never understand is the steady and obligatory big "busts' features of area escorts and prostitutes. While I can understand prostitution can be a public nuisance on the streets, it bothers me to hear of undercover and long-planned sting operations behind closed doors.

We have a growing reputation for gang activity, drugs and violent activity in the city of Chattanooga and some other cities are referring to Chatt-town as "violent", yet these select officers are excitedly taking turns booking appointments in private hotel rooms to meet, talk and sometimes sexually engage in a single girl's effort to make a living in a private room that know one knows about except the police.

All for what? A big headline? A big bust? It feels cowardly that they don't deliver the big gang busts that threaten our businesses and truly threaten our citizens and it feels as if CPD is just trying to get some brownie points to bully and scare a defenseless girl to prosecute a crime that is legal in half of the world. Details pour out of how the sting works and the cameras, microphones, set-ups and the joy and pride of putting handcuffs on this girl to haul off to jail I'm not proud of this while our real crime grows.

Can these guys please go after the big fish and stop taking pride in such nonsense?

Todd Webber
537 Fountain Ave
Chattanooga, TN

Todd Webber more than 1 year ago

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