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Alex Teach

The Power, the Passion...The Stakeout

"Whoever went to the trouble of seizing this $200 dollar piece of sh...in the name of the Great State of Tennessee will always have my respect, and I hope to this day it was crushed somewhere with dignity.” more »

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM On The Beat

Dreaming of Night Fire

In the dream, I was on fire. Some sloppy melting fragment from a car exploding had landed on my back with a wet slap and I could smell burning hair without realizing it was mine. I was oblivious because I was ... more »

Apr 22, 2015 4:16 PM On The Beat

Sometimes Justice Is Swift

“Michael T. Slager, COME ON DOWN!” the announcer cries at the annual banquet for the “A**hole of the Year Awards,” held April 1, 2016. That’s the way I saw it in my dream at least, because that’s what this guy is. more »

Apr 16, 2015 10:49 AM On The Beat

Trying to Explain the Inexplicable

I was visiting with a few co-workers on a mutual friend’s boat recently, which brought up the topic of rum. And the rum, of course, brought up a few more topics that related well with the setting of the sun... more »

Apr 8, 2015 4:42 PM On The Beat

Boo’ High Memories Piled High

It was like a furnace out here more often than not; an Easy Bake Oven for depression and unemployment, and it was set for “broil.” more »

Apr 1, 2015 4:57 PM On The Beat

Are Ee Es Pee Ee Sea Tea

A college professor recently asked me to speak to his class, basically an open forum free-for-all where the students would feel comfortable asking any question that popped into their heads to a copper ... more »

Mar 26, 2015 10:33 AM On The Beat

Anniversary of the Enhanced Fujita Scale

Disasters: Like blood, I don’t handle them the way I used to. I don’t shy away from them, mind you, I’m just not as bulletproof against them as I used to be, and beyond a few educated guesses I cannot imagine why. more »

Mar 18, 2015 4:31 PM On The Beat

The Stupid Tax, or The Odds of Avoiding Paying It

Opening a car can be difficult. I mean you have to extract your keys and push a button on a fob, or in the olden days you’d actually have to insert an actual key into an actual lock, and a couple of those ... more »

Mar 11, 2015 4:48 PM On The Beat

Low Bid, Or Sometimes You Get What You Pay For

Roger Nyles had a problem. A big one. In fact, I’d had the same problem a few times myself and the last time I had to solve it, it damn near killed me. more »

Mar 4, 2015 4:31 PM On The Beat

She Said, He Said…But The Lies, The Lies, The Lies

I asked what the weather was like, what the light source in the parking lot was, if they remembered anyone else being on the parking lot, even if it was just lights on ... more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:57 PM On The Beat

Life After For The Unintended Targets

Officer Alex confronts the realities of being a first responder more »

Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM On The Beat

Alex Teach’s Guide to Love and Other Delights

It is late afternoon, and the acrid smell of burning rubber lingers in the house, causing responders and technicians alike to cringe, an unintentional scowl uniformly marking their faces. more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:42 PM Cover Story

Whose Inquisition Is It?

It’s Thursday, so you know what that means in southeast Tennessee: There’s a new church in town. (Much like Wednesday, Monday, and every other day of the week, come to think of it. Gotta love the South.) more »

Feb 4, 2015 5:02 PM On The Beat

Traffic...Not The Stevie Winwood Kind

Five hundred yards to go, and the turn signal was flashing steadily in advance at 20 miles per hour. Then…15 MPH. 10 MPH. 8 MPH…and now a complete stop. In the right-side driving lane of a four-lane state highway. more »

Jan 29, 2015 9:50 AM On The Beat 2 Comments

Police Diversity Report

“I have an El Camino full of rampage here, what’s the plan?” — Ofc. Alfonso Shagnasty, peeling onto the lot of a Scotchman convenience store off-duty,circa 1998. more »

Jan 22, 2015 10:37 AM On The Beat

Playing The Numbers Game

As I’ve matured on the job (a.k.a. “gotten older”), I’ve learned to not take the bait for the sake of taking the bait when dealing with agenda-driven folks. It used to be a novelty. I admit it; I liked it. more »

Jan 15, 2015 9:22 AM On The Beat

Bagging Another Official First

It was late and we were ready to go, really ready, we were in overtime, but it was voluntary for once so there was no one to blame but ourselves. DUI reduction…how desperate we were for money at the moment. more »

Jan 7, 2015 5:15 PM On The Beat

How To Have A Really Happy New Year

Three simple letters, D-U-I, but such a fascinating topic. Merely a misdemeanor, yet such a deep wound it leaves, both on the offender and the victim when involved. more »

Dec 31, 2014 4:27 PM On The Beat

He Knows When You Are Sleeping

Another classic creepy Christmas tale, courtesy of Officer Alex. It's a Pulse tradition, and we are all about tradition. Even if it does creep us out a bit... more »

Dec 24, 2014 11:25 AM Cover Story

A Short Essay On The Physics of Drunkeness

It was exactly where dispatch said it would be so it was easy to find…but it’s always easy to spot a car when it’s upside down. more »

Dec 17, 2014 5:42 PM On The Beat

The Camaraderie of The Thin Blue Line

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

Dec 10, 2014 5:14 PM On The Beat