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Alex Teach

"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.” Read more

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“Tiny Sammiches.”  That’s what you’d have us believe when you get caught for something stupid and try to explain away the dozens of tiny Ziploc baggies you have on hand? You’re going to use your one lie (since two or more is just outright rude ... Read more

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It’s a venerable system of accountability, part of the fabric of any true republic. As centuries attest, power does indeed corrupt absolutely, so people who dislike dictatorships started instituting separate entities to keep other entities in check. Read more

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So I got pulled over the other day. It's a strange sensation for me. Not for the role reversal, but for the fact that I tend to drive in my 40's the way most people do in their 80's (not out of due caution or anything, I just detest being in a ... Read more

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You know what stinks? A two-week-old corpse on a creek bank. You know what also stinks? A cop’s body armor. In fact I think it would offend the corpse were they to compete in such. It’s been a part of my life for so long I don’t think about it ... Read more

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And just like that, it was all quiet again. What silence am I referring to? Why the sound of the drumbeats of cops getting in trouble. The cycle has run its course and we’ve gone from firing four minority officers and suspending a fifth during ... Read more

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The thing about working a district is you never know how good you have it until it’s gone. (Okay, aside from all the terrible things that happen, but that’s another story.) I remember being nervous about “getting a bad part of town” on my first ... Read more

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It’s been 72 hours since a local cop was fired. That’s not a big deal these days, but I was going to write this column based on the fact it had actually been almost two weeks since the last one until Monday’s news about a local chief being shown ... Read more

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If you’re reading this local weekly alternative fish wrapper then you probably also have access to other forms of information such as television, newspapers, and the emperor of all things factual, “The Facebooks”. And if you can get your law ... Read more

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Two times in 15 years. That’s how many times I’ve been pulled over in my personal car, and that was two too many if you ask me. Why? Give me a sec. Upon seeing the blue lights, off-duty cops still pucker up just like everyone else, and sometimes ... Read more

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In police work, there are two specific jobs that require the same uniform but have nearly opposite roles: Law Enforcement and Corrections. Saying this annoys the crap out of corrections officers because they will point out in most non-privately ... Read more

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“Oh yeah, he really got under that one,” I said while watching the news from a table in a local Chili’s with a few of my co-workers. Lunchtime is a real thing to cops, and we needed the break. Radios were on, but we were tuned out it’s safe to say. Read more

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There is an unspoken phenomenon in police work that is only know to cops, and even then they don’t often realize it themselves. It’s the dynamic of working security at a rally. A “rally” by nature requires a group of people who are passionate as ... Read more

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While I have always found civil unrest and natural disasters to be the hands-down most exciting of all police incidents, there is a downside to the latter: There are no breaks. (Now before you get all wound up, don’t think I want either of those ... Read more

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“Excuse me, you’re a police officer, right?” the conservatively dressed brunette of age 45 or so asked with amplified politeness. I was sitting alone in a Chili’s reading a newspaper…in uniform. I mentally pictured myself closing my eyes and ... Read more

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You can often gauge how well I know someone I’m in a conversation with based on the length of the “traffic ticket story” they’re telling me. First clue: If they’re telling me a long “traffic ticket story,” I don’t know them at all and they ... Read more

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The Wire. The HBO series that made Baltimore, Maryland (aka “Bodymore, Murdaland”) gangsta’ way, way before the Freddie Gray riots did. The city is a fascinating lesson in theory-vs-reality in so many areas it’s tough to pick one to narrow it down… Read more

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I was visiting a municipality to the south of us recently and noticed that the local constabulary were driving pick-up trucks. Single cab trucks with average bed lengths, replete with lightbars on the roof and grills and smothered in custom ... Read more

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At the time of this writing there are still people in jail and there is still blood on the ground in Portland, Oregon after another stunning street battle played out in the news. People using the forcible suppression of opposition in order to fight… Read more

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Another close call in a career full of close calls, but yet again I had somehow made it.Coincidence? Skill? Probably the former but you hope it was the latter, though in the end it makes no difference either way. I’d made it and I could relax, my ... Read more

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Job Fair: It’s an interesting play on words because for me because its literal meaning strikes me as ironic given the environment I find myself in when I work a side job at a local poultry plant. (That’s another nice title that sounds better than ... Read more

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