Alex Teach

The Power, the Passion...The Stakeout

"Whoever went to the trouble of seizing this $200 dollar piece of 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

A Police Time Capsule, Complete With Mold

Darkness had settled in when I glided to a halt in a dimly lit parking lot next to a large cheaply made building covered in an expensive brick veneer, and I didn’t even realize I was smiling until my lips actually parted into a full grin. more »

Jun 24, 2015 3:47 PM On The Beat

The Modern Scarlet Letter

So the company I work for has taken a new slant on its approach to crime by literally approaching crime. OK, criminals. Whatever the cause of the encounter, they are read a message and given options on a front porch ... more »

Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM On The Beat

The Sun Also Rises

It was something I hadn’t seen in ages: An unimpeded view of the sunrise. In a simple sense it always reminded me of brightly lit watercolors seeping with subtlety across a gauzy-purplish palette that, at some magical moment I always ... more »

Jun 3, 2015 12:06 PM On The Beat

Why I'm The Worst Cop Ever

So I was brought up in the generation that saw the end of the Cold War (“Google” it, it kept my ol’man busy for 40 years or so and has some interesting highlights) and pre-Columbine High School (“Google” it, it has some interesting ... more »

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM On The Beat 1 Comments

Don’t Let Them Be Wild in the Streets

Recently, there have been a series of publicized arrests of youth downtown after hours in the area of the Tennessee Aquarium. Some were arrested for “disorderly conduct” (aka “acting the fool in public and refusing to stop doing so when asked ... more »

May 20, 2015 12:48 PM On The Beat

Conference and Crab Cakes in The Big Easy

“Hey, you gotta meet this guy, he shoulda’ been a firemen I swearta’gahd!” a firefighter named Caballero said from across a dining table in a dark New Orleans restaurant that was older than my beloved Tennessee, but would still prefer to ... more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM On The Beat

Peacekeepers, Not Soldiers

So I could not help but notice tanks and soldiers rolling through an American city this week. It’s kind of funny…people have complained for years about the militarization of police departments in America. more »

May 7, 2015 11:16 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

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