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

When Fake Needs To Show Its Colors

There are things that I consider to be true to the point of bordering on being “facts,” but alas, they are not. They are merely opinions. I’m not talking about politics or religion or favorite colors here, though ... more »

Aug 5, 2015 12:40 PM On The Beat

Return To Duty

Once again I sat in a well lit room with uncomfortable furniture and cheap panel carpeting underneath my feet, greeted by generic wallcoverings and the hint of detergent every room has that has never truly been lived in. more »

Jul 29, 2015 4:32 PM On The Beat

A Walk in the Park

“Terrorism,” they call it. Domestic, foreign, state, bio… There is always a label ready made in a chyron generator to neatly fit below a local or global talking head when it comes to that magical word. more »

Jul 22, 2015 1:34 PM On The Beat

The Stupid Tax: Its Ways And Means

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 dinosaurs are still on the road ... more »

Jul 15, 2015 1:30 PM On The Beat

Crime Scene: The Detective’s Take

He closed his eyes, pulled deeply on a smoke and held it to his lips long after his lungs could expand no more, His body froze for a few precious seconds before releasing as if it was his last act and to be cherished forever ... more »

Jul 8, 2015 5:03 PM On The Beat

Mean Streets, Mean Memories

It’s that acrid smell that hits you before you even open the car door and you know it’s bad. I would smell it on the occasional Halloween night when kids would burn tires under a highway drainage ditch for effect ... more »

Jul 1, 2015 2:26 PM 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