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

Deep Thoughts On A Fistfight

True to the form of the shield on my chest I placed my body in front of his to stop the attack. I held the line (briefly), but those I was trying to protect were unfortunately as irrational as the one on the offensive, and my defense ... more »

Feb 3, 2016 10:59 AM On The Beat

5 Minutes: Insight on a Cold Night

“The biting cold.” It’s not a phrase unknown to anyone, but it certainly has more meaning to some than to others. Under certain conditions it can slice into you like a divorce proceeding and leave you with the same immobile ... more »

Jan 13, 2016 2:48 PM On The Beat

A Dark Blue Christmas

He walked out to his car expecting to see frost on the windshield or perhaps even his breath visible in the air, the water in his lungs showing the visible spirit he hadn’t felt inside for years. Naturally, he didn’t even get that much. more »

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Cover Story

A Matter of Compliance

“Compliance Matters.” Before words are put in my mouth, that’s not a mockery of any hashtag-related marketing gimmicks: It’s a statement of fact put as simply as I possibly could. more »

Dec 16, 2015 1:21 PM On The Beat 1 Comments

Weapons of Mass Distraction

So the day of the shootings in San Bernardino, I watched the press clamor all over themselves prognosticating that this was “clearly the work of a white male Christian fundamentalist.” Fox News, MSNBC, CNN… more »

Dec 9, 2015 11:44 AM On The Beat

Re-Booting #BlackLivesMatter

“#BlackLivesMatter.” Who hasn’t heard of this by now? The Inuit have heard of it. The Hmong people have heard of it. Republicans…have heard of “#BLM.” Yet time and again, people keep wondering why their voice isn’t heard ... more »

Dec 2, 2015 1:30 PM On The Beat

Lightning Strikes Terrorism

“Oh, come on,” he said with just the hint of a sneer. “You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed by a terrorist.” It’s an argument that never gets old. (Well, OK, it does, but smug oversimplification ... more »

Nov 25, 2015 1:07 PM On The Beat

The More Things Change…

I was sitting at a desk because it had a stable internet connection so I could complete a report before my shift was over. (OK…reports, plural.) more »

Nov 18, 2015 12:12 PM On The Beat

The Lure of Greener Pastures

Fifteen years. Nine years. (Another) 15 years. Twenty years. Eleven years. These are the tenures of a few of my co-workers that have voluntarily rolled out the doors in the last year or two and hung up the badge ... more »

Nov 11, 2015 1:28 PM On The Beat

Seeking Justice—Or Just Media Coverage?

On July 18 of this year, a group dedicated towards “Educating, Agitating, Motivating, and Organizing for Social Justice in Chattanooga” announced that it will be building a grassroots movement for black liberation ... more »

Nov 4, 2015 2:37 PM On The Beat

Land of the Free, Home of the Fearful?

Absence. I’ve been visiting there lately. I would say it’s an interesting part of town, but that would be a lie. It’s not. It’s nothing. It doesn’t exist; it is the definition of where nothing is, in fact. more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:44 PM On The Beat

Officer Alex and the Electronaut

It was after midnight and winter was giving us a sneak preview, cold air gusting past my cruiser as I rolled through the hills of Hixson’s southern gates of North Chattanooga, waved on by herbally slackened guards ... more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM On The Beat

Alex Gets A Green Card

I was sitting in a shitbox Days Inn ten miles outside of Mobile, Alabama watching HGTV and sipping wine from a plastic cup when I heard a noise outside the door that took my mind off of just what could been so damp ... more »

Oct 14, 2015 2:51 PM On The Beat

The Tale Of The Obesity Spoon

In an effort to join the President, among others, I don’t want to let a good tragedy go to waste, so I’ll get on the bandwagon as well. “GUNS!” Let’s talk about them. more »

Oct 7, 2015 11:48 AM On The Beat

Officer Teach and the Weatherman

“Oh, yeah, the lack of skid marks was a clue, but the clincher was the open cell phone there.” I squinted my eyes and looked around, and was corrected with a pointed finger. “No, there, right in her hand,” the old traffic cop said. more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM On The Beat

The Cop As Hollow Man

“Pushing rope.” That’s what I’ve been doing for weeks now. Months. Maybe years. I show up to work and I’m not even there. more »

Sep 23, 2015 12:26 PM On The Beat

Sleep of the Civil Servant (Again)

Sleep. I’ve spent a sizeable amount of my career on midnight shift, and of all the excitement, all the different things I’ve seen and done, that is the one word that comes to mind. more »

Sep 16, 2015 12:45 PM On The Beat

Look, I’m Workin’ Here

The sun had dipped just enough below the horizon that it was still bright enough to see, but there was no direct light to blind us. A light wind blew from the east to stave off the heat, and I made a mental note to ... more »

Sep 9, 2015 10:58 AM On The Beat

A Salute to a Fellow Columnist

Mr. David Cook of the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Allow me to use this platform to applaud you for a bold stand you have recently taken in your opinion piece on Aug. 30 in going against the grain ... more »

Sep 2, 2015 2:07 PM On The Beat

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

In an interesting twist, I cannot tell this week’s story without quoting someone else’s. It’s all about “context,” you see. Well, and being a Complete Nimrod. Allow me to explain. more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM On The Beat 1 Comments