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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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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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I’m looking down at my drink slowly churning the ice as I tend to do and I notice I’m using a swizzle stick from a jar that was packed full of them that my old man had collected for the two decades he drank. They’d been on a shelf in the kitchen ... Read more

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A few weeks ago I was at a restaurant that had long wooden tables with tall chairs. It almost exclusively served alcohol, but wasn’t a bar of course. Co-workers new and old were there in what is an exceptionally rare occurrence for me: I was “out.” Read more

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The rain. ALWAYS with the rain. And not just rain, but cold. You know what goes good with “cold?” Alcohol. That’s…pretty much it. You know what doesn’t go with “cold”? RAIN. I can layer against cold, but when it’s cold and raining? That just ... Read more

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“Dear Sir or Ma’am,” he was writing in impossibly small block lettering. “I am so very sorry I hit your car, but I could not stay to make a report.” He paused, gauging the amount of space he had left on the back of the business card as if he ... Read more

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I was in a restaurant last week enjoying a rare lunch that did not involve Tupperware or a hastily constructed hot dog, and I was smiling. I was with “people.” I was eating comfort food. And I was not in uniform so I was just another customer ... Read more

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“Safe Injection Sites.” I can remember the first time I heard of this phenomena…partly because it was too shocking to the conscious to conceive as real and partly because the concept of being “shocked” is clearly coming to an end in this world ... Read more

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“Accountability.” As anyone with a pulse in America knows, this country is all about accountability—especially when it comes to its Police Officers. In light of the events of August 2014 in Ferguson Missouri, the family of the slain 18-year-old ... Read more

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DI 16.07

Tuesday

February 19, 2019

Wednesday

February 20, 2019

Thursday

February 21, 2019

Friday

February 22, 2019

Saturday

February 23, 2019

Sunday

February 24, 2019

Monday

February 25, 2019