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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dysfunctional Memphis

I haven't posted in a few days. I had an extremely busy weekend. A child was tasered to death, by a non-lethal taser, but he had weed in his socks and was black so it must have been ok. </sarcasm> Something tells me had this been a white Collierville High school student you may have heard about it by now.

The mayor quit, then unquit, now he might be quitting again. What a narcissist! How much will the special elections cost the city when he gets done making up his mind? Meanwhile the city's infrastructure and schools are falling apart and cops are shooting up bars.

I'm sorry I haven't spoken up about SCSD Sergeant Chris Jones' violent murder of Karaoke Jockey Donald Munsey at Windjammer on Brookhaven Circle. I've taken my wife to the Windjammer several times before. It's always been a clean, safe atmosphere. I never thought my life would end there.

Now a couple of Memphis blogs are starting to speak up about the police needing to police themselves. If there are officers with psychological problems on the MPD or the SCSD then the public needs to know about it. We don't allow people (in theory) to purchase firearms when they have psychological problems. We certainly shouldn't allow them to have badges, too. The public safety depends on it.

I'm not saying that these officers are bad people. I'm saying if they need help then they need a vacation, too. These people certainly shouldn't be working undercover or serving narcotics warrants.

The media has gone strangely silent on this murder. Despite Chris Jones track record ($3.5 million worth) of civil rights abuses and emotional problems, he was on the West Tennessee Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force. I think that every case, bust, conviction Deputy Jones was involved in, where there was a hint of police misconduct, ought to go under review immediately. The Commercial Appeal and the TV outlets are asleep at the wheel. Unless Mike Fleming or Ben Ferguson of AM 600 talked about it last Monday they haven't said a word either.

I met Officer Tate at the old Highland Cue. The guy scared and creeped me out. He gripped my hand so tightly when he shook it I thought I was going to have to try and pull away before it broke. He was a big dog pissing on his territory and everyone knew it. Every officer I talked to said they knew that he was dirty. Hearing about the Chris Jones incident, although I've never met him, was like deja vu all over again. Tate was a K9 officer and I wonder how many dog bites were inflicted out of his sadistic impulses.

It's getting warmer in Memphis. High tomorrow 69 F, cloudy but not as windy as today.