semi-retired architectural designer contemplating the realization that the cue cards in life were a lie.....
Just when you think you have it all figured out....some prick with a pin comes along to burst your bubble.........life is just that way.
An untethered bouy in the shipping lanes of life....
Congratulations Gov. Haslam, you caved into the ugly un-Christ like wave of religious bigotry spreading through this country like a cancer. You've evolved into the career politician level of ineffectiveness and in one ugly stroke of your pen, joined our State with the likes of North Carolina and Mississippi. Well done sir.....you finally have shown your true character. At least I know who not to vote for in the next governor election and can happily check TN off our list of retirement states.
@Jenna....that's part of the problem Jenna, we've got too many in blue that think they are owed respect just for wearing the blue uniform, they take on a god like persona. When you don that uniform and you pin that badge on, your character and actions earn you that respect. There's a difference between being polite and just having common sense and having respect. Many officers I have respect for.... they're professional, courteous, respectful and calm under trying events even when truth be known, they would like nothing more than to knock the holy crap out of somebody acting stupid. They are the guys who deserve respect. Then there are those (not the majority) who have attitude, they have egos, are rude, disrespectful and are under the impression they are owed respect......not so. What they are due is politeness and the common sense understanding that this person does have the authority and the means to inconvenience your life for a time being......so common sense says don't be stupid and do anything to get yourself arrested........I can be polite and use common sense and still not respect the man in the blue uniform.
One has to ask... why was Office Schilling given a pass on the criminal charges involving the DUI.....professional backslapping between LE agencies? Why wasn't his DL suspended....oh wait, he's a brother in blue. He's special.......
Memphis needs and deserves a new MPD Director with backbone to usher in a new era of "ZERO" tolerance......NEW FLASH for our men and women LEO's.... you are not above the law. You are governed by the same posted speed limits (unless you're on a call), you fall under the same DV and DUI laws......you're not special, you're not exempt........
You don't deserve respect just because you don the blue uniform.......your character and integrity earn you that respect and that starts with the man or woman in the mirror. I know it is a small fraction of the force that falls in the limelight...but it's those less than acceptable few that cast shadows over the whole and one has to wonder why you would put up with those few who would tarnish your organization.
My sympathies for your loss Ms. Stewert....and you're right there are many questions to be answered involving this incident. Unfortunately, we have a less than ethical DA and a puppet MPD Director who are shielding themselves by turning it over to the TBI knowing full well the TBI will make a decision and never publicize the facts or reasoning for whatever the outcome is. So much for ethics and transparency... and that's just the tip of ice berg. It appears this particular office is questionable at best as to why he was still in uniform. Why were the criminal DUI charges dropped by the DA's office and why did he still have his DL............was there some "professional considerations" given here....why the special treatment?
Another question that is raised, is why, if these supposed warrants were mistakes (if there were warrants) would Darrius try to run.......why not let the process proceed and be resolved officially? Why struggle with an office at all.....why resist, if there really was any resistance, which it appears by the video there was?
We all know edited videos can and usually do present a compelling message and usually that message is the one beholding to the source....and we also know that bits and pieces aren't the whole story.....and this begs the question, if the authorities are releasing part of the dash cam video, why not release the whole video?
Sadly, this incident is a representation of many things that should and need to be changed. Memphis needs a new MPD Director with a back bone who will usher in an era of zero tolerance for the rank and file in blue....starting from the top down. While I appreciate our men and women in blue, you are not above the law one iota. You too are governed by posted speed limits, DV and DUI laws.....no exceptions. Memphis deserves and needs an honorable DA, who upholds ALL the laws ....even when they aren't favorable to the Prosecution (hint, hint...withholding evidence Amy).
Above all, Memphians need and deserve accountability and transparency from their elected officials and City Government..........something lacking with this group of leaders....from the Mayor's office on down.
Ms. Stewert,.... I sincerely hope you get your answers.
Says all you need to know about Amy Weirich..........she needs to be replaced come the next election.
Of course she's not going to dismiss Mr. Henderson.......I suspect Mr. Henderson is very well aware of Ms. Weirich history. If she dismissed him it would be nothing more than the pot calling the kettle black............
The fine is absurd. It should have been for the cost of the second trial that was thrown out and the cost of the 3rd trial....... that would have been a justified fine.
As to the lack of any punishment coming from Amy.....hell will freeze over before she does that. I'm sure Mr. Henderson is very versed in Amy's history as well........it seems he learned from the best or she learned from the best.......they are to say, two peas in the same pod. OTP's right, she's going to protect him and in doing so she's protecting herself.
Everybody needs to remember this come the next election and vote someone who is more credible and morally centered into the DA's Office. It's one thing when one leg of the three legged stool is suspect (the Law Enforcement leg), but when you throw in the Prosecution leg as being suspect.........suddenly the Justice stool becomes dysfunctional at best...........and down right corrupt at worst.
AMEN Bruce..........unfortunately many won't understand the simple message...... Kind of like the "love God and love your neighbor" thing. It's simply to far over their heads. Some folks just have to have drama in their lives to prove their alive......
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