@CUnknown: I'm afraid your understanding of the enforcement of law is a bit skewed. Local officers enforce State laws and any attempts to stop them from doing so would be both unethical and illegal.
If Mr. Denson is interested in legalizing marijuana then he should run for State Representative or State Senate.
The Mayor has almost no influence on law enforcement in ACC and it will hopefully stay that way.
As far as nearly every one of his other Utopian ideas, figure out how to pay for it then talk to me.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 22:47
@dahreese: They were tried... And acquitted... Hence the riot...
The former officers operated with poor discretion and had a severe lapse in judgement. That said, there is no need to light the town on fire or support those who do.posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 14:10
Reach out to the Mayor and Commissioners, let them know that the tax paying voters of the county are ready for a change and are ready to take back this community.
The only way to get the attention of the command at ACCPD is through the budget. The officers on the street and detectives working these cases know how to fix a lot of these problems, but they simply cannot go about the business of real police work without support from above.
Somewhere along the way, someone in ACCPD history perverted the theory of Community Oriented Policing away from engaging and building trust with law abiding citizens and turned it into political pandering and pacification toward the criminal element.
ACCPD is filled with capable officers and administrators, imagine what would happen if that potential was realized.posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 - 21:23
@TheChick: It would depend completely on the circumstances at the time;however if you are in reasonable apprehension of serious bodily harm or death then lethal force would be authorized under Georgia law.posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 - 21:10
If he is found guilty then he should be punished to the FULLEST extent possible. There is no excuse for DUI, especially from an officer. Sorry BRO, no sympathy here!posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 22:17
Is there any definitive evidence that the death penalty is effective? I believe personally that it should be reserved for only those who commit the most heinous crimes against morality where the potential for their escape or mere existence poses too great a risk for society.posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 03:39
@As I See It: I certainly don't blame the child but I also think it is a bit presumptuous at this point to blame the officers... A bit like calling the officers fearful fools while proclaiming to understand what other members of your family would do in a similar situation.posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 15:38
Most importantly, may the family of this kid and the officers involved find peace with this tragedy. Regardless of who was at fault there are a lot of lives negatively impacted in this situation.posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 22:52
@Humbucker bob: I am glad you can tell the difference between a replica gun and a gun from any reasonable distance.posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 22:50
@twofinger: If you despise the government and society so much then why are you living in it? Go buy some land in the middle of nowhere and live your life the way you see fit. I'm guessing you're a lot of talk and wouldn't make it... Just like the rest of us that wouldn't make it without the support of the government.posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 22:49
@twofinger: While you make a strong statement about people's fear of guns you also are passing some unfair judgement on the officers here.
How do you know that this boy was walking down the road minding his own business?
If the reason he had a gun in his hands and pants was a game of cops and robbers with his friends, where were his friends?
Did the police receive a call to investigate this kid walking with what appeared to have been a high powered rifle?
I don't know much about California law but I can assume that, much like in Georgia, it is against the law for a child to possess such a weapon and therefore the officer would have a lawful reason to stop, identify and investigate.
There area lot of unanswered questions here, how about you wait for more information before placing blame with the officers.
@Humbucker bob: You did not ask a question, why did you use a question mark? On a more related note, luckily even people like you have a right to police protection, despite your mental inadequacies.
You're free to jump to all the unsupported conclusions you like and you can make assumptions all day long if you wish but perhaps you should avoid calling these officers idiots until some of the facts are presented.
To say the officers leaving ACCPD were leaving because of pay only is quite the understatement.
To say the officers leaving ACCPD *WERE* leaving... is quite the understatement.posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 17:40
@Historically-funny: So you read about a TEEN possessing METH and a STOLEN GUN and your go to piece is a "police state" mantra.
It is called the law, you don't have to like it. Just learn to follow it or move somewhere else. I hear Columbia is nice this time of year.posted @ Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 17:51
Line officers with ACCPD have been trying to make things better for years. Unfortunately the administration has become so dense and self righteous they stopped even listening much less implementing new ideas.
Shift leadership is no longer given the scope of authority to manage a shift without approval from a higher echelon.
Officers have been taken off the street to save gasoline, ACCPDs administration is a roadblock to the success of that department.
Ask more questions Joeposted @ Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 22:34
@davidxto: The alternatives you speak of are excellent and are not considered valid to the command at ACCPD. The only acceptable solutions are:
1 - fewer cars on the road at all times, regardless of crime trends
2 - Pruises
@Digdug: I wasn't trying to strike directly at you, I'm trying to get people to understand that there is not an officer on every corner (especially now that the command at ACCPD has reduced the officer presence on the road at any given time by a considerable margin to "save gas") to automatically be in front of the pursuit to deploy the stop sticks.
The limited officers left on the road have to go faster than the speed of the chase to get ahead and deploy the devices (which are considerably more dangerous for the individual officer to deploy than actively engaging in a properly managed pursuit).
These vehicles are not an acceptable alternative for patrol duty and do not realize any actual savings.
The only thing accomplished here is making a few people feel good.
Spend the money on tools, training and maintenance... Not political games!posted @ Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 16:56
@Digdug: Are you implying that an officer uses a radio to teleport to the appropriate location?posted @ Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 07:30
"Stop sticks are what end pursuits, not the horsepower of the police vehicle."
Interesting concept, my question is : How does the officer get ahead of the pursuit to deploy those stop sticks?
"Lumpkin said that with his own, unmarked hybrid, he’s stopped and ticketed motorists who were speeding on the Athens Perimeter as fast as 85 mph."
Yes, easily done when pacing a vehicle; however how many times did he use a speed detection device which required him to accelerate from 0-?? to catch the speeder?
Toyota Prius has a 0-60 time of 10.7 seconds
1993 Geo Metro 0-60 time of 10.9 seconds
Get my point?posted @ Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 07:25
[quote][b]formergeorgian[/b] - Good Job! Saved a few dollars on fuel - so spend that money on Taser's for your officers!
Saved minimal fuel and spent considerably more up front on the vehicle.
These vehicles are not appropriate for police work and those in support of this poor decision are more focused on perception than reality. (A concept which is being actively taught and enforced)posted @ Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 07:19
Not guiltyposted @ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 17:40
@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: There is a clear difference between someone being nervous because they were stopped by the police having no criminal history or significant criminal intent and someone with significant criminal history being overtly nervous during their interaction because of their fear of being discovered for their wrongdoings.posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 21:08
Jim Smith, a day in the life:posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 - 22:19
[quote][b]hit -man1[/b] - Jim Smith the best lawyer in the state of GA.. he is respectful and only accepts clients cases that he knows are wrong doing to all of us even you as citizens.
Your terrible grammar aside, this is the most asinine quote to ever be seen on the ABH, and THAT says something!
The hiring of Smith as your attorney should, in itself, be admissible in a court of law to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
As far as respectful... If you consider making a mockery out of every courtroom at 325 E Washington Street and using child like antics to prove a misguided point respectful, then I suppose you are right.posted @ Monday, June 17, 2013 - 22:09
@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: Please direct me to the law or laws regulating the service of criminal subpoena's specifically.posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 13:37
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