Is the NAACP in the struggling communities helping them in making better decisions, getting an education and avoiding a culture of crime? I don't recall hearing about any proactive steps in the poverty communities.posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 20:28
Tee Wee - I can't seem to figure out if you read this article and can't read or just want a soapbox to complain out getting a speeding ticket.
Unfortunately the last officer who was arrested for a DV crime was fired even though the charges were dropped. This will be dropped to, but her career will forever be over. She is a good officer and deserves better.posted @ Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 15:54
Also charged with intent to dist. controlled substances. I think marijuana should be legal, but critics of these arrests often "overlook" the other drugs being sold. Cocaine and Meth should never be legalized. Their effects on families and society is too dangerous.
On a different note, I wonder if these fine entrepreneurs are also food stamp recipients along with their tax free status.posted @ Friday, April 4, 2014 - 12:39
I foresee the DA prolonging this until election year at least. Even if the court seems to move forward, the political spin will be "don't elect a new DA during the biggest murder case in Athens history".posted @ Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 20:00
If a LEO encounters an underage drinker they are obligated by law and liability to take action. Again, not a mayor decision.
If the LEO does not take action and the underage drinker steps in front of a car and dies, then the police officer will get sued and lose everything they own. Not the teen drinker or the driver of the vehicle.
Not to mention the "First Offender" program handles all the above (alcohol, pot, etc).
I think what she means is that she would like people get cited for possession rather arrested.posted @ Friday, March 21, 2014 - 12:06
And traceable.posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 23:31
They re-elected him, they can have him. Same goes with the Clayton Co Sheriff, "Walking Small".posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:14
I love how politicians will try to win votes by standing on yes or no issues instead of facing the real problem. Posturing may get votes but it doesn't fix anything.
The reason mass shootings have went up is because mental health funding has been cut to the bone. The solution is much simpler than creating more bureaucracy with guns laws; fund mental health. Granted it isn't cheaper than trying to ban guns, but it will keep our children safe.posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:50
So if, IF, the DA would take things to trial and not offer relaxed plea deals in favor of the criminal not the community, criminals like this would go to jail.posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:16
Hmmm, looks nothing like my mother in law . . .posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 12:47
Hmmmm, I wonder when the silver buyer he sold to will come forward . . .posted @ Monday, August 26, 2013 - 18:14
It would be great if Jesse, Al, or the NAACP would come to areas like these and use their divine influence to guide these young men and women onto a better course. For the youth, black or white, there is very little positive influence. Life is myriad of broken families, desperation and lack of accountability. Entering a life of crime is easy compared to the hard work it takes to make it on the honest path. If the faces they see in the media came to them and offered them some genuine advice on life, there might be an actual change.
It is shameful to see these young people make bad decisions and civil rights leaders only offering civil unrest as an option.
What's the old saying, "give a man a fish and feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime".posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 12:34
Seems like just last week . . .posted @ Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 15:01
Wow, 17 and almost killed someone while drunk driving!
Where are all the negative comments about police wasting resources enforcing underage drinking laws. It all changes when someone gets hurt.posted @ Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:17
I feel sorry for the hard working police officers who were delighted to hear they were finally getting a 2% raise. Not saying these guys didn't need a raise, but 17%?posted @ Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 05:44
How about comparing the pay and job descriptions for the school system police dept, school system security and ACCPD? Is the school police dept in place to sweep incidents under the rug or is it actually worth paying for?posted @ Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 05:49
Its Athens, if it isn't plead down, it will be dropped.posted @ Monday, May 27, 2013 - 18:51
One argument has always been the cost of keeping the offender in jail. I don't think anyone has figured up the cost of them being out of jail. Law enforcement costs, court costs, home security system cost, property loss from theft costs, government assisted living costs (for the offender), and the most expensive is the potential loss of life to the innocent.
The savings of "work centers" are exaggerated using the ACC example. The staff salary, building and actual usage far off sets the value.
Probation has become inflated. If the offender truly wants to reform, there are no jobs here to pay their probation. Then they re-offend to pay their probation, and the circle doesn't end. Not to mention, they already know they will get probation, or in most cases, nothing at all.
I think we are paying as much or more for the repeat offenders to remain in society. The jail housing cost is just easier to perceive and one simple number.posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 20:05
That is some plea agreement. I wonder if he was on probation at the time of the incident.posted @ Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 09:53
The thugs don't live there, their baby momma's live there. The thugs just use Bethel to sell crack and stolen goods.
The only way to fix it is to send the DA there for a probation roll call and maybe a wake up to the reality he is creating.posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 08:30
Some deputies carry them, but the police don't.posted @ Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:53
Career probationerposted @ Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 20:19
The issue has never been about guns, it is about mental health consumers with guns. If the good ole' government didn't cut the funding for mental health all those years ago and dump the sick out into the general public, many of the tragedies would have been avoided.
For the politician it is easier to play smoke and mirrors instead of facing the music. We are reaping a disaster from the bad decisions of our elected officials. Instead of arguing about the instruments that deliver death, we need to be focusing on the actual people pulling the trigger.
When it isn't a mental health consumer who needs more than a government check and an internet connection, it is a criminal who has learned that probation is the only punishment.posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 22:14
The sad thing is, in Athens, even with making a statement like that, the jury will find him "not guilty". That is of course if the prosecutors don't make a plea deal first.posted @ Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 22:06
So many felonies that are NOLLE PROSEQUI. Kidnapping, burglary, robbery, all thrown out by the DA. Probably done to reach a plea deal which ends with probation. Athens is a ticking bomb.posted @ Friday, October 12, 2012 - 19:47
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