So I get back to the office after a little vacation and find some voice mails from loyal readers waiting on my phone.
Most of the callers were veteran Metro cops, thanking the
Scene for running the cover story "Police State" last month.
"I've been a police officer for 17 years," said one, who
didn't leave a name. "I've been so mad (at the Scene) at times that I could
just pull my hair out, but thank you for doing such a good article." Other officers mentioned that pressure from Serpas to achieve certain numbers of
arrests and traffic citations hurt their ability to do really engage the community in a meaningful way or spend time on investigations.
Not everybody was happy with our story.
"I just called to say that I think your article on police
state (sic) in
I do have an attitude and maybe you don't need it, pal, but I'm certainly not "one of these people that likes to drive intoxicated." Riding my bike home from the bar is another matter, however...