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07 January 2003 @ 11:34 am
News Flash 2 - Family Traumatized By Tennessee Highway Patrol  
Thanks to the Misanthropic Bitch

According to the articles you can find here, a family was pulled over as a felony stop, handcuffed on the side of the road, their dog shot, etc...all because some well-meaning motorist with a cell-phone made an assumption.

Needless to say, someone's family vacation went horribly wrong. Makes me glad I'm no longer in Tennessee.
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delilahbowie on January 7th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, unbelievable....Makes me feel sick and violent, and reminds me why I'm still looking for a deserted island to move to.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on January 7th, 2003 01:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I've always said if I make my billions, I'm buying an island, and establishing a resort and a are welcomeon my island anytime.
No Time For Love, Dr. Jonespolarbear on January 7th, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC)
I just emailed the state's tourism director, the governor, and their police PR lady this....

Ok, it's bad enough that your "Online Tennesse Vacation Guide" link on your state's Tourism webpage doesn't work, but it's absolutely disgusting how your state and local police officers would hold an innocent family "hostage." They took their sweet time figuring out what should have been obvious, allowing their inept behavior & ignorance, to kill a family pet.

Don't bother replying with a story about how the officers were defending themselves or how they didn't smile/laugh after they killed the dog. I think I'll believe the people who were actually traumatized. Remember them? They don't have a reason to lie, but I can think of a group of people that does.

Rest assured that this story is being widely circulated; that I'll share this story with all my friends, and do my best to never patronize Cookville, nor your state in any fashion. Have a great day and I hope the next time your troopers pull someone over in such a fashion, they'll have a little more common sense and exercise a little more restraint.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on January 8th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
I used to live in Tennessee, actually, for about 15 years. I knew a lot of cops, and for the most part, they were good, honest, hard-working guys. But it only takes one bad experience to make things crazy. It really does sound like a case of over-zealousness, and under-investigation. But that's what makes this so bad. I imagine it'll be a while before the THP jumps on a cellphone tip.

Oh, and I wouldn't worry about being near Cookeville...there ain't a damn thing there, except a technical college.