Local police forces in the
small central Tennessee towns of Gruetli-Laager and Palmer, both in Grundy
County, have been given the boot in what appears to be an example of law
enforcement providing more policing than the community wanted. In
separate mid-August votes, the two small towns voted to fire their police
departments, saying town police were ignoring local offenses to chase down
meth labs in surrounding areas.
"We weren't paying them to
go out of the county and bust meth labs," Greutli-Laager Mayor Donna Rollins
told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "We pay them to take care
of the city."
Other aldermen mentioned
complaints of police harassment and the cost of maintaining a police force.
But Alderman Wayne Grimes, the sole vote against firing Gruetli-Laager's
four-man force, said police stepped on too many local toes when they busted
67 meth labs during the first seven months of the year. "I just feel
like maybe they were doing their job too good," he told the Oak Ridger.
Grimes also cited police crackdowns on beer sales to minors, which angered
local businessmen and relatives and friends of those arrested. "To
me it was a political deal. They thought hopefully if they got rid
of the police department, they would drop the charges."
Gruetli-Laager alderman Jim
Layne was among those who voted to fire the police. He was arrested
for possession of a controlled substance three days before the vote.
Layne had no comment on his motives in voting for the move.
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Issue #253, 9/6/02
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