Tenn. County Sheriff: Christ is in Everything We Do Here... Even Our Badges!

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    Oct 13, 2014 12:52 PM GMT
    http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/brint/sheriff_davis_humphreys_county_christian_seal

    The New Civil Rights MovementA Tennessee sheriff instructed his deputies to instill Christ in "everything they do." He's even redesigned the sheriff's badge as a Christian seal.


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    Beyond "CHRIST" on the top of the badge, if you look closely you'll see the white cross in the center of the seal.

    Humphreys County Sheriff's Office (via Facebook, December 2013)A few year[s] ago, Sheriff Davis began utilizing what he referred to as the five C’s with HCSO. This was an attempt to instill these five characteristics in the employees along with everything they do. Each points of the [sheriff's] star we wear represents one of the five C’s ...

    The top of our badge represents the first C. That is “Christ.” Jesus Christ is our lord and savior and for him, we would not be possible. This is a mindset that has been bestowed on the employees of HCSO.


    The New Civil Rights MovementThe statement said the badge doubled as a small honorary medal to "be presented to the employee or citizen when acts occur above and beyond the call of duty."

    The badge is currently the profile photo of the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.


    But how else might the Sheriff's Department bestow "The First C" among the citizens they serve? Easy. You could instill the spirit of Christ in them by beating them all night long! icon_twisted.gif

    The New Civil Rights MovementIf we're to believe the timeline established by the Sheriff's Office Facebook statement, Sheriff Davis began instructing his deputies to "instill Christ in all they do" while he was under investigation. His deputies had publicly stripped and brutally beaten a local man named Darrin Ring, who had done nothing wrong.

    Even after seeing the horrific video, Sheriff Davis defended his deputies.


    Poor Mr. Ring can't even get his best J.C. impression on and "forgive" the deputies, since they think they've done nothing wrong, either!

    2011 Darrin Ring beating video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WMriqT7rCg

    2013 video "WSMV - Deputies of beat Darrin Ring fired": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmA3x3cVsQs

    You know it's dire when you have to turn to the Tea Party to try and reign in the Sheriff.

    The New Civil Rights MovementThis incensed Jake Lockert, the public defender handling Ring's criminal case. Lockert didn't stop at defending his client, he personally investigated and campaigned to expose what he saw as a pattern of police misconduct sanctioned by Sheriff Davis and the district attorney.

    "If the sheriff's not going to do anything, and the county attorney isn't doing anything, I'm going public with the video," Lockert explained his moral reasonings to local Tea Partiers as he spoke in favor of the Sheriff's ouster. "I couldn't stand by and do nothing the next time somebody was beaten badly or even killed."

    Lockert told citizens at a Tea Party meeting that several inmates witnessed Ring suffer a subsequent beating while handcuffed in jail, by none-other than Sheriff Davis. Lockert also alleged that Sheriff Davis was present at Ring's first beating, that a police report placed Davis on that scene.

    Sheriff Davis sued his district's own public defender for defamation regarding these allegations


    Lockert himself may not fully get the picture as far as what it means to be in a public-paid position.

    The New Civil Rights MovementIt might be worth noting that Lockert also told Tea Partiers he is a Christian and uses his tattoos as segues to talk to his criminal defense clients about Christ.


    "Christ, indeed!"

    Humphreys County is situated about an hour west of Nashville.
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    Oct 13, 2014 1:08 PM GMT
    When power goes to your head. From the above article:

    The New Civil Rights MovementThis week, the American Humanist Association (AHA) emailed the sheriff's office on behalf of a citizen concerned by the evocation of religion on a government seal. The AHA's email to the sheriff presented many court opinions pointing towards the unconstitutionality of the badge. Simply, the government badge promotes one religion over another, in contradiction with the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

    Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said the badge "sends the message that non-Christians such as atheists and humanists are outsiders, not welcome in their own community.”

    Sheriff Davis spoke to Nashville Channel 4 News regarding the badge and AHA's email. "I apologize if I offended someone, but it's who I am," he said. "You're not going to change who I am."


    icon_rolleyes.gif He'd be among the first to scream "Sharia Law!" at certain other people, though.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 13, 2014 2:32 PM GMT

    More blatant stupidity from the southern bible belt. I see this as a potential issue in terms of the separation of church and state. But all these NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS flatly refuse to recognize the constitutional separation of church and state and continue to live in their biblical fantasyland. I guess that Tennessee is getting to be just as backward and oppressive as Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. How horribly sad.icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 13, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    Well it could be a good thing. Maybe they can raise to life any young black men they inadvertently kill! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
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    Oct 13, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidWell it could be a good thing. Maybe they can raise to life any young black men they inadvertently kill! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif


    icon_lol.gif "oops!" icon_lol.gif
  • davfit

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    Oct 14, 2014 1:07 AM GMT
    Well he's Married to his First Cousin or his sister what to you expect.and he has two chins a 2 incher and two Faces..
  • Svnw688

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    Oct 14, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    More blatant stupidity from the southern bible belt. I see this as a potential issue in terms of the separation of church and state. But all these NARROW MINDED BIBLE THUMPING SCREWBALLS flatly refuse to recognize the constitutional separation of church and state and continue to live in their biblical fantasyland. I guess that Tennessee is getting to be just as backward and oppressive as Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. How horribly sad.icon_sad.gif


    I take what you say largely given that Oklahoma (my home state) is one of the reddest states in the Union, but for what it's worth, the Oklahoma Supreme Court and its judiciary are some of the most liberal justices you will ever find on the bench. Indeed, they give the Iowa Supreme Court a run for their money (the Iowa Supreme Court found a right to gay marriage in their state constitution under substantive due process and equal protection). Oklahoma (federal district and state) courts regularly strike down the ignorant and backwards laws that the inane legislators pass. So while I'll accept Oklahoma is very RED, it's not as ass-backwards as that concession would imply. Indeed, the Oklahoma Supreme Court invented a common law (judicially created) state employment discrimination cause of action...I believe it was called the "Burk" tort (namesake of the case). The OADA (Oklahoma Anti-Discrimination Act) destroyed the tort and superimposed a less resilient state form of the tort, but the court has chipped away at restrictions and expanded the legislation. So there are liberals in Oklahoma, just like there are and were in Iowa. And let's remember Utah and other "Red" state courts are leading us in destroying anti-equal marriage amendments that were in more than 30 states as Amendments to their state constitution.
  • FRE0

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    Oct 14, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    It is unlikely that the sherif will get away with that for long since it is a clear violation of the principal of separation of church and state. It also discriminates against people of other religions.

    Behavior like that, contrary to what the sherif thinks, does not help the church. In the long run, it turns people against organized religion. Among developed countries, the U.S. has about the highest rate of church membership and attendance although it has declined in recent years. Probably the high rate of membership and attendance is the result of maintaining separation of church and state. European countries and England have a long and horrible history of failing to keep church and state separate. When they are not separate, each has a corrupting effect on the other to the detriment of the people. Europeans became aware of that problem centuries ago but many people here in the U.S. are not aware of that history.