Overkill at the Teague PD

My sweetheart and I had occasion to visit the Municipal Court in lovely Teague, Texas recently.  (There’s a very, very long story behind that, fit for another time.)  For those of you unfamiliar with the bustling metropolis of Teague, here’s a little demographic information:

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,557 people, 1,275 households, and 864 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 65.28% White, 27.67% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 6.03% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.50% of the population. The median income for a household in the city was $29,485, and the median income for a family was $36,842. Males had a median income of $24,884 versus $18,821 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,326. About 10.0% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line.

When we arrived at the 1800 square foot courthouse/police station/city council chamber/city hall/city administration office, we saw a rather awkwardly impressive Hummer parked out front.

As if the presence of this assault vehicle in the tiny town of Teague wasn’t puzzling enough, the decals on the rear were even more thought provoking.

“STAY BACK AT LEAST 1 MILE”?  “Rocket Launcher Inside”?  What the crap!?

How could anyone even read the warning on the back of this vehicle from a mile away?  What is a law-abiding citizen supposed to do when approaching this vehicle at a stop light?  Throw their station wagon into reverse and retreat to a one mile safe distance?  And what could possibly happen in Teague that would necessitate a rocket launcher as a response?

Here’s a brief selection from the Teague Police Blotter from an exciting Saturday.

Saturday Aug. 4

  • 2:45 AM – Officer Cordova to Hwy 84 on a disturbance.
  • 8:50 AM – Officer Howard to 9th Ave. on an animal call.
  • 9:50 AM – Officer Howard to Main St. on a welfare check.
  • 6:30 PM – Officer Howard to Hwy 84 on a reckless driver.
  • 6:45 PM – Lt. Noll to Hwy 84 to assist FCSO.
  • 9:20 PM – Officer Cordova to Walnut St. on loud music.
  • 10:55 PM – Lt. Noll to 3rd Ave. on a reckless driver.

Perhaps the recommended action against loud music is blowing the offending home to smithereens?


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