Up for Debate: Chief Steve Anderson speaks

Monday, October 1, 2012 at 1:51am

What's your reaction to what Chief Steve Anderson, of the Metro Nashville Police Department, has to say about Nashville's murder rate, how the police department is shaping itself for the future and crime as well as his approach to leading the men in blue?

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54 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 10/1/12 at 4:28

Don't know what he's talking about, "murder rate is down".
Every day, every lead story on the local news is a shooting, stabbing.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 5:07

Good morning, Nashville.

This story is already covered in this issue of the NCP. The NCP interview with the Chief does not rate two separate articles with comment boards, in my opinion.

I read the interview....very boring...full of platitudes....soft-ball questions....generic answers....not quite up to NCP standards, IMO.

Having a Chief of Police who is also a lawyer is rather unique, Chief Anderson is no dummy....compared with Chief Serpas, Anderson seems to be an improvement.

Of course, I do not live in Metro Nashville, so I can't personally vouch for the quality of the police force there.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 5:18

Off topic, but timely:

Both the Titans & the Bills are hurting this morning...both teams lost, in what the football pundits call a "rout". For the Bills, the bubble burst and it wasn't pretty...New England has dominated their Divisional rivals for years; I expect NE to make the playoffs this year, but, IMO, they won't be in the Super Bowl; the Pats are the best in their Division, but not in the AFC.

By: govskeptic on 10/1/12 at 5:34

The Titan victory last week faded rather quickly yesterday as they struggled
playing most likely best team in the division and just maybe the AFC.
QB injury will hopefully be a short one as we need this guy to get as
much experience and playing time as possible this year.

By: bfra on 10/1/12 at 6:42

The Titans need to replace #76 with someone that can control their temper. Personal fouls can ruin any game.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 7:09

I have seen a steady improvement in the police department over the years. They have responded quickly, to the few time I have needed to call them. I hope it continues.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 7:14

As for the Titans, they need to improve on their football skills and not rely on Miracles.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 7:29

....but at least the real refs are back....the owners learned a lesson, don't skimp on the vitals.

By: gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 7:37

That didn't stop the regular refs from screwing the Giants last night. Phantom interference calls on both teams at the end were bad, but the offensive call was, well, offensive.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 7:42


All that has been learned during this lock out will all be forgotten by the time a new contract comes up. People that don’t study their history and will soon make the same mistake over and over.

By: budlight on 10/1/12 at 7:50

gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 8:37
That didn't stop the regular refs from screwing the Giants last night. Phantom interference calls on both teams at the end were bad, but the offensive call was, well, offensive.

Never quite happy, are you G?

I don't care if they win or lose these games. I have 2 tickets to the Indy game at home and they better play a good game when I'm there. I bought 2 tickets for my birthday so I could take my husband. Seats are in the first section and parking is paid for. Yipeee! I love to watch football, but we don't have t.v. so I don't get to watch, but listen on the radio.

The crime seems to be still ongoing, but I bet it will all stop if Obama wins. LOL, LOL Go Mitt!

By: gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 7:54


By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 7:57

I watched the first half only GD....Refs are only humans and the NFL rulebook is a thick one...we have the best of the fallible officiating, as best they can....fans have always second-guessed the umpires, referees and judges...it's part of the game, I suppose.

I find it odd, that the same people who are quick to question the authority of referees in a sporting match are often loathe to question authority in society at large. We the Sheeple seem to be quick to question the authority of sporting game judges, but not real life, judicial system judges...or am I wrong on that?

By: bfra on 10/1/12 at 7:59

ditto on the (click) gdiafante

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 8:02

Yeah, Captain, 8 years from now is a long time....the franchise owners may forget...the fans should send them E-mails at that time, to remind them of this year's debacle.

The image of those two officials showing opposite calls in the end zone, in that Green Bay game, will live in NFL infamy forever?

By: gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 8:06

My point was that people were building the regular refs up as some kind of gods, they're refs. They screw up too and sometimes it costs teams games. Not as egregious as the Packers/Seahawks game, but it still happens.

Look at the Packers game this week...if the Saints had won, we'd be talking about the Sproyles fumble that wasn't and how the refs have it out for the Packers.

By: dargent7 on 10/1/12 at 8:12

I disagree with "blown calls".
I have a 35" HD tv and with all the replays and camera angles, these guys aren't using slide rules and 20/200 vision any longer.
If I can make the right call at home, these idiots who make $250,000 a year should be able to on the sideline.
Either the ball, "hits the ground" or the player, "didn't have possession", or "both feet didn't touch in bounds...", etc.
I can replay it at home and just focus on important stuff like The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders' tryouts.
Just keep playing the re-play guys. Get those seeing dogs and white canes.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 8:13

I've always questioned the validity of the reasons that underpin some of the NFL rules...for example, Offensive Pass Interference assumes that the offensive receiver and the defensive player covering him are both entitled to catch the ball without interference...this assumes that neither team has possession of the airborne football once it leaves the passer's hand....if that is the case, then the clock ought to stop while the ball is in the air...on passes and kicks...in my most humble of football opinions.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 8:20

There is a bridge in the stadium? lol

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 8:21

Another suggestion to the NFL, since the whistle is an integral and vital part of the game, whistle icons ought to appear on our TV screens whenever they are blown.

IMO, all the refs with whistles should be "wired" and the fans ought to be able to see which officials blew the whistle and when those whistles were blown....this would help in determining possession in many fumble situations....and the fans are icon-happy...they want all the bells and whistles....give us the whistle!

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 8:26

While I'm venting about the NFL's shortcomings, it seems to me that we have the technology to better ascertain where the ball went out of bounds on a punt...as it is now, an official-looking official takes a scientific wild-assed guess and pompously determines the spot....this is a game of inches, or so they claim.

By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 8:36

Lasers covering all angles of the field, including the goal post; that would insure that everything possible scenario is covered. Gentlemen we have the theology to build an 6 million dollar grasshopper.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 8:42

...a six-million--dollar robot grasshopper, on a mission from God....very scary, Cap'n....can you source that, sir?

By: gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 8:43

It's kind of like basketball, Loner. Once the game accepted contact as normal, that's all you'll get. But the calls have to be consistent.

Nnamdi Asomugha clearly made contact and forced the receiver to change his route, the definition of interference. When the receiver then attempted to regain his position, he's flagged. Pure nonsense.

And if you go a few plays earlier, an interference call was made against Nnamdi where he made simultaneous contact with the ball. Bad calls all around.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 8:48

Maybe it's time to put a chip in the ball? GPS could be used to spot the ball?

Time for the smart football...it has sensors that record its airspeed, altitude and exact position...and internal pressure readings to record how hard the ball is kicked...and how much the ball's internal air-pressure increases as the size of "the pile" atop it increases in mass....fans want to know!

Just once, I'd like to see the refs untangle a pile of NFL players struggling over a fumbled ball and then hold up a deflated, squashed football....that would be cool, IMO.

By: gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 8:51

I think this quest to have perfect officiating is ruining the game. Replay brings the game to a halt and it's still a judgment call. After any incomplete pass, you have fans and players whining to the refs wanting a call.

If you have 3rd and long, throw it deep, odds are a flag will fly. Teams depend too much upon calls being made and then whine too much when they aren't.

All I want is consistency, not different interpretations for each play.

By: gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 8:55

And, I don't mean to rant, but some of the rules are ridiculous too. In what universe should someone be allowed to catch a ball if the ball hits the ground...just because they maintain possession through the "catch"...note to the NFL: the ground shouldn't be used to assist in a catch. If it touches the ground, it isn't a catch.

And the issue about having two feet down and then making a "football move"...the act of catching the ball and landing on both feet is a football move...these convoluted rules...well...suck.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 9:00

Yeah, Gd, what the hell is "incidental contact" anyway? That's a judgment call and individual refs disagree on what constitutes incidental and deliberate interference...that's just the way it is, I guess.

Maybe we could clone officials and eventually reduce the amount of diversity within their ranks?

Cloned NFL , NBA, NHL, MLB stars...will there be a market for that DNA in the future?

Will sports superstars sell their cells? Once they've blown their millions, like Vince Young is reported to have done, some may be forced to resort to that , in order to make ends meet.

For the right price, you can be the legal parent of a cloned superstar? This may come to pass.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 9:04

If the ground cannot cause a fumble, then the ground should not be able to assist in a catch...we agree, Gd. I saw that play too...it looked like it hit the ground a fraction of a second before the receiver's hands got under it....the guy trapped the ball, he did not catch it....IMO.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 9:17

This is another Protest Monday, kids....the lone one and a couple of my fellow UU-members will stand our ground once again...3-4 local time....at the Orleans Co. Courthouse...like a blinking beacon of discontent.

We are getting through to people...they are honking their horns in agreement.....today, three more NATO troops died in another suicide bombing in Afghanistan; some 20 people were killed in the blast...and Iraq is experiencing renewed sectarian violence....what in the hell are we doing?

Our foreign policy makes sense to three powerful lobbies: Defense, Israel & Energy...but, in my opinion, it is counter-productive to the shared national interests of America's citizenry...the special interests are trumping the public's interests....that's because our federal politicians are beholden to their paymasters, not to you or me.

By: yogiman on 10/1/12 at 9:23

Interesting: At the count of 29, there was only 2 comments on the subject NCP suggested, and 27 on football. An entirely different subject in sports.

Isn't your CoP worth knowing what you might think about him? What kind of job he's doing, how they react to your call.

Ah well, I guess football work is more important that police work.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 9:33

This past Saturday, they held a tribute and fund-raiser for a local soldier who was badly burned in Afghanistan...they had originally given him a 10% chance of surviving...he's slowly recovering...his father in law and mother in law go to our UU church....if anyone knows how badly Holy Wars suck, it is that family...why wait until the end of 2014 to disengage from that burning hell-hole? Bring the troops home ASAP, let the Afghans go back to killing each other...just keep an eye on them using satellite imagery...and hitting them with Tomahawks and/or drones when necessary.

Of course, the goal is to build an energy pipeline through Afghanistan....that will require boots on the ground...to some degree...until the Central Asian energy resources are exhausted.

Make no mistake, the Afghan War is all about securing a safe route, for exporting regional energy products. That requires the assistance of the Defense industry....and the intellectual input of the Israelis, of course....yes, they have a stake in all this too, for them it truly is global Holy War....for Defense and Energy, it's business as usual.

For the young men and women who are being killed and maimed, and for their families....it's a different story. They are paying the price now and for the rest of their lives.....this can't go on.

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 9:34


By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 9:38

That is good to hear, Loner. You keep up the good work you do so well with.

By: bfra on 10/1/12 at 9:41


By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 9:43

If one doubts the importance of including Israel in the DIE triad, take a look at Iraq right now...it's airspace is undefended...with in-flight re-fueling, the Israelis can safely hit Iran by using Jordanian airspace (no big threat there) and by using Iraqi airspace on the way out and on the return flight (no big threat there either)...Before the US took out Saddam et al., that was not an option...we cleared that major obstacle for the Israeli Air Force...no charge to the Israelis, of course....we do Israel's work for free....it's DIE, baby!

By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 9:45

Thanks, Cap'n. Think global...act local....I take that advice seriously.

By: yogiman on 10/1/12 at 9:52

I hate to say this, Loner, because I agree with you on war. But wars are the one thing that's keeping the world's population under control. Looking back into you time of birth, what was the area where you was born like? How big was the population? What is it like now? The world's population has grown since the beginning of time.

Wars keep it under control to slow the growth rate. And that is world wide, not just the USA.

By: bfra on 10/1/12 at 9:55


By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 9:56


By: Loner on 10/1/12 at 10:19

I gotta go....time to load up the signage and fire-up the DJ-5...it's my fest-mobile and my protest-mobile....it's getting so that I don't want to drive my Honda or Impala...I dearly love that old Jeep...only the big thumper is more fun to operate.

Take care!

By: Captain Nemo on 10/1/12 at 10:23

Have a good day Loner and thanks.

By: yogiman on 10/1/12 at 12:13

I've just watched [2016 Obama's America]. Even as an Obama admirer, you should watch this show.

You can see it through google or bing.

By: gdiafante on 10/1/12 at 12:16


By: bfra on 10/1/12 at 12:27


By: yogiman on 10/1/12 at 2:19


I just read where Obama was taking a countryside tour in his chauffeur driven limo. A donkey suddenly jumped in the road in front of them and was hit in full.

Obama told his chauffeur; "You get out and check. You was driving."

The driver got out and checked and told him the donkey had been killed. Obama then told the driver because he was driving to go to the farmhouse and tell the owner.

It was several hours later when the driver came back totally plastered with his hair ruffled and a big grin on his face.

Obama asked; "My God, what happened"? The chauffeur replied: "When I got there, the farmer opened a bottle of whiskey, his wife gave me a "slap-up" meal and their daughter made passionate love to me." "What on earth did you say to them"?

Well, when I knocked on the door and it was answered, I said to them; I'm Obama's chauffeur and I've just killed the jackass."

By: bfra on 10/1/12 at 2:28


By: yogiman on 10/1/12 at 3:58

I see you clicked it on before you read it and clicked it off, bfra. Was is funny?

By: yogiman on 10/1/12 at 3:58

S/F/B it

By: parnell3rd on 10/1/12 at 9:26

great one yogi!!!!!!