Voices
July 1, 2010 Issue

LETTERS


Wadley chief responds to march and SCLC claims

Dear Editor:

For the past couple of months, the Wadley Police Department has been the target of the criminals and their supporters. On June 19, 2010, the president of the Jefferson County chapter of the SCLC, James Ivery, led a march and protest against us. That was his right, which the department respected. He then trespassed against us by using slanderous statements and joined the staff at the rumor mill.

I am not writing this as the police chief, but rather as a citizen of Wadley. Some people believe that you give up your freedom of speech when you become a police officer, or that you may not disagree with political powers and private citizens alike. This is directly related to their over-inflated sense of self-importance within the community. When you stand against something you believe is wrong, those are the people who will use all types of tactics to accomplish the goal they have set out to reach. One of the main tactics used is character assassination, especially if the goal is to discredit someone.

 

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It would make sense that a man who considers himself a minister and civic leader would not stoop as low as Mr. Ivery did, but he did. The citizens of Jefferson County do not have to take my word for it. You may listen to his comments at the following website Uhurnews.com/uhuru (radio May 30, 2010).

He describes me as a bully, an overseer in the black community and being “worse than the KKK.” These comments bothered me because he would not have made these statements had he taken the time to come to the department and meet with us. Before the rallies and march were scheduled to happen, Mr. Ivery had two separate appointments to meet with me. He stated he would come to the police department to view videos as well as records and listen to court recordings. The goal behind this meeting was to prevent bias and misguided ideas concerning Wadley Police Department.

Mr. Ivery informed me that no matter what evidence was presented to him, the march would continue as planned. Mr. Ivery also failed to inform the public that since last year all patrol cars and officers are equipped with cameras, meaning all cars have dash cams and each officer wears a camera on his shirt. If the department intended to violate civil rights, then why would this be? Guilty people do not surround themselves with cameras.

After all of the lies and rumors posted on Facebook, the Jefferson County Chapter of the SCLC website, and Uhurunews, he has scheduled a public forum in hopes that I would attend. It would have been courteous to ask me if I could attend on that date. Apparently, that is asking too much. Here are some questions Mr. Ivery would answer “no” to, if asked:

1. Did the SCLC speak with any Wadley police officer before its course of action? No.

2. Did the SCLC meet with the chief of police at any time during its fact finding? No.

Mr. Ivery has stated, “it ain’t over, think it’s a game,” referring to his action against us. This department does not play games and we sincerely hope that he does not believe that anyone will resign because of his rally. He stated that we have violated the civil rights of citizens, in addition, committed criminal acts against them. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) handles police misconduct and criminal acts committed by law enforcement officers. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) handles civil rights violations of individuals. Please feel free to contact these agencies with any complaints you may have. I would like to see how many of the complaints are valid once they are investigated. I have faith that each complaint will be found invalid or false. These agencies will conduct interviews and polygraph testing of all involved, to determine the truth.

Mr. Ivery, your fact-finding has amounted to a modern day witch hunt. Out of more than 2000 citizens, less than .1 percent agrees with your course of action. The police department does not intimidate people. They only know the truth as to why you are slandering the police department, as well as other law enforcement agencies within the county.

The SCLC was founded by great civil rights leaders and activists to protect the rights of individuals and to secure constitutional rights for equality. They have no control over who chooses to continue carrying the torch; however, I am sure they would not want that person to be biased or be a party to hurling insults at other leaders and not attempting to be fair. Only you can stop the hatred that you have preached so much about. You have used misinformation, false statements and other actions to garner support. From all appearances, this has not worked in your favor. As a minister of the Gospel, you have a moral obligation to all, which you abandoned in support of self-interest. I am not upset with you or those who have associated themselves with you because my heart and soul are right with God.

We have remained strong through the trials and tribulations because God has been there with us the entire time. When our enemies prepared a weapon against us, it did not prosper because of God’s grace and mercy. Therefore, as children of God, the people of this department do not believe that God has brought us this far to leave us, nor will He put more on our shoulders than we can bear.

Sincerely,

Chief Wesley Lewis





Guerrero family thanks community

Dear Editor:

It has been almost a month since we lost our sweet little girl, Ana Karen Guerrero, who was 4-years-old. Friends and family know that Ana would have been 5-years-old on June 30.

We, her parents, Jos Apolinar Guerrero and Evelia Herndez, and her siblings, Arleth and Jos Guerro Jr., want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Jerry Taylor and the staff of Taylors Funeral Home for their kindness, generosity and support in our sorrow and grief in losing our daughter, Ana.

We also deeply appreciate each one of you who were and still are close to us for helping us with love and the right words to comfort us in our time of sadness and pain.

Only God knows what He has chosen for each of us. Now our Ana is an angel in Heaven who is watching us from above.

The Guerrero family appreciates all of your flowers, comforting cards and prayers for us. In memory of our dear daughter and sister, Ana Karen Guerrero, our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you all so much! You will always be in our hearts.

May God bless you all.

Sincerely,

Jos, Evelia, Arleth, and Jos Guerrero Jr.





Hinkins thanks those who helped her

Dear Editor:

I would like to openly thank everyone for their quick response to help me on the very hot and humid morning of 6/25/10 when I accidentally gave out of gas while driving in my car.

First, thank God for giving me the strength to endure.

Special thanks to my brothers, 911 operator Haywood, the unknown state patrol officer and the unknown Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department officer, also anyone passing by that may have allerted authorities of my situation.

Thank you and God bless.

Ms. Diane LaRose Hinkins
Louisville




Tatum and Thompson feel God wants walls to come down

Dear Editor:

On June 12, 1987, then President Ronald Reagan, looking at the Berlin Wall, cried out “Gorbachev tear down that wall”! It was a major turning point in world history. On June 12, 2010, there was a call for another wall to come down…it took place in Jefferson County and it could be a turning point in our history. vThere was a women’s event that was held at the Lion’s Club in Louisville on that Saturday. Many said that it was a good meeting and that they enjoyed it. This was so much more though, than just a good meeting. It was more than a Saturday morning spent in His Presence. He was there to begin a work…no, there is not a new church coming out of it. However, God did make it very clear that He wants to bring churches together at this time.

Through a time of foot washing during the meeting, and a powerful prayer of repentance, He made it very clear that it is time for walls to come down. As Ronald Reagan called for the Berlin Wall to come down, Jesus Christ is calling for walls to come down in Jefferson County in 2010. These are denominational and racial walls.

Phil. 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. On June 12, 2010, God began a good work in the Jefferson County area and it is up to Him to complete it. We want to cooperate, though, with what He wants to do.

God has one body and one church! It is time that we come together right now, in Him! There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal. 3:28.

If you are aware that the Holy Spirit is like a constant moving river, then you know that He is never stagnant. We are living in that time spoken of in Joel and quoted in the book of Acts…a time when God will pour His Spirit out on all flesh. He does speak today both through the Scriptures and by the Holy Spirit.

This letter is meant to encourage you. If you are one of the many that have been crying out to God to see a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in Jefferson County, He is inviting you to join Him and us in what He wants to do right now…right here. We are truly on the verge of a mighty outpouring of His Spirit in these days…this is that…spoken of in Joel and we have the wonderful opportunity of being a part of it.

Will you join hands with us in cooperating with the Lord in what He wants to do in our area? If you would like to hear more and/or commit to working with us please call 478.625.3065. We would love to talk with you and share with you what God has been speaking to us.

Sincerely,

Judy Tatum
President
Dove Tracks Ministries

Dr. Mary Thompson
Co-Pastor
New Way Christian Church




 


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