Police Abuse

Chattanooga Cop Tries to Start Relationship With Rape Victim, Flirted With Homicide Victim's Mom, Accused Critic of Racism, Still Employed


Karl Fields
via WRCB

Chattanooga's Karl Fields is one of those cops police departments and city governments ought to have the ability to dismiss at will. He's been the target of at least five internal affairs investigations, ranging from drunk driving and undermining his superiors to the latest, sending inappropriate text messages to the victim of a rape he was investigating about staring at her body.

The latest scandal Fields is in has led  previous wrongdoing to surface. The Times Free Press in Tennessee relays a frightening story about Fields' treatment of a homicide victim's family:

[The father of homicide victim Antonio Taylor, Gary] Fields made Gary Taylor uncomfortable, especially when the officer talked with Taylor's ex-wife, Antonio's mother. Taylor thought Fields was flirting with her.

"I was like, 'This man is weird,'" Taylor said. "You could just tell his intention wasn't to find a killer.

"His intention was to get in someone's pants."

Taylor, who lives in Atlanta, said he asked police administrators to appoint a new investigator to his son's homicide case, but nothing happened. He said he called the mayor's office and the district attorney to express concerns. Still nothing. He confronted Fields about the flirtatious attitude toward his ex-wife.

And then, Fields filed a criminal charge of harassment against Taylor, alleging that Taylor texted him so much that Fields did not have time to do his job. Fields accused Taylor of sending threatening and racial texts and faxes.

When he learned about the warrant in December 2012, Taylor turned himself in. The arrest kicked off a months-long legal battle.

By Jan. 28, 2014, documents given to the Times Free Press show, prosecutors still had not provided Taylor's defense attorney with any phone logs, recordings or other proof of harassing calls, despite a hand-delivered request for the information five months earlier.

The charges were dropped only in July, even though there was apparently no evidence of the "crime" of which Fields accused Taylor. Fields, who is black, also appeared to play the race card, as the reference to "racial texts" (never produced for defense attorneys!) suggests. Fields is also married.

Despite having to deal with being harassed by an officer who was supposed to be investigating his son's murder and by the legal system at large, perhaps Taylor ought to feel lucky that the prosecutor in his case didn't think second guessing cops wasn't part of his job. Fields was, unsurprisingly, not charged in relation to the filing of false charges against Taylor despite the lack of evidence Taylor had done anything wrong. Meanwhile, despite evidence that Fields did in fact inappropriately text a victim of a rape he was investigating, and tried to start a relationship, he has been placed on "administrative leave" but not fired. Defense attorneys, naturally, are starting to question evidence collected by Fields that implicates their clients in crimes. 

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  1. “So, now that you’re not a virgin….”

    1. Chocolate Dunphy? Oh no wait, Tony says that’s racist.

      1. “Chocolate” is Tonys favorite food.

        1. So, what, is Tony on his period?

  2. OT: Too bad he’s not in Georgia – he might have been lucky enough to get this judge on the case.


    Federal Judge Accused Of Assaulting His Wife Strikes A Deal To Avoid Charges

  3. The link with text “wasn’t part of his job” links to a Reason.com admin page of some kind that asks me for a password. I’m interested in any previous stories about this guy – can you fix it? Thanks.

    1. It’s not a previous story about this guy. It’s a story about that guy who was arrested for failure to obey an unlawful order to produce identification, and the prosecutor said it’s not her job to second guess the cops. Meaning that the cops can literally do anything they want, because the prosecutor will not question anything that they do.

  4. ought to have the ability to dismiss at will.

    No shit. At Will Employment should always be the rule. When did “we” decide these motherfuckers deserve to be employed by the government for their entire worthless lives?

    “Put your badge on the desk, clean out your locker, and GTFO.”

    1. This is why pubsec unions aren’t the same as private sector unions. Because a private company that allowed these sorts of contracts would be sued out of existence when the bad actor continued to act badly. Although competing private security firms with limited power of arrest would be acceptable also.

      1. Although competing private security firms

        There are three of them competing with one another in Syria right now, and there’s about to be a fourth. That’s what competition among security firms looks like: war.

        1. Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying?

        2. I disagree. Killing clients and potential clients at prodigious rates is not a winning strategy for private firms. Now, if you are competing for a monopoly on security via the traditional public sector route, then yes.

          1. Why would a private company not want a monopoly? This way it doesn’t matter if their customers want to pay or not.

            That’s what makes violence different from other good and services. You can literally kill your competition, create a monopoly for yourself, and then force your customers to pay at gunpoint because no one can do anything about it.

            1. Wanting a monopoly and having the ability to impose said monopoly are entirely different. Without first creating a judicial monopoly or any ole monopoly of ‘protection’ and legitimizing it with statist ideology, you can’t impose any other monopoly.

              That is, most people must voluntarily submit to the ‘legitimacy’ of statism before any other monopoly can spring into existence for any meaningful amount of time.

              1. The only monopoly I was talking about was the monopoly on organized violence. And it’s not legitimized with ideology. It’s legitimized by the reality that if your organization has the last word in violence, you can do whatever you want. That’s where the police get their power. No one will stop them, because if you try then they’ll just call for reinforcements, and since they have more resources, they will always win. You are imagining competing police forces, and that’s just not consistent with reality. You call your cops on their cops? Then what? One of them must have the last word in violence, because that’s what providing security means. So they’ll duke it out Highlander style until there is only one, and now they’ve got a monopoly. That’s just how the world works. You can’t have competition for the last word in violence. Well, you can. But the winner establishes a monopoly. That’s life.

                1. If you want to see what competing security firms look like, look at the sicilian mafia.

            2. There are three of them competing with one another in Syria right now, and there’s about to be a fourth. That’s what competition among security firms looks like: war.

              Is that what it is? If factions contending for the right to tax and expropriate within a certain area constitute “competing private firms” then nearly every war in history can be blamed on the “unfettered free market”. Such a progressive view of history you have.

              1. You still haven’t explained to me what happens in your magical marketplace of organized violence where you accuse me of robbing you, you call your security firm A to arrest me, and I call my security firm B to protect me from your security firm A.

                What happens? I’d like to know. Seriously.

                1. You can start with V. Vinge’s Marooned in Real Time. Private security firms feature squarely in the first story in the book.

                2. You’re looking at it incorrectly. It’s not about an idividual buying and using a private security firm, it’s about a city or county buying the services of a private security firm.

                  If a city contracts with a private security firm for its police force, and are sure to add a non-retarded termination clause into the contract, then private security firms will have to compete to keep their firm employed by the city. That’s the type of situation he’s discussing, I think.

        3. No, that’s what competition between groups who want a monopoly on force looks like. I.e., governments.

    2. The government is us.

      1. Government is just the rape victims we choose to harass together!

  5. Unsurprising. Massive power, no accountability, why wouldn’t this guy start to think he was entitled to women? Why don’t the feminists focus on this kind of shit?

    1. Because Almighty Government, blessed be It forever, is omnibenevolent except on abortion. They depend on it so much to do their bidding that they don’t want to imagine falling under the wheels of the juggernaut that they helped set in motion.

  6. Now that he’s on administrative leave there will be no action on the homicide investigation (as if Fields was doing any anyway).

    1. I’m pretty sure if Fields was a Texas cop he could come up with a pretty good idea who killed Taylor’s son. Taylor’s lucky he only got charged with harrassing Fields instead of facing all those appeals on his murder conviction.

      1. What does being in Texas have to do with anything?

  7. “Mr. Fields, according to your Myers-Briggs score, you should have been smothered in your crib.”

  8. iThat’s what competition among security firms looks like: war.

    Sending a team of commandos in to free your kid from the people who snatched him for smoking dope isn’t the worst thing I can imagine.

  9. We need to start shipping our problem cops to Iraq wearing badges that say “journalist”.

    1. If they want to play soldier, let them be soldiers. They want to play with military equipment, they get to use it on the front lines of our next military adventure. Figure most of them would either be dead or running away after shitting their pants within 5 minutes. Either way we win.

      1. Dead “from friendly fire”, that is. My kingdom for an edit button.

      2. Given the 80% of cops are overweight, desert maneuvers would do them some good.

        1. You think that’s water weight?

          1. Decomp drops the weight right off you.

        2. “Record numbers sign up for dessert maneuvers!”

  10. Pardon me, boy
    Is that the Chattanooga choo choo?
    Track twenty-nine
    Boy, you can gimme a shine
    I can afford
    To board a Chattanooga choo choo
    I’ve got my fare
    And just a trifle to spare

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