Sowers (GPD) vs snowballs
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jakester

United States

#24 Jan 30, 2013
Was not felony charges. 2 snowballs were thrown for sure, 1 hit a private citizens vehicle, 1 hit a responding patrol police vehicle. 1 of the young men lied about his age to avoid getting in trouble.their lives are not ruined, they keep their nose clean and it will all go away.
one of The Moms

Greeneville, TN

#25 Jan 30, 2013
oh yeah wrote:
I agree with jeff, If that was someone else and there car and nothing was done then everyone would be bitching say he is not doing his job.. So good job jeff...
Several things to address here... By young 18 year olds my neighbor means that the boys are still in high school. Let's reiterate one eagle scout, one (our son) has already signed papers to join the Navy. The first snow of the season that amounted to anything they decide to have an epic snowball fight. They also, in the heat of "having fun" decided to throw a snowball at a slow moving passing vehicle. Stupid, stupid, stupid... but malicious??? Absolutely not. They were picked up, handcuffed, taken into jail. We were notified by a bail bondsman that we would have to post bail for our son... that was Thursday evening. The court appearance was set for Friday at 8:00 a.m. The boys were told in jail that they would be charged with a misdemeanor. The following day we get to court to find out that they were charged with Reckless Endangerment which is indeed a felony.
My husband is a former EMT. We know the harm that their actions could have caused... could have, but didn't thank God. And believe me our son has been reprimanded severely. I would have supported him being taken to jail, and even being charged with a misdemeanor. I believe in being taught a lesson. But to sit in a courtroom and hear that your son is being charged with the same offense as a 7th offender that unloaded a full clip into a car that his girlfriend SITTING in - for throwing a snowball - is a little hard to swallow.
Fortunately my son will serve some community service, thanks to Jonathan Cave and Berkley Bell, and will still be able to serve his country. In the meantime a hard working, lower middle income family with 3 children in high school is out several hundred dollars.
I urge discretion and some common sense in our local law officials.
Waaaa waaaa waaa

Lawndale, NC

#26 Jan 30, 2013
one of The Moms wrote:
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Several things to address here... By young 18 year olds my neighbor means that the boys are still in high school. Let's reiterate one eagle scout, one (our son) has already signed papers to join the Navy. The first snow of the season that amounted to anything they decide to have an epic snowball fight. They also, in the heat of "having fun" decided to throw a snowball at a slow moving passing vehicle. Stupid, stupid, stupid... but malicious??? Absolutely not. They were picked up, handcuffed, taken into jail. We were notified by a bail bondsman that we would have to post bail for our son... that was Thursday evening. The court appearance was set for Friday at 8:00 a.m. The boys were told in jail that they would be charged with a misdemeanor. The following day we get to court to find out that they were charged with Reckless Endangerment which is indeed a felony.
My husband is a former EMT. We know the harm that their actions could have caused... could have, but didn't thank God. And believe me our son has been reprimanded severely. I would have supported him being taken to jail, and even being charged with a misdemeanor. I believe in being taught a lesson. But to sit in a courtroom and hear that your son is being charged with the same offense as a 7th offender that unloaded a full clip into a car that his girlfriend SITTING in - for throwing a snowball - is a little hard to swallow.
Fortunately my son will serve some community service, thanks to Jonathan Cave and Berkley Bell, and will still be able to serve his country. In the meantime a hard working, lower middle income family with 3 children in high school is out several hundred dollars.
I urge discretion and some common sense in our local law officials.
You "urge discretion and some common sense in our local law officials"?? I urge discretion and some common sense to little punks showing off as well as discretion and common sense to their whiny parents who failed miserably in teaching upcoming thugs better social decorum!!!!

Waaaaa waaaaa waaaaa!
one of The Moms

Greeneville, TN

#27 Jan 30, 2013
Waaaa waaaa waaa wrote:
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You "urge discretion and some common sense in our local law officials"?? I urge discretion and some common sense to little punks showing off as well as discretion and common sense to their whiny parents who failed miserably in teaching upcoming thugs better social decorum!!!!
Waaaaa waaaaa waaaaa!
I truly have to laugh at anyone who would EVER call any of these boys upcoming thugs. My sons general chosen miscreant activity of choice is Minecraft.
Waaaa waaaa waaa

Lawndale, NC

#28 Jan 30, 2013
one of The Moms wrote:
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I truly have to laugh at anyone who would EVER call any of these boys upcoming thugs. My sons general chosen miscreant activity of choice is Minecraft.
And I have to say waaaaaa waaaaa waaaaaa to any mommy who makes excuses for her wittle innocent baby boy! Waaaaa waaaaaa waaaaa
Marshal

United States

#29 Sep 26, 2015
What do you folks think of this fine officer now?
Put me in office

United States

#30 Sep 26, 2015
Downtowner wrote:
I heard that Jeff Sowers arrested 4 "kids" on West Irish Street during the recent snowstorm for throwing a (yes, as I understand it ONE) snowball at his car... the kids were I admit 18 - but most were a very young 18 - and I wonder why a respected, veteran Greeneville Police Officer would not have just "talked to them" instead of filing FELONY charges against these boys, who have never been in trouble before ?
Based on the accounts I've seen and heard, that sounds like someone hired by the town's taxpayers to serve and protect them, who instead apparently went on egotistical power trips, wanting to just lock em all up and get another notch on his belt, so he can go home and brag about busting those evil cold hearted snowball bandits. Good thing he got those snowball bandits before things got out of hand and we had to have the National Guard come in to save Greeneville.

Good police officers try to actually make a difference and make the world a better place...not just arrest anyone and everyone possible, especially 18 year olds who threw some snowballs, leaving them with a permanent record. There are other options that are sometimes more beneficial to everyone on both sides of the case and the law, if an officer has a brain. And I'm not trashing police, I have several family members and friends who are officers, and I have immense respect for police officers and the risks they take to protect the public.

Unfortunately, all too often, as is frequently shown in the news, some officers decide to go rogue and make their own rules, believing they're above the law and it doesn't apply to them. Police officers should undergo a comprehensive annual review of their records, actions, and behavior, as well as drug and steroid testing, by an impartial panel from outside the police department. Then maybe we could nip some of this stuff in the bud by dismissing rogue officers before they make a real mess. We'll never be able to make the system perfect simply due to human nature, but there has to be a way to improve the current system...and if we save just one innocent life, or save one innocent man from jail, or save the town just one major lawsuit, it would all be worth it.
The greys

Greeneville, TN

#31 Sep 29, 2015
Put me in office wrote:
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Based on the accounts I've seen and heard, that sounds like someone hired by the town's taxpayers to serve and protect them, who instead apparently went on egotistical power trips, wanting to just lock em all up and get another notch on his belt, so he can go home and brag about busting those evil cold hearted snowball bandits. Good thing he got those snowball bandits before things got out of hand and we had to have the National Guard come in to save Greeneville.
Good police officers try to actually make a difference and make the world a better place...not just arrest anyone and everyone possible, especially 18 year olds who threw some snowballs, leaving them with a permanent record. There are other options that are sometimes more beneficial to everyone on both sides of the case and the law, if an officer has a brain. And I'm not trashing police, I have several family members and friends who are officers, and I have immense respect for police officers and the risks they take to protect the public.
Unfortunately, all too often, as is frequently shown in the news, some officers decide to go rogue and make their own rules, believing they're above the law and it doesn't apply to them. Police officers should undergo a comprehensive annual review of their records, actions, and behavior, as well as drug and steroid testing, by an impartial panel from outside the police department. Then maybe we could nip some of this stuff in the bud by dismissing rogue officers before they make a real mess. We'll never be able to make the system perfect simply due to human nature, but there has to be a way to improve the current system...and if we save just one innocent life, or save one innocent man from jail, or save the town just one major lawsuit, it would all be worth it.
It seems to me that Sowers was trying to put some other notches on his belt by having relations with female inmates. Now he is gonna have some relations with male inmates;)
WellWellWell

United States

#32 Sep 30, 2015
Former GPD Officer Sentenced To 18 Months
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
by Jim Miller - Radio Greeneville News

A former Greeneville Police Department officer was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to official misconduct in connection with allegations that he engaged in sexual contact with female inmates at the Greene County Detention Center.

43-year-old Jeffrey Sowers was working as a GED instructor with the inmates when the allegations surfaced in June. Greene County Sheriff Pat Hankins notified the TBI and the FBI immediately after learning of the allegations against Sowers, who was not working in an official role with the Police Department at the time of the incidents.

Sowers resigned from the police force in July following the start of the investigation, and admitted to the allegations in Criminal Court on Tuesday. Judge John Dugger rejected a request for a judicial diversion and sentenced Sowers to 18 months in prison.
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Karma does exist! Way to go Judge Dugger!
not a native

Mosheim, TN

#33 Sep 30, 2015
Anon wrote:
<quoted text>could have but didn't. Do you remember being young? It's disappointing to think one snowball may cause some kids to have felonys on their record. How would you fell if it was you or your kid? That cop could have talked to the kids maybe even given them a small fine. Do me a favor and go die in a fire.
Another dumb Greene County hick that can't spell,,felonies,,,not felonys,,,
Donald trump

Greeneville, TN

#34 Sep 30, 2015
not a native wrote:
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Another dumb Greene County hick that can't spell,,felonies,,,not felonys,,,
God back to where you came from.

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