I made a general observation that WHOEVER the low-lifes were back then, as now, have the habit of thinking of LEOs as bullies, as they are tyupically the ones denying low-life criminals their liberty from time to time. If you bother reading the brief post again through non-Hathcock spectacles, you'd see you jumped the gun in your desire to demonstrate to all of us how many interviews you may or may not have conducted and missed the obvious and simple point: criminals think of LEOs as bullies in general.<quoted text> Skates, you lack of objectivity is showing again. Buford was a bully. You generalize people as being "low-lifes and criminals". How about those six young men who Pusser bullied and beat up at Moore's Place. Have you spoken with Paul Moore or any of those six about what really happened? Probably not. Paul referred to them as kids and college students. When Pusser arrived at Moore's place they were drinking and having a little fun. Moore had not addressed any problems them but when Pusser arrived he he took exception to their noise. According to Moore, Buford DID NOT make it known that he was the sheriff when he told them to keep quiet.. Moore explained to me that Buford often failed to identify himself which was a big part of the problem.
Not knowing who Buford was the six ignored his instructions to keep the noise down so Buford took action. As far as those six were concerned Pusser was simply an overgrown bully.
Both Moore and Oneal Moffett agree in there stories that Buford took them all on that night, sending three to the hospital and three to jail.
When I spoke to the one that was said to have had his leg broken when Buford threw him up in the rafters, I learned that stories was not exactly true. Yes, the building had very low ceiling, however, the man told me that his leg was broken, not by being thrown into the rafters, but by Buford jumping on it as he lay on the floor.(more legend building).
Moore indicated the whole thing could have been avoided had Pusser only identified himself as a LEO when he asked them to keep the noise down. There is a little more to the story which you will see in the book.
Skates, these were not "low-lifes or criminals", yet Buford bullied them even according to Moore..., Pusser's friend. All you have to do is watch a couple of the old video to hear Moore tell how fights would start because Buford would not properly identify himself.
You state your opinions as facts and generalize people far to much to fit your agenda. Sorry to hit you again.
I'm sure the people going in and out of the hathcocks' gin joints probably thought of him as a bully as he enforced the law there. of course, they could have filed a complaint with him anytime they wanted by going down to Pusser's private room, right on 45 (with sheriff's car parked in plain view), and giving him what's for!
Funny how you and yours seem REAL comfortable in this LEO bully mindset; almost like you are feeling someone else's pain from years ago. Just a thought.