Police chief’s words questioned
July 10, 2013 12:06 AM | 999 views | 8 8 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

It is interesting how this Cherokee County School District debacle of “he said — she said — they said” and pointing of fingers has grown into an embarrassing countywide political free-for-all, and growing by the minute. And it’s all because of a group of people, with a supposed common cause/agenda, early on not communicating openly, unless it’s through the media.

I hope the evidence the chief of police of Canton says he has gets printed real soon, because his statement(s) as I read in your publication, steps way over his supposed objective position as a sworn peace officer. He hopefully has video or a complete retraction by one of the three witnesses, because anything less smells of CCSD hip pocket/ good ol’ boy coordination with the chief.

For him to make the quotable statement you printed, well … he just put his foot in his mouth, and it shows a bias.

I also think the Canton City Council should review Chief (Robert) Merchant’s comments with their chief before he goes live or is exposed to being quoted by the media … again.

Just my personal thoughts and opinions.

Greg Veal

Woodstock

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Acme Fence Company
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July 11, 2013
When the police arrest someone, they do think that person is guilty. When the case goes to court, the police testify for the prosecution. The bias is part of their job. It's the judge and jury that are assumed to be impartial. Not the police. Out of everyone in this scenario, Robert Trim is the one with all the political connections (Chip Rogers, Sean Jerguson, the Republican Party, Grassroots Conservatives). The police chief is new to Canton and doesn't owe anyone a thing. Mr. Veal will be owing the chief an apology when this is said and done. I hope he is man enough to have it printed on the editorial page.
Kelly Sgotavendetta
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July 11, 2013
So... You're angry that there is an agenda against your vendetta?
Steely Dan
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July 11, 2013
Greg- Chief Merchant is new to the job, he doesn't know any of the people involved in this incident.

I can understand the Chief's frustration- here is having to deal with Trim, Marlow and Knowles complaint when half the city had no power, hundreds of trees were down and a tornado had just rolled through the county.

Look forward to seeing the video.
S.M. Archer
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July 11, 2013
The police are supposed to be biased against ones they think have broken the law. They are not an impartial judge or jury. If the chief had said, "Ya know. We're not really sure they did it. We may have something on them but I can't say for certain. We just wanted to arrest someone today." Then we'd be running him out of town for incompetence! The fact that he was so strong in his statement makes me believe he's got a good case against those three. I hope they get the maximum punishment for it. Had there not been evidence they could have sent an innocent man to jail. Then would justice have been served?
Waiting_is_hard
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July 10, 2013
I'd have to guess that you might be waiting a while for the evidence, at least until August 12th when the Grand Jury convenes. We wouldn't want to taint the jury pool.

Also, seems to me that someone that's so concerned with law and order WOULDN'T want to see evidence spread all over the news. Then we'd have to hear that they are trying the case through the media and that she'd never get a fair trial. Seems like you want it both ways as you've already alluded his statements are doing just that.

I'll take a wait and see attitude but I do know one thing, Dr. P didn't file the police report and Dr. P didn't lie. The he said / she said / they said is between Marlow, Trim, Knowles and the Canton PD.
Henry CT
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July 10, 2013
Those 3 individuals purposely took an officer off of the streets of Canton to file that complaint. That officer could have been helping to deal with the tornado, down power lines, and keeping order in the aftermath of the storm that evening. If the complaint was falsified, and they did in fact LIE, totally fabricated, and I were the Chief of Police, you can bet I would be mad. He needed that officer to do his real job not play her games. Mr. Veal, you should be mad too! Unless of course you are in her back pocket, or in Mr. Trim's good ol boy club.
Penny Cruise
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July 10, 2013
Are you insinuating Mr. Veal that Mrs. Marlow should not be held to the same standards as any other citizen of Cherokee County just because she sits on the BOE? Because that is exactly what it sounds like to me.

As for bias, I believe it does show a bias. A Bias for the truth, and facts, and evidence. If Mrs. Marlow and her supporters want to find those irrelevant, so be it, but that doesn't mean the LAW and the rest of the residents of Cherokee County should.
Cherokee Parent
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July 10, 2013
I don't think it shows bias at all. I think it shows that there is evidence that points to the facts. I don't think it would be appropriate to print that or share that until after a grand jury has a chance to see it.
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