On Second Thought For Thursday, February 1, 2018
Atlanta's animal cruelty cop, T-Boz, and gun trafficking.
This is the first year Atlanta has a police officer dedicated to handling cases of animal cruelty. The position was created at the end of 2017 by the city’s police Chief Erika Shields. The first officer to fill the post is Patrol Officer Amy Soeldner, a 22-year veteran of the force. We talk to Soeldner about solving and preventing crimes of cruelty to animals.
We revisit a conversation with singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, who is a member of TLC. The all-woman pop group reached staggering international fame. Watkins grew up in Atlanta, and has a new memoir out. T-Boz shares her experience living with an incurable disease, and she talks about why it is important for her to remain authentic as her career evolves.
According to a new report from The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, thieves stole about 8,000 guns from federally licensed dealers last year. That’s a slight increase over 2016, but the number of firearms taken over the last five years more than doubled. ATF Data from 2013 shows Georgia led the nation as a source for guns involved in out-of-state crimes. They travel a route called the Iron Pipeline and the iron in question is usually handguns, either stolen or purchased in Southern states where gun laws are more relaxed, then shipped directly north to places like New York. We learn about Georgia’s role on the Iron Pipeline with a panel: Jerry Henry heads the gun-rights group, Georgia Carry; Franklin Allen is the Police Chief in Jonesboro; Georgia; and Michael Knight is a public information officer with the ATF.