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Where does top cop Roddy get power to enforce statute in Chattanooga?

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It’s been a month since I sent a letter to city attorney Wade Hinton asking him by what statutory authority city cops exercise state power and enforce title 39, the criminal code. Having read City of Chattanooga v. Davis, and City of Chattanooga v. Myers, I have come to understand municipal authority as civil, not criminal. These cases argue that cities have no punitive authority. They cannot punish, only fine — which legally is distinct from punishment. Their fines are limited to 50 dollars. How does a  city police department operate if a city does not have punitive authority nor

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