Birmingham’s singing police chief

09.13.2007 by André Natta · → 14 Comments

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Some of you may have heard that Birmingham police chief Annetta Nunn has recorded Henry Panion’s song “We Stand Strong” as a tribute to those that died during the terrorist attacks in September 2001 in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. For those that didn’t hear it, here’s a link to the song (mp3 file).

You can also check out the score for the song and this video from Fox 6 earlier in the week.

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Jarrod
Jarrod

Good point Michael. If it was on her personal time, then it isn't quite as offensive. At the same time, it still sends the wrong message to the public. We still see her singing instead of talking about solving the cities problems.

Jarrod
Jarrod

Good point Michael. If it was on her personal time, then it isn't quite as offensive. At the same time, it still sends the wrong message to the public. We still see her singing instead of talking about solving the cities problems.

Michael
Michael

Not to disagree with Jarrod's overall point but I think she did this during her own personal time. To complain that she is recording a gospel track in her own time isn't fair to Chief Nunn. However If I am wrong about this being during her personal time I will certainly agree with Jarrod.

Michael
Michael

Not to disagree with Jarrod's overall point but I think she did this during her own personal time. To complain that she is recording a gospel track in her own time isn't fair to Chief Nunn. However If I am wrong about this being during her personal time I will certainly agree with Jarrod.

JP
JP

Chief Nunn has to go. She is not aggressive and she is a yes person to the "Do Nothing "mayor Kincaid. I know a lot of officers that can't wait until Kincaid is removed on Oct.9, this mean the new mayor ( hopefully Cooper) will boot chief Nunn out of her position. This has nothing to do with gender or race, this has something to do with changing this city. The next mayor needs to do a national search for the next police chief. We need to find someone with new ideas and new ways to fight crime in this city. Maybe someone from California or Texas states that are aggressive on crime fighting. The new chief from another area will come in not knowing the good old boy network, and the wanna be politician police. Let's go national for the next police chief.

JP
JP

Chief Nunn has to go. She is not aggressive and she is a yes person to the "Do Nothing "mayor Kincaid. I know a lot of officers that can't wait until Kincaid is removed on Oct.9, this mean the new mayor ( hopefully Cooper) will boot chief Nunn out of her position. This has nothing to do with gender or race, this has something to do with changing this city. The next mayor needs to do a national search for the next police chief. We need to find someone with new ideas and new ways to fight crime in this city. Maybe someone from California or Texas states that are aggressive on crime fighting. The new chief from another area will come in not knowing the good old boy network, and the wanna be politician police. Let's go national for the next police chief.

Jarrod
Jarrod

Thanks for reporting on this and giving me somewhere to vent. Ever since I moved to Birmingham 2 years ago, I have seen endless reports about the crime and murder rate making people feel unsafe in the city. A city like this needs a leader, and Chief Nunn is not the kind of leader that should lead a police department in a large city. I first discovered this only a few months after I moved here, when a report on Fox 6 news spoke about the climbing murder rate in the city. When they interviewed Chief Nunn, she simply replied "Can't we all just get along?" (For the life of me, I can't find any mention of that online to back up that statement, so you will have to take my word for it.). Is that the official position of the person in charge with law enforcement in the largest city in the state? That's something a 4th grader would say. Now she is spending time recording a gospel track while the city still has significant crime problems. She also, very audaciously, commissioned an artist to paint a fictional portrait of her helping Rosa Parks on a bus, and now sells is on birminghamsfinest.com . All of this sends the wrong message to the people in the Magic City area. Let me say this: I don't doubt that Annetta Nunn is a very good person, a nice lady, and a true inspiration for being a black woman holding the position that Bull Connor held. I just think she would rather be a civil rights leader than a person who puts together a solid plan to protect the city. It's not a race thing, its not a gender thing. I would absolutely support another black woman in that position. But I just don't think you should do so many things in public that have little to do with your job when your job is protecting a city that has a crime problem.

Jarrod
Jarrod

Thanks for reporting on this and giving me somewhere to vent. Ever since I moved to Birmingham 2 years ago, I have seen endless reports about the crime and murder rate making people feel unsafe in the city. A city like this needs a leader, and Chief Nunn is not the kind of leader that should lead a police department in a large city. I first discovered this only a few months after I moved here, when a report on Fox 6 news spoke about the climbing murder rate in the city. When they interviewed Chief Nunn, she simply replied "Can't we all just get along?" (For the life of me, I can't find any mention of that online to back up that statement, so you will have to take my word for it.). Is that the official position of the person in charge with law enforcement in the largest city in the state? That's something a 4th grader would say. Now she is spending time recording a gospel track while the city still has significant crime problems. She also, very audaciously, commissioned an artist to paint a fictional portrait of her helping Rosa Parks on a bus, and now sells is on birminghamsfinest.com . All of this sends the wrong message to the people in the Magic City area. Let me say this: I don't doubt that Annetta Nunn is a very good person, a nice lady, and a true inspiration for being a black woman holding the position that Bull Connor held. I just think she would rather be a civil rights leader than a person who puts together a solid plan to protect the city. It's not a race thing, its not a gender thing. I would absolutely support another black woman in that position. But I just don't think you should do so many things in public that have little to do with your job when your job is protecting a city that has a crime problem.