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    Georgia lawmakers are considering two bills that would increase pay and benefits for some law enforcement officers. Senate Bill 60 would modify current guidelines to pay public safety officers or their families if they have a heart attack or stroke. The measure would change the state's law to mirror federal law, said one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Bruce Thompson, R-White. Current law calls for workers' compensation for on-duty incidents, but Thompson said work-related stress could lead to off-duty illness. "Many times, someone has a stressful situation in the line of duty. It may be 24 hours before they have a heart attack," Thompson told the House Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Wednesday. "They go home, and it wouldn't be covered. In this case, we will allow them." The House committee approved the measure Wednesday. The House Committee on Rules must approve...
    Shaquille O’Neal has reportedly landed a whole new gig with a Georgia County Sheriff’s office to bridge the “gap between the community and law enforcement.” There aren’t a whole lot of details coming out about the 48-year-old former professional basketball player’s new job, other than his title as the “Director of Community Relations” of Henry County Sheriff’s office, according to BET.com in a piece published Thursday. (VIDEO: Shaq: Quit Protesting Trump — ‘We Have To Give Him A Chance’)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by TMZ (@tmz_tv) The NBA legend will reportedly start right away on the job, according to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution.  (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “As a part of Sheriff [Reginald] Scandrett’s strategic plan, bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement is paramount,” sheriff’s office spokesman Eric Jackson shared with the outlet....
              Various Georgia sheriffs said at a press conference Tuesday that they don’t want voters to send Democrats to the U.S. Senate to boost Joe Biden’s agenda, especially since the party embraces ‘Defund the Police’ rhetoric. These sheriffs spoke prior to Biden’s campaign event for U.S. Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, both of whom want to represent Georgia. “All we have heard for months from the Democrat Party is ‘defund the police.’ I understand Joe Biden is talking the other way now not wanting to talk about ‘defunding the police’ until after this election,” said Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway. “But that doesn’t change anything. You’ve got Reverend Warnock who doesn’t respect police. He’s called us ‘thugs.’ I take that as a personal affront because I don’t know any thug police officers.” Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman, meanwhile, said Ossoff and Warnock...
    A trio of Georgia sheriffs on Tuesday spoke out against Democrats that have backed the controversial "defund the police" movement, labeling the push as "crazy talk." "We have to have money for police if we want better police," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said from the state Capitol just hours ahead of a scheduled visit by President-elect Joe Biden. Conway, who has worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years, accused Democrats of trying "to change the basic concept of police work." "All we've heard for months from the Democratic Party is 'defund the police,'" he said. "I understand that Joe Biden is talking the other way now, not wanting to 'defund the police' until after this election, but that doesn't change anything." Conway also slammed Democratic senatorial candidate Raphael Warnock, who he erroneously claimed "doesn't respect the police and has called us thugs." "I take that...
    ATLANTA — County sheriffs in Georgia publicly condemned Democrat plans for police reform Tuesday after President-elect Joe Biden told a group of civil rights leaders to avoid discussing police reform until after Georgia’s January 5 Senate runoff election. The sheriffs indicated that the “defund the police” movement is central to Democrat plans for police reform. They warned that if Democrat candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win their runoff races, Republicans will lose their Senate majority and police will thereby lose their last line of defense for funding. Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway, speaking at a press conference Tuesday at Liberty Plaza, said, “All we’ve heard for months from the Democrat Party is ‘defund the police.’” “Now I understand Joe Biden’s talking the other way now, not wanting to talk about defunding the police until after this election, but that doesn’t change anything,” Conway continued. “The program by the...
    Three Georgia sheriffs spoke outside the state capitol to slam Democrats for pushing to defund the police as President-elect Joe Biden arrives in the state Tuesday to campaign for Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. "We have to have more money for police if we want better police. It’s crazy talk to say you want to defund police," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said at the press conference livestreamed by the Georgia Republican Party. BIDEN, IN LEAKED AUDIO, SUGGESTS GOP 'BEAT THE LIVING H--- OUT OF US' OVER 'DEFUND THE POLICE' Their comments come after Biden told a group of civil rights leaders that calls among progressives to defund the police allowed the GOP to “beat the living hell” out of Democrats during the 2020 election cycle, according to leaked audio that surfaced last week. Republicans are attempting to paint Georgia's Democratic Senate hopefuls as too radical. "99.7% of the time we get it right, and...
    As state lawmakers continue to put pressure on the Secretary of State, at least two Georgia Sheriffs are speaking out on their official pages about the November 3rd election. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long used the official agency page to call for a full investigation, but also ‘solutions, remedies, and approaches to curtail or stop anyone else from falling victim.’ Long has been in office since January 1, 2013. Meanwhile, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry took his the official page to pledge resources and investigators should the state request assistance.   Among the lawmakers who have called for an audit and/or special session of the Georgia General Assembly: State Representative Colton Moore:   Joint Letter — 17 state represenatives Dear Secretary Raffensperger, We know you share our concern that voters always have...
    Democrats' successes in electing sheriff seats in two counties outside Atlanta are likely to curtail cooperation with federal immigration authorities by local law enforcement. Gwinnett County Sheriff-elect Keybo Taylor and Cobb County Sheriff-elect Craig Owens both vowed to end agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which allowed deputized local law enforcement at county jails to identify, arrest, and detain people illegal immigrants on behalf of ICE. Taylor said the program led to profiling people and hurt the immigrant community’s ability to trust law enforcement for fear of being deported if police learned that they lacked residency documents. ICE, a federal agency within the Department of Homeland Security, has worked closely with the Republican sheriffs in Gwinnett and Cobb counties for years. But recent demographic changes in the region upended the Republican Party's hold on both counties' sheriff and district attorney seats. The shifts more broadly reflect a political realignment...
    Loading the player... The peach state is changing as Georgia elected three Black sheriffs in their counties. Three counties in Atlanta have elected Black sheriffs for the first time in history. Craig Owens will be the sheriff in Cobb County, Keybo Taylor will reside over Gwinnett and Reginald Scandrett will hold down Henry County per Channel 2 Action News. Owens spoke with the news outlet and said, “We have an opportunity to make history and that’s something we don’t take lightly.” He added, “We’re gonna come in prepared being the professionals that we are and we’re gonna run this county like it should be. We’re going to treat everybody in this county with dignity and respect.” (Credit: Owens, Taylor and Scandrett) Read More: Some Democrats floating Hakeem Jeffries for House Speaker: report Owens has been very vocal about what initiative he plans to work on first in...
    Two Georgia sheriff’s deputies who saw a 13-year-old boy playing basketball decided to join in the fun by playing the game with him. Deputies Patrick Hume and Jeff Attison, who both work in the traffic unit, learned that Ryan was practicing to try out for his middle school basketball team and wanted to “push himself” by doing ten push-ups every time the ball hit his foot while dribbling, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. “To some, this may be a blurry picture of what appears to be a young teenager tossing a basketball to some of our deputies,” the sheriff’s department wrote. The department said the two deputies decided to join the teen’s challenge and do ten push-ups alongside Ryan every time the ball hit his foot while dribbling. “Ryan’s mom snapped this picture and sent it to us along with the story,” the sheriff’s...
    A bipartisan group of Georgia Sheriffs and law enforcement officials have endorsed Senator David Perdue in his re-election campaign ahead of the November race in which he faces Libertarian Shane Hazel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. In a news release announcing the endorsements, the Perdue campaign said the support from law enforcement reflects Perdue’s ‘proven commitment to upholding law and order and his opposition to the radical “Defund the Police” movement.’ The Perdue Public Safety Leadership Committee includes 93 sheriffs and law enforcement leaders, as well as Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and Georgia Insurance Commissioner and former police chief John King. The Georgia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) also endorsed Perdue this week. “Georgia’s public safety officers represent the very best of our state and country,” Senator Perdue said in a news release. “Every day, our men and women...
    An unidentified Clayton County sheriff’s deputy has been fired after video showed him hitting a black man that officers had pinned during an arrest in Georgia, according to the sheriff’s department. Roderick Walker, 26, was reportedly a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a broken tail light on Friday his attorney said, the New York Post reported. The deputy was fired after a bystander’s video circulated on social media, according to the county sheriff’s office. “The Deputy who repeatedly struck Roderick Walker is being terminated from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office by order of Sheriff Victor Hill for excessive use of force,” Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said in a press release. “This is the administrative action.  The criminal investigation of this matter will be turned over to the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office.” Clayton GA deputies pulled over a Lyft driver, but then beat the Black...
    A Georgia sheriff’s deputy was fired after being caught on video repeatedly punching a black man as he lay pinned to the ground, authorities said Sunday. The deputy, who wasn’t publicly identified, was canned for “excessive use of force,” the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The announcement came after a bystander video shared widely on social media showed two deputies on top of Roderick Walker — with one of them pummeling him. Walker, 26, was arrested and beaten after deputies stopped the car he was riding in on Friday with his girlfriend, their five-month old child and his stepson — allegedly over a broken taillight, said his attorney, Shean Williams of The Cochran Firm in Atlanta. The deputies demanded Walker’s ID — then got upset and ordered him out of the car when he asked why they needed it, since he wasn’t driving, Williams said. Walker was...
    Two sheriff's deputies in Georgia have been fired after being caught on video repeatedly striking a man.  The footage, which first surfaced on Instagram, shows two deputies of the Clayton County Sheriff's Office restraining the man and striking him. One deputy audibly shouts “he bit my hand.” The man, Roderick Walker, was in a rideshare vehicle with his girlfriend and his child when officers pulled the car over for a tail-light violation, according to Walker’s attorney Shean Williams. Williams told CNN that the two deputies demanded Walker’s ID, becoming upset when he asked why. Williams said that after Walker said he had not done anything wrong, the deputies told him to step out of the car, leading to the incident capture in the video. “The Deputy who repeatedly struck Roderick Walker is being terminated from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office by order of Sheriff Victor Hill for excessive use of force,” the department...
    Seventy Sheriffs from around the state recently participated in the three-day annual Summer Training Conference held at Lake Lanier Islands. The Sheriffs attended multiple training sessions, received timely information from subject matter experts, and conducted Association business, including electing new officers. The newly elected officers for the 2020-2021 term were voted in as follows:  President, Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed;  1st Vice President, Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester; 2nd Vice President, Glynn County Sheriff Neal Jump, and Secretary-Treasurer, Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.    New Officers installed for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, Inc.  included:  President, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley;  1st Vice President, McIntosh County Sheriff Steve Jessup; 2nd Vice President, Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff, and Secretary-Treasurer, Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelly.  The conference was otherwise devoted to training sessions to update the Sheriffs on topics relevant to public safety and the Office of Sheriff. Expert speakers  provided training to the Sheriffs on legislative and legal issues, biological weapons and preparedness, COVID 19, and the courts, state law enforcement and community relations, among other things. Sheriff’s Offices in Georgia have many responsibilities such...
    Georgia lawmakers continued their review Thursday of the state's citizen's arrest law, which is facing scrutiny after the death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed after being suspected of a burglary. Members of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee are trying to decide whether to repeal the current law or add a language to clarify a private person's authority under the law. Georgia law allows a civilian to arrest someone if he or she witnesses a crime or has "immediate knowledge" the offender has committed one. If the crime is a felony and the suspect attempts to escape, the law also allows any person to detain a suspect. Some members of the committee are concerned that repealing the law could block business owners from detaining shoplifters or private citizens from protecting their property. Concerns also exist about the implications of the use of force that may be required...
    Facebook Jason Moose Cunningham Jason “Moose” Cunningham is a former Richmond County sheriff’s deputy who was in a standoff with Georgia authorities over the murder of a woman found in an Augusta convention center parking lot. According to WRDW-TV, on the morning of June 18, 2020, authorities were “involved in a standoff right now with a former sheriff’s deputy in Columbia County who faces murder warrants.” The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is “in an armed standoff at Pointes West Army Resort,” WJBF-TV reported. WRDW-TV identified the man as Jason “Moose” Cunningham and reported that he was “wanted in connection with the shooting death of a woman found this morning in a downtown Augusta parking deck.” Here’s what you need to know: FacebookJason Cunningham The female victim was “found after deputies responded at approximately 5:57 a.m. to a report of a dead body in the parking deck of the...
    A longtime Georgia sheriff is taking heat for sharing a Facebook post suggesting that America returns to the “tradition of hanging traitors” — but insists his commentary shouldn’t be taken literally. Grady County Sheriff Harry Young posted a meme on his personal Facebook page on May 8 depicting a painting of prisoners as they were set to be executed, eliciting both critical and supportive comments on the sheriff’s profile. “Can we get back to the tradition of hanging traitors?” the post read. The meme caught the attention of Laura Register, a Democratic activist and former county board of education member who said she was “completely disgusted” by it and other content on the sheriff’s page. “This is just one example,” Register wrote while sharing the post on her own Facebook profile Sunday. “If you think people that don’t look like him will get a fair chance you need to think...
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