Category: Law Enforcement

Collins Wants Independent DA For Brooks Case

Congressman Doug Collins made a not-all-together incorrect statement that an Independent District Attorney should be appointed in the killing of Rayshard Brooks. After being forced into a runoff, Atlanta DA Paul Howard chose to make political hay from Brooks’ death. The connection Collins draws with Brooks and Ahmaud Arbery seems a bit specious, however. In

Governor Kemp Appoints Former Tift County Sheriff As Interim Public Safety Commissioner

From a press release: Atlanta, GA – Today the Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve former Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell to serve as the interim commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Governor Kemp applauded the board’s decision, citing Vowell’s lifelong career in law enforcement and dedication to integrity and public service. Vowell

How To Explain This Rep. Trey Kelley Story

11Alive’s investigative news show “The Reveal” ran a story that, if true, is incredibly disturbing for Rep. Trey Kelley and Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome. The condensed story: a reported friend of Rep. Kelley, Ralph “Ryan” Dover, hit a bicyclist in Cedartown who eventually died. Rather than call 911, Dover called Kelley. He too failed

Leaders Reveal Priorities For Legislative Session

This week’s Courier Herald column: Legislators from across the state reconvened in Atlanta this week for the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Tensions remain higher than average among Georgia’s leaders as tight budgets force competition among everyone’s priorities.  They’ll have to work harder than normal to present a unified front for the majority’s

Georgia Receives “A” For Anti-Trafficking Efforts

From a press release: ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today celebrated Shared Hope International’s “A” grade for Georgia’s anti-human trafficking efforts and commended the work of statewide public, private and non-profit partners. “We in Georgia believe that one victim of human trafficking is one too many, and the ‘A’ rating that we received this year

Law Enforcement Should Not Be A Thankless Job

This week’s Courier Herald column: Three years ago Georgia leaders knew they had a problem.  Seats in training classes for new State Patrol officers were going unfilled.  Recruiting new members of the force was beyond difficult.  Morale on the force was low. A six percent pay raise after years of status quo salaries had done