Archive for the ‘Public Safety’ Category

“The Guardian” Publishes Index of Killings by Police

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

For a look at the number, location, and race of persons killed in encounters with police “The Guardian” maintains an interactive index. Access it at The Counted.

To members of the Georgia General Assembly

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Introduce legislation to remove the grand jury and the local prosecutor from investigations of police misconduct.

In recent months, the role of the prosecutor and the grand jury system has come under intense scrutiny. The failure of grand juries to indict police officers has raised significant questions about the ability of local prosecutors to remain impartial in cases involving local law enforcement in the same jurisdiction.


Making a Difference: Movement of One Community United

Monday, May 11th, 2015

On Dec. 8, 2014, the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund’s Twitter account posted a series of tweets naming 76 unarmed men and women who were killed in police custody since the 1999 death of Amadou Diallo in New York.

Do you remember Amadou Diallo? He was a New York man killed in 1999 by four New York police officers while standing on the stoop of his home. They fired at him 41 times, hitting him with 19 armor-piercing bullets. He dropped in death to the porch of his home, holding only his wallet in his hand. Now Freddie Gray, unarmed and guilty only of looking the wrong way at a police officer, lost his life in Baltimore. (more…)

A bad deal for all Georgians

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Nathan Deal resigned his congressional seat to run for governor of Georgia. He is a man I came to know as a friend and colleague when I served in the Georgia State Senate. We were both lawyers serving North Georgia senate districts. We were members of a small group of senators who worked hard to serve our state by doing all we could to prevent what we saw as an assault on the Bill of Rights.

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