As Arbery trial starts, Glynn County seeks accountability

A six-month investigation of Glynn County police records and court documents by The Current show a persistent lack of accountability among county law enforcement that stretches back a decade. Between 2010-2019 the district attorney’s office declined to prosecute a single county police officer. Glynn police officers have been involved in at least six controversial shootings and named as defendants in at least a dozen civil lawsuits alleging misconduct, including racial profiling and wrongful death.

Arbery murder trial shines spotlight on troubled Glynn County law enforcement: Georgia Today [podcast and transcript]

We gathered documents from both Brunswick police and Glynn County police and in order to have a baseline, we also were collecting records from police in Savannah and Chatham County… What we found out was that, one: there actually is no law across the state of Georgia that mandates police departments anywhere to keep certain data or not… Glynn County has only retained three years of police — policing data, traffic stops, 911 calls.

Ahmaud Arbery – 911 dispatcher to alleged murderer: “I just need to know what he was doing wrong.” AUDIO/(video with transcript) -911 CALLS-

911: Okay, what is he doing?
Caller: He’s running down the street.
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The second DA to recuse himself from the case was George Barnhill, and his letter doing so is such an atrocious example of victim blaming, ignoring evidence, and pure petulance that it should disqualify him from holding any public office, let alone any within the criminal justice system.