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.

“She didn’t prosecute a single one of them. Not one.”

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