The deadly capturing of Ahmaud Arbery in southeastern Georgia is fueling calls to disband the Glynn County Police Division, an company that has been embroiled in controversy for years.
A grand jury final yr faulted the division for a tradition of coverup and abuse of energy, prompting efforts to overtake the company that have been gathering momentum when Mr. Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was killed on Feb. 23. 4 days after his dying, one other grand jury indicted Police Chief John Powell and three different present and former officers over alleged wrongdoing in a narcotics unit.
Some officers and residents at the moment are calling for the division to be shut down and for the Glynn County Sheriff’s Workplace to take over. Glynn County has each an elected sheriff, whose workplace oversees the jail and courthouse safety, and an appointed police chief, whose division handles patrolling and felony investigations.
State Sen. William Ligon Jr., a Republican whose district consists of the world the place the capturing occurred, filed a invoice earlier than Mr. Arbery’s killing that might pave the best way for Glynn County voters to weigh in on whether or not to abolish the police division. The measure would place a referendum on the poll asking voters whether or not county commissioners ought to disband the division. The referendum can be for a advice, not an order.