Police And Tommy Hunter

Police Beating
and Tommy Hunter

Board of Commissioner’s Meeting Tomorrow

Last week’s beating of an unarmed motorist could have turned out worse than it did. The police officers involved, one a veteran officer, beat up a handcuffed man. Fortunately there was no loss of life and somebody recorded the entire incident. Gwinnett Chief of Police A A. “Butch” Ayers did the right thing by firing the officers as did Solicitor Szabo by dropping charges of any traffic court cases involving these officers.

Why are we still protesting Tommy Hunter and what does this have to do with last week’s police incident? Because words and actions have consequences. Tommy Hunter’s words have consequences. When Tommy Hunter uses words that target folks that do not look like him, other people of his mindset, with a little bit of power, feel like they have a license to be aggressive. I also believe Gwinnett County leadership’s actions would not have been so decisive had we not persistently spoken out about Tommy Hunter, and we need to continue.

We would also like an answer from Chief Ayers, and the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners about what will be done to change the culture of the Gwinnett Police Force. One of the officers had been with the force since 1999. How could it be that nobody knew that he behaved this way, tolerated and then lied about it when other officers beat up suspects? What is being done to make our police force more diverse? Why are our officers paid less than surrounding counties and the end result is that we cannot keep good talent and we cannot attract good experienced talent when we need to replace a fired officer? Why did the Board of Commissioners give themselves terrific raises when the police need the money to attract and keep top talent? Will the Board of Commissioners give up their raises? We need answers to these questions.

You can ask these and other questions at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting tomorrow. Like you, I am tired of seeing Gwinnett County in the national news for all the wrong reasons

WHEN: April 18, 2017
TIME: 2:00 PM
WHERE: 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville GA 30046