Public Opinion Mixed On Macon Police Department
More officers arrested at the Macon Police Department and a state investigation into a fatal shooting are leading some people to waiver their opinion about the law enforcement agency.
Four officers have been arrested in the span of a month on various theft charges and another one is waiting the results of an investigation into the fatal shooting of a reportedly unarmed man. The Macon Police Department has its fair share of scandal these days, which is leaving some people with mixed opinions.
"I think they need to straighten up their department a little bit," Macon resident David Hightower said.
"You eventually have a few bad apples and I'm just glad they're rooting it out," Macon resident, Mike Twibell said.
"Kind of hard to trust the police with all that stuff going on with them stealing and the shooting," Macon resident, DeAngelos Barber said.
The most recent arrest Jonathon Graves, 26, and Adolphus Jones, 27, both accused of stealing guns. While there may be a few bad apples, some said it shouldn't reflect the character of the entire force.
"You can't blame the whole police department for a couple people's actions,” Warner Robins resident and daughter of a sergeant in the department, Katherine Hoffman said. “It's their actions, they weren't told to do it."
The actions of Clayton Sutton, a white police officer accused of shooting a reportedly unarmed black man, Sammie “Junebug” Davis Jr. back in December is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. A Justice Department employee was in Macon last week to speak with city leaders and citizens about easing racial tensions suggested to be involved in the case. After two months, the findings of the investigation are yet to be released, leaving many people curious.
"There's a lot of things dealing with the Sammie Davis scandal that needs to be addressed," Macon resident, Gwendolyn Eason said.
Despite the MPD being on the hot seat recently, public opinion is mixed when it comes to how the department is operating.
"I have full faith and trust and confidence in the Macon Police Department," Twibell said.
"They’re the ones that supposed to serve and protect, it's hard to trust them," Barber said.
In a release, the Macon chapter of the NAACP said it's paying close attention to the fatal shooting investigation. It wants city leaders to be open about the findings of the case to ensure justice is served.