The City of Macon has indefinitely postponed a community forum about a December fatal shooting at the Pio Nono Avenue Kroger.
Mayor Robert Reichert and Deputy Chief Henderson Carswell announced the forum earlier this month.
It was tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 28.
According to a news release from the mayor, the event was postponed due to new legislation by city council that changes the internal affairs process, including who would be the director.. And who would be on the review board.
Mayor Reichert says he still wants community input. But he wrote, "I've been told specifically by members of council, however, that the expectation is that this case must be reviewed under and comply with this new legislation, which effectively delays the process."
Reichert says the forum will be rescheduled after that process is complete.
The mayor's statement:
In early March, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Deputy Chief Henderson Carswell announced a tentative date to host a community forum. The purpose was to explain the entirety of the disciplinary process as it relates to the shooting at the Pio Nono Avenue Kroger. Also at that time, the two announced that the shooting review board would add an external review component by including two officers from other accredited agencies.
"We want to provide an opportunity to hear concerns directly from the public and answer questions, all in an effort to begin rebuilding trust and the relationship between the MPD and community," says Mayor Reichert.
In light of recent legislation passed by City Council which changes the Internal Affairs process - including who would be the Director and the makeup of the shooting review board - this forum is being postponed indefinitely. Since the legislation will become law next week, the current Director will need to be reassigned, a new Director assigned and given a chance to review the file, new members of the shooting review board will need to be selected, and a date set for its meeting.
"I want to be able to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the full process, including the results of our internal investigation and the shooting review board's determination," says Mayor Reichert. "I've been told specifically by members of Council, however, that the expectation is that this case must be reviewed under and comply with this new legislation, which effectively delays the process. Once this part of the process is complete, the public forum will be rescheduled and the community made aware of the outcomes, as we promised earlier this month."