Macon Police Internal Affairs Audit Released

9:48 AM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • An internal audit shows a 52 percent increase in the number of allegations reported from 2011 to 2012.
  • The number of allegations about abuse of process and use of force spiked in 2012.
  • About 75 percent of the allegations made against police did not result in suspension.
It's the police force within the police force. Macon Police's Internal Affairs is charged with handling complaints about conduct and holding internal investigations to ensure police procedures are followed.

Stephanie Jones, the City of Macon's Internal Auditor released an audit of Internal Affairs to City Council at a meeting of the Public Safety Committee.

The report showed a 52 percent increase in the number of allegations reported to MPD Internal Affairs from 2011 to 2012.

The report also showed spikes in the number of allegations of abuse of process and use of force.  

There were 46 abuse of process complaints in 2012 and 37 use of force complaints.

According to the report, an average of 75 percent of the allegations made against police did not result in any kind of suspension, instead ending in either written reprimand, verbal counseling, or simply being not sustained.

Council member Rick Hutto told 13WMAZ he was "troubled in that there's no explanation" for the increases, but says he hopes to interpret the numbers and find out why complaints are on the rise.

While some council members questioned whether police can effectively discipline their own, Deputy Chief Mike Carswell says many of the complaints go unsustained simply because there isn't enough evidence to support them.

"We take everything into consideration," Carswell says. "And if there's not enough evidence there to prove that this officer violated either the law or a policy, then we have to go with the facts that we know, and often times, they are not sustained."

At the meeting, representatives from the Mayor's office also announced that a shooting review board will be set for Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m. The board will review protocol followed after the December 21st shooting of Sammie Davis Jr. 

In that case, a GBI report showed that the man struggled with an officer and left him with a gash on his neck in the moments before the officer shot him. 

After reviewing the GBI's findings, District Attorney David Cooke ruled the officer involved in that case had not committed any crimes and was in reasonable fear of his life.

That review board had been delayed for procedural reasons after council passed a unanimous law requiring two civilian members.

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