Ga. Sheriff Names Diverse Group To Study Security


A month after a killing spree left a judge and three others dead, Fulton County, Ga., Sheriff Myron Freeman formed a 19-member task force to assess courthouse security and recommend reforms. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the group includes four current law enforcement officials, three judges, three preachers, an insurance executive, and a homeowners association president. It also includes a retired commander with Britain’s Scotland Yard.

At least two people on the list did not know they were on it and some criticized the task force’s apparent lack of expertise. Fulton Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob was surprised to learn she was on the task force, because she hadn’t been approached by sheriff’s officials. Another member, criminologist Robert Friedmann of Georgia State University, also didn’t know it until after the announcement that he was on the panel. Freeman continued to defend his staff’s actions on the day of the shooting, saying that a preliminary review “suggests that current policies and practices were complied with on March 11.”


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