GPD officer forfeited appeal of disciplinary action

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After reporting on the Griffin Police Department’s Internal Affairs administrative investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock, which resulted in both officers being demoted one rank, and Keys being the subject of a GBI criminal investigation, The GRIP was alerted that pertinent information had been omitted. The GRIP then notified the […]

GPD: Chief’s IA investigation concludes Keys, Hancock falsified multiple records, violated oath of office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin Police Department Internal Affairs investigation of Curtis Keys and Dwayne Hancock substantiated both officers falsified multiple official records and violated their oath of office pertaining to the agency’s Off Duty/Extra Duty Job Policy. This information was obtained subsequent to an Open Records request submitted to the city of Griffin […]

GPD confirms second officer under investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Sgt. Dwayne Hancock, of the Griffin Police Department, is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation. This follows a report two days ago that Lt. Curtis Keys is under formal investigation. Upon receiving information pertaining to this investigation, an Open Records request was submitted to the […]

GPD Lt. Curtis Keys subject of Internal Affairs investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The GRIP has confirmed that Lt. Curtis Keys, of the Griffin Police Department, is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation. Upon receiving information pertaining to this investigation from two separate sources, an Open Records request was submitted to the city of Griffin. In response, city officials stated that the investigation […]

Sheriff: Two deputies fired following IA investigation; sexually explicit language, actions will not be tolerated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After taking office, Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix addressed an Internal Affairs investigation conducted by the preceding administration that involved Jessica Kelley and Catherine Lewis, who remained employed by his office. The original complaint was filed by Lewis, who made numerous allegations of wrongdoing against Kelley, whose 2015 complaint against David […]

SCSO investigator: Use of force in jail was excessive, Part II

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Publisher’s note – This is the second in a series of four articles about a use of force incident in the Spalding County Jail, its Internal Affairs investigation, the outcome and alleged ongoing racial tension at the facility. To read the first article, please visit http://www.the-grip.net. An Internal Affairs investigation following a use […]

Sheriff’s Office seized, obtained evidence from David Gibson’s personal cell phone without search warrant

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Grip has learned the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office did not obtain a search warrant prior to seizing, examining and collecting graphic pornographic photographs and text messages from a personal cell phone belonging to former Capt. David Gibson. The photos and messages – obtained in 2014 – were later used as […]

Timeline of events surrounding David Gibson’s retirement from Sheriff’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS Publisher’s note: This is the beginning of a thorough timeline examining the circum­stances surrounding the Internal Affairs investigation of David Gibson, who on May 21 retired in lieu of termination from the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office. The information contained within this timeline was obtained through dozens of Open Records requests and more […]

Sheriff Wendell Beam, David Gibson served notice of lawsuit; $8 million in damages estimated

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Four employees of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office – Karen Law, Kimberly Barnett, Jessica Kelley and Misty Piper – have met a statutory requirement by serving legal notice of their intent to sue former SCSO employee David Gibson and Sheriff Wendell Beam, each in their individual and official capacities. Local officials […]

Investigation substantiates long-term pattern of sexual harassment at Sheriff’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Publisher’s note: Through an Open Records request to Spalding County, The Grip obtained three months of emails from the accounts of Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam, Capt. Tony Ranieri, of the SCSO Criminal Investigation Division, SCSO Records Clerk Amy Martin and Ruby King, Beam’s secretary. This request yielded the 66-page final […]

The Grip obtains final report of SCSO Internal Affairs investigation of David Gibson

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Through a series of Open Records requests, The Grip has obtained substantial information, including the final report of the Internal Affairs investigation, of David Gibson, the former captain over the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division. A 27-year employee of the SCSO, Gibson retired in lieu of termination May 21 […]