Law enforcement videos now more expensive to obtain

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: At a time when increasing numbers of law enforcement agencies – including the Griffin Police Department – are implementing the use of body worn cameras (BWCs), Georgia lawmakers have enacted new legislation making it more costly to obtain the interactions the video recordings these and others devices document. The legislation – […]

Sheriff’s Office withheld records at will prior to issuance of court order

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: “The General Assembly finds and declares that the strong public policy of this state is in favor of open government; that open government is essential to a free, open and democratic society; and that public access to public records should be encouraged to foster confidence in government and so that the […]

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 […]

David Gibson investigation: Court documents differ from Houston Co. Internal Affairs final report

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The petition for declaratory judgment filed in Spalding County Superior Court that resulted in a temporary restraining order (TRO) sealing the Internal Affairs investigative record of David Gibson, former captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Uniform Patrol Division, differs from information provided to Lt. Ronald Brainard, of the Houston […]

Temporary restraining order voluntarily dismissed in David Gibson investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The temporary restraining order (TRO) that had kept sealed the Internal Affairs investigative record involving David Gibson, former captain of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Patrol Division, has been voluntarily dismissed by the petitioner, Ruby King, who serves as Sheriff Wendell Beam’s secretary. The TRO was granted June 15 by […]

Restraining order obtained to seal recent Internal Affairs investigative record of former S.C.S.O. Capt. David Gibson

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Internal Affairs investigation of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office that resulted in former Capt. David Gibson’s retirement in lieu of termination has been sealed by Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford, of the Griffin Judicial Circuit. Upon receiving an Open Records request for this investigative record submitted by The Grip June […]