Chip Towers can sit there with all of his condescending, self rightoues indignation he wants (h/t Tyler).
But he is full of crap. Since no one else in the UGA beat has the balls to say the truth, I guess I will.
Chief Jimmy Williamson is a prick. Simple as that. He might be a fine human being away from work, but the “power of his job” makes him an egotistical jerk. Somewhere, leadership starts at the top. Chief Williamson’s officers are given no leeway and are nothing more than glorified traffic cops with a chip on their shoulder. Ever wonder why they only pull over a speeder or do traffic violations at East Campus Village and on River Road? That is the only place they have jurisdiction. It just so happens you have a lot football players living over there. Funny, you don’t hear often of football players getting arrested for off campus infractions (aside from the usual drunk in public type offenses).
Here are the comments that really get me off in Towers’ article:
I called Chief Williamson Friday evening and asked him about it.
“There are a bunch of good guys over there,” he said of the Bulldogs’ student-athletes. “We have a great program. We don’t have nearly as many problems as we did 10 years ago or so. They’re not trouble-making kids. They’re just like all young people, they make mistakes sometimes. Sometimes they’re not thinking and they find themselves in conflict with the law. When they do, we have our job to do.”
According to the UGA police daily log, another UGA student was stopped on East Campus Road Friday for not wearing their seatbelt. That student, a young woman, was cited for underage possession and also went to jail.
The point being, UGA police weren’t targeting Georgia athletes that day. They were targeting people driving without wearing seatbelts. Last I checked it’s a good idea to wear your seatbelt. And to have a valid driver’s license.
Man, I am so glad that the UGA police department is working hard to protect the campus from students and student athletes not having proper driver’s licenses and seat belt use. That is an excellent use of resources! It is not just this one offense. UGA fans don’t complain about the police squad when a player is arrested for weed (JHC), guns (Crowell) and assault (Michael Lemon). But this petty stuff is what makes us think there is something there, Chip. I don’t know how you can’t see that.
I’m going to say it, and it might not be a popular place to go, but I’m going there anyway: Today, I am wearing a crisp, starched white Polo button up shirt and Ralph Lauren tie. If I get pulled over for not having a valid driver’s license-say I forgot it in my wallet in my other pants, or it had expired and I forgot about it-would I be taken to jail? No. A preppy white boy ain’t going to jail for that. But if a 6’4″, 300 lbs. black teenager is pulled over on campus, they are clearly a football player. And they are getting arrested by Jimmy Williamson’s crack squad for something trivial. That is not a fair application of the law.
And that young lady, Chip, you refer to who was arrested for underage possession (after a seatbelt violation), her arrest wasn’t put on the AJC for people to see. Not with headlines “Georgia football player won’t be benched for arrest”. That headline not only makes it look like Mark Richt is giving him a slap on the wrist, but it also alludes to an arrest-yes he was arrested-and not simply a traffic violation.
So, yes, it may be a law that says you can go to jail in Georgia if you don’t have a valid driver’s license. How many of us have been pulled over and gotten a warning or a free pass on something that trivial?
How about, Chip Towers, you grow a backbone and not be yes man to the University.
And maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the University doesn’t target student athletes in particular. I think that is a lie, but whatever. Maybe they are all just assholes. No, never mind. No maybe about it. They are assholes regardless. If they are not targeting student athletes (football players), it sure as hell seems that way. Maybe, use a little more discretion next time. It would certainly help your perception the general public has about you all.
Because, Chief Williamson, you might think you are a hero who is offering an invaluable service to the University community, serving, protecting and all that. Well, you can rest assured that no else thinks that. Quite the opposite.
While it is a very small sample size, UGAPD has arrested twelve individuals in the past week, two of which are black. Of those twelve I’ll let you guess which two did not involve drug possession, disorderly conduct or dui. The two black men in question were arrested and booked for a seat belt violation and failure to dim headlights. I’d like to look at these numbers as the summer goes on and see if UGAPD has a trend with these types of arrest. I know I feel much safer that I won’t be blinded by bright headlights.