Jimmy Williamson Report

I know last week we gave Chief Williamson a hard time and may have unintentionally pointed some fingers at the way his office arrest people of color.  After all, we only had one weeks worth of arrest to go by and I know I would not like to be judged by such a small set.  So throughout the summer we will conduct a running total of how UGA’s finest are protecting the streets of Athens.

Recap from last week; there were twelve arrest, 9 Caucasian, 1 Asian, 2 African American.  Of the twelve only the two African American arrest came from something other than DUI, drugs or resisting arrest.  One was a seat belt violation and one was failure to dim headlights.  Both were booked on license issues.

UGA police arrested eight individuals; 3 African American and 5 Caucasian over the past week.  Half of the individuals arrested were booked for DUI and half were booked for license issues which I feel like is probably  a normal summer average.

Race Reason
African American License Required
African American License Required
African American DUI
Caucasian Suspended License
Caucasian Suspended License
Caucasian DUI
Caucasian DUI
Caucasian DUI

I am aware that this does not show who was stopped and only ticketed and I know it is a small sample size.  We are just hoping to show that UGA police do not unfairly target one group over another.  Arrest percentages since June 4th

African American Caucasian Other
DUI 5% 45% 0%
Drugs 0% 15% 0%
Resisting 0% 0% 5%
License 20% 10% 0%

3 Responses to “Jimmy Williamson Report”

  1. 1 Bryan June 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    The UGA student body was made up of 7% African American’s in 2011. Obviously they probably don’t arrest only students, but 37% of arrests were AA vs. 7% of students. Hmmm.

  2. 2 Police Expert June 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    To be totally fair, check the campus police policies. I don’t know what they call for, but it is not uncommon in law enforcement agencies that out of county and out of state cited persons are incarcerated or given the choice of posting a bond or going to jail. If unable to post, the default is jail. Also, were there charges that arose after the citation (e.g., a consent search revealed contraband or there were other outstanding charges for the driver) that required a physical arrest. In other words, was a citation the only charged placed. Things are rarely as simple as just numbers.

    • 3 Chuck June 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I checked the link from last week and all the arrest this week were Georgia residents or gave Georgia addresses. As far as I can tell from the citations issued, most were pulled over for improper turning or not using signals which would alert an officer to pull the person over. Looking over all the arrest from in the county, it surprises me how many people don’t have a license. Is it standard procedure that you are taken to jail if you do not have a license?

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