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I can't believe people continue to blame the Athens PD for bringing attention to student athletes picked who are picked up and or jailed for underage drinking and the like. They have always enforced the laws,but prior to 2006 the PD would cite the person(s) instead of arresting them. Since 2006 Michael Adams instituted specific instructions to the Athens PD to jail the students rather than just cite them. There is a reason why it is what it is... it is not a long read and it is interesting to have the facts behind everything. Personally, I hope now that Adams is gone there will be some kind of normalcy brought back into existence.
I agree, hopefully some normalcy will be restored. Many parents are outraged that their child will now have an arrest record for something that should be a citation. There's a difference in University PD and Athens-Clarke County PD. Adams can institute the policy of arresting underage possession violators with the University PD. However, he has no actual or apparent authority over the city/county PD. While the motives may still be the same (Athens-Clarke County PD doing as the University president wished) but the necessity for the ACCPD to arrest underage kids drinking is solely on the police chief. I don't think this article should be misconstrued as exonerating a police force that uses it's powers to purposefully inflict damage on college-students lives and futures.
Great article and recap of 'How we got here'.
I also think that it is not always APD fault, but rather they do their job correctly/honorably. But other college towns will at times 'turn a blind eye' or not arrest for similar instances.
I always think back to a story I heard Vince Dooley talk about where several players in the summer of 1980 stole a UGA research pig, killed it, ate it, left the head on the steps of Brunby. All was dealt with 'internally'. What would that story equal today? Animal cruelty, terrorist threat, theft. PETA would be picketing. Would they have won the NC? Probably not.
This post was edited by animaldr 17 months ago
I disagree... With all the scooter and emerging from a dark alley arrests, Athens PD is looking for something
I agree. The adversarial position of the APD has been there long before 2006. Should they arrest players when they are up to criminal activity? Absolutely! But most of the stuff, like open containers, riding a scooter on the sidewalk, college kid prank stuff etc. should be handled differently. Take them to the Coach, let the program handle it. That is how things are done in most other college towns because those towns realize just how much the football program boosts the local economy. It hasn't been that way in Athens for over 30 years, and it needs to change, but I don't think it will.
laws are in place for a reason. follow them. nobody gets arrested for any of that stuff unless they are acting unruly. its just to much effort and time to waste on arresting someone on a speeding ticket
this is my take. if you are drunk and approached by the police it is in your best interest to behave perfectly,do as you are told and dont cause a scene. alot of times that is the difference in going or not going to jail.that has been the case in almost all reports i have seen. GO DAWGS!
And know your rights. That helps to.
What you wrote and linked are largely true. Adams exercised his power over the UGA PD and influence over the APD and Clarke-County to start arresting any student for any alcohol-related offense. God knows how many times I would have been arrested in the early 1990s if they had this Gestapo-type attitude.
That said, the Athens police are not without blame. Adams has no direct control over them, but yet they went along with his impulsive desires triggered by the party-school rankings. Second, these guys seem to be looking for ridiculously petty or non-existent crimes that are usually just crimes on the books never enforced, or at the least are open to much interpretation. Finally, the Athens police have long had its share of racists, far more than the UGA PD. Go read the Crowell arrest report. The officer smelled marijuana, but yet police dogs could find no trace of it, including scent. What that officer smelled was nothing. What she saw were four young black guys in a car, two of whom had dreads. No way four pork-eating white offensive linemen would have had their car searched for drugs in such a scenario, and my guess is the officer's scent would have not picked up a thing.
This post was edited by nostalgia80 17 months ago
Does anyone know if you get taken to jail for a minor in possession charge? I remember it use to be a ticket, but in recent years, I think, they take you to jail.
Either, it's completely up to the cop. Most arrest you though.
How often do you see non-athletes get arrested for riding the wrong way down a one-way street? For dreaded offenses like "emerging from an alley?" For driving without a license? (Not driving with a suspended, license, but driving without your DL on your person)? For driving with no proof of insurance??
These are all offenses that could and SHOULD command citations as opposed to incarceration (unless the offender has outstanding warrants of course), yet UGA athletes routinely get arrested for these type of offenses (and others) in Athens. Other Athenians rarely do. Is it logical to assume Michael Adams asked the police force (which owe Michael Adams no duty of obedience whatsoever) to arrest all UGA athletes for ALL criminal offenses including moving violations? I'm gonna say no.
I am 40 years old. I've lived in Athens the majority of my life. I am a UGA grad. I am very familiar with the Athens community. I firmly believe UGA athletes are commonly targeted by the local police force. I also firmly believe that this practice is relatively new. It has been occurring for a decade or more.
Me thinks this post has gotten a little off track. The subject was surrounding underage drinking, drunk in public, drugs, etc.. I can't really comment on people (athletes included) for getting arrested for driving the wrong way on a one-way street (unless they are drunk), emerging from an alley (unless they are drunk, driving without insurance, etc... Are you sure these are actions people in Athens are getting arrested for??? or is there just a little exaggeration involved.
People do not get arrested for any of that. Its just to much paper / leg work. And we are starting to see so many drunk arrest because we have to prevent more serious crimes. So for an example a 19 year female gets sloppy drunk. We would rather arrest her and let her sit in a holding cell and sober up than for her to be ganged rape, robbed or any other serious crime happen to her. The rate of felony crimes goes through the roof when there is alcohol involved
This post was edited by DeputyDawg 17 months ago
We had a bunch of guys get arrested for things like driving mopeds on sidewalks and without a license. We have players getting arrested for ridiculously trivial crimes by UGA PD and the local cops that would have never got anyone arrested when I attended UGA in the early 90s.
What football player was arrested for those charges? In the early 90's UGA police were not certified police officers either. more like campus security. Also in the early 90's DUI was not a big deal. But after thousands upon thousands of deaths the laws had to toughen up. I am a Deputy Sheriff in clarke county and work at the jail. What you are saying is not true. I could tell you that most ACCPD and CCSO are huge dawg fans. Our sheriff is a UGA alum. Just because you play a sport doesn't make you above the law.
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