City Fires Their Entire Police Department, Chaos Does NOT Ensue
Varnell, GA — The entire Varnell Police Department was fired this week and they will not be replaced with new cops. The police department was dissolved by the city council with a 3-1 vote and–contrary to popular fear mongering–the town has not descended into chaos.
On Tuesday, police officers returning from their patrols were told to hand in all their equipment and they were no longer employed.
As the Times Free Press reports, Lieut. Greg Fowler said he was told to spend the day collecting all of the police department’s materials and locking them up in city hall.
The controversial decision by the city council to disband the department was sparked after the police chief, Lyle Grant, was suspended for arresting a city councilman in June.
As the Times reports:
Elected officials wanted to know if he properly handled the case.
Grant and Fowler went to the home of Councilman Shane Fowler, who is not related to the city’s lieutenant. Shane Fowler’s wife had complained that he was drunk and loud inside the house.
According to a police report, Shane Fowler yelled at the officers and poked them in the chest. About nine days later, an officer took out a warrant for his arrest.
Grant said the long delay occurred for a couple reasons. First, he wanted an independent investigator to review the evidence — which really was just the officers’ statements.
Second, Grant said he brought the evidence to the mayor and other council members before deciding whether to charge Shane Fowler.
Councilman David Owens felt this was an odd way to handle an investigation.
This insanely unprofessional fiasco came to a head in an executive session meeting this week as the council reinstated Grant. However, moments later Councilman Jan Pourquoi made a motion to disband the police