National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Crooked Cops in Dekalb County

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Since January, nearly a dozen officers have been arrested or fired or have resigned in lieu of termination as a result of probes into wrongdoing or serious policy violations.

“We take allegations of misconduct very serious and will not hesitate to take action, even when it’s our own,” DeKalb Police Chief William O’Brien told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview Tuesday morning.

Late Tuesday afternoon, DeKalb Police Sgt. Jerry Banks, who’s married, was fired for obstructing fellow officers’ attempts to serve a search warrant at the home of a woman with whom he shared an undefined relationship.

“An internal affairs investigation deemed Banks violated departmental policies of conduct unbecoming [an officer] and violation of the law,” DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

And last week, DeKalb Police Capt. Suzanne Kaulbach was fired after being arrested in June on allegations that she kept stolen property at her Clayton County home. …

Frank Rotondo, executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, applauded O’Brien’s move.

“I wish more departments would enhance internal affairs,” Rotondo said Tuesday by phone. “If the standards become lax, the department becomes a slipshod operation.”

He said O’Brien, who is in his second year as chief, owes it to DeKalb citizens to do everything to protect them and their investment in policing the county.

“An officer who [steps out of line] could cost taxpayers money in the way of lawsuits,” Rotondo said.

 

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