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NAACP supports Terrell County Sheriff

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Terrell County NAACP leaders today hinted that racism is behind an ongoing dispute between the county commission and Sheriff John Bowens over staffing at the new jail.

The federal government recently said Terrell County is in contempt because of conditions at the jail.

Today, NAACP leaders sided with the sheriff and said commissioners are unfairly blaming the sheriff for the Justice Departments actions.

They also said taxpayers money has been wasted on unnecessary legal fees for years.

NAACP members said they think race is one of the main reasons commissioners continue to fight.

"Other than race, we cannot think of any other reason why the governing body of this county are treating a public servant as they are treating him," said Rev. Ezekiel Holley, NAACP President.

President Ezekiel Holley says an exorbitant amount of tax money has been spent since the 90's fighting the inevitable so they want to make taxpayers aware.

They encourage them to attend county commission meetings in the future.

The Sheriff says he needs more workers to operate the jail safely, but commissioners disagree and won't appropriate more money.

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