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Residents want proof of Warwick police chief firing

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Former Warwick Police Chief David Morris Former Warwick Police Chief David Morris
Kay Israel- Morris Supporter Kay Israel- Morris Supporter
Sgt. David Smith, Warwick Police Department Sgt. David Smith, Warwick Police Department
Mayor Juanita Kinchen, Warwick Mayor Mayor Juanita Kinchen, Warwick Mayor
WARWICK, GA (WALB) -

A large group of supporters for the former police chief attended Tuesday night’s meeting wanting proof of why former Warwick Police Chief David Morris was fired. The recent firing has impacted the police department and has left a city divided.

Several residents are upset over the recent firing of former Warwick Police Chief David Morris. They want proof of why he was fired.

"Setting quotas for the police officers, telling them that they have to have so many tickets a day written,” said Kay Israel, Morris Supporter.

Juanita Kinchen, the Mayor of Warwick, says she has proof of why he was fired July 25th.

"My proof is that I have talked with Chief Morris, we had council meetings and also I had a workshop that we all work by the city ordinance and the policies,” said Mayor Juanita Kinchen.

The Muncipal Court Judge of the City and the city's public defense attorney sent in letters to the Mayor and City Council accusing the police department, under Morris' instruction, of issuing traffic ticket quotas or they would face termination. They're also accused of stacking multiple charges for the same offense in order to raise bond amounts to $10,000.

"We enforce the laws, we don't stack charges as stated in some of the local news to date,” said Sgt. David Smith with the Warwick Police Department. “If they want to know the facts they need to get the facts out there."

Sergeant Smith says since the firing, the department went from 9 officers, to 3, who quit in fear of losing their jobs. The number of shifts have also been cut down.

"We are being told everyday that we don't know if we are going to have a job the next day,” said Smith. “We've been told that a new chief is going to come in and fire all of us."

Mayor Kinchen says none of the officers are being threatened of losing their jobs. Morris sent out a letter to residents defending his innocence saying he strived to provide Warwick with the most professional law enforcement services possible.

"With him as my police chief I felt protected in my city,” said Israel.

Mayor Kinchen says she stands by her decision to fire Morris. Some residents say they want a new city council and also made a motion to fire City Attorney Tommy Coleman.

The search continues for a new police chief. Mayor Kinchen says they are currently accepting applications. The deadline to apply is August 29th.

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