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Berserk defendant points out court security need

Capt. Craig Dodd Capt. Craig Dodd
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Sheriff's Deputies take down a defendant after he acts up in court, showing why courtroom security is kept tight.

Taiun Davis, seated at the table in the middle of the Dougherty County Superior Courtroom, started yelling racist remarks at Judge Stephen Goss as the judge explained the process for an appeal of his conviction for armed robbery.

Under normal security procedures, There were at least six deputies and bailiffs in the courtroom when verdicts come in.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "He became very angry, and his anger built up and he began shouting expletives at the Judge."

Davis stood up from the table where he was seated, heading toward the Assistant D.A.s, but the Deputies quickly grabbed him and took him to the ground.

Dodd said "Because we were prepared for it. If you are not prepared for it, and something like that happens, it can easily go the other way."

Davis' family helped calm him, telling him to not make things worse. Davis was seated back at the defense table, and sentencing concluded.

Dougherty County Sheriff's deputies train for these situations, and strategically place themselves around courtrooms to keep everyone safe during very emotional times.

Dodd said "This went very smoothly. It can go the other way just as easily. If you are fully prepared before it happens you can react quickly and basically extinguish any problems. We did not have to use any lethal force on him, or any kind of less than lethal weapons. Other than to just physically get him under control."

Davis yelled more racist comments as he was leaving the courtroom, but there was no physical conflict. Sheriff's Deputies will review this video, for use in training to make sure courtroom security stays tight.

Taiun Davis will return to a Dougherty County Courtroom. He has also been indicted for the murder of a 7th grade boy, James Anderson, but no trial date has been set.



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