Editorial: ABAC cuts ties with police chief

Editorial: ABAC cuts ties with police chief

An embarrassing situation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College came to an appropriate end last week when the college cut ties with its veteran police chief.

By most accounts, Chief Bryan Golden served the college well for 23 years, but he soiled his own reputation with comments he made to the student newspaper for a story about sexual assaults on college campuses.

"Most of these sexual assaults are women waking up the next morning with a guilt complex. That ain't rape, that's being stupid. When the dust settles, it was all consensual. It doesn't happen here. It doesn't show up here. They're about as much a rape as a goat roping," he said.

College officials probably should have fired him immediately, but they gave him the benefit of the doubt and a suspension without pay.

After WALB aired a story about the comments, pressure built. Last week, President David Bridges announced Golden was out, though he wouldn't say whether he was fired or quit.

The chief's comments were more than just insensitive. They showed poor judgment, and they raised doubts about whether his department could ever fairly investigate any allegation of sexual assault on campus.

The only way ABAC could move forward and assure students that the college is serious about providing a safe environment and thoroughly investigating any assault claims was to move forward without Chief Golden in the police department.

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