Bench warrant signed for contempt of court (Source: WALB)
Dawson police chief (L) and assistant chief (R) at courthouse (Source: WALB)
Sheriff John Bowens (Source: WALB)
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -
Two police officers wound up in jail Tuesday morning charged with contempt of court, but those charges were quickly dismissed.
The officers were arrested after failing to show up to testify before the grand jury. The assistant district attorney signed bench warrants but then called and had the charges dropped as the officers were getting booked.
Sheriff John Bowens said two deputies also missed grand jury. He said he will punish them internally.
“The deputies are the ones that serve the subpoenas to the public. so if they expect the public to be there, when they give them affidavits to be in court then quite naturally, they should be there when they get one too,” said Sheriff Bowens.
The assistant DA who issued the warrants would not comment. It's not clear why the officers were initially charged but not the deputies.
Sheriff Bowens hoped this action showed officers and deputies that showing up when you're called before the grand jury is mandatory.