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Dawson officer speaks out on arrest

Leon Mitchell, Arrested Officer (Source:WALB) Leon Mitchell, Arrested Officer (Source:WALB)
Mitchell was in the Terrell County jail for nearly an hour. (Source:WALB) Mitchell was in the Terrell County jail for nearly an hour. (Source:WALB)
Mitchell was in jail with Dawson officer Corey Brown. (Source:WALB) Mitchell was in jail with Dawson officer Corey Brown. (Source:WALB)
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -

A Dawson Police Officer arrested Tuesday for contempt of court says he should never have been charged.

Patrolman Leon Mitchell says he was never told to show up to court and that spending nearly an hour in a jail cell is something he never wants to experience again.

"I just didn't feel it was right for me to go to jail for something that was unlawful,” said Leon Mitchell, Arrested Officer. “I didn't receive a subpoena."

Mitchell and Corey Brown were arrested after failing to show up to testify before a grand jury.
Mitchell says he never received a subpoena and only found out through a phone call Tuesday morning that he was supposed to be in court.  He says when he arrived, he never expected to be put in handcuffs.

"It hurts me because I do my job,” said Leon Mitchell, Arrested Officer. “I come to work. I work hard. You can ask the people in the community you know I work hard. I try to protect and serve."

The Assistant District Attorney who took out the warrants later had the charges dropped but wouldn't comment to WALB.
Two Terrell County deputies also missed grand jury.  The sheriff says he'll punish them internally.

It is not clear why the officers were charged and the deputies were not.

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