September 2, 2008
We've had about a month to digest what at the time we thought was a shocking and sorry response by Albany and Dougherty County lawyers to the lawsuit filed by the survivors of Billy Klewitz against the local governments.
That month hasn't changed our reaction.
City and county lawyers- whose salaries you pay- had the nerve to state to the court in their response that Billy Klewitz was partly responsible for his own death when he was struck head-on by a fleeing drug suspect who was traveling down Old Leesburg Road at about 90 miles an hour.
Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Agent Gary Price was chasing Bobby Jones, who swerved out into oncoming traffic in his wanton desperation to get away, and the wreck killed Jones and Klewitz.
Billy Klewitz was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that's all. He was doing nothing wrong, and anyone who drove that stretch of road last June could have been in his place.
And municipal attorneys want to place blame on him? It's just outrageous, disgusting, and shameful!
How convenient that these lawyers want to blame the fleeing suspect alone. He's dead. They put no blame on the actions of their law man who should have exercised better judgment.
Corporal Gary Price has been involved in three serious wrecks as a result of chases he's instigated.
City and county lawyers need to figure a way to explain how Price is still on duty, and how they're going to defend their employers in court.
Blaming a dead victim only reinforces a negative stereotype of lawyers, and brings shame on Albany and Dougherty governments, and by extension, its citizens.