How many more people will have to be hurt or killed before the Albany Police Chief takes Officer Gary Price off the streets?
Two people have been killed and 10 injured in four separate crashes that involved Officer Price.
He’s been ticketed, warned, disciplined, even transferred off the drug squad.
The city and county shucked out a half million dollars to his wreck victims, yet, he’s still on the streets in a police vehicle and he’s still hurting people.
Price was behind the wheel of an APD SUV that streaked through an intersection on South Jefferson Street Saturday.
He broadsided a pickup truck with a family of six inside.
Luckily no one was killed. But Price has been involved in deadly crashes.
In June 2007, he chased drug suspect Bobby Jones up North Jefferson until Jones slammed head on into Billy Klewitz. Jones and Klewitz were both killed.
In a crash four months later, Price was disciplined for refusing to back off a chase even though his supervisor ordered him to. A pregnant woman and two children were injured when the guy he was chasing slammed into them.
How many more wrecks will he cause?
It’s clear Gary Price is a danger to the citizens of Albany.
The actions of this officer reflect not only on him, but on city leaders.
Are they really willing to accept the liability that Price represents?
Can the city afford to continue paying for his bad judgment in the form of lawsuit settlements?
We call on the Police Chief and the City Manager to get this man out of a police car and off the streets.
Additionally, we urge the chief to carefully review police policy to ensure that all officers wisely handle the responsibility of safely patrolling the streets of Albany.
It is our hope that in the future, the police chief will recognize this type of dangerous pattern in an officer and address it before it goes this far.
ASU and Deerfield Agreement
Progress in Albany! The recent announcement that Albany State University, a historically black college, and Deerfield Windsor, a college-prep private school, signed an agreement to offer Deerfield students college credits, probably took many by surprise!
Starting this fall, Deerfield students can take classes and receive college credit from ASU. The agreement allows parents of Deerfield seniors to shave off some costs of college.
Written by Jim Wilcox, general manager of WALB.