TIM CHITWOOD: Someone should investigate investigations

May 18, 2013 

Why don't people feel safe in Columbus? I can't think of a reason.

Except for the homicides I write about. But other than that, Columbus seems perfectly safe, especially the downtown area.

Except a lawyer was beaten and robbed near the Government Center a while back, and early Saturday an arsonist torched cars on Front Avenue, but how often does that happen?

Yeah, I don't know either. We should get someone to look into that.

Apparently we have a lot of issues we need someone to look into here.

The local NAACP wants someone to look into how a black police officer kept his job after targeting white motorists for traffic stops. That issue raised a lot of questions like:

How did he keep his job, not only after he was caught targeting whites, but later was fired for lying about a guy being beaten while under arrest, then was reinstated by the Personnel Review Board, and then went on to accuse the police chief of using a racial slur to describe the marshal? How did he keep working until he was revealed, again, to be a liar?

How did he get away with that, while claiming the white police chief discriminated against him because he's black? How do public officials keep their jobs after betraying the public trust?

Someone should look into that -- the FBI, the GBI, the marshal, whoever.

The GBI's still busy reviewing Columbus Fire

Department records and allegations state Sen. Josh McKoon and attorney Frank Meyers threatened the school board. It even declined the mayor's invitation to look into the police chief's alleged racial slur. The mayor had to hire a private eye.

But don't let all this intrigue undermining law enforcement make you think Columbus isn't safe.

This just proves how safe Columbus is: It's so safe we even probe alleged aspersions against Municipal Court marshals and partisans' possibly picking on school board members.

Some middle-schooler here may show up sobbing on YouTube as he's beaten mercilessly by a taunting gang of his peers, but our school board will not be intimidated.

A robber may pistol-whip a lawyer near the Government Center, and an arsonist may torch cars down by the Riverwalk, but don't you worry about whether it's safe here.

Rest assured our public officials will be protected, apparently at any cost.

Why? I don't know.

Someone should look into that.

Tim Chitwood, tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.com, 706-571-8508.

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