BRUNSWICK, Ga. – At a rally Tuesday morning demanding change within Glynn County law enforcement, Pastor Darren West and other leaders said they are pushing for a Citizen Review Board to handle complaints against the police department.
West said the board would then make recommendations to the county commission about how to hold officers accountable.
West said the issues start at the top for the police department, which he said has never had a person of color as its police chief.
“Not only has there never been a person of color [as chief], a person of color has never been considered to be the chief of the Glynn County Police Department,” West said. “Mind you, a police department that polices a city that’s 60 percent Black.”
West said he and other leaders want to see the commission commit to changing that pattern to regain the trust and confidence of the community.
“The police department that’s supposed to protect and serve, I’m here to let you know that the African-American and Hispanic communities do not feel protected or served," West said.
West pointed to something his group learned recently as an example of what he called a lack of accountability within the police department.
“The Community First Planning Commission, as we’ve been in ongoing meetings with [the police department] to try to come to some resolutions, we found out something about their body armor cameras. We found out that the officers are able to delete videos and information before they ever turn anything in,” West said. “I don’t know if I was supposed to say that, but I’m saying it anyway because it’s time for something to change. It is time for systemic change in the Glynn County Police Department.”