Keeping criminals off the streets. it’s every officer and deputy’s sworn duty.
But what if that job is being undermined by the courts who are supposed to help them?
That’s exactly how one officer feels, and he put those feelings down in writing.
Savannah’s Mayor Eddie Deloach, Chatham County Commission Shairman Al Scott, Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter, County Manager Lee Smith, and the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office and entire Savannah City Council. That’s who got a copy of an email written by an angry Savannah-Chatham Police Officer right after he watched three men he calls dangerous walk out of court and back onto the streets.
A 5 time convicted felon.
A 3 time convicted felon.
A suspect in 3 shootings.
All three arrested in the last month. All three out of jail on less than $10,000 bond.
One Savannah-Chatham Metro officer says its happened over and over and he’s tired of it. That’s why he sent an email to his Chief, who sent it to just about everyone in City and County government.
The letter details the case against Bostic, who has been in state prison four times for a total of 7 years on various drug charges and being a felon with a firearm.
In his latest arrest last month, the officer says Bostic “confessed to possessing the gun” and even admitted he knew he shouldn’t have it.
Despite that evidence, Judge Harris O’Dell gave him an $8500 bond, which Bostic posted, and was out of jail the next day.
The email says when he was arrested Robert Gadson had a magazine in his pocket, a gun in the car, and confessed to having the weapon.
He just got out of prison back in 2013 on theft and burglary charges.
Judge O’Dell gave him a $4950 bond, and he’s back on the streets.
Biggins is just 18 but already “a suspect in at least 3 different shooting incidents”.
He was caught in February with an illegal shotgun with a scratched off serial number.
Biggins got a $6500 bond, and was out within two days.
“How are 14, 15, 16 year olds getting guns? from individuals of this nature,” said SCMPD Chief Jack Lumpkin.
These are exactly the kind of criminals Chief Jack Lumpkin has talked about, and all members of the End Gun Violence task force of prosecutors, officers and the courts are designed to stop.
“My officers that were shot in October,” explained Lumpkin. “(Tyrie Cuyler) was a convicted felon, possession of a firearm, out in a very short time. Arrested for and carrying a firearm. Bonded out and shooting my officers.”
“We have to be able to stop this catch and release process that’s occurring in Savannah-Chatham.”
Just Tuesday, Samuel McFay, a four time convicted felon from several other states who confessed to having a gun, was released on just $2500 bond.
In each of these cases the Judge was Harris Odell.
We tried to call Judge O’Dell at several numbers but never could reach him.
Savannah city officials did tell me they got the officer’s email, but no one we spoke to would comment on the details or contents.
We’ll keep on trying, and keep you updated.