In response to the officer involved shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon, the City of Thomasville issued a statement Wednesday.
The statement, which was posted on the City’s website and can be read below, includes statements from the City’s Mayor and Police Chief calling for peaceful and respectful expressions of frustration.
Since the shooting, the City of Thomasville has been the site of public protests, both downtown and in front of the City’s Police Department on Smith Avenue. WALB has full coverage here.
The Mayor for the City of Thomasville and the Chief of Police have issued a statement regarding the incident that occurred in Thomasville on August 15, 2017:
“On behalf of the Thomasville City Council and the entire City family, we want to begin by expressing our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” said Thomasville Mayor Greg Hobbs. “This was a tragic event for our community.”
“We are sensitive to the community’s concerns and we understand that the community wants answers as to what happened. There is an active investigation currently underway by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,” Mayor Hobbs continued. “We ask that the community allow the investigation to run its course.”
Police Chief Troy Rich added, “We also understand that the community wants to express its frustration. We ask that you do so peacefully and respectfully. The City and the Thomasville Police Department will provide a safe environment for those who wish to do so.”