Sheriffs’ Association says Mann should resign if allegations are true
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Cynthia Williams said DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann returned to his regular work schedule on May 10.
“He will be coming and going as he usually does because he will have meetings throughout the day to attend like he normally does,” Williams said.
Mann’s attorney, Noah Pines,said in a statement that Mann plans to continue working at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.
“Sheriff Mann will continue to run the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at the level of excellence it is known for and in keeping with what the citizens of DeKalb County expect and deserve. He asks that you respect that this is a personal matter, which should have no bearing on the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and its staff,” Pines said in a statement. “He has great respect for the men and women of law enforcement and he asks that you continue your support of them and the public service they provide.”
Pines also added that he looks forward to “standing by Mann’s side” during the process.
However, the president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association (GSA) said Mann should resign if the allegations against him are true.
Mann, who was arrested in Piedmont Park in Atlanta May 6 and charged with indecent exposure and obstruction charges, allegedly ran from police after exposing his penis to an officer.
In an interview with The Champion, Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese, president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, said Mann should step down.
“If the allegations are true, I definitely do think [Mann should resign]. Everybody is innocent until proven guilty and that’s why the Sheriffs’ Association is calling for an investigation,” Deese said. “I started getting calls [May 7] and started seeing it on social media. I was just kind of shocked. I’ve met Sheriff Mann several times and he always seemed to be very professional.”
On May 9, the GSA wrote a letter to Gov. Nathan Deal requesting he appoint a committee to investigate the incident.
“As a result of [Sheriff Mann’s] arrest, the sheriff’s request that you immediately appoint a committee of two sheriffs and the attorney general pursuant to O.C.G.A. 15-16-26 to investigate pending criminal charges against Sheriff Mann and to report to you within 30 days,” said the letter, signed by Deese.
Deese said he received a response from the governor’s office on May 9 and feels “they are in the process of getting something done.”
“As law enforcement officers, it’s mandatory that we’re held to a higher standard,” Deese said. “We have to be held to a higher standard and what he’s accused of definitely doesn’t meet that standard. Law enforcement isn’t just a job; it’s a lifestyle.”
According to the Atlanta Police Department incident report, the officer who spotted Mann rubbing his penis through his pants said Mann fully exposed himself and was masturbating while approaching him. The officer waited until Mann was roughly 7 to 10 feet away before shining his light on Mann. Mann immediately fled on foot with the officer running behind him saying, “Stop, police!”
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