It is a pretty agreeable fact that by the time someone has been caught driving drunk they’ve gotten away with it numerous times. (It is likely that driving while intoxicated is habitual behavior for the offender.) On average, a convicted drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
With the recent resignation of Deputy Vernon Johnson following an accident in his patrol car and hot urine sample, many concerned citizens are grumbling that law enforcement personnel in Richmond County are becoming a danger to the citizens they are hired to protect.
In another recent incident (which was non-alcohol related), a deputy attacked another deputy over who was going to administer CPR to a dying gunshot victim. While not drinking at the time, the impulsive nature of the attack is frightening.
Other area law enforcement departments don’t seem to have the volume of bad behavior that the Richmond County Sheriff Department’s officers have been demonstrating over the past two and a half years.
As the Insider has stated before, it appears the sheriff has a cultural problem on his hands. One where alcohol and aggressive behavior is having a very negative effect on the department.
Following are eight incidences of dangerous behavior by RCSO deputies since 2018.