Sheriff candidate Freddie Sanders addresses racial issues at neighborhood meeting

Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 9:33 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 11:26 PM
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The Rev. Larry Fryer is looking for a few specific things in his next sheriff.

GOP sheriff's candidate Freddie Sanders jokes with Ethel Weaver and Beverly Kesel at the Carrie Mays Center in Augusta.     ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
GOP sheriff's candidate Freddie Sanders jokes with Ethel Weaver and Beverly Kesel at the Carrie Mays Center in Augusta.


He wants to know how candidates Freddie Sanders and Richmond County schools Lt. Richard Roundtree plan to combat low salaries for deputies, how they are going to guarantee that black and white employees are promoted fairly, and what community policing means to them.

At a Turpin Hill Neighborhood Association meeting Monday evening at the Carrie Mays Community Center on 11th Avenue, Sanders spoke to the group to address some of those questions.

“A lot of people are planning to vote on racial and political lines,” Fryer said. “We need to be looking at character. (Sanders) wanted to have a chance to come speak to the African-American community, so we invited him here.”

About 20 people filtered into the room as sheriff’s Maj. Richard Weaver introduced Sanders as his longtime friend and colleague. Weaver, a black major on the road patrol and a member of the sheriff’s office since 1971, said he ran into an issue with racially unbalanced salaries years ago, and Sanders was the one who fixed it.

“Under me, we are not going to have salaries based on race,” Sanders said. “There are people on the sheriff’s department who shouldn’t be there. You have that anywhere. But overall, we have good people.”

Sanders also said there was an idea floating around Augusta that he did not believe in community policing. He said that he does believe in policing the community but that having an officer in every Augusta neighborhood would be impossible.

Instead, Sanders said, he would like to see the community come together.

“We have to go back to the basics,” he said. “What is going to help is raising our kids right and putting criminals in jail.”

He used his 90-year-old mother as an example. Her home was burglarized recently. As soon as the deputies left her house, the burglars came back and tried to break in while she was home.

Sanders said it is not the sheriff’s job to educate or give second chances. The judges and the court system will determine if someone gets jail time; the sheriff’s job is to arrest the criminals.

“You have to ask yourself, who has the guts to do the job?” he said. “Do you want those people on the street?”

Youth are an exception, and they should be given the chance to rehabilitate, Sanders said. He said if people want their kids to stay in line, however, they need to go back to “family values.”

After the meeting adjourned, Fryer said Sanders had good character and qualifications to be the next sheriff but that he was going to wait to hear what Roundtree said before making his decision.

The group will hear Roundtree speak in the near future, Fryer said.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 10/08/12 - 10:55 pm
Good Comment

Sanders does not believe in community policing; but instead he believes in policing the community. Me too!

I guess Sanders will get about twenty votes in Turpin Hill.

showboat 10/08/12 - 10:57 pm


Retired Army
Retired Army 10/09/12 - 12:14 am
Little Lamb10/08/12 - 10:55 pm

"I guess Sanders will get about twenty votes in Turpin Hill."

That many you think?

fatboyhog 10/09/12 - 06:56 am

Freddie Sanders for Sheriff. Richard Weaver for Chief Deputy!

seenitB4 10/09/12 - 07:07 am
He tells the truth...

“We have to go back to the basics,” he said. “What is going to help is raising our kids right and putting criminals in jail.”

The Sheriffs Dept. can't raise a kid...the parents need to do that....give Freddie a chance to change Richmond county....he will do it.

F4therTime 10/09/12 - 08:06 am

Some people only see color and not character...that will be a shame for Augusta.

catawba7 10/09/12 - 11:07 am
Will every community BENEFIT?

I support getting criminals off the street and I also agree it is a "family issue/problem" and not a police or court problem. Children with no education or moral values should not have children. This is the main problem in our communities. No fathers in homes, mothers on the public dole and children suffering neglect (no food, shelter, clothing, moral training), so back to the family. It is sad that children on the street are there because of "home life/family life" and not because they are bad people. I would like to see the courts hold parents accountable and not the child in some of these cases.

davidcouper 10/09/12 - 02:42 pm
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OpenCurtain 10/12/12 - 05:37 pm
And Mr. Roundtree refused to attend

the Goshen Area Political Meeting last night.

Mr. Roundtree despite several weeks of prior notice did not attend or even bother to send a spokesperson on his behalf. Nothing, ZIP, Na Da. A total disregard of the over 5000 people that make up the communities of Old Waynesboro Rd. and Brown Rd.

On the other hand, Mr. Sanders was attending the meeting listed above, but still provided a very articulate spokesperson to address questions for the community.

In my case it left me with the impression that Mr. Roundtree could careless about this part of the South Side. That and maybe he did not want to answer questions that he did not wish to discuss.

May I point out that Mr. Sanders directly addressed racial concerns in the Sheriffs Dept. While Roundtree demonstrated at the same time the very problem Mr. Sanders is trying to correct. The problem playing one side over the other.

At least Mr. Sanders is working for a solution.

ginah1288 10/29/12 - 05:27 pm

I am so sorry Mr. Roundtree could not attend your forum, but maybe just maybe he had to make a decision to attend a different forum for whatever reason. We all would like to think that our neighborhood is the most important, because to us it is, but a sheriff candidate has to take into consideration the whole community. Mr. Roundtree was also unable to attend a forum in my neighborhood, but I nor the other members of the community did not take it personally, we found a way to get our questions answered and he was just as intelligent and respectful as others. I respect Mr. Roundtree for being able to overcome his personal indescretions to make Richmond County a better place for me to live.

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