Originally created 07/24/02

Himebaugh story not fully told

Yes, it's true that police officers can make mistakes and a few may break the laws they're sworn to uphold. And yes, that may have been the case with the Grovetown public safety officer or the Columbia County deputy who was relieved of his duties for conduct unbecoming a police officer.

Officer Leslie Himebaugh, however, was not fired or asked to resign, nor did she break any laws or place herself above them.

Has anyone stopped to wonder why Officer Himebaugh wasn't terminated immediately or asked to leave? Why is she on administrative leave with pay? Could it be that maybe she didn't break any laws or policies? Maybe there is no evidence or proof with which to prosecute the so-called case.

I'm a little confused as to how a small, private domestic matter could be made into a criminal case. I thought the Constitution ensured our innocence until proven guilty. Does it read differently for police officers?

This was the case for Leslie Himebaugh. Because her incident happened to occur between incidents involving two other officers' improper behaviors, her actions are wrongly being compared to theirs.

Unfortunately, when information is made public, it is often presented in a one-sided manner, as was the incident involving Officer Himebaugh. The media print articles that will catch the attention of their readers, just as this story did. Is it wrong? No. But it is very wrong to choose not to disclose the full story. It wrongfully damages people such as Officer Himebaugh and her family, and shortchanges the public in their right to know the full story.

The case is being investigated and because of that I won't go into great detail ...

A. Collins, Augusta


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