Former deputy accuses Bibb Sheriff of KKK membership
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Former Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Rivers believes Sheriff David Davis favors white employees. Rivers qualified to run for the position Tuesday.
“These allegations that have been made here are disgusting,” said Sheriff Davis.
Rivers resigned from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in March 2015 after he was transferred from the K-9 Unit to corrections.
“He was going to be transferred to corrections to get more training. He had come over from the police department. We had some complaints and he had some reprimands so we decided he could have some more training and that after a time he could come back out and be on the road,” explained Sheriff Davis.
An internal affairs investigation found Rivers violated multiple department policies. Records show deputies responded to Rivers’ home after receiving several domestic dispute calls.
In a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in October 2015, Rivers claims Davis discriminated against him because of his race. Rivers refers to Davis as “Defendant KKK Sheriff David Davis” and claims Davis “treated all white deputies better than the plaintiff.” Rivers asks for more than $5 million in relief.
“Anybody that knows me in this community, and knows my record, knows that any type of discrimination or anything that has been alleged in these comments have been completely false,” said Davis.
Rivers submitted a photo of Davis with a napkin covering his face as evidence. Davis said the photo was taken out of context. He explained some investigators from the drug unit didn’t want to have their yearly picture taken so David jokingly grabbed tissues for them to hide their faces.
Davis is upset these lawsuits have become part of the election.
“Which has truly made a mockery and a circus of this election and the citizens of Bibb County deserve better than this and I hope that as they see the facts on this, they see it for what it is,” said Davis.
Rivers filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC didn’t find any evidence that the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office discriminated against Rivers and closed the case.
Rivers filed another lawsuit against the department in March 2015. Rivers claims Bibb deputies damaged his property and denied him constitutional rights when they went to his house. Rivers asks for $2 million in relief.
Rivers told 41NBC Tuesday he had no further comments to make about these lawsuits.