Universal Light Christian Center, Bibb Sheriff’s Office hold conversation on community issues

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Universal Light Christian Center and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office hosted a community conversation about how local law enforcement handles everyday duties.

The conversation was a panel discussion with special guests Henderson Carswell, who was the main focal point of the discussion.

“We are here to listen to the community’s questions and make sure they feel they have a voice,” Carswell said. “Issues such as racial profiling shouldn’t exist in our county.”

Corporal Jason Kellum, head of the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s K9 unit, answered questions from citizens.

“I have a 16-year-old son  who just got his drivers license, and I am scared of him being pulled over by the police,” attendee Sabina Alexander said. “I have been pulled over in multiple Georgia counties and feel they were unwarranted.”

Kellum said anytime someone feels violated or their rights have been taken away, they should report it immediately to internal investigations.

He stressed the importance of transparency in his K-9 unit.

“I stay on my unit to do things right and always remain professional,” Kellum said.

Other community questions were about other specific incidents with law enforcement.

“A deputy called me over to my car and said I look like a drug dealer,” an attendee said. ”I think it’s not just racial profiling but about what you wear as well.”

Carswell said more community conversations should happen between law enforcement to keep the community involved.

Categories: Bibb County, Local News

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