Bruce called on the commission to pass a resolution “directing” the sheriff to: ensure inmates are not on lockdown; ensure families have the right to check on relatives in custody; comply with open records requests; fully explain all deaths in custody; create a temporary citizen review board; and conduct an independent financial and performance audit of the jail.
Bruce was joined by John Coleman, the father of an inmate who said his son has been denied medical care.
“It’ not just my son,” he said. “It’s the sons of hundreds of men, and the brothers of hundreds of men from our community.”
Commissioner Lisa Cupid said she had previously met with Warren to discuss similar concerns, but he has been unresponsive to her since she attended the ACLU town hall.
“I feel now that door has seemingly closed because I extended myself to residents,” she said. “My only interest from Day One … is to help to make sure that the voices and concerns of Cobb citizens are being addressed.”
Speaking after the meeting, Commission Chair Mike Boyce expressed reluctance to engage in “Monday morning quarter-backing” of the sheriff.
“We’re going to have to have a discussion here among the board as to what we can, as a board, do legitimately and within the law,” he said. “We are not going to get out in front of another elected official.”