At Issue: Should Victor Hill be excused for accidental shooting?

Charged with one misdemeanor count of reckless conduct for the May 3 shooting of a woman who calls him a friend, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill is soon on his way to Israel as a prison construction consultant.

Gwenevere McCord was in critical condition for a time, but recovered enough recently to tell authorities that the shooting was an accident.

The incident happened in Gwinnett County and authorities there allowed Hill to leave the scene of the shooting without being questioned. A few days later he said in a prepared statement that he was practicing safety tactics with McCord.

Fans and foes of Hill have mixed reactions about the trip and the shooting. Some have said Hill does good work keeping the peace in Clayton County and haters should leave him be. Others wonder if he’s getting special treatment. And still others wonder if those well-tailored suits he’s worn to his many court appearances have a Teflon coating.

Although he’s in law enforcement, this isn’t Hill’s first time facing criminal charges.

Hill was elected sheriff for a second time in 2012 and started his term in January 2013 despite being under indictment and having his peace officer’s certification suspended. He faced a 37-count felony indictment that accused him of running the sheriff’s office like a criminal enterprise during his previous term from 2004-2008.

In August 2013, a jury acquitted Hill on 25 counts of corruption.

What do you think? The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office will decide in the next week or so what, if any, additional charges should be brought against Hill. Should the Clayton County sheriff do time? Or should this unpleasantness be put behind him?

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