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CBS 46 Atlanta - Sheriff's security task force draws criticism

CBS 46 Atlanta - Sheriff's security task force draws criticism: Sheriff's security task force draws criticism
Apr 17, 2005, 9:52 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman has drawn criticism for his courthouse security task force, as critics have questioned his selection of panel members and the way it is organized.

The sheriff's 22-member group is supposed to start meeting in secret this week, but some members didn't know when or where. Freeman created the task force to assess shortcomings in security at the courthouse, where Brian Nichols is accused of taking a deputy's gun and killing Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Brandau and deputy Sargeant Hoyt Teasley before escaping on March Eleventh.

Nichols also is accused of killing U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent David Wilhelm before being caputred in Gwinnett County the next day. Only eight members of the panel are current or former law enforcement professionals.

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