Scientists and technicians at Georgia’s state crime labs are finding greener pastures in other states, and their departure for higher wages elsewhere is making it harder for the labs to work through a backlog of cases.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation authorities said the number of excessive force investigations involving officers in the state is up this year. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that the GBI has investigated 82 cases of police use of force so far this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Investigators looked into 74 cases during the entire 2010 fiscal year.
The problem of prescription drug abuse and illegal dispensing of drugs is exploding in Georgia. On Wednesday, there was a call to action for the medical community and law enforcement. Officials on the state and federal level gathered in Atlanta for a summit to brainstorm ways to attack the issue.
A group of archeology students are planning to excavate the site of the Moore’s Ford Lynching. It’s a learning experience that could turn up some new leads in a case that’s remained unsolved for more than 60 years.