An internal Macon Police Department investigation into the actions of now-former officers Troy Guidry and Jon Wantz paints a damning picture of "cops gone wild." After his midnight shift began on a Wednesday evening late last January, Macon police officer Troy Guidry sent a text message to a buddy on the force. “Ready to go shopping tonight,” Guidry’s text to officer Jon Wantz said. For weeks, Guidry had had his eyes peeled for a tractor. He’d been wanting to spruce up the tree line around his 2½ acre yard in eastern Monroe County. As it happened, a small Kubota tractor, an orange one with a backhoe on it, was parked inside the gate at the Mr. Rooter plumbing company on Roff Avenue, less than a minute’s drive from the Pio Nono Avenue precinct office where Wantz and Guidry were based.
Reporter Joe Kovac went looking for the one street that summed up Macon, and he found it. The interviews he conducted there were part of the nearly 600 done as part of the "Macon in the Mirror" series, produced by GPB, The Telegraph, and Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism.