Cartersville – After the arrest of 63 individuals in Cartersville, Ga last Sunday, the Bartow County Branch and Georgia State Conference of the NAACP has met with the District Attorney of Bartow County several times. After the meetings, the District Attorney Rosemary A. Greene stated:
“The District Attorney’s Office has had the opportunity to meet with community leaders and local law enforcement regarding the arrests of sixty-five individuals for possession of marijuana on December 31, 2017. The files are currently being processed in the District Attorney’s Office. We will evaluate the merits of each case once we have reviewed all the reports and evidence. Based on that review, a decision will be made on the prosecution of those individuals. We are working to expedite this process and render a decision as soon as possible.”
The NAACP has secured the consideration of the District Attorney to the fair and equitable decision-making process of charges on this case. Further, it is our hope that numerous individual charges will ultimately by dismissed for multiple individuals. However, for those that may face charges, the NAACP will ensure that competent legal representation will be provide to all remaining defendants.
“We are confident that the process will be fair and equitable moving forward in the #Cartersville70 case. However, if the process is not, we will pursue justice within the bounds of the law to protect all the civil rights of the young people affected” states Attorney Gerald A. Griggs, Chair of Criminal Justice Committee of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP. “We will continue to monitor the situation in Cartersville until there is a successful resolution to this important matter.”