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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Atlanta Police Officer arrested for helping murder suspect escape appears in court, has history of problems

Link to report:
http://www.cbs46.com/story/29251318/officer-that-helped-murder-suspect-escape-appears-in-court

ATLANTA (CBS46) -
Atlanta police officer Tommy Williams appeared in court Friday after being charged with helping a murder suspect escape.
Officials say police arrived at a home near downtown Atlanta last month to arrest suspect Jabri Mathis.
They claim that Williams was friends with the suspect and helped him escape out of a back window of the home.
CBS46 requested Williams' personnel file and found that that he has had a history of problems on the force.
He was disciplined in the past for hanging out with known criminals.
We obtained a memo that shows an Internal Affairs reprimand of Williams 6 months ago but disciplinary action was withdrawn.
The Atlanta Police Department hasn't given details on this case but we do know that Williams could still face future discipline regarding the incident.
Sources also confirm that Williams was arrested for a domestic dispute involving his wife, but charges were eventually dropped.
His family is not commenting on the case.
"First of all, I don't know what happened," says Williams' mother. "We don't want to be involved in any kind of way."
Williams' neighbors wonder if she has any reason for concern.
"It leaves you speechless," says Julissa Navarro. "You're just not sure what to say and who your neighbor actually is."
Meanwhile, Williams, who is not off the force, is staying tight-lipped about his case.
CBS46 attempted to talk to Williams as he left the courthouse, but he just drove away.
There is no date set for Williams' next court appearance. For now, he remains off the job without pay pending the department's investigation.

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