Resolution to Condemn Sheriff Butch Conway
WHEREAS, D.A. King has a long history of derogatory public comments towards the immigrant community; and
WHEREAS, Gwinnett County is widely known for being a diverse and inclusive community where people of all backgrounds and heritage seek education, jobs, economic opportunity, and world-class community amenities; and
WHEREAS, Gwinnett County has a significant immigrant population and many Gwinnettians are the descendants of immigrants. Anti-Immigration rhetoric has no home in our county and a purveyor of hate should not be elevated to a public platform; and
WHEREAS, Sheriff Conway brought shame on the reputation of Gwinnett County by inviting D.A. King to represent the sheriff’s department and his hateful views at a sanctioned county event at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center hosted by Commissioner Fosque; and
WHEREAS, Sheriff Conway has broken the public trust of Gwinnett County residents, particularly immigrants and people of color and his recent actions call into question the Sheriff Department’s ability to fairly pursue justice and serve the community; and
WHEREAS, Sheriff Conway has provided neither an apology nor a satisfactory explanation for his decision to have the leader of an identified hate group speak on his behalf and has only provided public and private support for D.A. King.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners —
(1) believes that immigrants and their descendants have contributed to the success of Gwinnett County, are assets to our community and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations;
(2) strongly condemns Sheriff Butch Conway’s decision to handpick D.A. King to speak on his behalf and represent the taxpayer-funded sheriff's department at a county event that was intended to bring people together and hold a good faith discussion on the 287(g) program, not devolve into insulting immigrants and our diverse communities; and
(3) will commence a formal investigation of Sheriff Butch Conway’s links to the Dustin Inman Society and any other similar groups, along with their role in shaping any departmental policies as sheriff.