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No disciplinary action taken against Statham officer

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Source: Katie Corkren Source: Katie Corkren
Source: Katie Corkren Source: Katie Corkren

Next to the tracks in the town of Statham, there are many people here who feel they have been railroaded by city leaders.

Katie Corkren is a member of Statham Concerned Citizens, an online group seeking justice.

“I became involved when my very close friend who is disabled was falsely arrested for DUI,” Corkren said.  “They knew that all along that Marc Lofton was arresting people who in many cases were not intoxicated.”

Officer Marc Lofton is accused of making false DUI arrests with people taking prescription medication. 

So Corkren requested 12,000 pages of emails and texts from city officials. 

One of those emails from the city clerk sent to the city attorney stated that the Mayor, ‘…wants to get your opinion on whether if he can suspend Lofton with or without pay.’

“Ultimately they all decided together not to suspend him even though it was the Mayor’s inclination to suspend him after watching the videos that we provided to him,” Corkren said.

The city attorney responded to the clerk last November and wrote, ‘…I do not see a basis for suspending him unless the mayor simply wants to substitute his judgment for that of the chief.’

“The fact that Mayor Bridges had the gut reaction when he first saw those videos that Marc Lofton should be suspended belies the fact that he and the entire city council are now culpable for what Marc Lofton did,” Corkren said.

The city attorney went on to comment about Lofton in his email to the clerk writing, ‘At the end of the day he is taking motorists off the road that may be less safe, even if they are not legally intoxicated.

“Recently another one of the victims, Mary Williams and I spoke with Sheriff Jud Smith and at that meeting Jud Smith told us that quote Marc Lofton was leaving and he would not be in Barrow County,” Corkren said.

So CBS46 dropped by the police station on Friday and the door was locked and the sign said closed.  Over at city hall, the mayor was not in the office.

“Marc Lofton needs to find a new line of work, not a new location,” Corkren said.

City officials told CBS46 he is still employed in Statham at the police station next to the tracks.

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