The last week has been quite confusing with a plethora of emotions: anger, sadness, understanding, not-so-much understanding. Several nights of laying awake thinking about Andrew, his final moments and days, his unwavering strength and stubbornness has left me reeling. I’ve read every article published from the Patch & Examiner to the Whiskey & Gunpowder site and it’s been interesting to read all of the different perspectives of the events of the last few years.
Yesterday, Neighbor Newspapers published a scathing article about Andrew titled ‘Sheriff: Wordes incident could have been avoided”.
The most disgusting quote of the article was “We told him, you’re going to have a problem with Mr. Wordes,” Orrick said. “Mr. Wordes was seeking a physical confrontation with police. I said I was respectful of their job and didn’t question their authority, but it was likely to develop into him defending his home against the government and there was a less aggressive approach to doing it.
Chief Orrick, are you serious?? Andrew NEVER wanted a confrontation with the police. He wanted to be left alone, which you and your department never did. Yet, they offered to put surveillance around his home and “wait for Mr. Wordes to leave” as cited in the Neighbor article. Interesting. I have an email correspondence between a concerned citizen and Chief Orrick as well, which details the mistruths that Orrick is spreading about Andrew.
It was also an interesting tactic for Chief Orrick to claim that the Roswell police were not involved in the eviction process, nor did they back up the Fulton County Marshals. This is not true. Roswell cops were on ALL of the surrounding streets that day.
Andrew is dead. He is not here to defend himself. We have to do it for him- otherwise, City officials will tarnish what Andrew was working for. This story is bleeding with lies and half-truths. When I said it wasn’t over, it was because IT. ISN’T. OVER. We are working for Andrew, fighting for Andrew. Everything is about to come out, and as Andrew said, ‘It ain’t gonna be pretty!
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Andrew Wordes had great respect for at least three of Roswell’s finest that I am personally aware of. Being a greenhorn, very much doubt that Chief Orrick actually understands what goes on in this city.
To have refused to avail these assets to another law enforcement entity is a reality the Chief Orrick will have to respond to in another week when the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies puts the RPD under the microscope.
On April 30th, at 5PM in City Hall, CALEA will have a public hearing during which time the public may address this oversight organization relative to their perception of our Police Department.
I encourage the public to come forward then and later that evening during the 7PM Open Mic Council Meeting when the public get the opportunity to address Roswell’s City Council.
“Which is more blameworthy, those who will see and steadily pursue their own interest or those who cannot see or seeing will not act wisely?” – George Washington
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