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Price fired from APD

ALBANY, Ga. — A man who held the rank of corporal at the Albany Police Department is out of work.

Gary Price was fired from the police as of Friday said Albany City Manager James Taylor Saturday. “On Friday I sent him a letter stating that his services were no longer required, effective immediately.”

No further information was immediately available.

Price was recommended for termination after a June 30 on-duty crash that injured five residents in a Ford F-150 pickup.

City officials held a hearing involving Price and his attorney on Sept. 17 about whether the city would retain Price as an employee. Taylor had to make a decision within 10 business days of the hearing.

Price has a lengthy history of on-duty crashes, including crashes with 11 injuries, two deaths and a $525,000 liability payment.

According to records from the city attorney’s office, while with the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit or the city police department, Price has crashed six patrol vehicles. He gave chase on three occasions attempting to catch suspects who later crashed into other drivers.

A chronology, according to the records:

  • December 1999, patrol car wreck, poor judgment and written reprimand.
  • December 13, 2000, patrol car crash, poor judgment, one-day suspension.
  • March 2005, two wrecks, first unavoidable, second poor judgment, written reprimand.
  • October 2005, chased suspect who crashed into a woman in another car.
  • June 2007, high-speed chase of drug suspect
  • Bobby Jones. Jones lost control and smashed head-on into Billy Klewitz, killing them both. No discipline action.
  • November 2007, refusing orders to back off, Price chased a suspect who crashed into a pregnant driver with two children passengers. Discipline: 15-day suspension.
  • December 2010, patrol car wreck, ruled unavoidable.
  • June 20

12, Price ran a red light, crash with reported injuries resulted in employment termination.

Comments

change 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree, it was way overtime for them to get this guy off the streets before more innocent victims were harmed. Bad thing is that the people who died did not have to at the hands of this person if the police dept. had acted sooner.

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daisymae 1 year, 6 months ago

Well it is about time....but I am betting he will be filing a lawsuit against the city for Wrongful Termination, Discrimination and Harassment because they would not have fired him if he was Caucasian... because he will not "own" his mistakes and will want to blame someone else for his situation.

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change 1 year, 6 months ago

One day I will visit this site and read a comment that is about a human instead of a race. I am hoping that race did not matter, performance and the safety of the citizens of this area and visitors and those passing throughs was the reason and that this person does not file and if he attempts to file that no one takes the case. Right is only right. Most black people want what everyone else wants--the right to live a happy and productive life, knowing that we have earned what we have..

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 6 months ago

Maurice King........your phone is ringing........please pick up.

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VSU 1 year, 6 months ago

May could get him a job at the demolition derby.

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whattheheck 1 year, 6 months ago

Every now and then the city does something right albiet late in this case--very late. With his trail of tears of 12 years involving many instances of poor judgement, I hope the city had better judgement and did not load him up with outstanding performance appraisals. It seems the city's tolerance level for poor judgement is much higher than that of the citizens so who knows what's in the records.

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Hoodie 1 year, 6 months ago

Less than 2 weeks before lawsuit filed against city for wrongful termination....

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fatdaddygamer 1 year, 6 months ago

yes it is about time, BUT now we are going to have to pay for his unemployment benefits, his food stamp benefits, his welfare checks. so if you look at it were still screwed.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree with the comment that a lawsuit is coming. In the City of Albany, if you are black, it is always someone else's fault. Wonder what this one will "I wasn't properly trained to operate a police cruiser?"

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waltspecht 1 year, 6 months ago

Ever think what wouldn't have happened if the suspect had chosen not to run? Often, even if the Police back off, the suspect doesn't. It is the thought that they can get away that drives these individuals. They are the ones endangering the public. Lawyers recognize these suspects don't have the deep pockets of the agencies involved, so they just list them on a suit knowing full well there won't be any funds forthcomming. Citizens are footing the bills for these suits, it isn't insurance money, because that comes from the Citizens. If Price deserved to be fired, then those that continued his employment after the first poor judgement crash also deserve to be terminated. Afterall their poor judgement in not terminating this individual is what led to the other incidents. So if we want accountability, lets really enforce it.

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bubbavet 1 year, 6 months ago

Well said Walt. His superiors are just as guilty.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 6 months ago

Hold the phone! As a member of corporate America with many employees under my supervision I can tell you that on many occasions I have requested termination for employees only to have it denied by human resources as a CYA action. I obviously don't have any insider knowledge of what his supervisors did or did not do, but don't be so quick to say "the boss is just as liable."

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bigbob 1 year, 6 months ago

I am glad to see this killer go but I hope they also updated their chase policies at the same time.

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wdklewitzf4 1 year, 6 months ago

StrongStrongFive years and 3 months for my daughter and I to finally see justice served...Not only did this officer contribute to my son's death, but he also contributed to my wife's death. She grieved herself to death over the loss of our son, a brother, and best friend to many, many people in Lee County and Albany. My heart and prayers go out yo the family of five injured in the June crash. WE NEED TO STOP POLICE CHASES PERIOD. Unless some is going down the road firing a gun from the window, STOP. You know, Albany PD had spike strips at the time of Billy's crash, but according to a Sgt. with APD, they were locked up in a warehouse because the officers had not recieved training on how to use them.....Hey, APD come to Lee County Primary school they can show you how to use them!!! I wish to thank the many many people of the area for their prayers. Thanks.

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MRKIA 1 year, 6 months ago

HOW ABOUT 10 YRS IN PRISON MANDATORY MINIMUM WITH NO CHANCE OF PAROLE IF CHASED IN A VEHICLE AT SPEEDS OVER 25MPH AND/OR FURTHER THAN 100 YARDS. LETS GIVE IT A TRY.

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