ACLU of Georgia

Letters to Barrow County Sheriff’s Office Urges Canceling Inflammatory, Hateful, And Potentially Unconstitutional “Training Course” Titled “Islam In America”

On March 5, 2018, the ACLU of Georgia joined Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Project South, and Jewish Voice for Peace in a press conference to express its deep concern about an inflammatory, hateful, and potentially unconstitutional law enforcement “training course” titled “Islam in America.”

 

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office organized the training which was scheduled for  March 8, 2018, and allegedly “approved” by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).

On March 5, 2018, the ACLU of Georgia sent a letter to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the  Standards and Training Council expressing its deep concern about the inflammatory, hateful, and potentially unconstitutional “training course.”

On the same day, the ACLU of Georgia also submitted an open records request to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office asking for all communications between David Bores and the Barrow County Sheriff’s office as well as all training materials and documents related to the so-called “training.”  

On March 6, 2018, the ACLU of Georgia thanked Frank Rotondo, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, for withdrawing his organization’s approval of the Islamophobic training.

 

On March 7, 2018, the ACLU of Georgia sent another demand letter to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Department concerning tomorrow’s Islamophobic training  because the department “appear[s] to be unconstitutionally discriminating against [those] who may even attend this training, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

 

Nine concerned Georgia residents who follow the Muslim faith sought to register to attend this “training” to see for themselves what is being taught, but the Barrow County Sheriff rejected their applications. The Sheriff claimed that this event is open to houses of worship in Barrow County only. 

Yet an e-mail exchange between the Sheriff’s Office and the trainer, David Bores, produced in response to the ACLU of Georgia’s Open Records Request, revealed that three people from the First Baptist Church in Atlanta were allowed to register for the “training.”