Press Release: ACLU of Georgia Releases Public Records from Cobb County Sheriff’s Office
Records Reveal Desperation to Stop Young Women From Starting Racial Justice Conversation
Atlanta – The ACLU of Georgia submitted an open records request on October 10 concerning the Kennesaw State University’s decision to remove KSU cheerleaders from before the game. During the September 30th football pre-game activities, five cheerleaders took a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality throughout the country. At the next football game, the university required the cheerleaders stay off the field until after the National Anthem had played.
The ACLU of Georgia is releasing these public records which reveal the Sheriff of Cobb County, a powerful politician, using his influence to silence young women.
“Patriots express their dissent when they see their country failing to live up to its creed,” stated Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia. “At the heart of these dignified, silent protests is the desire to shine much needed light upon the racially-motivated police violence and racial inequality that is plaguing our nation. We hope that Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren will join us in encouraging this racial justice conversation rather than shutting it down.”
Young continued, “As we have maintained from the beginning, we are following the lead of those affected. If anyone feels threatened or worried about retaliation because they are exercising their First Amendment rights, the ACLU of Georgia wants to hear from you.”