Georgia's governor has appointed a panel to investigate the charges pending against a sheriff accused of exposing himself in an Atlanta park.
DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was arrested Saturday after a police officer said Mann exposed himself to the officer in Piedmont Park and then ran.
Mann faces charges of indecency and obstruction of an officer. He has said it was a misunderstanding.
State law allows the governor to convene a panel of two sheriffs and the state attorney general to investigate and to recommend whether a sheriff facing criminal or ethics charges should be suspended.
In an executive order today, Deal instructed Attorney General Chris Carr, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese to investigate and make a report within 30 days.
The Georgia Sheriff’s Association asked the governor on Tuesday to appoint an investigation committee.
Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association, said the decision was made after members of the association read the police report of Mann’s arrest.
“We read the police report and the officers of the association were concerned,” he said.
Mann allegedly fleeing the police was the most disturbing part, Norris said.
“We preach to the public to obey the lawful command of police and don't run from the police. And here in this police report we saw a sheriff running from police,” he said.