GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students

Source: Florida Times-Union

“The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office.” (10/06/17)