Sheriff of Georgia county where nursing student Laken Riley was 'murdered by ... trends now

Sheriff of Georgia county where nursing student Laken Riley was 'murdered by ... trends now
Sheriff of Georgia county where nursing student Laken Riley was 'murdered by ... trends now

Sheriff of Georgia county where nursing student Laken Riley was 'murdered by ... trends now

A resurfaced video of the now-sheriff of the county where Laken Riley was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant from Venezuela shows the law enforcement officer saying he does not plan on cooperating with ICE.

In a 2020 interview with Athens Political Nerds, John Williams, who was then running for sheriff, said, 'It is not my intention, when elected sheriff to cooperate with those detainers,' referring to the detainers placed by ICE on illegal migrants who have been arrested on criminal charges.

Residents of Athens-Clarke County are now pointing at Williams in the aftermath of the murder of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley allegedly by Jose Ibarra, an illegal migrant from Venezuela.

In the interview, Williams says: 'I see it as the sheriff's responsibility to protect the community. 

'We can't help with a culture of fear in our community and expect our community to respond and help us in situations.'

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In a 2020 interview with Athens Political Nerds, John Williams, who was then running for sheriff, said, 'It is not my intention, when elected sheriff to cooperate with those detainers'

In a 2020 interview with Athens Political Nerds, John Williams, who was then running for sheriff, said, 'It is not my intention, when elected sheriff to cooperate with those detainers'

Residents are now looking in anger at Williams and their Democratic mayor following the  brutal murder of the college-aged nursing student.

Mayor Kelly Girtz was interrupted on Wednesday morning as he held a briefing to discuss public safety in Athens after the nursing student was allegedly beaten to death by and undocumented migrant.

As he tried to deny that Athens is a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, the crowd started shouting at the mayor. 

A man in the crowd repeatedly shouted: 'You're a liar.'

He added: 'You're the one who is guilty and got blood on your hands for this murder, sir!'

'Resign!' others shouted. 

Other protesters held signs that read: 'Blood on your hands' and 'Make Athens safe again.'

Girtz repeatedly pointed out that Athens is not officially a sanctuary city, as Georgia doesn't allow them. 

'There's been no legislation from this government that’s created sanctuary city status,' he pleaded. 

'We are deeply sorry for this tragedy ... Responsibility for this crime rests solely upon the perpetrator.'

Furious residents of Athens heckled their Democratic mayor Kelly Girtz after the brutal murder of Laken Riley on the University of George campus

Furious residents of Athens heckled their Democratic mayor Kelly Girtz after the brutal murder of Laken Riley on the University of George campus

As he tried to deny that Athens is a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, the crowd started shouting at the mayor

As he tried to deny that Athens is a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, the crowd started shouting at the mayor

Police said Riley died from 'blunt force trauma' after being beaten and that she suffered a 'disfigured skull'

Police said Riley died from 'blunt force trauma' after being beaten and that she suffered a 'disfigured skull'

Residents of the complex claimed that their security cameras captured Ibarra disposing of evidence in the building's dumpster

Residents of the complex claimed that their security cameras captured

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