HOMER — The Banks County Sheriff's Office has concluded its review of a court ruling filed this week, and it has resulted in the departure of the deputy involved.
"Our agency's recent administrative review of the Scott case ruling has resulted in the dismissal of Brent Register from Banks County Sheriff's Office," Sheriff's Lt. Carissa McFaddin said. "We addressed an issue that was brought to our attention immediately."
In his ruling, ordered April 28 and filed Tuesday, May 2, Banks County Superior Court Judge Currie M. Mingledorff II stated numerous contradictions in testimony caused “serious damage to Deputy Register’s credibility”.
That testimony also involved Register’s employment history.
“Extensive testimony was given at the suppression hearing about Deputy Register’s history at multiple police and sheriff’s departments, including reasons why he left those departments,” the ruling states. “On multiple occasions during the suppression hearing, Deputy Brent Register, the State’s key witness, gave testimony that was in contradiction to admitted documentary evidence. While such contradictions were especially noteworthy concerning Deputy Register’s employment history, there were also inconsistencies in his testimony as compared to other evidence.”
McFaddin said humans make mistakes, and one incident should not define an agency overall.
"In the profession of law enforcement, issues will arise in every agency due to an essence of individuals being imperfect," McFaddin said. "One officer's actions does not reflect the agency as a whole."
The original AccessWDUN article about the court ruling can be found at http://accesswdun.com/article/2017/5/532432/banks-county-judge-throws-out-charges-against-former-hawks-player