TBI confirms investigation into Gibson Police Dept.
GIBSON, Tenn. — Leaders in the small Gibson County town of Gibson made a decision that surprised some, Monday night. Chief of Public Safety, Taylor Atkins, was fired. Atkins confirmed their decision to WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News. However, he said he did not attend the meeting and is awaiting “official word.”
Individuals who attended the meeting said Mayor Tony Black cited an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has the reason for his decision to let Atkins go.
Late Monday evening, the TBI confirmed an investigation into the Gibson Police Department. Spokesperson Susan Niland said the TBI received a request from District Attorney General Garry Brown on December 16 that agents investigate reports that officers were improperly seizing vehicles and releasing them back to their owners in exchange for monetary compensation to the Gibson Police Department drug fund. The investigation is ongoing.
Mayor Black told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he would release a statement on Tuesday.
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