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In Georgia, as in some other states, law enforcement can take property from a person if they suspect it's connected to a crime, but they do not necessarily have to charge or convict that person with that crime. It's a process known as civil asset forfeiture. According to Georgia law, to keep the property, the government must show with a "preponderance of the evidence" that it's connected to a crime.

After a naked, mentally ill black veteran was shot dead by a white police officer last March in an Atlanta suburb, the officer was allowed a privilege ordinary citizens don't get, and even police officers don't get anywhere except in Georgia: He sat in on the grand jury session considering the shooting and addressed the grand jurors without facing cross-examination.

Pulled over by police for speeding
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State auditors say many out-of-state motorists who have been busted by Georgia's "super speeder" law don't pay up.

Georgia's super speeder statute was approved in 2009 and adds an extra $200 fine onto a ticket for anyone convicted of speeding at 75 mph or more on a two-lane road or at least 85 mph on larger highways, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Auditors found that over the past four years, drivers have run up $10.5 million in past-due super speeder fines.

An Associated Press investigation into sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers in the U.S. identified some 1,000 in six years who lost their licenses for sexual assault or other sex offenses or misconduct, including possession of child pornography, voyeurism and sex on duty. The findings are based on an analysis of state records for an administrative process called decertification, but the AP found that policies regarding decertification vary widely from state to state.

Officer Antonio Gonzalez, seen here speaking to a local Spanish-language television network, formerly served as APD's Hispanic liaison. While the department employs a good number of Spanish speaking officers, it still needs to hire many more to reflect At
Atlanta Police Department

Hispanics make up about 5 percent of the city’s population, a diversity rate the Atlanta Police Department aims to reflect in its force.

That quest is an ongoing challenge, police officials say. That's largely why the Atlanta Police Department has recently focused part of its recruiting efforts beyond the Atlanta region, targeting cities with a large Hispanic population — like New York City and Miami.