Martin Jones was detained from Kennesaw State University and locked in Cobb County, Georgia, jail for 33 hours in what was later determined to be Albany County Sheriff’s “malicious and reckless” mistake. The student in question had no criminal record or any run-in with authorities.
KSU police stopped him for faulty headlights and ran his name through the state criminal database. Shockingly, his name popped up, alongside the other four names but the officers settled on him. He was arrested the following morning and charged with two counts of second-degree damage to property, arising from a 2008 complaint made near where he lived.
“I was shocked and confused because I wasn’t sure why there was a warrant out,” Jones told Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’ve never had any prior run-ins with law enforcement. That was my first time ever being pulled over.”
The AJC confirmed that Albany County Sheriff’s Office inserted Jones into the criminal database after he applied for a Carry Permit in South Georgia after attaining the age of 21.
However, the student ended up getting an arrest history for trying to exercise his constitutional rights. Worse still, it'll be his responsibility to have the record restricted, which is unlikely to happen.
Jones demands $1 million in compensation for illegal search and seizure, false arrest, false imprisonment, and violation of his civil rights. He also wants the arrest records restricted considering that he intends to work with NASA and military contractors, where deep background checks and security clearances are required.
However, the incident revealed that the department was recording firearm applications and storing people’s details in a multi-jurisdictional database.
An officer told AJC that anybody, including firearm license applicants, who come into contact with the police could be registered into the master name record. This illegal practice could be used by anti-gun authorities to persecute gun owners or intimidate new applicants.
An officer also said that keeping gun permit application records was not illegal because the data does not indicate whether a permit was issued or not. He also claimed that they were only shared with law enforcement and emergency services.
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