A Georgia man running for congress claims to be a ‘Reserve Deputy’ – yet some claim it’s all a lie.

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FLOYD COUNTY, GA — Republican congressional candidate John Cowan has been claiming to be a Reserve Deputy for the Floyd County Sheriff Department throughout his campaign. Now, as the runoff election draws near, questions are being raised about his history in law enforcement.

In the 14th district of Georgia, the congressional seat currently held by Rep. Tom Graves is up for grabs. The GOP primary resulted in a split vote where none of the candidates received the needed 50% to grasp the nomination. A runoff election will take place on August 11 to determine the republican nominee.

The two candidates in the runoff election, Marjorie Green and John Cowan, recently participated in a debate where tensions ran high.

At one point Green stated:

“You’re not a police officer and you need to stop parading yourself around like one.”

Green is referring to the recent questioning of Cowans status as a Reserve Deputy

Following the accusations by Green, Cowan’s campaign told Fox News:

“He was only sworn in on January 10 — only four days before he declared he was running for Congress. Politicizing the police right now is a very ugly thing. Police are under attack like never before in our nation and stolen valor is something that I find absolutely disgusting.”

Dr. John Cowan, has been outspoken throughout his campaign. Cowan announced his intention to run for the highly contested seat on January 14. He has since campaigned using a pro Trump, pro life, and pro gun platform.

Cowan has also been adamant about his support of law enforcement, stating:

As a reserve deputy with the support of nine local sheriffs, I will always stand with our officers to protect our freedoms and keep our communities safe.”

 

 

 

 

However, evidence suggests that Cowan’s status as a Reserve Deputy is falsified.

Ronald Kilgo, a former Captain and Deputy Commander in the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office Reserves (FCSOR), gave a sworn statement where he said:

“Based on my observations, experience, and knowledge of the rules and regulations, I do not believe that Dr. John A. Cowan Jr is able to truthfully represent that he is a Reserve Deputy with the Floyd County Sheriff’s office.” 

Kilgo also clarified that the process to become a Reserve Deputy is extensive. In order to qualify for the position one must complete 408 classroom hours of training.

This allegation is supported by the fact that a list of Reserve Deputies in Floyd County dated in February (pictured below) did not contain Cowan‘s name.

A Georgia man running for congress claims to be a 'Reserve Deputy' - yet some claim it's all a lie. A Georgia man running for congress claims to be a 'Reserve Deputy' - yet some claim it's all a lie.

Last week in the midst of allegations surfacing that indicated Cowan was falsifying his Reserve Deputy status, Sheriff Tim Burkhalter, who currently endorses Cowan, released a statement to the Facebook page of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

In the statement Sheriff Burkhalter said:

“Prior to his announcement that he was running for political office, John Cowan was sworn in by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office as a Special Reserve Deputy for attachment to the SWAT Team.”

There have been many questions asked about the status of Dr. John Cowan (Neurosurgeon) as a Reserve Deputy for the Floyd…

Posted by Floyd County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, July 11, 2020

Now, a list of Reserve Deputies for the month of July was recently obtained by the Green campaign.

This list did not name Cowan as a Reserve Deputy, as he previously portrayed himself to be.

It did however, list him as one of the three members of the Tactical Emergency Medical Team. The letter outlines that the training of members of the medical team handled by the Rome-Floyd SWAT Team.

It appears that Cowan has never been a Reserve Deputy, as he previously claimed. However, he now holds the title of “Special Reserve Deputy” a term that is not listed under Georgia law enforcement positions.

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In other news from Georgia the governor recently declared a state of emergency due to protesting.

ATLANTA, GA– On Monday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and activated as many as 1,000 National Guard members. 

The executive order follows weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta.  According to police data, the number of shootings and murders in the city was double this year compared with 2019 for the four-week period following Memorial Day. 

During that four-week period, Atlanta, like many other large cities across the county, saw violent clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators during protests against racism and police brutality.  In Atlanta, police data shows that shooting incident went from 46 in 2019 to 93 this year between May 31 and June 27, while the number of murders spiked from 6 to 14. 

According to the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and the Governor’s office, over the Fourth of July holiday extended holiday weekend alone, more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire, including five who died. Among those killed was an 8-year-old girl who was fatally shot while riding in a car with her mother and another person. 

Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night as the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades in it.  The shooting was near the scene where Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by an Atlanta Police Officer after he fought with officers and tried to run away with a stolen Taser, which he also pointed at the officer who fired at him.   

When talking Sunday about the 8-year-olds tragic death, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said:

“We’ve had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks. You can’t blame that on APD”

After the death of George Floyd, there were protests in downtown Atlanta, several of them followed by looting and vandalism.  Governor Kemp at the time, activated as many as 500 National Guard troops to protect people and property in the state capital.  On Monday, in his statement about the latest deployment, he said:

“Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead. This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city.”

Governor Kemp continued by saying:

“I have declared a State of Emergency and called up the Georgia Guard because the safety of our citizens comes first. This measure will allow troops to protect state property and dispatch state law enforcement officers to patrol our streets. Enough with the talk. We must protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians.”

The violence continued on Sunday morning violent protestors vandalized and burned the Georgia State Police Headquarters in Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) said that a group of 60 to 100 masked “protesters” descended on their headquarters on United Avenue just after 1 a.m. on July 5th with bricks and incendiary devices. Georgia State Police Spokeswoman Lieutenant Stephanie L. Stallings told reporters:

“They were armed with bricks, landscaping bricks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks. Their one mission was to destruct property and that is exactly what they did.”

A neighbor, Kimberly Krautter said:

“I heard the glass shatter, place glass shatter, one of the offices. I saw one that seemed to be glowing from the inside, then I saw somebody carrying a flaming object and then threw it into a newly broken window and explode.”

Lt. Stallings said:

“Fireworks were thrown through one of the windows, causing a small fire in one of the offices.”

Two DPS employees were in the building and rushed to put out the fire. Both had to be transported to the hospital and required treatment for smoke inhalation. Investigators said protestors broke the windows all over the building and also trashed patrol cars parked nearby.  Protesters armed with spray paint vandalized the front of the headquarters with “KK” and “Death by Oppression.”

The vandalism comes on the heels of several weeks of protests in Georgia’s capital city following the fatal officer-involved shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Wendy’s parking lot on June 12th. 

 Immediately after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard charged former Atlanta Police Officer Garret Rolfe with murder, Atlanta police officers began calling out of work in mass numbers. Dubbed the, “Blue Flu,” the APD has been seeing higher than average officer call outs. 

Dear America – Atlanta cops walking off the job is only the beginning. And we deserve it.

This editorial is brought to you by Kyle S. Reyes, the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today.

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