A brief release from the Warner Robins Police Department provoked a sharp response from City Councilman John Williams Tuesday evening in which he accused police officers of verbal abuse and retaliation.
About midday Tuesday, a release was sent out by Tabitha Pugh, Warner Robins police public information officer. The released stated that the department’s Criminal Investigation Division was completing an investigation into a complaint by Williams on Sunday regarding the “theft of his lost or mislaid cell phone issued to him by the City of Warner Robins.”
“During the course of the investigation, inconsistencies were detected,” the release stated. According to the release, evidence was to be presented in Magistrate Court for an independent ruling on “probable cause and any charges that may result from the investigation.” According to the release, no further information would be released due to the ongoing investigation.
Shortly after 6 p.m., Williams responded with a rambling e-mail en masse to the earlier release, accusing two officers, including Lt. Billy Styles, of “verbal abuse and accusations” after they located the cell phone. Williams wrote that Styles accused him of trying to “frame a homeless person for stealing the phone.”
Williams continued, writing that he felt “it was the officers intent to either incite me into causing trouble so I could be arrested or shot to death on the spot.”
Williams went on to take broad swipes at other members of the department, including Chief of Police Brett Evans. He claimed that he was being retaliated against for a number reasons, including his stance on the proposed law enforcement center and for “attending a grand jury hearing” looking into a possible unauthorized entry into the mayor’s officer shortly after the death of former Mayor Donald Walker.
Williams signed the e-mail as “Registered Voter and Concerned Tax Paying Citizen of Warner Robins John Williams.”