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This is one of those feel-good stories about students taking care of one of their own. Campus cops are not all bad. I’ll never forget the night that I stumbled up to my dorm hammered drunk only to find that I had lost my access card. Who came to my rescue? None other than campus PD to let me in and tell me to have a good night. He was a saint. I’m sure that many of you have had similar experiences.
University of Georgia police officer Jay Park responded to a call for medical assistance in the dorms. What he found was an underage girl who was drunk. He did not charge her with underage drinking, however. See, under Georgia law, there is an amnesty (HB 965) which gives immunity from arrest to those seeking medical help for alcohol and drug emergencies. Officer Park helped the young lady into an ambulance. He responded to another instance that very same night and told the students that they were under amnesty. His sergeant showed up and told them he had to charge them before sending the officer home after he said no.
The reasoning that the Captain gave Park was that for someone to be covered by the amnesty, they had to be the one to make the call for help, not a friend. A Georgia Senator has said that amnesty is covered for whoever makes the call. Park has since been fired.
Students at UGA created a petition for Park to be reinstated. Park should not have this negativity associated with his name since all he was doing was following the law. As of right now, 1,198 people have signed the petition in support of Jay Park. Help him get his job back so he can go back to being one of the few good campus cops in this country..