County Leader Curses Deputies For Refusing To Stop Procession For Slain Officer

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter became irate when deputies refused his order to get out of his way.

Lawrenceville, GA – Hall County deputies assisting with a funeral procession for slain Gwinnett County Police Officer Antwan Toney said they were accosted by a county commissioner after they refused to interrupt the somber motorcade to allow him to pass through.

A total of 52 Hall County deputies traveled to Gwinnett County on Oct. 24 to help direct traffic so that Officer Toney’s fellow officers could attend his service, WSB reported.

But while two of the deputies were blocking the intersection of Highway 124 and Highway 20, Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter pulled up and demanded that they move out of his way, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“Why are you blocking my intersection?” he asked them, according to Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch.

The deputies explained that they could not allow him to travel through until the procession had passed, out of respect for Officer Toney, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported.

“While standing at attention, we politely told the gentleman ‘no sir, I’m sorry we can’t let you [through] until the [procession] has passed,’” one of the deputies wrote in his statement to his supervisors. “The man then stated he was the county commissioner and said that ‘the officer worked for me.’”

When the deputies refused to break their stance, Hunter “began getting agitated and asked us what county we were from,” one deputy explained in his statement, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He then took photos of their patrol vehicles.

After Officer Toney’s procession passed, Hunter told one of the deputies to “get his -ss back to Hall County,” then sped away, according to the deputies’ statements.

“He smiled again and gave me a thumbs up sign,” a Hall County sergeant wrote, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. “It was more than evident he was being sarcastic.”

Sheriff Couch said he subsequently received a phone call from Hunter, during which the commissioner complained that the deputies were “rude and disrespectful to him as a commissioner in his home county.”

Hunter argued that he should have been allowed to proceed through the procession as he deemed fit.

“I was quite shocked by the phone call,” Sheriff Couch said. “We had already been receiving some messages that day from Gwinnett County police officers, the family of the officers and other Gwinnett County residents, citizens of Gwinnett County, saying how proud they were that we showed that respect to their fallen officer.”

Sheriff Couch commended his deputies for handling the situation professionally, and said he was “astounded” by Hunter’s level of disrespect, WSB reported.

“They were, in fact, not rude and they were not disrespectful in any form or fashion that day and in fact I'm very proud of them,” the sheriff said. “There was disrespect shown that day, but it was not shown on the part of my officers.”

Sheriff Couch later contacted Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chair Charlotte Nash, and lodged a complaint of his own, he told WSB.

“I apologized to Sheriff Couch for the incident,” Nash told the news outlet. “I also reiterated how very grateful we were for the tremendous support and commitment of personnel from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office during a very difficult time for Gwinnett.”

Despite the backlash, Hunter offered no apologies for his offensive and entitled behavior.

“Nah, it was nothing,” he said, according to WSB. “It was an emotional day.”

Officer Toney was murdered at around 3 p.m. on Oct. 20, after officers responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle school where the occupants were reported to possibly be smoking marijuana.

Gwinnett County Sergeant Jake Smith told reporters that two officers approached the vehicle without their guns drawn, and suddenly at least one occupant inside of the vehicle shot at them through the vehicle's glass.

Officers returned fire, and the suspect vehicle fled the scene.

The suspect vehicle crashed about 1 mile away and the occupants fled on foot.

Officer Toney was transported to the hospital in critical condition. He later succumbed to his injuries, according to Sergeant Smith.

Officer Toney was killed just six days before his three-year anniversary with the department. He was unmarried, and his family lives out of state.

His killer, 18-year-old Tafahree Maynard, was later shot and killed by police after he refused to surrender and threatened officers with a lawn mower blade following an extensive manhunt, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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LordSeamus
LordSeamus

So......when he needs a cop someday, perhaps he will handle the situation without the cops that he so disrespects ? I hope he looses his position over this.

tfort
tfort

You have to admit that cop funerals do cause signicant traffic jams. It’s really irritating when the cop commits suicide and you are stuck in traffic because of his own actions.

wmc50
wmc50

@tfort WTFE.

1TIME-TEXAS
1TIME-TEXAS

You are so right, regardless if we stand when others won’t and we give the ultimate sacrifice of dying on duty, God forbid you can’t cross the street or road for a few minutes.

Uno the dog
Uno the dog

tommy hunter is a disrespectful fool. Not worthy of his title

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

What an asshole!! He’s a disgrace to his entire department! He should lose his job immediately!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

So did we ever find out whether Antwan was wearing his police uniform and in a well marked vehicle when he jumped out on Tafahree and Isiah?

junkmansj
junkmansj

What do you expect from a politician!

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Your life continues on, the officer's doesn't. Pay respect to those who make it possible for your life to continue. Take a break for a few minutes and say "thank you."

Stanracer
Stanracer

Entitled prick. Typical politician.

lrogers664
lrogers664

Boss Hogg needs to relax!

Kandi
Kandi

Rude, disrespectful, and entitled. Time to sack him.

Inthegarge
Inthegarge

Must be a Democrat !!!!!!!!!!!

Propolice
Propolice

Just a typical politician..a legend in HIS own mind. Should be canned!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Oh my, very important person - in his own mind. I wonder if he carries a mirror around with him, just so that he can be blinded by his own brilliance.

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

It is bad enough that LEOs have to put up with the disrespect from the public, at large, but it is doubly bad and disheartening, when they have to put up with the disrespect, from public officials, as well. This commissioner should have been thanking these deputies, for their support to his county, instead of getting mouthy/pissy with them. This commissioner should be ashamed of his behavior and owes the Hall County Sheriff's Office an apology.

investigator
investigator

what a disgusting POS!!!!!!

investigator
investigator

dsmarine........Ipray that he doesn't become the Governor.......

Mic911
Mic911

So he is a county commissioner, he should be aware of the laws in Georgia for funeral processions .."Georgia Protocol During a Funeral Procession. ... Georgia's state laws say that funeral processions have the right of way at intersections, unless they are approached by an emergency vehicle or signaled by a law enforcement officer to let other vehicles pass" being it was a LEO' funeral he should have gotten his lazy ass out of the car and rendered a salute...what a POS!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

52 officers (from just one neighboring county) just to direct traffic!?!?!? Yikes.

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Mackie
Mackie

Over 32 years in law enforcement I have run across these badge heavy commissioners who rarely have no training in law enforcement. Many of these people think they are the bosses, they are very mistaken. Many departments operate on the first officers on a scene or assignment are given the top authority no matter their rank. Another words a captain will stay out of the way of a sgt. Kind of a reverse rank procedure to preserve the chain of evidence if necessary.

La Migra
La Migra

He probably thinks, he was Boss Hog from the TV series....hehehe

DRTice
DRTice

That guy needs to lose his job for not respecting our fallen police officer.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

How disrespectful! I'll bet if the funeral was for a member of his family he would have acted differently. People with attitudes like this should NOT be in government abusing what perceived power they believe they have.

terrymelvin
terrymelvin

Hunter can go to Hell. There are elections to get rid of scumbags like him.