//Valdosta Mayor releases statement on Antonio Smith incident

Valdosta Mayor releases statement on Antonio Smith incident

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VALDOSTA, GA.— City of Valdosta Mayor Scott Matheson has released a statement regarding the incident with the Valdosta Police Department and Antonio Smith. The Mayor and Council explained that they expect the VPD to be responsible and open. Matheson stated on this, “We hold our police department to the highest standards.” After sharing statistics to back this statement, the Council proceeds to apologize for any injury resulting from an encounter with a Valdosta employee, and call for all members of Valdosta to do their part to come together and progress as a community. The Mayor also announced a revamped structure of the Citizen’s Review Board. “The board would be a representation of our whole community… to discuss police department related topics.”