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Man accuses Thomasville's assistant police chief of bribery, GBI investigating

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 17:19:14-04

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Georgia state authorities have opened an investigation into the Thomasville Police Department.

Two investigations are now open, one through the city manager's office and one through the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

They were launched following comments from a man during last month's council meeting. Keith Thomas claims he paid assistant Chief Eric Hampton to get rid of a ticket and Thomas says he has evidence.

He addressed the city manager during his statement.

"I want you you to know, under your watch, I had your assistant chief paid off to get rid of a ticket," said Thomas. "I'm letting you know today that I paid him to get rid of a ticket. And there's proof you can find out the ticket was disposed of."

You heard him reference "proof" there. We still don't know what that evidence might be.

At this point, we have not been able to confirm with the police department whether there ever was a ticket.

Council didn't say anything at the meeting, and moved forward to the next person on the list for public comment.

The police department will not comment on this story.

The City of Thomasville did release a statement, which reads in part:

"During the investigation, the City of Thomasville will have no comment on the status of its internal investigation and will not comment on the separate GBI investigation."