Statham officer resigns in wake of investigation

STATHAM - Statham police Sgt. Thomas Hinson resigned Wednesday following the release of an independent investigation that recommended he receive three days' suspension and a six-month probationary period as a supervisor.

Decatur attorney Laurel Henderson examined the events surrounding an August pepper-spray incident involving two patrol officers and three juveniles.

Henderson's investigation concluded that Hinson ordered Officers C. D. Moody and J. R. Sweetser to stop the boys and cite them.

Hinson was disciplined in May 2005 for using inappropriate language on a traffic stop, and again in August 2006 for violations of departmental code of conduct.

"I feel like I am the scapegoat," Hinson said. "I don't believe I should be punished at all. I did not resign in lieu of termination."

Hinson was employed by the Statham Police Department since 2003. Moody resigned in November after about 10 months' employment.