A Georgia Superior Court judge has ruled that voters cannot decide whether or not to abolish the Glynn County Police Department in a credendum vote on Election Day in November.
According to US News & World Report, the move to abolish the department was spurred by the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, which sparked outrage in the community.
However, several local leaders opposed the push to disband the department, and filed a lawsuit in opposition to the referendum effort.
Michael Browning—the chair of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners—said that the push to disband the department was "unconstitutional from the get-go."
Liberty County Judge Charles Rose, agreed, ruling that the authority to abolish a police department rests with local officials and was not subject to a public referendum.