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Athens cop arrested on family violence charge

Robert Ellis Britt

By Joe Johnson

An Athens-Clarke County police officer was arrested Friday on a family violence charge stemming from an incident in Lamar County, Athens-Clarke County police said. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office obtained a felony warrant charging Officer Robert Britt with making terroristic threats, according to police.

He was charged with the offense under the state Family Violence Act, police said. The 32-year-old officer was booked into the Clarke County Jail Friday evening.

“In accordance with ACCPD policy, Britt has been placed on administrative leave pending a preliminary review of the facts in this case,” said Athens-Clarke County Police in a news release.

Local police referred questions concerning the criminal investigation to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office. No one was available at the sheriff’s office to provide information about the case.

According to his LinkedIn page, Britt is a U.S. Army veteran and has been an officer with ACCPD since February 2016.

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