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Reactions mixed in Willie Lovett indictment


There has been a mixed reaction to former SCMPD Police Chief Willie Lovett's indictment in federal court on Thursday.

In September, there was speculation that Lovett was set to be terminated from his job. Then there was speculation that he would resign. He eventually officially retired.

Now, eight months later, Lovett has been indicted.

The former head of the SCMPD was under a cloud of controversy and allegations, mounting personal lawsuits, and now, criminal charges of gambling, extortion and obstruction, which have the people he was sworn to serve and protect talking.

"I have my second home here, retired law enforcement from North Carolina," said retired law enforcement officer Kim Lambeth. "What goes around comes around. Do something wrong, you need to be charged. Whatever happens, happens."

"I can't say whether I'm surprised or not," said Savannah resident Darryl Neal. "That would mean me physically knowing him. But word of mouth? No, I'm not surprised."

"In the end, I felt he was a complete failure as chief," said Savannah City Council member Tony Thomas. "From the news today, I was as disappointed as the rest of the community, but I'm not shocked. I think there are other things that will come out. There are other issues we are still dealing with from his leadership in that department that have not been resolved, and I am not going to beat the drum. My council members and city staff saying we are on the right path and everything is all hunky dory."

Another woman, a retired city employee, said she was shocked and disappointed.

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