Flagpole Magazine, p. 6 (October 29, 1997).


Almost from the moment Eric William Irby died while hogtied in police custody in a rural part of Athens-Clarke County last July 19, local and area law enforcement officials have been acting as if they are afraid of the truth and have something to hide. They have circled the wagons and behaved defensively. They have refused to express regret over Irby's death or sympathy for his family. Usually eager to trumpet their activities to the world, they have been strangely mute. Usually open and friendly to the press, they have treated reporters' inquiries into Irby's death with sullen coldness.