Giles County Sheriff last week released jail records after informal N.A.A.C.P. inquiry about the number of black and white prisoners.
According to the Pew Research Center, a majority of black and white Americans say black people are treated less fairly than white people when it comes to police and the criminal justice system.
In Giles County, Sheriff Kyle Helton says his department was recently quizzed about their enforcement policies.
As of Friday, Giles County Jail Officials say 138 people in jail includes 36 people are black and 102 people are white.
Helton said the numbers are the numbers and Giles County law officers do not police based on the color of a person's skin.
N.A.A.C.P. officials had multiple questions and concerns, including a perception that his department is unfairly targeting black suspects.
Helton says that has never been the case.
He spoke to the group at length and shared numbers with the officials.
"I think they were a little surprised in our numbers," Helton said. "When we put on this badge, it's to protect the people of Giles County," he added.
According to Giles County Jail records from 2017, 2018, and 2019; black males made up approximately 23% of incarcerations.
Over that same time frame, white males account for more than 75% of arrests.
It is now a little more than halfway through 2020 and the numbers show that the arrest of white men is more than twice that of black men.
Helton says, "It doesn't matter the color of the person. We care about our citizens. It doesn't matter who you are. Everyone counts. That is why we wanted to show these numbers. We are not targeting anyone. It's the job we have to do."
Helton says it is a difficult time to be a law enforcement officer right now.
Sheriff Helton says his department is transparent and he has offered citizens the opportunity to go on ride-a-longs to see exactly what his deputies see.