The Georgia NAACP has launched an investigation into the arrests of 70 people who attended a house party over the weekend in Cartersville where less than an ounce of marijuana was found.
The partygoers were arrested on suspicion of possession after police were unable to identify the owner of the drug stash.
Police who came to the house in response to a 911 call about possible gunshots — and reportedly sought the assistance of the county drug task force in the investigation — also claim to have found two firearms at the scene, including one that had been reported stolen in Detroit, as well as “several smoking devices” and “suspected cocaine.”
The NAACP has backed a crowdsourcing campaign to raise funds for the arrested partygoers, described as the “Cartersville 70.”
The campaign page states that “some of these young people need money to make bail and all of them need assistance with their legal fees.”
“A good majority of these individuals are college students and members of the U.S. military who were visiting home over the holiday break, and decided to attend a party to catch up with old friends while in town,” the GoFundMe page said. “Others were working citizens who lost their jobs the second they walked into work this morning. They need your help to bring justice and light to the unjust treatment these individuals experienced leading to and during their incarceration.”