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WATCH: Georgia Deputies Kill Dog, then Order Owner to Decapitate it

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Georgia deputies forced a man to cut off the head of his dog after shooting it.
Or go to jail.
The man chose to decapitate his dog named Big Boy.
Big Boy’s owner Joe Goodwin recorded the incident with his cell phone.
Crawford County sheriff’s deputy James Hollis arrived at Goodwin’s home after Big Boy allegedly bit two people.
A Crawford County deputy shot the dog moments earlier.
The video begins with Hollis telling Crawford he’ll take him to jail unless he cuts off his dog’s head.
Goodwin wanted to take his dog to the vet.
“I tell you what,” Hollis yells at Crawford.
“I will (sic) takes you to jail and charge you and we’ll see how much a lawyer is then.”
“Charge me for what?”
“When I get there–when I get there and give you the charges.”
“With what? Are you going to make it up”
“I don’t make up anything. I’m gonna give you Georgia law, OK?” Hollis threatens.
“What’s the Georgia law? What law did I break?” Crawford asks.
“I tell you what, sir. You can sit there and try to record all you want, OK. We asking you to cut the dog’s head.”
“And you refusing right?”
“I ain’t even got a fucking knife to cut the mother fucker off,” Crawford tells the deputies before he begins to narrate.
“I have to cut my dog’s head off.”
“Because the cop just told me to.”
“Or if not, I’m going to jail, ya’ll.”
“That man right there. Then when I told him I did not want to cut my dog’s head off. He grabs me by the damn shirt and slams me against the truck, because I’m cussing.”
“It’s not against the law to cuss.”
Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker said Hollis shouldn’t have told Crawford to behead his dog.
“They did get someone on the phone with the health department that made an attempt to tell the gentleman what he

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Atlanta Cops Cite Good Samaritans for Feeding Homeless People without Permits

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Atlanta police officers punished citizens for doing the good deed of feeding homeless people during Thanksgiving week by citing them for not first applying for and obtaining permits from the government.
“I mean, outrageous, right? Of all the things to be punished for, giving free food to people who are hungry?” Marlon Kautz, an activist for Food Not Bombs, told WSB-TV after receiving a ticket.
Kautz and fellow activist Adele Maclean say instead of being praised for helping Atlanta’s homeless, they’re getting punished for it.
“This is a ticket for apparently a food service violation,” Maclean said during an interview on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

“We did the same thing that we’ve done for the past eight years: come down on a Sunday and serve a free meal to the homeless. But now it seems they’ve decided that you need a permit to serve the homeless, which is not true.”
“This is a food service violation, as if I were trying to sell food,” Maclean explained.
“They want to make downtown as inhospitable for the homeless as possible in hopes that if they can make it uncomfortable enough, they can force homeless people do go elsewhere.”
Kautz and Maclean have given food to the homeless every Sunday in Atlanta’s Woodruff Park for the past eight years, but have never heard of the permit requirement.
“It seems ridiculous to me that they would be spending their time and resources on stopping people from feeding the homeless,” Maclean said.
Atlanta cops began handing out flyers across the city  in November warning those helping the homeless and hungry that a permit is required by the Fulton and DeKalb County boards of health.
The requirements aren’t new, but Atlanta police recently began strict enforcement because the city believes there are better ways to help the homeless like getting them into shelters.
They city also says

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Hospital Refuses to Perform Life-Saving Kidney Transplant on Toddler Until Father Completes Parole

Monday, October 16th, 2017

A Georgia hospital is refusing to perform a life-saving kidney transplant on a 2-year-old boy born without kidneys because his father – the only donor match – violated parole.
The toddler’s father, Anthony Dickerson, 26, has had several run-ins with law enforcement, including his latest arrest in September on weapons and forgery charges.
But says his mistakes shouldn’t impact his son’s chances at having a normal chance at life.
Little A.J.’s transplant surgery was scheduled for October 3 at Emory University Hospital but then the hospital learned his father was arrested the previous month, prompting them to cancel the surgery.
Now they are saying they will “re-evaulate” the surgery in January 2018, but only if Dickerson can provide written proof he completed probation.
But the boy may not survive until January, his mother told local media. He not only also needs bladder surgery, he suffered a stroke two months ago.
“What do he got to do with the mistakes I made? Nothing,” Dickerson said in an interview with wfmynews2.
A.J.’s mother, Carmella Burgess, says the violation shouldn’t stop the donation process, especially if Dickerson is healthy.
“Two steps closer to giving him a kidney and we got shut down, basically,” Burgess said.

“They’re making this about dad,” she said. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.”
“We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of this completed documentation,” a hospital representative wrote in a letter to A.J.’s parents.

Emory spokeswoman, Janet Christenbury, stated the hospital is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients, but would not elaborate as to who made the decision not to proceed with the surgery.
“Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about our patients,” she said.

Although Dickenson has a troubled past, Burgess says he promised that his son would be one thing he did right in

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Caught On Video: Atlanta Police Officer Relieved of Duty after Viral Video Shows him Punching Man in Face.

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

A video shared by the Facebook account of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta on June 23rd, 2017, shows a person in an Atlanta Police Department uniform punching a restrained man in the face and upper torso while he sits one top of him.All the while one of his co-workers hold the victim’s feet and another has his knee pressing down on the lower back with all his weight, also there is the fourth police officer that is simply standing there watching everything happen right at his feet.
All this force used to arrest a person who appears to be less than 150lbs and lying face down on a roadway median of dirt. Anyone who has been in a situation like this knows this is not a position of leverage or control. So what is it incompetence, lack of training or just another “Bad Apple” if you fall for that theory.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution covers the incident and provides no new information related to the nature of the incident nor the charges levied against the victim.

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Blue On Black Crime: Atlanta Police Beats Black Man During Arrest
#BLACKLIVESMATTER Happening right now…this is how #AtlantaPolice is treats black men, this man is not offering any resistance. “Black men aren’t safe in Atlanta. This is what I call a #BlueOnBlackCrime, as an organization, we stand against police brutality regardless the color of the officer. We now hereby DEMAND an internal investigation and will aggressively seek the immediate TERMINATION and expect CRIMINAL CHARGES to be filed against the officer in question.” – Sir Maejor President of Black Lives Matter of Greater AtlantaCOMMENT & SHARE
Posted by Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta on Friday, June 23, 2017

 
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Two Georgia Cops Criminally Charged for Punching, Stomping Head of Unarmed Man

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The two Georgia cops who were fired this month after they were caught on camera punching and stomping a non-resisting man have been criminally charged.
Turns out, one of the cops had punched the man because the man had been trying to record the interaction, according to the victim’s attorney.
But unknowing to Gwinnett County Police Sergeant Mike Bongiovanni, he was being recorded by another citizen witnessing the altercation from their car.
Another witness then recorded Gwinnett County police officer Robert McDonald, who came running up and stomped on the head of Demetrius Hollins after he had been handcuffed and was laying facedown on the ground.
The 21-year-old man had been pulled over for not using a turn signal.
The incident took place on April 12 and both cops were fired the following day.
Earlier today, they were each charged with one count of misdemeanor battery and one count of violation of oath, which is a felony, according to WSB-TV.
The former cops have until Thursday evening to turn themselves in where they will likely bond out within minutes as cops tend to do on those rare occasions they get criminally charged.
The decision to charge the cops was made by Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter, who said he was shocked by the two videos recorded by witnesses.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a situation where both officers appeared to act without justification,” Porter told WSB-TV.
Bongiovanni, who was on the force for nearly two decades, was accused of using excessive force 67 times, according to his personnel file.
But he was cleared in every single one of them.
Apparently, none of those previous incidents were captured on video.
An attorney for Bongiovanni said his client never threw a punch, but only elbowed the man, which he says is more acceptable.
“He (Bongiovannit) says, ‘I don’t recall throwing a punch.’ Because he didn’t

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Two Georgia Cops Fired – Including an “Officer of the Month” – After Videos Surface Showing them Beating, Stomping Man

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Two Georgia cops were fired Thursday after videos surfaced showing them punching and stomping on the head of an unarmed non-resisting man.
But they should also be criminally charged, so let’s see how that pans out.
From the looks of it, it is something the two Gwinnett County police officers have been doing on a regular basis.
This time, it just happened to be caught on camera by a pair of witness, which is why the cops are also under criminal investigation.
“Based on what I know right now, I would anticipate there are going to be charges,” Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
“But I don’t know what they are yet.”
The first video, recorded by a motorist, shows Gwinnett County Police Sergeant Michael Bongiovanni punching a 21-year-old man in the face who had his hands in the air during a traffic stop.
Demetrius Hollins
The second video shows, recorded by a second motorist, shows Gwinnett County police officer Robert McDonald running up to the scene after Hollin had been handcuffed and tasered, and stomping on the back of his head as he was laying facedown on the street.
Demetrius Hollins was charged with less than an ounce of marijuana, obstruction of a police officer and several traffic citations, including driving with a suspended license, failure to signal and not having proper brake lights nor a license plate.
None of the violations amount to the crimes committed by the cops on video.
Bongiovanni claimed he pulled Hollins over after noticing he did not have a license plate and was changing lanes without signaling, which is something only cops are allowed to do.
They say he did not immediately pull over, but came to a stop after his car stalled out.
Bongiovanni, who’s been on the force for two decades, claimed in his report he smelled marijuana and

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WATCH: Georgia Deputies Kill Unarmed Teen Before Lying to Family about Cause of Death

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Georgia deputies lied to a family about the cause of their teenage son’s death, recently released dash cam reveals.
“I was originally told that he hit a tree at 80 mph,” Greg Dyksma told the ledger-enquirer regarding his son who was killed at the hands of Harris County sheriff deputies.
“Then the story changed to he hit a cop car at 10 mph. Then it changed to they pushed him off the road. So I heard all these stories, but nothing’s been confirmed.”
But dash cam footage released last month confirms 18-year-old Nicholas Dyksma did not hit a tree.
It confirms he also did not die from hitting a cop car at 10 mph.
Instead, the video confirms deputy Thomas Pierson, who has since been arrested and indicted for sexually assaulting at least three women he pulled over during traffic stops, Tasered Nicholas Dyksma before yanking him from his pick up truck, throwing him to the asphalt and mashing his knee on the back of  teen’s neck for nearly a minute, asphyxiating and killing him.
Thomas Carl “Tommy” Pierson faces several sexual assault charges including aggravated sodomy, sexual battery and stalking for raping women then showing up at their homes the next day to intimidate and harass them.
Greg Dyksma, Nicholas’ father, has only seen the disturbing video once. His wife, Tammy Dyksma, has never seen the video.
But one view was enough for Greg Dyksma to know something wasn’t right about the way cops treated his son and the video is now the basis of a federal lawsuit, which names Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, Sgt. Joe Harmon as well as deputies Heath Dawsom, William Sturdevant and Tommy Pierson as defendants.
It began around 2:00 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2015 with a call to police about a suspicious person sleeping in his truck at a Circle K store, which was Phillip Dyksma.
Columbus police

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Georgia Deputy has Ex-Wife Arrested for Criticizing him on Facebook

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Frustrated that her ex-husband refused to bring her sick children medicine, a Georgia woman took to Facebook to express her feelings.
She ended up thrown in jail.
But only because her ex-husband is a local sheriff’s captain who runs the local jail.
Now the ex-wife is suing her piece of shit ex-husband. Or as one of her friends referred to him on Facebook, a “POS.”
But that friend also ended up jailed for her Facebook comments.
So yes, Washington County Sheriff’s Captain Corey King is a real piece of shit. And so is his cohort, Washington County sheriff’s investigator Trey Burgamy, who conspired with him to throw the two women in jail.
And let’s not forget Washington County Magistrate Ralph O. Todd who went along with the scheme to teach these women a lesson to not to exercise their First Amendment rights on Facebook.
All three of them are pieces of shit and deserved to be flushed down the toilet instead of making a living from taxpayers’ dollars, but that’s the world we live in.
Now Anne King is suing both her ex-husband and Burgamy as well as Washington County, which will cost the taxpayers’ even more money.
It all started on January 14, 2015 when Anne King  asked her ex-husband to bring the children medicine, but he refused, claiming he was too busy, even though he only lived three miles down the road, according to the lawsuit, which you can read here.
The next day, Anne King posted the following on Facebook.

And her friend, Susan Hines, responded with the following:
POS. Give me an hour and check your mailbox. I’ll be GLAD to pick up the slack.
Corey King also responded with the following:
Take that shit off Facebook.
The next day, Captain King contacted Magistrate Ralph O. Todd, who issued a warrant for the two women, dragging them both to court where

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Rick Scott not bothered by Jon Steverson’s departure

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott suggested he wasn’t bothered by one of his agency heads overseeing the flow of millions of dollars to a law firm that he’s now going to work for.
Scott spoke to reporters after Tuesday’s Florida Cabinet meeting.
“We have people that come to work for the state and they work hard,” Scott told reporters. “And (then) they find opportunities. That’s just part of the process.”
Jon Steverson, secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, quit last Friday, reportedly for a job at the Foley & Lardner law firm, according to a Scott spokesman. The firm still has not publicly confirmed the hire.
Foley & Lardner also is one of the firms representing the state in a nearly two-decades-old court fight with Georgia over river water use.
The dispute centers around upstream water use from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers in Georgia. They meet at the Florida border to form the Apalachicola River, which empties into the Apalachicola Bay.
Steverson’s department is asking the Legislature for $13 million more to pay expected legal bills from the still-unresolved case. A joint committee is scheduled to take up the request later Tuesday.
But House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Monday night said his chamber won’t entertain the request without a detailed audit of how DEP officials spent legal money already appropriated.
The governor said he’s “appreciative of the people that are willing to come work with me … I know they work really hard. But when they have opportunities, they ought to go pursue them.”
Scott also defended the costs of the litigation, now approaching $100 million.
As The Associated Press has explained: “Florida blames rapid growth in metropolitan Atlanta and agriculture in south Georgia for causing low river flows that have imperiled fisheries dependent on fresh water entering the area. Georgia has argued that Florida didn’t prove its water use is to blame for the low flows and says a cap

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Days from inauguration, Donald Trump still owns/controls 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization

Monday, January 9th, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn’t stepped very far.
Trump has canceled a handful of international deals and dissolved a few shell companies created for prospective investments. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without precedent in modern U.S. history.
The president-elect is expected to give an update on his effort to distance himself from his business at a Wednesday news conference. He told The Associated Press on Friday that he would be announcing a “very simple solution.”
Ethics experts have called for Trump to sell off his assets and place his investments in a blind trust, which means something his family would not control. That’s what previous presidents have done.
Trump has given no indication he will go that far. He has said he will not be involved in day-to-day company operations and will leave that duty to his adult sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. The president-elect has not addressed the ethical minefield of whether he would retain a financial interest in his Trump Organization.
A look at what’s known about what Trump has and hasn’t tried to resolve his business entanglement before his swearing-in:
FOREIGN INVESTMENTS
Trump has abandoned planned business ventures in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Georgia, India and Argentina. The Associated Press found he has dissolved shell companies tied to a possible business venture in Saudi Arabia.
It’s unclear whether those moves are signs that Trump is dismantling the web of companies that make up his business. Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten has insisted none of the closures is related to Trump’s election. He calls them “normal housecleaning.”
The Trump

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Atlanta Cop Arrested on Home Invasion Charges After “Accidentally” Kicking Door Down and Threatening Occupants Inside

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

An Atlanta cop who kicked down a door and entered a home with his hand on his gun to threaten his ex-fiancee said it was all an accident.
But Atlanta police officer Phillip Barresi was arrested on home invasion charges anyway.
Now the rookie cop, who was sworn in on March 17, is on paid administrative leave until further notice.
Barresi was in uniform on November 28 when he drove to the home of his ex-fiancee’s parents and began repeatedly ringing the doorbell and kicking the door until it broke open.
He then entered the home with his hand on his gun and began making threats, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Fuck the police,” Barresi said after his ex-fiancee’s father threatened to call police before running out the door he had kicked down.
When police caught up to him, he told them he had “accidentally kicked the door open.”
He also told them he “”regretted his actions” but was “extremely upset” because his ex-fiancee had broken into his home first.
His ex-fiancee, who is not named in the news reports, said she did not break into his home, but had merely entered the home to retrieve some personal possessions after having moved out with her baby.
Barresi was also charged with second degree criminal damage to property. He was released from jail Wednesday after posting $15,000 bond.
He is due back in court on December 30 for his preliminary hearing.
 
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Georgia Deputies Shoot Man After He Refused to Put Away Tablet Computer in Courtroom

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Georgia deputies shot a man after he refused to put away a tablet computer inside a courtroom during a child support hearing Wednesday.
Clayton County sheriff’s deputies say they only shot Benarvis Johnson after tasering him, which had no effect on him.
They also say he ignored their orders to put away the tablet computer, which is why they had to drag him out of the courtroom and taser him.
A witness recorded deputies with tasers in their hands struggling with the 27-year-old man outside the courtroom, but did not capture the actual shooting or any of the tasering.
But they say there was no need to shoot Johnson, especially considering there were a number of bystanders, including children, that could have been struck.
The video shows Johnson being led out of the courtroom with the tablet in his hand, so perhaps he was also recording, even though that video has not surfaced.
Johnson can be seen with his hands in the air, telling deputies not to touch him as he appears to be willing to walk on his own, but deputies insisted on manhandling him.
Johnson, who was charged with creating a public disturbance, was recovering at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the buttocks.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
When deputies told the man he could not use his tablet while in court, he ignored them.
“The gentleman wouldn’t put the tablet down; he kept using it,” King said.
Two deputies came over and one reached for his Taser.
The man continued arguing with the deputies, who dragged him out of the courtroom and into the hallway.
“He was holding his hands up, saying, ‘Don’t touch me,’” King said.
Deputies tried to place him in custody and he resisted, officials told Channel 2.
One deputy deployed his Taser on the man, Jonesboro police Chief Franklin Allen said.
When the stun gun didn’t

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Georgia Deputies Shoot Man After He Refused to Put Away Tablet Computer in Courtroom

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Georgia deputies shot a man after he refused to put away a tablet computer inside a courtroom during a child support hearing Wednesday.
Clayton County sheriff’s deputies say they only shot Benarvis Johnson after tasering him, which had no effect on him.
They also say he ignored their orders to put away the tablet computer, which is why they had to drag him out of the courtroom and taser him.
A witness recorded deputies with tasers in their hands struggling with the 27-year-old man outside the courtroom, but did not capture the actual shooting or any of the tasering.
But they say there was no need to shoot Johnson, especially considering there were a number of bystanders, including children, that could have been struck.
The video shows Johnson being led out of the courtroom with the tablet in his hand, so perhaps he was also recording, even though that video has not surfaced.
Johnson can be seen with his hands in the air, telling deputies not to touch him as he appears to be willing to walk on his own, but deputies insisted on manhandling him.
Johnson, who was charged with creating a public disturbance, was recovering at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the buttocks.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
When deputies told the man he could not use his tablet while in court, he ignored them.
“The gentleman wouldn’t put the tablet down; he kept using it,” King said.
Two deputies came over and one reached for his Taser.
The man continued arguing with the deputies, who dragged him out of the courtroom and into the hallway.
“He was holding his hands up, saying, ‘Don’t touch me,’” King said.
Deputies tried to place him in custody and he resisted, officials told Channel 2.
One deputy deployed his Taser on the man, Jonesboro police Chief Franklin Allen said.
When the stun gun didn’t

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WATCH: Georgia Cop Fired for Challenging Teen to Fight for Yelling “Fuck the Police” from Car

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A Georgia cop was fired last week for harassing and intimidating a 17-year-old who hollered “fuck the police” at him from a moving car in an incident captured on both body and dash cameras.
This isn’t the first time Social Circle police officer James Eugene Sander has been disciplined
In 2014, he received an oral reprimand for threatening to blow up a high school as well as send anthrax to school staff after they expressed dissatisfaction with the level of security he provided at a football game,” according to the Walton Tribune.
On Thursday, after receiving an anonymous tip about the cop pulling over a vehicle and “cussing at all the occupants” inside, then viewing video footage from the November 23 incident, Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver decided he’d seen enough of Sander’s antics and pulled the trigger to fire him.
After receiving the tip, Chief Oliver requested Sgt. Samantha Rose get a statement from Sanders about the stop, but footage from Sanders’ body cam indicated several discrepancies in his version of events.
Video from the stop shows Sanders pulling over the jeep then proceeding to ask each of the teens separately who made the comment.
The driver of the vehicle said it was his friend that made the remark.
Sanders then hones in on the kid and walks over to him.
“Get out of the vehicle. What’d you have to say?” asks Sanders.
The boy complies with Sanders’ request.
“Nothing.”
“Tell me one more time or you’re going to jail, son,” says Sanders before asking the boy’s name.
The kid quietly replies, apparently familiar with the Sanders from a previous incident.
“Brandon Hughes!” Sanders excitedly recalls. “I know who you are!”
“Is there something you need to say to us that you need to yell out the window? Who are you yelling at? Look at me when you’re talking, son. Who are you yelling

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WATCH: Georgia Cop Fired for Challenging Teen to Fight for Yelling “Fuck the Police” from Car

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A Georgia cop was fired last week for harassing and intimidating a 17-year-old who hollered “fuck the police” at him from a moving car in an incident captured on both body and dash cameras.
This isn’t the first time Social Circle police officer James Eugene Sander has been disciplined
In 2014, he received an oral reprimand for threatening to blow up a high school as well as send anthrax to school staff after they expressed dissatisfaction with the level of security he provided at a football game,” according to the Walton Tribune.
On Thursday, after receiving an anonymous tip about the cop pulling over a vehicle and “cussing at all the occupants” inside, then viewing video footage from the November 23 incident, Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver decided he’d seen enough of Sander’s antics and pulled the trigger to fire him.
After receiving the tip, Chief Oliver requested Sgt. Samantha Rose get a statement from Sanders about the stop, but footage from Sanders’ body cam indicated several discrepancies in his version of events.
Video from the stop shows Sanders pulling over the jeep then proceeding to ask each of the teens separately who made the comment.
The driver of the vehicle said it was his friend that made the remark.
Sanders then hones in on the kid and walks over to him.
“Get out of the vehicle. What’d you have to say?” asks Sanders.
The boy complies with Sanders’ request.
“Nothing.”
“Tell me one more time or you’re going to jail, son,” says Sanders before asking the boy’s name.
The kid quietly replies, apparently familiar with the Sanders from a previous incident.
“Brandon Hughes!” Sanders excitedly recalls. “I know who you are!”
“Is there something you need to say to us that you need to yell out the window? Who are you yelling at? Look at me when you’re talking, son. Who are you yelling

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Trial set to begin in Florida and Georgia’s fight over water

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Florida and Georgia this week are taking their long-standing fight over the supply of water in their shared watershed to court. Arguments are expected to last for weeks, and the result could affect millions of people and major industries in both states.
The dispute centers on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin. The watershed drains nearly 20,000 square miles in western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
Florida claims that Atlanta and southwest Georgia farmers are using too much water and are hurting the oyster industry downstream. Georgia argues that limiting its water use will harm the economy.
The proceeding opens Monday before an official appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
WHAT’S THE DISAGREEMENT?
The dispute focuses on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which drains nearly 20,000 square miles in western Georgia, eastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The Chattahoochee and Flint rivers meet at the Georgia-Florida border to form the Apalachicola, which flows into the bay and the Gulf of Mexico beyond.
The states cite dramatically different reasons for the lower flows of water across the border from Georgia to Florida.
Florida says water use has risen sharply in the booming metropolitan Atlanta area and in southwest Georgia’s agricultural industry, harming the environment and downstream industries, including oyster fishing.
Georgia’s lawyers say the state’s water use isn’t to blame for lower flows into Florida’s Apalachicola Bay, and that limiting its use of the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers will jeopardize Georgia’s economy.
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WHAT DOES FLORIDA WANT?
Florida is asking for a cap on Georgia’s water use, with added restrictions during drought. Attorneys plan to argue that Georgia is to blame for lower river flows crossing the border to Florida, harming the environment and causing a collapse of the oyster fishing industry. Florida says that conservation measures in Atlanta and elsewhere will help downstream areas without affecting the city’s growth.
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WHAT DOES GEORGIA WANT?
Georgia

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WATCH: Georgia Jailers Ignored Inmate’s Suicide Attempts for Eight Hours Before he was Found Dead in Cell

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Georgia inmate Yoel Robton first wrapped the blanket he’d tied into makeshift noose around his bedpost around noon, spending the next eight hours placing it around his neck in apparent suicide attempts.
Not a single guard at the Doraville Detention Center noticed until it was too late.
Now an insurance company for the city will ante up $2 million for the mentally ill  man’s suicide after settling a lawsuit with his mother.
Records show jailers failed to check on her son every 20 minutes as city policy required and they failed to give him medication prescribed for depression even after his family brought it to them, leaving him to kill himself on August 17, 2014.
Surveillance video shows Debra Robton’s son mulled over how to kill himself for eight hours before hanging himself from the top bunk in his jail cell.
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Yoel Robton’s with his girlfriend Heather; Chasity Altman, Heather’s daughter; and Heather’s stepmother, Jackie
“It makes me very angry, very, very angry, and so sad,” Debra Robton, Yoel’s mother told WSB-TV in Atlanta.
She still hasn’t watched the video of her son’s death.
“It did not have to happen. It should not have happened,” she said. “He was just a very loving, loving kind soul.”
Video shows Yoel Robton contemplated suicide for eight hours before hanging himself with a makeshift noose in his jail cell.
Recorded footage from Robton’s cell shows him slipping a makeshift noose over his head several times and sitting on the floor to test it, pacing and appearing anxious.
Jailers who claim they checked their video monitors did not notice the noose tied to his bed or his depressive behavior.
Time went on.
At about 5 p.m., video shows a jailer delivered food to Yoel’s cell; but he did not notice the noose tied to his bedpost.
At about 8:30 p.m., Yoel Robton hung himself with his blanket from the bed in his jail cell.
Jailers responded 18 minutes later.
Robton died in the hospital

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Jacksonville leaders talk “$75M – 80M” economic impact of college football, military events

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

After a month that has been defined by preparation for and recovery from Hurricane Matthew, Jacksonville could use some good news and some positive economic activity.
City leaders say it’s coming later in October and early in November, via both sporting events (the 2016 Georgia vs. Florida game and the Navy vs. Notre Dame game) and military events, in the form of the Jacksonville Sea and Sky Air Show and Veterans Day Parade.
On Tuesday morning, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, JAXSPORTS Council’s Rick Catlett, and the city’s sports and entertainment czar Dave Herrell spoke at some length about the cumulative “$75 to $80 million economic impact” of this quartet of sports and military events.
Georgia/Florida  on Oct. 29 and Navy/Notre Dame on Nov. 5 will generate the bulk of that impact, at $30 million each. The Sea and Sky Air Show on Nov. 5 and 6 and the Veterans Day parade on Nov. 11 will generate the rest.
Catlett and Curry lauded the unique synergy.
Catlett called it “an unprecedented time for our city as we prepare for the three most impactful back-to-back weekends in Jacksonville history.”
Curry appreciated the events as a “football fan and a son of a military veteran,” he said in the press release ahead of the presentation.
During the presentation, Curry noted that this “solidifies what you’ve always known about Jacksonville,” as a leader in sports and entertainment, and as the “most military-friendly city in the United States.”
Curry spoke to the economic impact, from “heads in beds” to other drivers of “major economic impact.”
“We’ll continue to go on no sleep,” Curry said, “but for some fun reasons this time.”
Herrell noted that “we are ten days out from the Florida/Georgia game,” which officially kicks off with the opening of RV City, a “very fun atmosphere in the sports complex for all the folks that come in.”
On Oct.

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Rick Scott sends resources to three states to help in aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Three Southern states will be getting a helping hand from Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott announced the state is sending 18 semi-trucks filled with meal kits to six cities in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The meal kits will be sent to food banks, which will then distribute meals to families impacted by the hurricane.
“While Hurricane Matthew caused damage in Florida, we are blessed to not have the impacts and destruction seen in our neighboring states,” the governor said in a statement. “When disaster strikes, we all have a role to play in helping our neighbors recover and providing whatever help and resources we can to get folks back on their feet.”
The meals will be distributed to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah, Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston, South Carolina; Harvest Hope Food Hank in Columbia, South Carolina; the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh; Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina in Fayetteville; and the Food Bank of Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
The Governor’s Office said the state purchased the meal kits in preparation for the hurricane. Since the state didn’t need them, Scott said the state is “shipping them off to those who need help right now.”
“I have reached out to the Governors of these states to let them know Florida stands ready to help them and that their residents are in our thoughts and prayers,” said Scott in a statement
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Storm’s 50-mile difference between disaster and catastrophe

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Hurricane Matthew’s close-but-not-quite-direct-hit path along the Florida and Georgia coasts skirted the difference between disaster and catastrophe, meteorologists said.
Even though Matthew eventually made landfall in South Carolina as a minimal hurricane Saturday, the path it took in the days before was a stroke of luck for the United States that meteorologists will spend years trying to understand and explain.
Here are some questions and answers about Matthew’s path that one meteorologist likened to threading a needle:

Q: How close a call was it for Florida and Georgia?
A: Just a 50 mile shift to the west, or even 20 or 30 miles, during the time it glided north along the coastline meant the difference between a storm that now looks like it will end up causing several billion dollars in damage and one costing $50 billion, said both Colorado State University meteorology professor Phil Klotzbach and former hurricane hunter meteorologist Jeff Masters, meteorology director at the private Weather Underground.
“People got incredibly lucky,” Klotzbach said. “It was a super close call.”
“Thankfully it was a tight enough storm that 50 miles made a pretty big difference from a wind perspective,” Klotzbach said.
Mark Bove, a meteorologist for the insurance giant Munch Re, said “if this went in as a Category 3 or 4 into Florida it would have been significantly worse.”
Still, the storm surge was bad, especially in Jacksonville, Klotzbach said.
And as lucky as the track was for the United States, it was unlucky for Haiti and the Bahamas, Klotzbach pointed out.
“It maximized the damage in the Caribbean and minimized the damage in the U.S.,” Klotzbach said.

Q: Why did it not go into Florida or Georgia?
A: Meteorologists are still trying to figure that out but the best answer may just be dumb luck with maybe an assist from Tropical Storm Nicole. Meteorologists said they will be

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Georgia Deputies who Tasered Man to Death on Video won’t be Charged

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The Georgia deputies who tasered a man to death after his family called 911 for help will not face charges in what the family’s attorney calls “one of the most horrible decisions” he’s ever seen a district attorney make.
The tasering death was captured on body cam footage worn by the Coweta County sheriff’s deputies, showing them repeatedly taser Chase Sherman until he finally dies.
“Ok, I’m dead. I’m dead,” Sherman tells them as the life escapes him.
But the deputies kept tasering him, telling him to “stop fighting” and “stop resisting” while piling their weight on him.
“I’m dead, I’m dead,” Sherman reiterated.
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And then he died.
Deputies Samuel Smith and Joshua Sepanski tasered him 15 times before he died.
The incident took place on November 15, 2015, but the video was not released until February, where it quickly went viral.
Sherman was in a car with his family, including his parents and fiancee, when he began acting erratically, an apparent result of synthetic marijuana he had ingested.
At one point, he bit his fiancee and hopped out the car, which was when the family called 911 for help.
But as we’ve seen so many times, that call for help only made things worse.
The United States Department of Justice is also investigating and have not made a determination, according to the Newman Times-Herald.
“It’s absolutely the worst investigation I have ever seen in my entire career,” said the family’s attorney, Chris Stewart.
 
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Hundreds of thousands flee Florida coast to escape Matthew’s fury

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of anxious people boarded up their homes and businesses and grabbed a few belongings to flee inland as Hurricane Matthew gained strength and roared toward the Southeast seaboard on Thursday.
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott said the state, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast.
As people hurried for higher ground, authorities in South Carolina said a motorist died on Wednesday after being shot by deputies during an altercation along an evacuation route.
Scott said Florida, its skies already darkening from early outer rain bands of the life-threatening storm, could be facing its “biggest evacuation ever” as Matthew menaces almost all the state’s Atlantic coast.
About 2 million people from Florida across Georgia to South Carolina were being encouraged to head inland and away from the most powerful storm to threaten the Atlantic coast in more than a decade. Matthew killed at least 16 people in the Caribbean as it sliced through Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.
“This is a dangerous storm,” Scott warned. “The storm has already killed people. We should expect the same impact in Florida.”
Hurricane Matthew is barreling over the Bahamas and taking aim at Florida, expected to near the Atlantic coast starting Thursday night. The Category 3 storm has top sustained winds of 125 mph. Florida hasn’t been hit by a storm this powerful in more than a decade.
Florida emergency officials said 48 shelters in schools already have begun providing refuge to more than 3,000 people, some with special needs, mostly in coastal counties where evacuations both mandatory and voluntary were underway. Patients also were transferred from two Florida waterfront hospitals and a nursing home near Daytona Beach to safer locations.
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Georgia Cop Gets Shot, Blames Black Man, Gets Charged with Fabricating Story

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Sherry Hall was two months into the job as a Georgia police officer when she came across a scary black man who shot her before escaping into the woods, sparking an intense manhunt that was followed by the usual condemnation of Black Lives Matter on social media.
But as we’ve seen so many times before, Hall had fabricated the entire story.
And now the Jackson police officer is facing four felonies.
Hall, who was careful to keep her dash camera turned off, did not realize investigators could still find ways to expose her lies.
Or maybe she didn’t expect the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to spend 600 hours investigating the shooting that took place on September 13, 2016 where she reportedly was shot in the abdomen, but protected by her bulletproof vest.
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According to a statement released from the GBI Friday.
Earlier today, the GBI secured four criminal arrest warrants through the Superior Court of the Towaliga Judicial Circuit on Sherry Hall. They are as follows: False Statements, Tampering with Evidence, Interference with Government Property, and Violation of Oath of Office.
After following the leads and evidence, the investigation has now revealed that there is no, and never was, a suspect shooter at large in Jackson, Georgia.
The GBI was requested by the Jackson Police Department to independently investigate both the Officer Involved Shooting/ Use of Force and the alleged Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer. The GBI Milledgeville Office committed all available assets and resources, which included personnel from two regional offices. To date, there have been in excess of 600 investigative work hours expended on this investigation and certain aspects of this investigation are still ongoing.
The alleged incident began at approximately 12:08 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 when Sherry Hall called out over

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Georgia Cop Fails to Intimidate PINAC Reporter into Handing Over ID for Recording Police in Public (Updated)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was enjoying some traveling with his family in central Georgia when he decided to slip away to conduct a seatbelt audit on the Warner Robins Police Department, which is where he stands on public property outside the department to record officers as they drive away to see if they are wearing seat belts.
After all, not only does state law require all drivers to wear seat belts, most law enforcement agencies, including this one, have departmental policies also requiring the use of seat belts.
And as Gray points out in his video, the number one cause for law enforcement fatalities on a yearly basis is traffic fatalities.
But a Warner Robins cop determined he was acting suspicious by recording them in public, even if they did not have an expectation of privacy.
It only took a few minutes into his seat belt audit when a Warner Robins patrol cruiser pulls up with a relatively friendly, but persistent, cop wearing sunglasses and going through his police academy mantra, insisting Gray needs to hand over his identification.
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“How you doing?” the Georgia cop asks with a friendly drawl as he pulls up?
“Good, how are you?” asks Jeff, matching the drawl.
“Can I help you?” asked the cop, as if Jeff was seeking help from police.
“No thanks. I’m good.”
“Do you have some ID on you?
“What for?”
Because you’re out here taking pictures of the police department; that’s why.
“Is that illegal?” Jeff asked rhetorically.
“No but it’s suspicious. And I got every means to talk to you.”
“K, am I being detained?”
“No, but I need to see some ID.”
“K, if I’m not being detained, have a nice day.”
“You said I’m not being detained, right?”
“But I got every legal right to ask you for your ID if what you’re doing is suspicious.”
“That’s

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Georgia Cop Fails to Intimidate PINAC Reporter into Handing Over ID for Recording Police in Public (Updated)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was enjoying some traveling with his family in central Georgia when he decided to slip away to conduct a seatbelt audit on the Warner Robins Police Department, which is where he stands on public property outside the department to record officers as they drive away to see if they are wearing seat belts.
After all, not only does state law require all drivers to wear seat belts, most law enforcement agencies, including this one, have departmental policies also requiring the use of seat belts.
And as Gray points out in his video, the number one cause for law enforcement fatalities on a yearly basis is traffic fatalities.
But a Warner Robins cop determined he was acting suspicious by recording them in public, even if they did not have an expectation of privacy.
It only took a few minutes into his seat belt audit when a Warner Robins patrol cruiser pulls up with a relatively friendly, but persistent, cop wearing sunglasses and going through his police academy mantra, insisting Gray needs to hand over his identification.
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“How you doing?” the Georgia cop asks with a friendly drawl as he pulls up?
“Good, how are you?” asks Jeff, matching the drawl.
“Can I help you?” asked the cop, as if Jeff was seeking help from police.
“No thanks. I’m good.”
“Do you have some ID on you?
“What for?”
Because you’re out here taking pictures of the police department; that’s why.
“Is that illegal?” Jeff asked rhetorically.
“No but it’s suspicious. And I got every means to talk to you.”
“K, am I being detained?”
“No, but I need to see some ID.”
“K, if I’m not being detained, have a nice day.”
“You said I’m not being detained, right?”
“But I got every legal right to ask you for your ID if what you’re doing is suspicious.”
“That’s

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Georgia Cop Fails to Intimidate PINAC Reporter into Handing Over ID for Recording Police in Public (Updated)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was enjoying some traveling with his family in central Georgia when he decided to slip away to conduct a seatbelt audit on the Warner Robins Police Department, which is where he stands on public property outside the department to record officers as they drive away to see if they are wearing seat belts.
After all, not only does state law require all drivers to wear seat belts, most law enforcement agencies, including this one, have departmental policies also requiring the use of seat belts.
And as Gray points out in his video, the number one cause for law enforcement fatalities on a yearly basis is traffic fatalities.
But a Warner Robins cop determined he was acting suspicious by recording them in public, even if they did not have an expectation of privacy.
It only took a few minutes into his seat belt audit when a Warner Robins patrol cruiser pulls up with a relatively friendly, but persistent, cop wearing sunglasses and going through his police academy mantra, insisting Gray needs to hand over his identification.
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“How you doing?” the Georgia cop asks with a friendly drawl as he pulls up?
“Good, how are you?” asks Jeff, matching the drawl.
“Can I help you?” asked the cop, as if Jeff was seeking help from police.
“No thanks. I’m good.”
“Do you have some ID on you?
“What for?”
Because you’re out here taking pictures of the police department; that’s why.
“Is that illegal?” Jeff asked rhetorically.
“No but it’s suspicious. And I got every means to talk to you.”
“K, am I being detained?”
“No, but I need to see some ID.”
“K, if I’m not being detained, have a nice day.”
“You said I’m not being detained, right?”
“But I got every legal right to ask you for your ID if what you’re doing is suspicious.”
“That’s

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Georgia Cop Fails to Intimidate PINAC Reporter into Handing Over ID for Recording Police in Public (Updated)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was enjoying some traveling with his family in central Georgia when he decided to slip away to conduct a seatbelt audit on the Warner Robins Police Department, which is where he stands on public property outside the department to record officers as they drive away to see if they are wearing seat belts.
After all, not only does state law require all drivers to wear seat belts, most law enforcement agencies, including this one, have departmental policies also requiring the use of seat belts.
And as Gray points out in his video, the number one cause for law enforcement fatalities on a yearly basis is traffic fatalities.
But a Warner Robins cop determined he was acting suspicious by recording them in public, even if they did not have an expectation of privacy.
It only took a few minutes into his seat belt audit when a Warner Robins patrol cruiser pulls up with a relatively friendly, but persistent, cop wearing sunglasses and going through his police academy mantra, insisting Gray needs to hand over his identification.
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“How you doing?” the Georgia cop asks with a friendly drawl as he pulls up?
“Good, how are you?” asks Jeff, matching the drawl.
“Can I help you?” asked the cop, as if Jeff was seeking help from police.
“No thanks. I’m good.”
“Do you have some ID on you?
“What for?”
Because you’re out here taking pictures of the police department; that’s why.
“Is that illegal?” Jeff asked rhetorically.
“No but it’s suspicious. And I got every means to talk to you.”
“K, am I being detained?”
“No, but I need to see some ID.”
“K, if I’m not being detained, have a nice day.”
“You said I’m not being detained, right?”
“But I got every legal right to ask you for your ID if what you’re doing is suspicious.”
“That’s

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Georgia Cop Fails to Intimidate PINAC Reporter into Handing Over ID for Recording Police in Public (Updated)

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

PINAC reporter Jeff Gray was enjoying some traveling with his family in central Georgia when he decided to slip away to conduct a seatbelt audit on the Warner Robins Police Department, which is where he stands on public property outside the department to record officers as they drive away to see if they are wearing seat belts.
After all, not only does state law require all drivers to wear seat belts, most law enforcement agencies, including this one, have departmental policies also requiring the use of seat belts.
And as Gray points out in his video, the number one cause for law enforcement fatalities on a yearly basis is traffic fatalities.
But a Warner Robins cop determined he was acting suspicious by recording them in public, even if they did not have an expectation of privacy.
It only took a few minutes into his seat belt audit when a Warner Robins patrol cruiser pulls up with a relatively friendly, but persistent, cop wearing sunglasses and going through his police academy mantra, insisting Gray needs to hand over his identification.
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“How you doing?” the Georgia cop asks with a friendly drawl as he pulls up?
“Good, how are you?” asks Jeff, matching the drawl.
“Can I help you?” asked the cop, as if Jeff was seeking help from police.
“No thanks. I’m good.”
“Do you have some ID on you?
“What for?”
Because you’re out here taking pictures of the police department; that’s why.
“Is that illegal?” Jeff asked rhetorically.
“No but it’s suspicious. And I got every means to talk to you.”
“K, am I being detained?”
“No, but I need to see some ID.”
“K, if I’m not being detained, have a nice day.”
“You said I’m not being detained, right?”
“But I got every legal right to ask you for your ID if what you’re doing is suspicious.”
“That’s

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