(Athens, GA – AP) — A fraternity at the University of Georgia says it has expelled four members after they were seen in a racist video online. Tau Kappa Epsilon said it was disgusted, appalled and angered by the video, which shows men using a racial slur and talking about picking cotton.
The frat said it first heard about the video Friday and moved to kick the men out. The local chapter of the frat is also temporarily suspended while the national organization investigates further. The university also issued a statement that racism has no place on its campus.
(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Ride-sharing service Lyft is giving out free rides to black history museums, memorial sites or black-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month. You can get a free ride of up to ten dollars to places in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and other cities.
Lyft said in a statement that it believes in recognizing, celebrating and supporting the contributions of black men and women throughout history. The service us also celebrating the one-year anniversary of its partnership with Black Girls Code, an organization that provides African-American girls with coding skills to help increase representation of black women in technology.
(Dekalb County, GA – AP) –– Georgia’s police community is in mourning tonight after one of their own was shot and killed in the line of duty. The shooting happened near Atlanta after the suspect fled from a traffic stop and opened fire, hitting the officer.
Other officers responding to the incident shot and killed the suspect. A police K-9 was also shot and critically injured. Dekalb County Police Chief James Conroy says the officer who died has been on the force for less than two years.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to oversee the investigation.
(Mableton, GA-AP) — A grandmother is dead in Georgia after she tried to stop a hostage situation that involved her granddaughter and great granddaughter. Police say James “Cody” Martin of Austell, Georgia was living with his girlfriend and her daughter and grandmother, 80-year-old Faye Spruell.
He allegedly attacked his girlfriend Jessica Adams on Monday and put a gun to her head. Spruell demanded that he leave her home.
He returned at 4 p.m. Tuesday and shot and killed Spruell and held Adams and her daughter hostage until Cobb County police showed up. SWAT officers shot and killed Martin and rescued Adams and her daughter. Spruell’s body was found next to the door to her home.
(Atlanta, GA) – Delicia Cordon refused to move out of LeSean McCoy’s Atlanta home and in response to a question about the court order demanding that she vacate the premises and why she wouldn’t leave, she told a television show that McCoy often resulted to those measures when he ‘couldn’t get his way’.
To be exact, records show eviction attempts started a year ago. Court papers filed in July 2017 show that McCoy was alleging that he and Cordon were “no longer in relationship” and McCoy had allowed her to “live rent-free while at the premises for five months.”
Cordon’s attorney claims that the eviction notice was given to Cordon’s 16-year old son and therefore couldn’t be enforced. Which again begs the question of why she refused to leave the home. That question is especially highlighted now that she claims she was physically abused by McCoy throughout their two year relationship. Cordon recently said that prior to the burglary that they were discussing marriage. McCoy says their relationship was over and that he was no longer living in the home and that he hadn’t been in the house for weeks. What’s likely is that Cordon is trying to strengthen her civil suit against the Buffalo Bills’ RB because those claims are noticeably absent from a previous version of her lawsuit.
The previous lawsuit doesn’t directly accuse McCoy of playing a role in the home invasion either but now she is directly accusing him of arranging the burglary that left her with facial injuries and of abusing her for the duration of their courtship.
McCoy is maintaining his innocence.
(Atlanta, GA) – Two police officers in Georgia are being placed on leave after they used a coin-toss to decide if they should arrest a woman or not. Body cam footage reveals Officer Courtney Brown and Officer Kristee Wilson discussing what they should do with a woman named Sarah Webb after she was caught speeding.
The officers used the terms A” or arrest for heads, and “R” for release for tails during the coin toss. They ended up arresting Webb and charging her with speeding, reckless driving and driving too fast for conditions. A prosecutor has dismissed those charges. Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant says he’s appalled by the incident and an internal investigation has been launched.
(Decatur, GA) – A paraplegic man in a wheelchair is facing charges for allegedly zip-tying and shooting a stripper with a stun gun because she wouldn’t have sex with him. Police in Decatur, Georgia say 31-year-old Johnnie Thompson paid a stripper last week to come to his house, then tied her ankles and demanded sex.
She refused, so Thompson, paralyzed from the waist down, shot her in the chest with a TASER then fired a handgun at her. She managed to escape through a window and called 911. Thompson was charged Tuesday with false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Police say it’s not the first time Thompson has been accused of attacking a stripper.
(Atlanta, GA) – Atlanta Police say a man in his underwear climbed a fence at the airport and tried to force his way onto an airliner. Police say the 19-year-old was arrested at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Tuesday and charged with criminal trespassing, public indecency and obstructing police.Passengers on the Delta airliner took videos of the incident, that showed a man wearing only briefs running across the tarmac toward the plane. Police say he jumped on the wing of the plane and began pounding on the windows. The NBC affiliate in Atlanta says passengers on the plane held an emergency door shut to keep the man from getting in.
(Gwinnett County, GA) – The state medical board is suspending a Gwinnett doctor’s license over complaints stemming back to at least two years ago.
Windell Davis-Boutte has made a habit of posting photos and videos on social media while she dances and sings in the middle of cosmetic operations.
Some of her patients are now reporting problems from surgeries. The board deemed yesterday that Davis-Boutte’s practice “poses a threat to public health.”
(Atlanta, GA) – An up and comer in the Democratic party is one step closer to becoming the nation’s first black female governor. Stacey Abrams easily won the Democratic nomination for governor in Georgia.
She’s the former minority leader in the Georgia state House. Abrams defeated former state Representative Stacey Evans. Abrams scored big endorsements from Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as other big-name lawmakers.