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May 29

May 29, 2012 --

Senate leader Balfour piles up freebies Stadiums’ costs outweighing revenue potential Cherokee Co. grand jury may look into deal with wood recycling company Atlanta Citizen Review Board under scrutiny Questions remain about firefighters’ air packs Ocmulgee Circuit judge retires facing investigation Reward never paid to witness in 2003 cop killing case Council member lives outside […]

Councilman stung by ethics fine pushes oversight of ethics officer

Councilman stung by ethics fine pushes oversight of ethics officer
March 14, 2012 --

An Atlanta city councilman who tangled with the city’s ethics officer last year wants to place that job under the council’s control. Lamar Willis‘ proposal calls for the Board of Ethics to give the council three names to consider, rather than just one, to fill a vacancy pending since September. Ethics advocates fear the plan would politicize the appointment process and jeopardize the board’s independence. Former ethics officer Ginny Looney won settlements against Willis and five other council members since 2008. Willis said his proposal has nothing to do with his $3,500 ethics fine nor his complaint that the board’s case against him was “piling on” and not even “remotely necessary.”

Police overseer: ‘I believe … these boys got the crap kicked out of them’

Police overseer: 'I believe ... these boys got the crap kicked out of them'
October 15, 2010 --

An Atlanta police officer should lose three days’ pay for strip-searching a college student who had alleged an earlier beating by his partner, a citizen oversight panel said Thursday. The Atlanta Citizen Review Board said it could not corroborate charges of misconduct in the earlier incident, which left the student with two fractured bones in his face. Police said the student reached for an officer’s gun, but board member Rod Edmond wasn’t buying it:  “I believe in my heart of hearts these boys got the crap kicked out of them.”

Citizen panel: 24 ATL cops mistreated Eagle Bar patrons

September 9, 2010 --

Police should take action against 24 officers for improperly detaining dozens of patrons at the Atlanta Eagle gay bar in a 2009 raid, a citizen oversight panel said tonight. Recommendations for discipline should wait while investigators determine officers’  levels of blame, the Atlanta Citizen Review Board decided. But several members agreed when board chair Joy Morrissey said the maximum possible penalty  — a three-day suspension — would not be enough. “Amen,” one member added.

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days
May 23, 2010 --

Atlanta police inexplicably waited nine days to question a key witness to officers’ misconduct in the 2006 killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, according to a new investigative report. Instead, they put on a full-court press to track down an informant who corrupt officers wanted to use as their alibi. Cris Beamud, director of a city oversight panel created after the Johnston shooting, says police should find out why it took so long.

Investigation: 2 more APD cops should be fired

May 23, 2010 --

The report says Atlanta should fire two more cops over truthiness issues.

May 22

May 22, 2010 --

Controversial N.Ga. highway project could soon move forward Caught on tape: Canton officers’ convenience store rant Insurance audit upsets faculty, staff A former ATL cop speaks out against flawed Citizen review Board

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power — and more

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power -- and more
May 17, 2010 --

A citizen oversight panel could learn today whether it may compel Atlanta police officers to appear to answer investigators’ questions. The Atlanta Citizen Review Board, at the instigation of member Rod Edmond, may file suit to force officers to cooperate if it does not get subpoena power. Maybe even if it does. UPDATE: On a 13-1 vote, the City Council today granted the board subpoena power and require the police chief to discipline officers who won’t cooperate with it.

April 16

April 16, 2010 --

DeKalb terminates superintendent GBI: Accused claims Roethlisberger forced her to have sex SCLC accused of misspending more funds Senate panel removes review from death-penalty statute Ray McBerry saga: Victim’s mom’s story Lawyers in bias case want DeKalb to pay $2M in fees UGA research funding is drying up APD, Citizen Review Board continue to disagree […]

March 17

March 17, 2010 --

Two candidates for governor had teaching certificates suspended — for misconduct with female students Stephens Co. deputy who shot pastor had no arrest power With dollars scarce, lobbying is intense DeKalb prosecutor closes probe of ex-Clayton police chief ATL Citizen Review Board frustrated with mayor, APD Alpharetta councilman exonerated, ethics charge dropped Citizens contact GBI […]

APD overseers call out mayor on cops’ non-cooperation

APD overseers call out mayor on cops' non-cooperation
March 9, 2010 --

Citizen overseers have called on Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to ensure that police officers are disciplined if they keep refusing to answer investigators’ questions. But for a start, members of the Citizen Review Board said, Reed could return their calls.

18 officers subpoenaed to testify in Eagle Bar raid

18 officers subpoenaed to testify in Eagle Bar raid
March 1, 2010 --

An Atlanta City Council committee today subpoenaed 18 police officers to talk to citizen overseers looking into the department’s Sept. 10 raid on the Atlanta Eagle gay bar. Members of the Citizen Review Board had said they could no longer do their jobs effectively if they could not get police cooperation. “If these subpoenas are not issued, that means we’re done,” vice chairman Seth Kirschenbaum told the committee. “Our business is over.”