GBI finally released video of prisoners being beaten with hammers by guards
2010 prisoner strikes
instead of working for free for things like
call centers and building weapons.
pled guilty in 2012
to conspiracy, assault with injury, and coverup.
But GBI mysteriously hasn’t been able to identify
the guard seen in this video beating handcuffed prisoner Kelvin Stevenson
with a hammer.
At the beginning of this video, you hear a prison guard shouting,
“”Get down! Just get down! Get down! Get down!”
presumably to the other prisoners. That exclamation is followed by,
“Oh (inaudible) guy over there with his hands hitting him …
and a damn hammer!”
Many voters in Brooks County are older African-Americans who are senior citizens in their 60's, 70's and 80's that witnessed first-hand the politics of Jim Crow in the last century, but had to deal with GBI agents coming to their doorsteps of their small rural town with guns strapped to their side asking questions. Some were voting for the first time or the first time in years in 2010, but there has been an ongoing effort by Republicans to present more obstacles and/or threats to eligible voters so they would be discouraged not to vote.
I think the Quitman 10+2's real crime was very simple: winning. Even worse, they used an innovative strategy (absentee ballots) for an end-run around their opponents. If that school board election in Brooks County had been a football game, the Q10+2 would be hailed as heroes by the local and state press for winning the game. Why is winning an election by legal means not accorded the same treatment?
I beg to differ with Mr. Pritchard’s opinion regarding “malicious
Lowndes County Manager Joe Pritchard says, “I don’t believe through
our investigation, nor through any info we received from the Department
of Ag, are able to indicate any malicious intent.”
Mr. Pritchard should understand that it matters not if this was done
with “malicious intent” or not. “Malicous intent” should be
determined by the investigating criminal agency, not a county manager.
“Malicious Intent” is only important in determining whether the
crime should be filed as a felony, or a misdemeanor.
The law is crystal clear regarding the denial of necessary medical care,
and/or humane euthanasia, for any animal deemed to be in need of such. Any
time a shelter impounds/houses a live animal, the shelter is required,
by law, to afford that animal with humane care – to include necessary
medical care or treatment.
The blogger then goes on to quote Georgia Code, which only brings
in the word “maliciously” for higher fines or imprisonment
for aggravated cruelty to animals.
Tomorrow will be a week and I have had no response! Very disappointing.
Thank you so much for your support. The County manager and several county
employees interviewed all the workers after a drug screen was conducted on
all employees back in late august of 2010. Several (4) employees advised
the people conducting the investigation (Joe Prichard, Mickey Tillman,
Page Dukes and Suzanne Pittman) of the charges brought to the Department
of Agriculture. From the
I traveled to the Georgia State Capital February 22, 2011; in support of
the Quitman Ten. These brave, courageous freedom fightes stood and are
standing strong on behalf of Georgia Voter’s right to vote. This is a
short preview of what will be posted here as a reflection of what took
place at this meeting and historical event. As a concerned citizens
from the South Georgia, I commend the Georgia citizens that stood in
support of the Quitman Ten as they received rewards for their courage
and perhaps being forced to bring South Georgia into the 21st Century
along with other cities.
In the appended post about yesterday’s events in Quitman,
George Rhynes cites the
Curiously, the nearest local daily newspaper,
the Valdosta Daily Times, seems to have nothing online about this.
At 8:30 AM, I began receiving phone calls from Quitman, Georgia
in the County of Brooks where the County
Sheriffs Office was arresting citizens at random concerning the recent
Absentee Ballot Problems.
These arrests reminded me of the alleged problems Black Voters/Citizens have
had with the GBI harassing them during their investigation before and during
the last run off election.
This included alleged actions by the GBI
Investigators that local citizens complained about intimidation before,
during and after the election. However little or no Public Media
Attention was given to alleged Black Voter intimidation by local media.
Moreover, little to nothing was published in the
FREE PRESS surrounding citizen’s fear from GBI Investigators. This was a
major point of discussion when I along with a local Pastor from Valdosta,
Georgia walked the streets to get a better understanding of what
Brooks County Voters had to go through during the last election.