Photo Credit: David Schick
Another University of Georgia student was hit by a vehicle on campus today while trying to cross Baldwin Street. This marks the second student struck within three day of classes in the same location. Once again, the student was lucky and walked away with just minor scrapes and bruises.
With all the talk about Ferguson, MO, lately, here is everyone whom Athens-Clarke County police shot and killed in the past 20 years (or as far back as the Internet goes). While the cases led to varying degrees of tension in the community, in all three cases, the officer(s) involved were cleared of wrongdoing. Only one of the shooting victims was unarmed.
In 1995, Edward Wright, 20, who was black, was running naked around East Athens early one morning. Two white officers approached him. One, Sean Potter, told him to stop, then pepper-sprayed him when he didn't. Wright tackled and punched Potter. The other officer, Pat Mercardante, hit him with a baton. Wright got up, and Potter told him to get back on the ground. Wright yelled, "Kill me! Kill me!" and lunged at Potter again. Potter shot him once in the stomach, and Wright kept coming. Potter then shot Wright five more times before Wright knocked his gun loose.
Photo Credit: David Schick
Rob Richards, Jr. may be invincible. Or just really lucky.
Yesterday, a car struck Richards on the first day of classes at the University of Georgia. Today, he was miraculously walking the streets of downtown Athens on his way to a martial arts class after putting in some hours working at UGA’s main library.
Eco Development Group of Athens is asking the Oconee County Planning Commission to recommend rezoning a mothballed residential subdivision off Virgil Langford Road so it can build what it calls a “seniors continuum of care retirement community.”
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The quote that was pulled from an article that was pulled from a conversation that I was having did not, and does not, compare Athens, GA to Ferguson, MO.
The quote and entire conversation was about the increasing militarization of ALL police forces. And as an example of it happening all over the country, including in Athens, we brought up the armored vehicle (which is, according to Merriam-Webster, a synonym for "tank"… and also Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck is hard to fit on a sign).
In May 2013, the Athens-Clarke County Commission, based on Police Chief Jack Lumpkin's recommendation, voted unanimously, bleeding hearts and all, to accept a $240,000 Lenco BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
The BearCat joins a cache of equipment and vehicles ACCPD has acquired from DHS over the past decade, including a $218,000 mobile command center and an $80,000 bomb-sniffing dog.
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