McKinney pushes national coalition to stop police brutality
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McKinney pushes national coalition to stop police brutality
Cynthia McKinney is organizing a national coalition to stop police brutality. The former Georgia Congresswoman said during a Jan. 6 press conference that too many blacks and Latinos are being brutalized or killed by police and she wants to find a way for law enforcement and the community to work...
Atlanta Streetcar turns page in city’s history
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Atlanta Streetcar turns page in city’s history
ATLANTA—The long-awaited Atlanta Streetcar made its inaugural run through downtown on Dec. 30, turning a page in the city’s history. Read More: http://ocgnews.com/index.php/local-news/3540-atlanta-streetcar-turns-page-in-city-s-history
DeKalb authorities identify murder suspect in bus stop shooting
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DeKalb authorities identify murder suspect in bus stop shooting
DeKalb County authorities have identified Christopher Merritt, 18, of Lithonia as the suspect in the shooting death and robbery of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins. Read More: http://www.ocgnews.com/index.php/local-news/3460-dekalb-authorities-identify-murder-suspect-in-bus-stop-shooting
Fighting crime goes high tech: DeKalb police partner with virtual Neighborhood Watch initiative
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Fighting crime goes high tech: DeKalb police partner with virtual Neighborhood Watch initiative
Local neighborhood watch efforts are getting a virtual boost, thanks to a new partnership between the DeKalb County Police Department and Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), a private virtual network for neighborhoods. Read more at:...
Volunteers express the joys of helping RCCA
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Volunteers express the joys of helping RCCA
Volunteers at the Resource Center for Community Action in Conyers.
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Congressman Hank Johnson irked over “slight” by Rockdale Democrats

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Congressman Hank Johnson scolded the Rockdale Democratic Party and walked out of a breakfast meeting after making it clear he didn’t appreciate courtesies shown to his political opponent, Thomas Brown.

Johnson and Brown, both Democrats, were seated at the same head table when Johnson became upset.
Johnson chastised the Party for allowing Brown to speak at the end of the meeting. Johnson said more respect should have been paid to him because he is the sitting Congressman and he was on the program to make remarks. He said Brown, who was not on the program as a speaker, should not have been allowed to make the final remarks.
 

“I think it’s bad taste that we would have the incumbent go first and then have the challenger go second, that’s just not the way we should do things. How does that make me feel in terms of supporting this Party?” said Johnson.

Party chair Doreen Williams said no one intentionally slighted Johnson.

“I didn’t know that was protocol. It was a holiday breakfast. We allowed him (Johnson) to speak first out of respect for his time. A lot of times, he needs to get to other places,” Williams said.

Johnson’s remarks caught many by the surprise. The packed meeting was held at the Party’s headquarters on 1264 Parker Road in Conyers.
Brown, who plans to step down as DeKalb County Sheriff, did not make a statement about his candidacy for Congress. He greeted the audience and encouraged the Party to work hard for the upcoming election.

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