Georgia officer resigns after dragging 65-year-old black woman from car

Dash cam footage show police officers pulling a 65-year-old grandmother out of her car and arresting her during a traffic stop outside Atlanta.

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Georgia mom admits letting men, including 78-year-old, rape daughters, 5 and 6, for money

A mother in Georgia pleaded guilty to allowing several men, including a 78-year-old, rape her two young daughters in exchange for cash, officials said Friday.

The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Morgan Summerlin, 25, pleaded guilty on April 26 to cruelty to children, trafficking a person for sexual servitude and enticing a child for indecent purposes, with sentencing set for June 4.

“It is difficult to imagine facts that are more horrific than those found in this case,” District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. said in a statement. “I am hoping these two little girls can somehow survive this abuse and grow into healthy adults who can lead a productive and fulfilling life.”


Officials said the two young victims told adults in April 2017 their mother would bring them to men’s homes to be molested and raped for money. In one incident, the two girls said their mother brought them to the home of 78-year-old Richard Office, who was referred to as “Pop.”

“Pop” would give their mother drugs, and in one incident the 78-year-old raped the younger sister while the other rubbed his feet, all while Summerlin sat in his living room, according to officials.

“Afterward, Office gave the girls one-hundred dollars, and the girls’ mother immediately took the money from them,” the DA’s office said. Summerlin freqeuntly posted about her children on Facebook.

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Remembering the National Guard members killed in Georgia plane crash

After nine members of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard were killed in a plane crash near Savannah, Georgia, their grieving families say the airmen never should have been on the plane, which was on its way to Arizona to be retired.

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Georgia Highway Sniper 'Idolized' Parkland Shooter, Police Say

A gunman who targeted cars on a Georgia highway on Friday, injuring three people, “idolized” the suspected shooter in the massacre in Parkland, Florida, according to police.

Rex Whitmire Harbour, 26, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after carrying out a sniper-style attack on motorists driving along a state highway in Gainesville, Georgia, Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch told reporters on Saturday.

Investigators searched Harbour’s home in Snellville, Georgia, and discovered a manifesto in which he stated his admiration for Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who Florida police say confessed to fatally shooting 17 people on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to Couch.

“We found handwritten documents written by Mr. Harbour and they were very disturbing,” Couch said. “He indicated that he idolized the mass shooter in the Parkland, Florida, shooting. … He called Nikolas Cruz a ‘hero’ and that Cruz gave him ‘courage and confidence.’”

“The remainder of the documents that I saw are very hate-filled in that regard,” he continued. “It appeared that he was targeting all Americans. Why? That I don’t know.”

Harbour used a handgun to fire at least 17 bullets from a wooded area along Georgia 365, roughly 60 miles northeast of Atlanta, shortly before noon on Friday before turning the gun on himself, according to police.

At least seven vehicles were shot, Couch said. Three people were injured in the attack, including two people who sustained gunshot wounds and another person who suffered minor injuries when a bullet shattered the windshield of her car. None of the injuries were life-threatening. 

While searching Harbour’s car, investigators found three handguns, a bolt-action rifle, a shotgun, a BB gun and “a lot of ammunition,” Couch said.

Police determined Harbour had no previous record of engaging in violent activities and his social media accounts suggested no affiliation with any “violent groups.”

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WATCH: Georgia Police Officer Heads to Prison For Failing ‘Integrity Test’

Chamblee, Georgia, police officer Jason Jones,

CHAMBLEE, Ga. – After suspicions rose about Chamblee, Georgia, police officer Jason Jones, the department set up an “integrity test”: Send him to impound a car with $500 inside and see if he puts the cash into evidence.

“He pocketed the money,” Capt. Ernesto Ford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “He was brought in to our internal affairs where he was given an opportunity to explain himself, he was terminated and arrested at the same time.”

Two years later, on March 23, Jones, who’d been with the department since 2002, has pleaded guilty to theft and violation of the oath of office. He is in the DeKalb County jail awaiting transfer to state prison.

Judge Daniel Coursey sentenced him to five years, with the first to be served in custody.

Ford said the case is disappointing.

“Obviously we don’t expect that of our police officers,” he said.


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Militarized Cops At Tiny Georgia Neo-Nazi Rally Arrest Counterprotesters For Wearing Masks

NEWNAN, Ga. — A heavily militarized police force of some 400 officers aggressively patrolled a small neo-Nazi rally in this city 40 miles southwest of Atlanta on Saturday and arrested about 10 counterprotesters, many for the crime of wearing a mask.

Police officers arrived before the rally began and approached a group of about 50 anti-fascist protesters. They demanded the protesters remove their masks or face arrest. The officers — who wore bulletproof vests and helmets, and carried semi-automatic rifles — cornered the anti-fascist protesters, then grabbed those who were still masked, tossing them to the ground and handcuffing them.

At one point, an officer pointed what seemed to be a modified AR-15 at the faces of counterprotesters, none of whom appeared to be armed. 

The lead officer in the arrests said the counterprotesters were breaking a state law regarding masks, likely referring to a seldom-enforced 1951 law originally aimed at combating hooded Ku Klux Klan members. Anti-fascist protesters ― many belonging to chapters of antifa groups, known for sometimes violently confronting white supremacists ― often wear masks to avoid being identified by both law enforcement and neo-Nazis.

“The irony of enforcing masking laws to prosecute leftists is just incredible,” said Molly, a counterprotester from Charlottesville, Virginia, who traveled to Georgia to protest neo-Nazis. She asked that her last name not be published for fear of retribution. “Those are anti-Klan statutes.”

“And to be roughing up anti-Nazi protesters while handling literal Nazis with kid gloves… it’s absurd,” added Molly, who said she saw one of her friends get arrested Saturday.

The rally in Newnan was the latest, and one of the most pitifully attended, neo-Nazi events to be held in the South since the deadly “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville last August, when a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others.  

Certain seemingly innocuous items, including balloons, were not allowed at the rally. But Georgia has an open carry gun law, so people could bring their weapons; HuffPost saw one neo-Nazi and one anti-fascist protester carrying semi-automatic rifles.

The Newnan rally was organized by the National Socialist Movement, an older neo-Nazi group that favors explicit Third Reich iconography over the more coded racist memes of the so-called alt-right. Fewer than 30 NSM members, along with a small contingent of the white supremacist group League of the South, showed up for the event.

The city granted NSM a permit to hold the rally at Greenville State Park, and security and police presence for the event is expected to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. 

NSM members arrived about an hour late for their rally. Then they stood on a stage in the park, looking out over hundreds of counterprotesters yelling from behind a fence some 100 yards away as police helicopters and drones circled overhead.

Jeff Schoep, the so-called commander of the NSM, rambled about the need to keep Confederate statues. He referred to himself and his companions as “Alpha males” and complained about men who look like “homosexuals” by wearing skinny jeans. He also lashed out against the “Zionist media” for portraying NSM as a hate group.

NSM members flanking him threw up Nazi salutes.

Schoep then left the stage to address a gaggle of reporters. When asked by HuffPost about NSM members throwing up Nazi salutes, Schoep claimed they were actually “Roman salutes.” He then threatened to have HuffPost removed from the park for being “disrespectful.”

At 5 p.m. local time, less than an hour after the rally had started, police appeared to pull the plug on the sound system. An officer speaking into a megaphone issued a dispersal order, warning the neo-Nazis that they would be arrested if they didn’t leave the park. They left without incident.

The paltry NSM showing was indicative of the gradually diminishing strength of the so-called alt-right since the Charlottesville rally last year. That rally, the largest of its kind of over a decade, was attended by upwards of 1,000 white supremacists.

Since then, alt-right figurehead Richard Spencer canceled a planned campus speaking tour after being humiliated by anti-fascist protesters at the University of Florida and Michigan State University. Last month, a domestic dispute precipitated the collapse of neo-Nazi group the Traditionalist Workers Party. Infighting has also severely fractured the rest of the alt-right.

NSM and League of the South now appear to be the white supremacist groups most willing to hold rallies. On Friday night, they held a meeting at a bar in Bremen, Georgia. The annual gathering is typically held on or near April 20, the birthday of Adolf Hitler.

There were times on Saturday when Newnan looked as if it was under military occupation. Armored vehicles and heavily armed officers, some in military fatigues, patrolled the streets.

Ahead of the event, Newnan Police Chief D.L. “Buster” Meadows appeared to draw an equivalency between the racist and anti-Semitic neo-Nazis — who argue for creating a white ethnostate in America — and the anti-fascists showing up to protest them.

“Neither one of these groups represent who we are and what we stand for,” he told local news outlet The Newnan Times-Herald.

It was a sentiment shared by some of the other 39,000 residents of Newnan, a town whose city square is home to two monuments exalting the Confederate Army.

Jeff Nelms, a Newnan resident who works as a millwright, went to a friend’s gun shop Saturday to make sure no one vandalized the store during the day’s chaos. He called both the neo-Nazis and the anti-fascists “scum.” 

Newnan resident Jeff Nelms went to his friend's gun store during the rally on Saturday to make sure no one vandalized it.  (Christopher Mathias HuffPost)Newnan resident Jeff Nelms went to his friend's gun store during the rally on Saturday to make sure no one vandalized it.  (Christopher Mathias HuffPost)

Julio Gilgorri, 26, who has lived in Newnan for five years, had a different take on the anti-fascists arriving to drown out the neo-Nazis. Gilgorri was among hundreds of residents who attended a festival in the city square on Friday night, at which local businesses, churches and charities handed out #NewnanStrong T-shirts. Children drew chalk hearts and rainbows on the sidewalks, while adults wrote messages like “Nazis suck.”

“Newnan has taken me in as a Hispanic American and someone who’s looking for a new home. I felt accepted since the moment I stepped foot here,” Gilgorri said. “If we shut up and stay quiet and allow these guys to rally without any opposition, my opportunity might not happen for other people down the line.”

“I’m absolutely glad that people are coming to be heard because, at the end of the day, there truly are more voices on our side than theirs,” he added. “History has already shown who’s right here.”

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Georgia Swarm promote 2019 season tickets

The Georgia Swarm is promoting season tickets for their 2019 National Lacrosse League season at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth. This will be the fourth season that the team is in Georgia after spending the first 11 seasons of their franchise history in Minnesota. 

The Swarm has had great success in recent years. They won the 2017 Champion’s Cup when they beat the Saskatchewan Rush two games to none in a best out of three final. So far in 2018, the Swarm have a record of five wins and seven losses. However, even though the Swarm is two games below the .500 mark, they are extremely competitive in the Eastern Division. They are only a game and a half back of the Eastern Division-leading New England Black Wolves. 

The Swarm has had a great season in 2018 from Shayne Jackson. The forward leads the team with 35 assists and 57 points. Jackson is also the co-leader for the Swarm in goals with 22 as Lyle Thompson, the 2017 NLL Most Valuable Player, has also found the back of the net 22 times this season for Georgia. 

It is still a great time to see the Swarm complete their 2018 NLL regular season schedule. They still have four more regular season games at the Infinite Energy Arena. 

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Teacher In Custody After Firing Gun Inside Georgia High School, Police Say

A Georgia high school teacher is in custody after authorities say he barricaded himself inside of an empty classroom and fired a gun as students stood outside.

The shooting, which took place just before noon on Wednesday, led to a frantic lockdown at Dalton High School that resulted in only a minor ankle injury to a student as she was running down the halls, police said at a press conference.

Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier said the classroom was empty of students at the time of the shooting. The teacher, who has not been identified, had locked himself inside of the room, refusing to allow students inside. 

When the school’s principal tried to get in the classroom, the teacher again forced the door shut. It was shortly after that that witnesses reported hearing at least one gunshot, he said.

“Obviously at that point, [the principal] locked down the school, he called all the police in, the school resources in,” Frazier added.

There was a school resource officer present at the time of the incident, Frazier said, though the officer’s exact location wasn’t immediately known.

The teacher was taken into custody about 45 minutes later without further incident and is expected to face charges, Frazier said.

Students at the school, which is located about 90 miles north of Atlanta, were taken off campus, where their parents could pick them up, police said on Twitter.

Frazier added that the news of gunfire at the school had “absolutely” left him rattled.

“It jacked up my blood pressure by several points,” he said of his response to hearing the news on a police scanner. “I’m really impressed by how our people responded.” 

The frightening incident came the same day that classes resumed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, two weeks after a lone gunman killed 17 people.

It also followed heated debates on gun control across the country.

President Donald Trump, who met with survivors of the Parkland shooting last week, has suggested arming teachers and other faculty members to help prevent school shootings.

That suggestion led some on social media to ridicule the idea following news of the teacher’s arrest.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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