Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has filed complaints with both federal and state authorities against an Atlanta police union leader who said the city’s treatment of disabled cops made him want to take a baseball bat to her head.
Sgt. Scott Kreher has apologized and has been suspended, but apparently that hasn’t satisfied the mayor, according to Jon Lewis and WSB Radio — via tape from WSB-TV.
Franklin has filed complaints with both Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Atlanta. Writes Lewis:
“My family was upset. They still are upset,” Mayor Franklin tells Channel 2. “It’s bothered me more than I thought it would….”
“When you take a bat and hit someone in the head, that’s an effort to kill you,” she says.
Franklin has similar unforgiving comments posted on the city’s web site:
“His threat cannot be tolerated or explained away. I believe his threat to be serious and an attempt to intimidate me and other city officials and my family.”
Supporters of the sergeant have started a petition to have him reinstated.
My AJC colleague Christian Boone has some opinion sampling this morning, and while some think the mayor has overreacted, others don’t:
“If I had said that to a police officer on the street, where do you think I’d be?” said State Sen. Vincent Fort, who believes Kreher should resign or be fired. “I was just looking at a poster the other day that spoke to this. It said thoughts become words, words become actions.”
— The state Department of Labor reported early this morning that unemployment was unchanged at 9.1 percent in the metro Atlanta area from March to April.
At present, according to Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, 446,560 unemployed Georgians are looking for work, an increase of 60 percent from April 2008. Of that number, 167,981, or 37.6 percent, are receiving unemployment insurance benefits.
— Newt Gingrich stirred the Inside-the-Beltway crowd on Wednesday with pair of 140-character Twitter messages calling U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a racist.
Former Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr this morning has sent out his own tweet, with a kinder and gentler message: “Let’s have a real debate on Judge Sotomayor, not hysterics like many radio pundits want,” Barr tapped out.
— U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens) has joined forces with District of Columbia opponents of gay marriage, the Washington Examiner has noted.
The District local government recently adopted a measure that recognized same-sex marriages entered into in other jurisdictions. Opponents say the matter should be decided in a referendum.
Broun has filed legislation that would overturn the D.C. decision — but to take effect it will need majority approval in both chambers and President Barack Obama’s signature.
While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
$25 million in stimulus funds are approved for MARTA. State parks to reduce access and services. More than 170 jobs eliminated. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said it’s up Georgia, Florida and Alabama to hash out a conclusion to a nearly 20-year water war. Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders home broken into — for the third time. HOV toll project approved for I-85 in Gwinnett County. Atlanta lawyer engaged in “unethical,” “possibly illegal” conduct, judge says. Same-sex marriage debate arises in Atlanta mayor’s race. Investigators doubt arson in Gainesville school bus fires. Lawsuit accuses Delta, AirTran of colluding on bag fees. Georgia banks’ losses in first quarter: $1.2 billion.
Your Luckovich fix. Kyle Wingfield, the new guy, says Obama has proven he’s no change agent. State Sen. Curt Thompson declares that seven years of inaction on transportation and such have taught us that elections matter.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
ABC: Georgia Tech may be the first university to outsource its football and men’s basketball ticket sales.
WSJ: The Obama administration is close to recommending a single regulator to oversee the entire banking sector. WP: As part an effort to use facial-recognition software, Virginia has banned smiles on driver’s licenses.
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