TV ad will show the moments before a Columbus killing

Chuck Williams at the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports that state Rep. Rob Teilhet of Smyrna, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, on Friday will begin broadcasting what could be the most powerful – and perhaps incendiary – TV ad of the primary season.

Teilhet’s primary opponent is Ken Hodges, a former Dougherty County who served as special prosecutor in the 2003 shooting death of a Muscogee County black man, Kenneth Walker, by a white sheriff’s deputy, David Glisson.

Emily Walker, mother of the victim, is the sole voice in a 30-second video that can be seen here. Writes Williams:

Glisson shot Walker during a traffic stop related to a drug investigation. Walker was unarmed at the time of the shooting and no drugs were found in the vehicle.

Glisson is white and Walker was black, and the case caused a racial division in the community.

In the ad, Emily Walker [speaks] as the video of the SUV being pulled over plays.

“You are seeing the last minute of my son’s life,” Walker says. “He was in a car that was pulled over by mistake. He was lying on the ground unarmed when a police officer shot him twice, in the head.

“But the officer got off, because the prosecutor, Ken Hodges, forgot to swear him in, tried to hide the video, and then refused to reopen the case. I could never get an answer why.”

Then, Walker says: “Mr. Hodges should not be our next attorney general.”

Hodges “failed in a fundamental way,” Teilhet said in his reason for using the Walker shooting.

“The fundamental job of the attorney general is to seek justice and that was not done in the Walker case,” Teilhet said Thursday. “This case was so badly botched that 10,000 people came to Columbus to protest and the Georgia General Assembly had to change the law to make sure it never happens again.”

The General Assembly passed a law this year that requires prosecutor’s to swear in witnesses testifying in front of a grand jury.

Hodges has a run a campaign touting his experience as a prosector and Teilhet’s lack of experience.

“Mr. Hodges’ conduct in the Walker case goes to two different core characteristics an attorney general needs,” Teilhet said. “First is ability. He forgot to swear in a witness. Second is judgment. Forgetting to swear in a witness can be fixed and it was never fixed.”

State NAACP President Ed DuBose praised Teilhet for using the ad.

“It is very strong and appropriate,” DuBose said. “It reflects the burden Mrs. Walker has had to carry all of these years as the result of – and this is my opinion – an incompetent special prosecutor.”

Hodges campaign said Thursday afternoon it had not seen the ad, which will run in all of the major markets in the state.

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46 comments Add your comment

Sad Case

July 8th, 2010
5:59 pm

Unlike the actual video, taken from the camera installed in the police cruiser (and available on Youtube), the campaign video spares viewers the actual moment when the officer shot Mr. Walker. I admit I initially presumed this whole shooting was exaggeration by the black community. I presumed the officer had a good reason for using lethal force. I WAS WRONG. The actual video is sickening and shows a deliberate execution for no good reason. If Hodges failed to exhibit the video to the grand jury–as his critics claim–there is simply no excuse for that. Again, assuming Hodges failed to (1) swear a witness and (2) failed to show the video the grand jury, this looks less like a competence issue and more like an effort to ensure the grand jury did NOT issue an indictment.

Skyler Akins

July 8th, 2010
6:17 pm

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2007/July/07_crt_527.html <—DOJ stating Ken did nothing wrong.

The Facts of the Case:

· Hodges allowed police officer David Glisson to make an unsworn statement in front of a grand jury. Glisson shot Kenneth Walker after pulling him over for a standard drug investigation, yet found no evidence of drugs in his vehicle.

· The Walker case incited ill will in the state’s black community, who rallied together to state that Hodges should be “ashamed” of his actions and called for a second grand jury investigation, after the first grand jury failed to indict Glisson.

· In the 2009-2010 state legislative session, legislators filed bills that would amend grand jury procedure regarding indictments of peace officers. The legislation attacked every erring committed by Hodges during Glisson’s trial.

Will Jones - Atlanta

July 8th, 2010
6:36 pm

The Bush DOJ let stand Phoebe Putney’s Ken Hodges’ condoning David Glisson’s abomination before G-d and the People of Georgia: his summary execution of Kenneth Walker.

Could we expect any thing more from those who condoned Bush’s and Cheney’s committing 9/11 as “Reichstag Fire Redux” to send us to die for lies just as Bush’s father and Cheney’s mentor Nixon did by killing John Kennedy to send us to die in Vietnam?

The Roman Anti-Christ’s “Fifth Column’s” Gay Old Perverts must be thoroughly rejected in Georgia after having supported the draft-dodging closet-queen Bush, cheated into office by only the Roman Catholics on the SCOTUS, and for having elevated Glenn Richardson above themselves, and us, to be discovered as a lying, adulterating pervert.

That Rep. Rob Teilhet of Smyrna is running this heart-wrenching ad proves he is seeking Righteousness, and must be made Elect as our next Attorney General – for the good of all Georgians.

Sad Case

July 8th, 2010
6:50 pm

With all respect to Mr. Akins, the DoJ / FBI’s decision that they could not prosecute “beyond a reasonable doubt” did not state that “Ken did nothing wrong.” There is a difference. The actual video tape from police cruiser (not the edited portion in the spot from Teilhet) shows something that is unbelievable and causes concern about Mr. Hodges’s commitment to seeking justice as a prosecutor.

WTHECK?

July 8th, 2010
6:57 pm

Shameless Jim, It reminds me of that movie where the more people who went to watch the video, the more the poison would be released into the water and kill the person, but people couldn’t not watch the death of someone – and in doing so – they killed the person.

Renee

July 8th, 2010
6:59 pm

Teilhet is exploiting the death of this family – that is wrong.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 8th, 2010
7:18 pm

It is understandable that “Renee” is essentially anonymous.

Skyler Akins

July 8th, 2010
7:20 pm

He never tried to, or hid the video. The ad is a lie. This ad is crosses the line of dirty campaigning, especially between Democrats. What qualifies Teilhet to be Attorney General? Has he ever prosecuted a case?

Renee

July 8th, 2010
7:26 pm

Will Jones – if that is your real name. I am a real person who has actually lost a family member before and I know that if some politician called my mom up to do a political ad I would tell him to go away. They don’t know me. They don’t know my family. And neither do you for that matter. Poof – be gone.

PoliticOracle

July 8th, 2010
8:05 pm

Renee,

Hodges botched this, what shouldve been an, open-and-shut case. This family has seen no justice because of his mishandling of this case and they CHOSE to tell their story through this medium. Would I do it? Probably not, but it was THEIR choice and the public deserves to know their side of this travesty. So poof, you be gone.

Joe

July 8th, 2010
8:17 pm

Thanks for posting the link Skyler! It really cleared the issue up on this for me. I already knew Teilhet had nothing to run on so was probably going to go as dirty as he could, but I think it will turn voters away. Why would your whole campaign be about the other guy? Because you’ve NEVER TRIED A SINGLE CRIMINAL CASE!!!!! The only way anyone is going to want their state to have an Attorney General with no relevant experience is if you destroy your opponent. So you have to make up lies like he “hid a tape”. Shameless and disgusting politics as usual from Rob Teilhet.

Renee

July 8th, 2010
9:24 pm

You want to sympathize with me and then tell me off??? Sounds like your candidate can go to hell and so can you.

Renee

July 8th, 2010
9:27 pm

Teilhet obviously don’t give a crud about nobody buy himself.

Sara

July 8th, 2010
9:46 pm

People, please go read Skyler’s link and don’t just accept what he and Joe claim it shows. It is a link to a press release that does not mention Ken Hodges or the DA’s office at all. It says the Department of Justice declined to pursue a civil rights prosecution against the deputy who shot Walker because they lacked sufficient evidence of specific intent. Do not let them mislead you into believing Hodges was ever exonerated or vindicated by the federal government. That is sleazy politics.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 8th, 2010
10:04 pm

This was icing on Hodges’ “cake of corruption,” as the Phoebe Putney Scandal was sufficient to recognize him as a fully corrupt person, patently unworthy of the Public Trust.

The murder of an innocent, unarmed, sovereign American Citizen, by a sworn Officer of the Law, On Duty, is an abomination. There is no gray area here. Hodges took an Oath to uphold the Law, and did not. His charge was to establish Justice on behalf of the People. He did not and is therefore beneath contempt, as are those who, with knowledge of his serial corruption, yet support him.

Hodges’ offenses are against the People, the Constitution, the Creed, and against G-d Almighty. Those unable to understand this truth are unworthy of the name American.

Jimmy

July 8th, 2010
10:14 pm

Melb

July 8th, 2010
10:39 pm

Teilhet is exploiting the death of this young man for his political gain. It is sad, sick and trash.

Melb

July 8th, 2010
10:42 pm

@Sara – the press release shows that there was a reason – other than Hodges – that the Grand Jury decided not to indict.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 8th, 2010
10:51 pm

Teilhet is properly informing the People of Georgia of Ken Hodges’ bad character. Only those of Hodges’ ilk would attempt to diminish the righteousness of the service Teilhet is performing.

One more thing

July 8th, 2010
10:54 pm

The only person who stands a chance in the General is Hodges. Let’s face it – if Teilhet wins – he will be the first loser. He has been as dirty and as negative as it gets and Hodges has still outfundraised him at every corner.

Sad State

July 9th, 2010
2:14 am

It’s true this was not a fabrication by the black community like I thought too at first. This was cold blood murder of a man by a police officer. The officer walked and the Columbus Consildated Govt. and Ken Hodges covered it up. A sad moment in history. Rob Teilhat can’t be truted either running around with the most fake liberals in Atlanta like super nut’s Nan Orrock and Michelle Henson. The Georgia Demacratic Party has sunken so low! Looks like a Gop sweep this fall which is pretty sad too. God bless Georgia and please send education and independence to all.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 9th, 2010
7:24 am

Those who wish success to the Gay Old Pervert party are cut from the same cloth. Let us not be duped once more. They have done enough harm to America.

The corrupt rich need false men like Ken Hodges to rule over the sovereign People – hence the campaign contribution/bribe “success.”

G-d knows the choice is the Electorate’s. It is we who must see that Justice be pursued. Teilhet’s ad is neither dirty nor negative: it is strictly informative, and a righteous expression of the moral outrage all G-dly Georgians should feel at a sworn police officer’s having murdered an innocent Citizen of the State of Georgia.

Ken Hodges, Thurbert Baker, and Sonny Perdue betrayed the People of Georgia by failing to punish this manifest, videotaped Evil.

G-d, by “Annuit Coeptis,” instructs us all to “abolish Evil” in Our Land. Those who don’t wish Evil abolished are evil.

Georgia is the best place in the world and Atlanta the Hope and Future of Our Nation. Let us unite in righteousness and cast out those who have proven themselves agents of evil and injustice.

Jimmy

July 9th, 2010
8:19 am

Hodges didn’t even know how to sear a witness in the Walker case and then “forgot” to show the grand jury the videotape. Once the tape emerged, the cop’s story changed from “resisting arrest” to “I tripped and the gun went off.”

Ken Hodges is a disgrace. Ken Hodges is too corrupt to be Attorney General.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 9th, 2010
8:25 am

Jimmy – Hodges’ failure to punish this evil merely corroborates his violation of the Public Trust and his abuse of office in the Phoebe Putney Scandal. Rob Teilhet, honored of his class as UGA, should be given the opportunity to serve the People of Georgia as our next Attorney General instead.

May G-d bless once more this greatest of America’s States.

Sara

July 9th, 2010
8:32 am

No, Melb, it doesn’t. It shows that DoJ did not think they had sufficient evidence of the specific intent necessary for a civil rights prosecution. The standard for a homicide or manslaughter indictment is much lower. You cannot assume that because they decided not to pursue a civil rights prosecution (the Bush DoJ decided, but the way) that this means the grand jury must have lacked evidence too.

Particularly when the grand jury never saw the videotape.

Sad Case

July 9th, 2010
9:01 am

One of the more disturbing questions is this: was Hodges’s failure to swear the police officer intended by Hodges to mislead the grand jury without (technically) suborning perjury? Everyone wants to give Mr. Hodges the benefit of the doubt. But it seems a stretch to assume coincidence that the officer was unsworn and the video not shown. I think it fair to question not only the competence but the integrity of Mr. Hodges in this instance. You need both in an Attorney General, whether Republican or Democrat.

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Hello

July 9th, 2010
9:22 am

There was written sworn testimony by the officer that the grand jury had. Let’s face it, the grand jury did not want to indict an officer who shot this man by accident. It is sad, but it is not Hodges fault.

DickieMo

July 9th, 2010
9:42 am

This ad, at worst, inocculated the Hodges campaign from a similar attack in the general. At best, it informed the public in the clearest, most succinct and dispassionate fashion. The text is clear and simple. A mother of a victim thought the prosecutor failed to bring justice to his assailant by failing to do what a first-year law student would do. Kenny’s running for Attorney General on a platform of superior experience. A relative of a victim in a case he unsuccessfully prosecuted thinks his experience aint worth a bucket of warm spit.

If the topic is too painful for people to consider, go back to cartoons. The grown ups have a decision to make.

Sara

July 9th, 2010
10:23 am

What written sworn testimony did the grand jury have? An affidavit? Or a report following the shooting incident that the officer then signed? They certainly didn’t have the video of the shooting.

Also, how does submitting a written sworn statement change the fact that he forgot to swear him in, a pretty basic rookie mistake?

Felix

July 9th, 2010
11:49 am

Clearly Mr. Walker’s mother did not know what she was doing when she made this video. If she did, she would have recognized that the value of her son’s life is worth far less than Ken Hodges’ political career.

Skyler Akins

July 9th, 2010
2:03 pm

Sara, Ken Hodges sent the officer, who had already been vindicated by the DOJ report I posted, to a Grand Jury who did not hand down an indictment You clearly don’t understand the criminal process, the role of the District Attorney, or that in a Department of Justice official press release they will not publish the name of an elected political official, because the DOJ is not elected, and Ken Hodges was.

Melb

July 9th, 2010
2:40 pm

Ken Hodges prosecuted the Sidney Dorsey murder trial and has fought corruption his entire life. He raised the convictions against child predators to nearly 100%!!! Teilhet is just another dirty politician who likes to talk about fighting crime – Ken Hodges actually does!!!

http://www.kenhodges.com

Sara

July 9th, 2010
3:09 pm

Skyler, for the umpteenth time:

1) it’s a press release, not a report.
2) it vindicated nobody, simply said they lacked sufficient evidence of specific intent to prosecute.
3) I understand more about the criminal process than you ever will. I have a law degree and have been litigating for 10 years, the last 4 1/2 in Georgia. Care to tell us what makes you an expert in the criminal process?
4) The DoJ investigation was focused on the OFFICER’S actions in deciding whether to prosecute, not Hodges’. That’s why he wasn’t referenced in the press release. It’s also why he was not vindicated by it…no matter how many times you claim otherwise. This is why on other sites y’all have now resorted to claiming that the DoJ’s decision not to prosecute shows that the grand jury was right not to return an indictment, and that Hodges didn’t screw up anything.

Brett

July 9th, 2010
3:28 pm

A mistake on one case when so many others have been successful does not make Hodges a bad prosecutor. Other than this mistake his record seems pretty impressive to me. Seems like his opponent doesn’t even have a record to critique.

Joe

July 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

Our take on the atlanta unfiltered article that just came out stating Andy Young told Rob Teilhet he had endorsed Ken Hodges. By Andy Young’s own words – Rob Teilhet has always known he endorsed Ken Hodges.

http://georgiademocrats2010.blogspot.com/2010/07/teilhet-caught-lying-knew-all-along.html

Guess that’s just another dirty move you pull when you have never prosecuted a criminal case and have nothing to run on.

Melb

July 9th, 2010
6:14 pm

http://www.wtvm.com/Global/story.asp?S=12782470

“Richard Hagler, the man who squared off against Hodges in the Walker grand jury hearing, has a much different viewpoint, and claims the ad contains false truths.

“The ad strikes me, number one, not factually accurate, and number two, as a politicians desperate attempt to raise a race issue, when it shouldn’t be there,” Hagler said.”

This article at leasts tries to get to the truth instead of just printing Teilhet’s press releases – that are full of lies.

Jimmy

July 9th, 2010
7:44 pm

Hagler didn’t “square off” with Hodges. Hodges was in cahoots with Hagler. What did Hodges actually do to secure an indictment?

1) He didn’t show the tape, which is the best evidence of the incident; and
2) He didn’t swear the most important witness.

Based on that, he might as well have been sitting at the same table with Hagler.

Hodges is beneath contempt.

Ian Callum

July 10th, 2010
8:21 am

I knew nothing about Ken Hodges before I saw the ad on television, but frankly this guy scares the hell out of me. Letting a police officer skate on this kind of shooting is frightening. It undermines trust in government and creates chaos and violence. There is no way to defend this kind of record.

BIg Kieth

July 10th, 2010
10:57 am

I live in Columbus and lived here when this incident happened. I have read alot of the comments posted here and few people are aware of all the facts behind this case. Despite the fact the Columbus is Georgias 3rd most populated city alot of stuff they are able to keep hidden from the mainstream outside the Metro area. For example at the time of the shooting Muscogee Counties sherriff Ralph Johnson was in a world of contreversy his son who is nothing more than a stone cold junky had several incidents in which he got off. Including running over a small child in a housing project after purchasing drugs. No charges were filed. Or the incident in which his trunk was found loaded down with drugs rather than be arrest CPD officers called the sherriff and had his deputies escort the young man home. Or we can talk about the son of a Columbus Counclier, Allen, whose son was a firefighter for the city and crashed a city Fire Truck into a car while intoxicated no charges were filed even though police said he was at fault It took more than 2 years for that incident to even come to light. it’s alot of corruption here and a real good ole’ boy network in politics. with the kenneth walker shooting alot of it went back to Hodges, but the main problem was Sherriff Ralph Johnson who did everything he could to protect Glisson including hiding his identiy for several weeks until one local tv station found a loop hole in Georgia’s open records act in which required him to release the identity of the deputy. After the name was released local police and officials did everything they could to make themselves seem less at fault including starting rumors about false arrests and drugs being in Mr. Walkers system all of which proved to be false. This is the big kicker though the family filed a civil suit against the city following the decision not to indict somehow one of the families lawyers Bill Campbell (Former Atl mayor) gets indicted on Federal charges and cannot continue in the case. Finally last year the city offers a large sum payoff to family of Mr Walker to end the entire thing. Tell me how it looks with the facts.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 11th, 2010
7:34 am

I get the impression Columbus, like Savannah, is a Roman Catholic beachhead on would-be Righteous Georgia.

The People must establish Justice and abolish Evil before Annuit Coeptis.

Clearly Ken Hodges, as with his Gay Old Pervert opponents for AG, is not of G-d.

Rob Teilhet is the rational choice for Georgia.

claire

July 11th, 2010
7:16 pm

I just saw this commercial. I feel really sorry for that woman and her family. I will be voting against Ken Hodges. I’d never heard of him before but he sounds like he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Richard

July 12th, 2010
12:14 am

Big Kieth, I write “The Blog of Columbus” – and you’re making accusations here I’ve never heard or read anywhere. WHAT drug purchase by the Sheriff’s son, before the collision? WHAT drugs in the trunk? If you have evidence to back that up (hard evidence, not hearsay), please send it to me.

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Carter

July 16th, 2010
11:42 am

http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2010/jul/15/rob-teilhet/candidate-says-opponent-botched-prosecution-fatal-/

Bottom line:

1) The swearing in was not necessary to validate the shooter’s statement. Keep in mind people that this is not TV law. There are some aspects of the law that you do not understand.

2) Hodges kept the tape away from the media, as not to taint a potential jury pool if a criminal trial went forward. The Grand Jury ABSOLUTELY saw the video and yet still decided against indicting the officer.

Take yourself out of this politically charged ad. Read about what is required of the AG and compare the records of everyone running. Look at how each candidate has run their respective campaigns. Then make your decision. Who you decide to vote for is your own business, just make an informed decision.