Your morning jolt: 47 years later, cop who saved Andrew Young identified

Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young has a DVD out, “Crossing St. Augustine,” documenting the civil rights marches he led in 1964 Florida.

The first part of the documentary ends with Young attempting to negotiate passage through a white mob. Black-and-white footage shows the young lieutenant to Martin Luther King curled on the ground, as a pair of young white men brutally kicked him.

Ultimately, a man whom Young identified as a “trooper” stepped in to save him:

Said Young, now 79:

”I wish I could find the guy who said, ‘That’s enough, let him through.’ Because I’m grateful to him. Because if he had not done that, all of those other people would have been beaten up, and they might not have been as fortunate as me.”

Over the weekend, and 47 years later, the St. Augustine Record announced that it had found the man:

That ‘trooper’ was really St. Augustine Police Department motorcycle patrolman Jimmy Petroglou, now 80.

Petroglou retired in 1982 after 30 years in law enforcement.

“There had been night after night of continuous (demonstration) walks through downtown,” Petroglou said late last week. “We were told to let (the marchers) pass peacefully. I was assigned to the Government House.”

But an all-white crowd of mostly outside agitators massed on the Plaza de la Constitucion. That evening, they had been whipped into a racist frenzy by J.B. Stoner, self-proclaimed imperial wizard of the Christian Knights of the KKK, Bart Griffin of the United Florida KKK and Don Cothran of the United Klans.

Stoner was a white supremacist from Marietta, who – years later – would be convicted of the 1958 bombing of a Birmingham church. To continue:

Petroglou said, “The crowds were chanting. Two men came out of the crowd, grabbed a man and knocked him down. I said, ‘Okay guys. That’s it. Get off.’ I grabbed one and pulled him off and he ran back into the crowd. Then I grabbed the other and tossed him.”

He saw two black men running to help Young.

Petroglou, 33 at the time, didn’t know Young and said he would have helped anyone injured.

“I knew that if (rioting) started, people were going to get hurt,” he said. “It was a tinderbox. The town was upset. I couldn’t tolerate any violence because I thought (St. Augustine) would explode.”

The end quote:

Young said, “It took as much, if not more, courage for him to stand up to the mob as a single officer. The white onlookers were screaming for blood and I was trying hard not to show my fear.”

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GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich addresses the Atlanta Press Club on Wednesday morning. According to a press release issued today, Gingrich will argue that that the Fed’s dual mandate – “dollar stability and full employment” – are incompatible.

The Gingrich campaign will also throw its candidate a birthday party Wednesday at its reopened Buckhead office.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Newt Gingrich’s claim that right-to-work states now create more jobs than unionized areas of the United States.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was among 14 mayors who sat down with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the economy on Monday afternoon.

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Erica Byfield of Channel 2 Action News last night took a look at Sandy Spring’s new Iron Sky police monitoring system. Pray it doesn’t become self-aware:

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Even more so than the Republican party, Democrats are developing an urban center of gravity. From Walter Jones with Morris News Service:

Senate Democrats voted unanimously Monday afternoon for two veteran Atlanta legislators to take the reins during the politically charged special session on redistricting in August and then during next year’s regular session.

Monday’s leadership shift furthers the transformation of the Democratic Party from one headed by rural conservatives to a party whose power is centered in Atlanta. The Democratic leaders in the House are also from metro Atlanta.

The Senate elections were necessary because of the resignation of Sen. Robert Brown of Macon so he can run for mayor of Macon this fall. The fiery Brown had led the caucus since 2005 and was noted for his bold accusations.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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49 comments Add your comment

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 21st, 2011
8:52 am

With his past accomplishments, too bad Andrew Young has sold out.

Dumb and dumber

June 21st, 2011
9:14 am

That Petroglou fellow is now persona non grata at all GOP and Tea Party event.

Centrist

June 21st, 2011
9:23 am

The TEA Party stands for “Taxed Enough Already”. Those who want taxes to increase more smear them with racist and other non-economic related statements.

Georgia Democrats having retreated to urban centers (mostly Atlanta) sounds like a circle the wagons mentality. I have to laugh when I read how the Obama campaign pretends that Georgia will be in play for its electoral votes next year.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 21st, 2011
9:29 am

The “Tea Party” stands for what its funding plutocrats, the Koch brothers and Steve Forbes, says it does. Sarah Palin, for example, in agreement with Rome’s pedophile priesthood, insists victims of rape and incest be forced by law to bear the fruit of their rapists’ abomination against G-d.

khc

June 21st, 2011
9:32 am

hey jim, tell us why GA ranked as big loser in USAToday chart today. Was it because last decade was mostly controlled by repubs or did we grow that much under previous administrations?

Intown

June 21st, 2011
9:36 am

Georgia is the only “deep south” state in play. But it is in play.

td

June 21st, 2011
9:50 am

Intown

June 21st, 2011
9:36 am
Georgia is the only “deep south” state in play. But it is in play

Just like Barnes was going to win last year. I can tell you right now the only question about Georgia is will Obama crack 40% of the vote. I have talked to black people that have said they will stay at home next year because they can not vote for a Republican but refuse to vote for a black man that has done nothing for them. I have also talked to at least 100 white people that voted for Obama in 08 that say they will vote for whomever the Republicans run. I have not heard one person that voted for McCain that said they were going to change their mind and vote for Obama.

With the above said, where is Obama going to pick up the additional votes to win the state?

eatmotacos

June 21st, 2011
10:10 am

@td

Su delante de tus narices, señor.

Raquel Morris

June 21st, 2011
10:12 am

@Will Jones, you couldn’t be more right about Andy Young. He’s pompous, self-serving and only caters to those interests that help him maintain his wealth. The real heroes of the Civil Rights Movement lived like Christ. They were too busy fighting for “the least of these” to have Mercedes and Range Rovers at their gated homes.

bytejockey

June 21st, 2011
10:13 am

J.B. Stoner was a Democrat.

Last Man Standing

June 21st, 2011
10:15 am

intown:

“Georgia is the only “deep south” state in play. But it is in play.”

. . . in your wildest dreams.

Marcus Polus

June 21st, 2011
10:19 am

Who is left in the Gingrich world to throw him the birthday party? The janitor?

Centrist

June 21st, 2011
10:23 am

Please tell us how Georgia can possibly be in play. The last election less than a year ago went solidly Republican even with a weak gubernatorial candidate, Obama didn’t come close 3 years ago when his popularity was higher, and there are no Democratic standard bearers left in the state. There are no Democrats running for statewide offices on the ticket, there are 2 Republican Senators, and a solid Republican Congressional delegation.

cupcakes

June 21st, 2011
10:50 am

TD whoever the black people you hav talked to are ignorant to say they not going to vote for PRESIDENT Obama because he hasn’t done anything specifically for blacks. They should think of how you felt when a white President was in office doing thing specifically for his white conterparts. President Obama is not just a President for black peoplel he is the President of the United States of America. The true reason why Most Republicians and whites hate President Obama is because of his race not because of anything he has done or not done while in office. You gave more repsect to a man(Bush) who lied and sent our loved ones into a sinceless oil controlled driven war. I pray for you, this country and most of all President Barak Obama and his family and staff.
You guys go put on your white sheets and show yourself!

double

June 21st, 2011
11:02 am

Hope you are right Eatmo.

Michael

June 21st, 2011
11:05 am

Here’s the box, the ribbon, and the bow. Here GOP, keep Georgia. Now off to work in NC, FL, MO and other actual states in play.

Jennifer

June 21st, 2011
11:12 am

I’ll never understand why he claimed to be the father of John Edwards and Rielle Hunter’s baby.

Brainiac

June 21st, 2011
11:16 am

Cupcakes: You not only can’t spell but have absolutely no clue as to what goes on in the real world. If I need a brain transplant I want yours because obviously it has never been used.

RGB

June 21st, 2011
11:28 am

Libs can’t defend Obama’s Depression policies, so they chant “racism”.

The sky is falling.

Wolf, wolf.

And still, Herman Cain ranks high in the polls despite having little money and organization.

You leftist-statists need to come up with a second verse.

And Bull Connor was a Democrat too.

Raquel Morris

June 21st, 2011
11:31 am

@Jennifer, hilarious.

td

June 21st, 2011
11:34 am

cupcakes

June 21st, 2011
10:50 am

I am just telling you what I have heard in my travels in the state. You can believe it or not. Why is it you think white people are racist if they do not support Obama? Have you ever considered it is all about philosophy and not race? Have you ever considered that there is at least half of this country that do not want to see government involved in every part of our lives, do not believe in taking from the produces and giving to the non-producers? Is it racist to not be a big government socialist?

Kay

June 21st, 2011
11:34 am

I agree georgia will never be in play, because the rednecks has the elections in georgia already won. When you vote in georgia your vote does not count, they cheat every election not just for Bush.

JB Stoned

June 21st, 2011
11:36 am

It’s irrelevant whether or not Georgia is “in play.” Obama handily won in 2008 without Georgia’s electoral votes. 2012 will be no different.

RGB

June 21st, 2011
11:40 am

Give it up, Kay.

Blaming everything on “rednecks” and “cheaters” has no future.

Accept responsibility for your own actions. And study subject-verb agreement as it’ll help in the long run.

Is POV next?

June 21st, 2011
11:41 am

If patrol officers wore POV cameras which transmitted live feeds into the Emergency Center while going on domestic or other related calls, I think this would be another helpful tool for assisting police with combating crime.

td

June 21st, 2011
11:44 am

Kay

June 21st, 2011
11:34 am

I guess under your definition all the people in East Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinn, Cherokee and Forsyth living in those big houses are just a bunch of rednecks? Or could redneck be your code word for racist.

I get it now, any person not supporting Obama must be a redneck cracker and therefore is a racist. Try this one on for size, anyone that supports Obama in the next election cycle is a progressive and therefore is a communist?

Centrist

June 21st, 2011
11:44 am

@ JB Stoned – you are probably correct that Obama will likely win in 2012 without GA.

The only real possibilities (3% swing) for Obama to pick up from Republicans are Missouri and Montana, but could lose Florida, Indiana, North Carolina with the same swing the other way (and he would still win the election).

Ohio has a better chance of flipping to the Republicans with under a 5% swing than Georgia to Obama with over a 5% swing. (Obama would still win)

Virginia would be next to flip to Republicans with a 6% swing, but Obama would still barely win. It will take an 8% swing to unseat the incumbent president, and that is not likely.

td

June 21st, 2011
11:47 am

Is POV next?

June 21st, 2011
11:41 am

I agree with you. I also think there should be cameras with a live feed in every classroom in America, so these parents that keep saying Johnny does no wrong can see what a fool they really are.

td

June 21st, 2011
12:00 pm

Centrist

June 21st, 2011
11:44 am

I agree with part of your analysis but think about this for a minute and let me know your thoughts.

Obama won in 08 because the following groups:

1: African Americans: Highest % of turnout ever. I predict this will be lower by 1% in this election cycle due to what I have heard from some that say they will stay at home.

2: Youth vote: This vote was over represented by 5 to 8% from their traditional numbers in Presidential elections. With unemployment so high in this group I can not believe that emotional “Hope & Change” will get as many to the polls. I predict this number goes back to normal levels.

3: White suburban women: This is the group of voters that put Obama over the top in 08 and is the most unpredictable. With unemployment, gas prices rising and grocery prices rising, will this group support Obama in the same %’s as in 08? If so then he wins, if there is only a 3% turn around to Republicans then they win.

Frederick Douglass

June 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

What’s absolutely incredible, is that black people would even talk to td, thank goodness I was reared better than that.

double

June 21st, 2011
12:04 pm

Monitor all class rooms with live feeds,but do not want government involved in every part of our lives.

td

June 21st, 2011
12:10 pm

double

June 21st, 2011
12:04 pm
Monitor all class rooms with live feeds,but do not want government involved in every part of our lives

The classroom is in the public domain and it seems that there are a great deal of parents that refuse to believe Johnny or Betty is nothing more than a perfect. The schools are also a state issue and as long as the Feds are not mandating it then if the citizens of Georgia think it is a good idea then I would not have a problem.

td

June 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

Frederick Douglass

June 21st, 2011
12:04 pm
What’s absolutely incredible, is that black people would even talk to td, thank goodness I was reared better than that.

What have I ever said that was against black people?

Frederick Douglass

June 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

Centrist, and td:

You guys have spoken to a handful of blacks that said they aren’t voting for Obama, and that small sample spells doom for the man eh? Consider the hordes of whites that’ve pledged their undying loyalty to Herman Cain, but won’t vote for him at crunch time, the dynamics are the same.

double

June 21st, 2011
12:15 pm

I would like to hear some of the gov.employees talking when doing their job.It would fast become obvious which was the servant.

Frederick Douglass

June 21st, 2011
12:17 pm

td @ 12:12,

“A rose by any other name is still a………well you get my drift.

td

June 21st, 2011
12:21 pm

Frederick Douglass

June 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

Evidently you have read my post above regarding how I see the election. I think the black turnout will still be extremely high. I just think from the people I have talked to that there will be a 1% fall off in turnout this cycle. I think it is way to early to predict the election but I have layed out what I think are going to be the critical questions.

Intown

June 21st, 2011
12:25 pm

@td:

“Intown

June 21st, 2011
9:36 am
Georgia is the only “deep south” state in play. But it is in play

Just like Barnes was going to win last year. I can tell you right now the only question about Georgia is will Obama crack 40% of the vote. I have talked to black people that have said they will stay at home next year because they can not vote for a Republican but refuse to vote for a black man that has done nothing for them. I have also talked to at least 100 white people that voted for Obama in 08 that say they will vote for whomever the Republicans run. I have not heard one person that voted for McCain that said they were going to change their mind and vote for Obama.

With the above said, where is Obama going to pick up the additional votes to win the state?”

It’s all about turnout td. The republicans look like they will not nominate anyone that will both ignite the base and be able to win a general election. If they nominate a Romney, Republican turnout will be lower. If they nominate a Rick Perry or Michelle Bachmann type candidate they’ll ignite the base but also drive Dems to the polls because they’ll have sky-high negatives. If Dems get a good turnout, they’ll come close to the 5% margin they got in ‘08 or do better.

This is not the mid-term elections of 2010. Republicans cannot count on a repeat surge at the polls supported by Obama demogaguery. And remember … Obama Got Osama.

If they

double

June 21st, 2011
12:25 pm

Never giving it any thought.You say Obama is a black man.Well is the black blood superior.Why is he a black man?Just curious.

Intown

June 21st, 2011
12:28 pm

And let’s not forget what fast growing segment of the population Republicans have lost for the foreseeable future — Latinos.

Centrist

June 21st, 2011
12:30 pm

td – your analysis is probably right about the trend, but IMO won’t be enough. The media is solidly behind Obama, and an incumbent has a money advantage and a lot of strings to pull the last few months before an election. 8% is a very large swing.

Jai

June 21st, 2011
12:41 pm

@TD, I don’t know what black people you have been talking to but as a black woman, I bet I have talked to more black people than you have and they ALL say they are giving Obama 4 more years! As a matter of fact, no one I’ve spoken to have mentioned anything about Obama not doing anything for black people. None. Zero. Not a one. I think you’re lying or in the very least, stretching the truth. But, guess what, we are a long way from November 2012 and anything is possible. Except of course, Newt Gingrich gettiing the nomination!

td

June 21st, 2011
12:52 pm

Intown

June 21st, 2011
12:25 pm

I see your logic and appreciate the intellectual debate. Have you considered the following.

08 was the highest turnout for African Americans in Georgia in any election (if I am not mistaken it was close to 80% and 65% for any group is considered great for a Presidential election). I do not see the turnout any higher than that number in 12, so for your analysis to work then the white turnout will have to be around 53 to 55% (I think it was 62% in 08). The mid terms to had a white turnout of 58% with a governor candidate that they had to hold their nose to vote for. Do you really think any Republican running is going to make turnout less then in the mid term?

You could be right but I really do not see it in Georgia.

td

June 21st, 2011
12:59 pm

Jai

June 21st, 2011
12:41 pm

I have not spoken to many that say they are not going to vote for him again but there have been a few (like I said 1% and all of them black males if that matters to you) that said they would not vote for a republican but would stay at home because they could not support Obama again. Morning Joe (MSNBC) had a black male guest(can not remember his name) a few days ago that said basically the same thing. We shall see what happens and it is way to early to predict but one thing for sure this is not going to be a boring election season coming up.

Centrist

June 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

10 Reasons (according to a pundit) Obama is a one-term president

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44311

Justin

June 21st, 2011
1:25 pm

@ Jai…….TD is full of it! Everyone I’ve spoken with are voting for Obama in 2012, because there’s not a worthy candidate on the republican side worth voting for.

td

June 21st, 2011
2:20 pm

Justin

June 21st, 2011
1:25 pm

You must be real young or do not get around outside of your group often. If you live in Georgia and can not find people that will not vote for Obama.

SpaceyG on Twitter

June 21st, 2011
2:26 pm

Crossing St. Augustine is a terrific film, and a rare look at a portion of southern history not found in other media/mediums since it happened. C.B. Hackworth’s best work.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 21st, 2011
9:59 pm

Raquel Morris
June 21st, 2011
10:12 am

We shouldn’t begrudge anyone’s material possessions but when they’re purchased with the sale of one’s soul, as with CFR member Andy: in bed with the faction which murdered Dr. King…same as John Lewis’ support for illegal immigration: helping those who killed Dr. King – with JFK, the “two martyrs lying unburied on the street.” Those in “leadership” who aren’t serving Truth and Justice, aren’t serving G-d or the People, and Dr. King’s killers are not only breathing our air, they’re stealing all our money.