Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Special treatment for commisioner over warrants?

January 25, 2010 Comments off

GBI, sheriff question DeKalb handling of wanted commissioner  |

This stinks to high hell. There isn’t much I can say other than had this been you or I, we would still be fighting to get out of jail.  I can’t for the life of me understand why DeKalb Police would allow a person with warrants to leave the scene. The GBI, and a former prosecutor both said the same thing; she should have been hauled off to jail. This scandal may cost Barnes Sutton her position on the DeKalb Commission. This coupled with other financial problems being reported, should be enough to do her in. Then again crazier things have happened

DeKalb Police to get weapons upgrade

January 25, 2010 Comments off

From the AJC

DeKalb police beef up firepower  |

Cool. This should help somewhat. Though, they still will be outgunned. I think all officers should be issued not only a sidearm, but a sub-machine gun as well. Something like a SWAT style MP5 should be given to all officers, and SWAT should upgrade as well. That would at least bring officers in line with what is on the street. I think it also would be a moral booster for officers. It would signal that the leadership wants them to be equipped to do the job right. It would also send a signal to the “Thug Nation” that there could be a serious price to pay when running up on the cops.

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DeKalb commissioner has arrest warrants in Gwinnett

January 21, 2010 Comments off

From the AJC

The latest: Apparently the warrants that were in effect are no longer valid. It seems the warrants were canceled, and the commissioner allowed to make right the bad checks. According to the AJC, at 3 p.m. the warrants were still valid, but by 5 p.m. the warrants gad been canceled. This truly sucks. And it stinks too. If you ever had a warrant out for your arrest, you know that you are never give the opportunity to make it right before you go to jail. Even the Gwinnett Sheriffs office was puzzled as to why Barnes Sutton was still at large. I smell a rat here. But I’d bet my last dollar that this goes nowhere. The officers responsible for her release, the judge who canceled the warrants, and Ms. Barnes-Sutton will all walk away as if this never happened. The really sad part is that there are men and women languishing in DeKalb jail on outstanding warrants for things as small as a traffic violation.

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DeKalb commissioner has warrant for her arrest  |

Damn, Damn, Damn. We can’t win for losing. Now we have a commisioner with warrants out for her arrest. According to the AJC article, Commissioner Barnes-Sutton is wanted for passing bad checks. Now I know that people make mistakes, but apparently this is not the first time. She may need to take some financial management classes to bone up on how to use checks. It seems, according to her bio (, she is a very intelligent woman. Passing several bad checks though would bring some doubt to that assertion.

By the way did anyone notice that the police did not arrest her for those outstanding warrants. Hmmm, what quid pro quo went on here? Just asking, because you know had that been you or I, we would have been sitting in the back of a squad car.

DeKalb gangs no surprise to many

January 20, 2010 Comments off

Suburban gang sprawl > > The Sunday Paper :: All you need to know..

Great article dealing with DeKalb gangs. Sorry to see so many brothers caught up at such a young age. I do agree somewhat with the PD’s contention that some of the laws are frivolous. Check it out and let me know if I am wrong.

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DeKalb murder rate drops |

January 19, 2010 Comments off

DeKalb murder rate drops  |

Thanks to the AJC for covering this. Whenever DeKalb or Atlanta sees an uptick in crime, the local news media play it out for days on end. They analyze the numbers, and interview concerned citizens. But when there is a drop, it may get a quick mention and poof away it goes. Now, I must admit,  my gut is that crime in DeKalb is still a serious problem, but the fact that murder dropped 43 percent was a sign of progress. I hope that the new interim chief is not cooking the books. I also hope that they can maintain this success in 2010.

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Dekalb introduces new sex offender monitoring programs

January 19, 2010 Comments off

From Crossroads News,

Sheriff introduces new sex offender monitoring programs.

The comments on this story are unbelievable. The most important thing to remember here is public safety. If sexual predators are roaming the streets, we as a community need to know. In this fast-paced, complex world, it is impossible for communities to know and keep track of dangerous people. In the “old” days, when a stranger or someone new showed up in the neighborhood, everyone knew about it, and within days knew their story. Today, people can move in and out of a neighborhood, and no one would bat an eye. This technology makes it easier to keep an eye on people who are known to be particularly violent. Remember, this is only used on the most violent of offenders. It should be a tool available to the general public. When people start throwing out stats about recidivism being 2.6 %, it may sound low statistically, but try telling that to the family of a victim of a sexual predator.

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