by Robin Kemp

Here’s your Monday Morning Roundup for October 19, 2020:

  • Early voting resumes today and continues through 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30–including this weekend. As of Friday, 33,785 Clayton County voters had cast early ballots. Here’s a list of dates, times, and locations where you can either vote in person or drop off your mail-in absentee ballot in a secure county ballot box. (You can use the dropboxes, which are monitored by video cameras, through 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.) Our chart above will automatically update daily unofficial numbers from the Clayton County Elections and Registration Office as they become available. Feel free to share it on your social media networks!
  • At 6 p.m, the City of Forest Park has its regularly scheduled City Council meeting, according to the calendar on the city website. However, the city had not posted an agenda for the meeting as of 9 a.m. Monday. The Clayton Crescent spoke with City Clerk Sharee Stead, who said the agenda would be posted on the city’s website by 10 a.m. after she got in touch with “the content creator,” Bell Creative Design. We asked whether the noon deadline for public comment via Slido would be extended, given the lateness of the agenda. Stead said she would consult with the city attorney and city manager. At 10:27 a.m., a link to the agenda appeared but led to an internal server error message. Check https://www.forestparkga.org/agenda.aspx to see what your elected officials have planned for tonight.
  • On Tuesday, October 20, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners holds its regular business meeting at 6:30 p.m. The BOC had yet to post its agenda as of 9 a.m. Monday. Check for it at http://claytoncountyga.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx
  • The national radio show On The Media mentioned the Black Lives Matter march at Southlake Mall this summer in the context of a purported member of the Georgia III% Martyrs militia group claiming to have surveilled the event. The anonymous speaker, who was monitored on a Zello radio frequency the militia uses, claimed he and others went to the mall to “help” the Morrow Police Department and that officers did nothing when one of their members allegedly pointed a weapon at a participant. Former Morrow Police Chief Jimmy Callaway strongly denies the claim and says he, Clayton County Police, the sheriff’s department, and Clayton State University Police were closely monitoring the event. “It never happened,” Callaway said. The show interviewed The Clayton Crescent’s Robin Kemp, who also said she had observed no militia activity in the area at the time and that the event had been peaceful. A Georgia III% Martyrs spokesperson told On The Media it had not gone to the event. Morrow City Manager Sylvia Redic said, “I had no reports of militia of any kind or any reports to cause concern.”
  • The family of Secoriea Turner is suing the City of Atlanta for $12 million, claiming the city was negligent in not shutting down armed vigilantes that had set up a roadblock near the Wendy’s where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by Atlanta Police. Turner was killed July 4 when armed men opened fire on her family’s vehicle as it tried to turn around at the roadblock. Turner was the niece of Forest Park business services specialist Tiffanie Robinson.

Here’s a look at the internal server error message on Forest Park’s agenda link:

Forest Park’s Oct. 17, 2020 agenda link led to this error message when the link appeared at 10:27 a.m. the morning of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting
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