Posted inCriminal Justice, Policing

A Fight for Justice: Why the Family of Matthew Zadok Williams Is Suing DeKalb County

Chris Ann Lewis and her five daughters have spent almost two years trying to get justice for their son and little brother Matthew Zadok Williams, who was killed by a DeKalb County police officer. “This has to stop. The senseless killing of the mentally ill, it has to stop,” Lewis said. “They’re our brothers, our […]

Posted inCriminal Justice, Public Safety

Who Is ‘Cop City’ For? Residents Living Near the Site Aren’t So Sure.

Jacqueline Crew is a longtime resident of south DeKalb County who says she had not heard of “Cop City” until the deadly standoff that killed environmental activist Manuel “Tortuguita” Paez Terán, and left a Georgia state trooper wounded.  “I knew nothing about it. I have not heard nothing from the commissioners. I haven’t heard any […]

Posted inHousing, Money

Facing Eviction, Forest at Columbia Residents Meet with DeKalb Commissioner

Tenants from Forest at Columbia — the Panthersville-based apartment complex at the center of an alleged illegal eviction controversy — have gained new allies in their fight to keep their homes. DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson arranged for staffers from the county’s Community Development Department to visit Forest at Columbia on Aug. 5, less than […]