The Champion Free Press, Friday, August 5, 2011 Page 3A
Local police forces affected by proposed bill
Three county detention ofcers arrested after inmate mistreated
by Nigel RobertsCongressional lawmakers and lawenforcement ofcials promise to keepup the pressure against a federal appro- priations bill that would eliminate fund-ing for Community Oriented PolicingServices, or COPS.In July, the U.S. House Subcom-mittee on Commerce, Justice, Scienceand Related Agencies approved aFY2012 appropriations bill that ex-cluded funding for the COPS program.The bill now heads to the House oor for further consideration. The Senatehas not yet taken up the appropriationsmeasure.DeKalb’s law enforcement agen-cies have beneted from the more than$13.5 billion distributed through theCOPS grants, which began under Presi-dent
’s administration.In 2009, Vice President
and U.S. Attorney General
announced the distribution of $1 billion in COPS grants to policedepartments to hire and rehire ofcers.Georgia’s law enforcement agenciesreceived $31 million of the grant to pay the salaries of 184 police ofcers.DeKalb’s share was $3.1 million— used to hire 15 new ofcers.U.S. Rep.
(D – Ga.), who represents most of DeKalbCounty, stands rmly with those whooppose the elimination of COPS fund-ing. He said these grants are critical for the safety of families and communities.“Now is not the time to turn our backs on our local law enforcement of-cers,” Johnson said. “At a time whenstates are struggling to balance their budgets, they need federal support toensure they have the resources theyneed to keep their communities safe.COPS is vital to this equation.”At a time when DeKalb—like other counties—is in the grip of a historic re-cession, police departments need thesefederal funds to prevent layoffs and tohire new ofcers. Last October, John-son presented Doraville Police Chief
with a COPS grant of $385,000 tohire two additional ofcers.King said, “This type of funding iscritical for our department’s mission.”He emphasized the importance of thefunds to law enforcement ofcials who“risk [their] lives on the streets everyday.” News of the possible eliminationof COPS funding was also unwelcomenews beyond DeKalb.
(R - Wash.) and
,Jr. (D - N.J.), co-chairs of the biparti-san House Law Enforcement Caucus,spearheaded a campaign that resultedin 115 House members signing a letter that voiced opposition to the subcom-mittee’s appropriations bill.“I understand that in a time of lim-ited resources tough choices need to be made, but the federal governmentshould never ignore its most importantresponsibility to its citizens, providingsafety and security,” Reichert said in astatement. “The local law enforcementofcers that keep our homes and busi-nesses safe deserve continued invest-ment.”If the House passes the appropria-tions bill without COPS funding, itstill faces opposition in the Senate.In a statement, following passage inthe House subcommittee, Sen.
(D – N.J.) noted that thefunds have kept police on the beat for many years. Lautenberg is a member of the Appropriations Committee that au-thorizes COPS funding in the Senate.
Republican efforts to zero outfunding for the COPS program are en-dangering the ability of our police de- partments to stop violence and preventcrime,” he stated. “I am committed toghting in the Senate to support COPSfunding and to oppose these recklessHouse cuts.”
Notice is hereby given than a General Election for the City of Clarkston will be heldonTuesday, November 8, 2011 to elect three (3) Council Members to the ClarkstonCity Council. The term of office is four (4) years and the elected officials will besworn in at the January 2012 meeting of the City Council.Persons wishing to qualify for this election may file a notice of candidacy with theMunicipal Election Superintendent at Clarkston City Hall, 3921 Church Street, from9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday,August 29, 2011 through Friday, September 2, 2011. Qualifying fee for council is $105.
will take place at
Clarkston International Bible Church, 3895 ChurchStreet
, Clarkston, GA from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Any person who is a resident of the City of Clarkston and who is registered at least thirty (30) days prior to thiselection with the DeKalb County Board of Registrations and Elections as an elector within the City of Clarkston shall be eligible to vote in this election. Deadline for voter registration is October, 11, 2011.Application for absentee ballots may be made by mail or in person to the AbsenteeBallot Clerk, DeKalb County Elections Division, 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300,Decatur, GA 30032, 404-298-4020.This notice is given pursuant to Chapter 21 of the Official Code of Georgia, asamended, pertaining to municipal elections, this 4th day of August, 2011.TracyAshby, City Clerk and Municipal Elections Superintendent.CITY OF CLARKSTON
Martial artsinstructorindicted onchild rapecharges
By Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comA Lithonia martial artsinstructor and a 2012 Olym- pic hopeful has been indictedon three counts surroundingthe alleged rape of a girl athis school.
Adrian Thomas Spellen
,owner and head instructor of Powerkicks Martial Arts,located at 3026 Miller Roadin Lithonia, is accused of twocounts of rape and one countof aggravated child molesta-tion.The grand jury indictmentstated that Spellen, 27, wholives in Ellenwood, commit-ted “an immoral and indecentact” to a child under the ageof 10, injuring her.The rapes allegedly oc-curred in May and June of this year.“These allegations areextremely serious and we willcontinue to work to ensure justice for the victim and her loved ones,” said DeKalbDistrict Attorney
in a statement.According to Spellen’scompany website, he has beencompeting and training in taekwon do for nearly 20 years.He is a certied instructor, has black belt, and has coached38 state and regional champi-ons, and ve national cham- pions. Spellen is a ve-timenational champion and won asilver medal at the 2010 SouthAmerican Games in Medellin,Colombia.Spellen has been releasedon a $100,000 bond and or-dered not to have any contactwith minors except for familymembers. by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comThree detention ofcersfrom the DeKalb CountySheriff’s Ofce were ar-rested July 25 after beingaccused of mistreating aninmate.After an internal in-vestigation, ofcers
werecharged in connection withthe May 15 incident whena verbal altercation beganwith an unnamed inmateover use of the restroom.The argument betweenSeals and the inmate, whohad been arrested on adisorderly conduct charge,turned physical. For his partin the incident Seals wascharged with misdemeanor simple battery and a viola-tion of oath of ofce.The Sheriff’s Ofceinvestigation revealed thatBruno and Grier witnessedthe incident and failed tostop it or properly reportit to their supervisors. Be-cause they failed to act and protect the inmate, the of-cers were charged withviolation of oath of ofce.All three ofcers have been suspended without pay pending termination.The Sheriff’s Ofce learnedof the incident July 22when a letter was receivedfrom the inmate’s attorneydetailing the allegations.Additionally, detentionofcer
wasterminated for violation of oath of ofce and ofcer
was terminat-ed for refusing to cooperatewith sheriff’s investigators.Two other employees facesuspensions.“I will not tolerateabuse by any of my ofcersagainst any person that theyare sworn to detain prior toor thereafter their day be-fore a judge,” DeKalb Sher-iff
said in astatement.
Adrian Thomas Spellen