Reverend, Son Jailed after Taser Incident; Judge's Resignation Sought

After a taser incident that happened last August and a jailing that happened Thursday, the West Metro NAACP of Paulding and Douglas County will be calling for the resignation of City of Douglasville Magistrate Court Judge Keith Rollins tonight.

The West Metro NAACP of Paulding and Douglas County will be calling for the resignation of City of Douglasville Magistrate Court Judge Keith Rollins tonight at a 6:30 p.m. press conference, according to West Metro NAACP President Kimberly Alexander.

The NAACP contends Reverend Kenneth Freeman was unfairly tased in August of 2011 and then he and his son, Curtis Freeman, were charged with disorderly conduct and sent to jail Thursday. Reverend Freeman was fined $500, sentenced to six months probation and 10 days in jail. Curtis Freeman was fined $450, sentenced to six months probation and four days in jail.

of the New Beginnings Sanctuary Faith Church in Douglasville, told the Douglasville city council he wants justice after a police officer tasered him twice during a traffic stop of his son on Chapel Hill Rd.

"He tased me for no reason at all," Freeman said. "Not just one time but he did it twice. I'm a citizen here in this city and I will not tolerate no type of treatment like that."

In a press release issued by the West Metro NAACP, the group said it is "appalled at the sentence and incarceration of a Minister and his son...This appears to be retaliation against the Freeman Family due to their publicly highlighting their accusation of excessive force case against the Douglasville Police Department."

In the release, the incident was described like this: "Jermiel Freeman was pulled over by Officer Sam Crosley on Aug. 25, 2011 for a tag issue. During the traffic stop, Jermiel contacted his Father, Reverend Kenneth Freeman, to bring the car registration papers to the vehicle. Upon arrival at the scene with another one of his sons – Curtis Freeman, Reverend Freeman was then tased by Officer Crosley. As a result, Reverend Freeman and both of his sons were arrested. Jermiel later pleaded guilty to a tag issue and disorderly conduct with a fine of $700 and six months’ probation."

The release goes on to state: "The trial for Reverend Freeman and his younger son Curtis was heard in front of Judge Rollins. Reverend Freeman and his son were charged with disorderly conduct and represented in court by their attorney. Throughout the court hearing there were discrepancies in the Police testimony presented in court versus what was presented in the internal affairs investigation. Additionally, the testimony was inconsistent with what was written in the initial incident report. After all evidence and testimonial was presented, Judge Rollins found both Father and son guilty."

Also, the release says the organization would like for the City Council and Mayor to implement a citizen review board and reconsider Judge Rollins' contract with the City.

Julie Camp July 22, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Tanesha, those that turned in were and were sued in civil court. What does that have to do with Douglasville?
Zak July 22, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Yes, this was about officer safety. It was also about others making bad choices and expecting no consequences. These people then blamed the officer and judge for doing their jobs. Isn't this what we are seeing? Blame Bush... blame anyone but the person or people who are actually responsible. People make mistakes. Take responsibility for them and learn from them! This could have been a simple traffic stop but others came into it and they made bad decisions and it wasn't simple anymore. Enough. Do the crime, do your time and learn from it and end it.
Penny July 22, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Look everyone, this is about how a county over uses their power over citizens whether they are white or black. They have too much power and has exercised it onto us, the citizens. If you are not in their click or have enough money to pay their friends(atty's) then you are screwed. I have been fighting this county for an unjust sentence of 13 years to the door for a man trying to protect his daughter. This is just another story of total abuse from power hungry men. Bottom line. If you had never encountered issues here in this county then you are blessed. If you had then you are screwed.
Julie Camp July 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I don't think the county is using it's power enough. We used to live happy lives here until the crime rate went through the roof. You to lock your doors every second of every day. That's a recent thing in this county. I'm glad our police and courts go after those that commit crimes. You don't like it? Go live in California, they love looking the other way. You can't pick and choose what laws to enforce, you enforce them all
Penny July 23, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I guess that is why Douglas county has to send some of their inmates to other facilities because of over crowding. I guess if they used more power like you say then we wouldn't have any citizens left in this wonderful county. Like I said before They have too much power and use it in excess. When the citizens are leery when they see a cop or if you are in fear that a traffic violation would send you to the jail that we will be going in debt for, then there is a problem somewhere. If you had any run ins with the judicial system of our wonderful county then you would understand. If not then you can't fathom what is really going on here. A recent thing in this county, I think not. This has been going on for a long long time. I understand that no one can pick and choose the laws however the sentencing can be controlled.
Julie Camp July 23, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Or, people would realize our cops mean business and either you don't break the law or go away. People respond to consequences. If you treat criminals like some cities do, they keep committing crimes. Look at Chicago.
Dick Jones July 23, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Remember that dirt bag that committed 5 robberies in the Arbor Place parking lot? He got 5 Life Terms. That made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. He won't be hurting anyone else. It's not about race. it's about bad things happening when people decide to commit crimes. By the way, I know a guy who is a manager at a pizza place that got his "Reverend" status through the mail, so he could marry his friends. Perhaps the Reverend in this case should have acted like one.
MomOfTwo23 July 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
TANESHA are you the ignorant one? I am one of the least racist person you will ever meet and that mom being black had nothing to do with it. If it was a white person I would say the same thing. Your the racist one sticking up for a woman who beat her son. Now if it was a white woman like myself you would be one of the people who would be saying she deserved it or more. I know when voting began thank you very much.
Jeyne Mathers July 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I am a white female who has raised a family here in Douglas County for over 30 years. I support Obama and am against any and all Republicans (whom I used to vote for years ago until they went mad) wanting to be in or currently in political office. I have dealt with Rollins as an real estate atty back in the late 1990's, when I refinanced my mortgage. In all the legal paperwork he described me erroneously as a black female. Less than 10 years later I called him about a legal issue with a child support/bankruptcy problem and he said now I was in bankruptcy I had MORE money to pay child support, even though I was earning less than half what my child's father earned. I am surprised to hear that one such as that is now a Judge. I wonder how many cases he has handled erroneously since he became judge? nderstand that I have it from reliable sources that the Douglasville police are arresting people who shouldn't be arrested in order to make more money and "prove" that they need a bigger jail. Such republican corruption. The former Mayor, Mickey Thompson, is running for a rep position. Don't vote for him or former rep Bob Snelling.
Jeyne Mathers July 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
FACT: Rev. Freeman brought the necessary car paperwork showing ownership of the vehicle. I have had a run-in with the Douglasville police dept where they changed the court date on my ticket (claimed I didn't have car insurance when I did) so I would be arrested by missing that date. Fortunately I was able to produce my copy of the ticket which had the original date on it and the case was dismissed and corruption looked into. This was in the 1990's! Now they are trying the same corruption again. Stop electing these republicans into office and get some decent, law-abiding police in charge.
Jeyne Mathers July 23, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I recently talked to one of the Douglasville police officers who said that flyers and advertisements have been sent out to cities up north (states like Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, etc.) for people to move down to Georgia, and especially Douglas County, because the taxes and cost of living was lower, and they could get Section 8 housing. Interesting, isn't it? I wonder who would do such a thing?
Brittany Fletcher July 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I don't like racist people you are So racist just Cause he may look like a thug on your eyes well he is a man of God and for that police to tase a man of God the way you did not once but twice that is just wrong then his granddaughter had to see that and his grandson also.. Douglas country is just wrong they don't care bout nothing they think everybody is out here trying to negative things No one is positive to dem they think everyone are criminals which is not true but I hope you rot in hell!!!!!
Dick Jones July 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Brittany, Calling me a racist without anything to base it on isn't very smart. The only reason dingleberry's grand kids had to see him Tased is because he made the choice to misbehave himself. I am interested to hear any evidence that the officer's actions were racially motivated. Everything you said was stated like it is fact when it is actually your unsupported opinion. You accuse me and the police of being racist with no evidence whatsoever. Your behavior makes you look like a fool.
RL July 23, 2012 at 06:01 PM
RL July 23, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Vengence is mine said the Lord. Justice has been served thanks DCPD.
MomOfTwo23 July 23, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Ok let me say this one thing just because he looks like a man of God doesn't mean he is. Looks can be deceiving. For a great biblical example :the anti-Christ. However I do believe he was treated unfair.
Bruce July 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Folks, you have to remember, the judge does not have a law degree (does he even have a college diploma?) and he was never an attorney and he gets 40 hours of training and then he can lock up people. And no one gets a chance to vote him in or out of office at the polls. He is appointed by the city council.
Fred July 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
While it is true that State Law does not require a magistrate judge to be (or have been) a lawyer, Rollins was a practicing real estate attorney in Douglasville for many years. If you have a problem with the required qualifications, I suggest you contact your state representative and senator to ask for a change to the law. Many judges at all levels of government within the United States are appointed. Appointed judges - especially life-long appointments - do not have to bend to the political winds that may be blowing in order to garner favor with the voters. This is a good thing, unless you are in favor of mob rule.
Fran Armstrong July 24, 2012 at 08:09 PM
If it's not about race, why was the NAACP called in? I also believe that this is a matter of justice and since I wasn't there (maybe some people here who have strong opinions were, I don't know) to see exactly what went on I'm not going to be incriminating the Judge or the police. I'll wait until the evidence comes out and if it points to someone behaving improperly than actions should be taken. This goes for both sides. Btw, I've never known of a judge's decision that made everybody happy. That's not a reason to remove someone from the bench.
Fran Armstrong July 24, 2012 at 09:00 PM
OK, I've read everyones comments and here's what I'm seeing. One, a lot of people who weren't even there to give any eye witness testimony are judging by their own experience with the legal system and their racial beliefs. Just because someone has an opinion that is different than yours does NOT make them a racist. I've lived in Douglasville for sixteen years and you better believe it's changed. Just read the police and sheriffs blotter. People don't want to work they want to sell drugs, shop lift, not show up for their court dates, drive without insurance or a license,etc. You know what? You do that you go to jail no matter what your color is. The race card gets pulled far to often in this country. Is that they only defense to offer? I heard the Reverend when he spoke before the Mayor now I'm interested in the other side as you all should be too. Stop the name calling because it only makes you look foolish.
Bruce July 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I need to make a reply to Fred's comment to my posting. "Many judges at all levels of government within the United States are appointed. Appointed judges - especially life-long appointments - do not have to bend to the political winds that may be blowing in order to garner favor with the voters. This is a good thing, unless you are in favor of mob rule." Unless I am in favor of mob rule? Are you kidding? Fred, maybe you believe in the divine right of kings and that the people should not be allowed to influence their government or vote. Since you are not for mob rule, then why would you support actually allowing the people to elect their representatives? With a position as important as a judge, the judge should have to answer to the people he judges. The problem with our government is that too few people are informed and too few participate.
Fred July 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Are judges "kings" with a "divine right" to the office? No, judges are there to oversee courtrooms & interpret the law. If they act outside the law they can be overturned or impeached - that is a long way from being a king. Who appoints judges? Elected officials. How do those officials get their jobs? The people vote. If you think that having every judge weighing every decision that they make against their ability to please their constituency then I guess you feel that the Federal Courts need improvement. Would there have been any progress in civil rights if the judges that ruled discriminatory laws unconstitutional had to please the majority of the voters so they could keep their jobs? For the judges that do face the voters we equivocate by declaring their office's "non-partisan" as if that distinction has a real meaning. Do you think that money and power sways elected legislators and executives? (you should) How is a judge immune to those forces when he has to rely on the same system to keep his job? I am 100% in favor of electing our legislators and executives. While most people would describe the USA as a democracy, they would be wrong. A democracy IS mob rule. The USA is a representative republic. It is an important distinction, and I suggest you look it up. I agree with your last statement but you do not take it far enough: The problem with our government is that too few people are informed and too many uninformed people participate.
LeeR July 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Sometimes a municipal court judge is appointed by a mayor as an incentive not to run against the mayor in the next election. Political judicial management with a carrot.
Bruce July 25, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I loathe many of the decisions of the United States Supremem Court. Fortunately, many of its decisions are reversed every 15 to 30 years. We are fortunate that African-Americans are no longer considered as mere property with no more rights than cattle. Thankfully, THAT decision by THAT unelected court has been overturned. I'm also grateful that the court decision was overturned that said women did not have the right to vote. And, at one time in this country, it was illegal to drink alcohol and the court said it was the law of the land. Now it's up for the vote and local citizens can decide. I could go on, but you get the picture. By the way, Fred, how did you like the US Supreme Court decision that said government could seize private property for economic development in the Kelo case? That was a shocker, huh.
Elder Marvin Freeman July 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Pastor Elder Marvin Freeman I think it is shameful to treat a man of God, this way, tasing him like a common crimal.I think the officers involved in this such in fact be fired. And as for the Judge he should be fired as well, The comment by D,C wait till something like this happen to your family and love ones, then i want to know how would you respone then. this is a man of God. he did not deserve to be treated that way.
LeeR July 26, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Kelo v. City of New London....Lord Have Mercy....what a debacle. When you let seasoned politicians write vague laws, you get vague court decisions that end up being terrible Supreme Court decisions.
Fred July 26, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I do not think that you have all your facts correct, but overall you have proved my point. Faced with having to please the voters the Federal Courts would not have been exanding the rights of opressed citizens over the last 220 years. Do you really think that Jim Crow would have died when it did if the citizens voted on it? Are the jurists perfect? No, just human.
SouthernKudzu July 26, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I don't get it. Why is the NAACP involved with this? If there was injustice wouldn't a lawyer be better?
Julie Camp July 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I think it's interesting that those on the wrong side of the law criticize police and judicial entities.
SouthernKudzu July 26, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Agree. I've grown up and still living in D'ville and am 46 y.o. I've gotten my share if tickets and warning and yet never once have had a cross word and or negative experience with our local law enforcement, they've always treated me fair. Every citation I ever received in D.C., I deserved.


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