NAACP, Jailed Reverend's Family Ask 'Where's the Justice?'

About 35 family members and concerned residents gathered at the home of Reverend Kenneth Freeman tonight for a press conference, led by the West Metro NAACP.

About 35 family members and concerned residents gathered at the home of Reverend Kenneth Freeman tonight for a press conference, led by the West Metro NAACP.

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.

In the attached video, Clay Mitchell, vice president of the West Metro NAACP said it's a sad day in Douglasville. He said Douglasville wanted retribution and to punish Reverend Freeman for having the audacity to not just pay his fine but to want his day in court.

In another attached video, Anita Freeman, wife and mother of the two arrested, cries and talks about the trauma caused to her family, calling everything that's happened, 'a living nightmare.'

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JB July 21, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Well I wondered when "this" was going to start in DC. Reckon ol' Sharpton will make an appearance soon?
SouthernKudzu July 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM
The NAACP is more harmful to the minority population then any other organization there is. They feed off this these people and do nothing more than exacerbate their "victim / I'm a lowly black man" mentality instead of teaching them to be self responsible productive citizens that can do and be even more successful than any other person regardless of color. When will these types stop feeling sorry for themselves, living in the past days of segregation and start looking forward to their future, self worth, and self improvement. I'm 46 years old and never been arrested, why? Not because I'm white, but because I treat authority with respect, say "yes/no sir or mam" take my ticket and pay my fine with no back talk. In other words, I have enough self respect and self responsibility not to cause a scene and then ask for help when all goes wrong for doing so.
Gary L. Warner July 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM
So let’s follow the series of events that brought Rev Freeman and his son to be incarcerated and fined. A vehicle was stopped for a tag violation with the driver unable to produce proper vehicle registration, and was driving with improper driver license. FACT Rev Freeman did not follow verbal commands by the officer. FACT If the Freeman family had been following state mandated laws of vehicle operations, and those requirements, he would not be sitting in jail for 10 days and be $500 lighter in the bank. FACT Mr Mitchell states that Rev Freeman is a pillar of the community. I do not know Rev Freeman, but what I do know is that a pillar of the community leads by example. It shores up and strengthens the community. The disorderly conduct charge was not trumped up when the officer stopped the vehicle, Rev Freeman’s actions, HIS actions, not the police officer, is what put Rev Freeman in jail. I would have thought that Rev Freeman’s representative, Mr Mitchell, would have held the press conference to let the community know that we live in a community that upholds the law, and that the Rev Freeman and his son had made a terrible error in judgment, and let this be a learning experience, that when you are given a direction by any officer of the law, do what you are told. Rev Freeman’s day in court then would have been only to pay a fine for not obeying the lawful operation of a vehicle. FACT
SouthernKudzu July 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Amanda Stephenson July 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Very well said Mr. Warner. If they'd been obeying the laws to begin with, None of this would've happened.
Mike Kuring July 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I agree. Very well said Mr. Warner. Where is the just? It resides in the Douglas County courthouse. Where is the acceptance of personal responsibility? Of personal accountabilty? The good reverand should ask that of himself.
D C Resident July 21, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Thank You Douglasville Ga for upholding the laws of our community. It is people like this that destroy a community not build it. Typical Obamanites. Not one word was spoken about The Freemans violating the laws. Judge Rollins, we applaud you and Thank Yo and as a matter of fact, we need more judges like you to clamp down on crimes in our community which are being destroyed by leeches like this.
Jermiel Freeman July 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
listen to scott and gary im the son of reverend freeman yall wasn't there i was the driver so before yall go to assuming things and talking crazy my dad and my brother are innocent they did nothing to deserve this it was me who pushed his hand off me it was me who was being rude and having disorderly conduct my dad is is a true man of God and and have a heart for the ppl he is not a criminal him or my brother thats not in them to do things like that it was ME!!!!!!!! that should have got tazed it was ME!!!!! who should of been in jail this is injustice that they used me pleading out to my disorderly conduct against them wit is not right they should not have been charged with anything cause i took the charge so they wouldnt get in trouble for anything that happen that night all my daddy just came to bring me my paper work for my car he nor my brother did anything to deserve this they are innocent but JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!! in this injust situation so before u go to talking bout something u dont know the story to and u wasn't there PLEASE do not comment douglasville is wrong and they know when we where in court and when they arrested my father and my brother the Sargent of the accusing officer look at me smiled and winked his eye at me where they do that at im not understanding so please know the story before u comment and make yourself look stupid they are innocent and we want justice
Gary L. Warner July 21, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Jermiel, you are correct, you are the one that was at fault. But calling your daddy on the phone and having him come up with the paperwork, put the police officer in harms way. After your father was told to stop or get back into his vehicle, obviously he continued on, making the police officer out numbered. To gain control of the situation, your father was tased. I am not making myself look stupid as you put it, it is your father and brother sitting in jail for your actions, not mine.
D C Resident July 21, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Another instance where if the violators, black or white, give an officer common courtesy and respect all turns out well just like 99.9% of these types of cases do. It is when someone with an attitude and disrespect for the law and its assigned representative charged to uphold it abuses the process and causes issues. This is a case where a black man did not get his way, threw a temper tantrum and had to be taken care of the proper way, JAIL These things happen daily without any incidents,I just wonder why it is hard for some to obey the law and other think they are due a break. Because he thinks he is a "Man of God" If he were a true "Man of GOD" he would believe what the Bible says and IF he thinks he was done wrong......FORGIVE and let GOD handle those that he feels have done him wrong..NOooooooooo, he calls the NAACP.. Pharisees are everywhere, especially in D C!
Bruce July 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Is this judge an attorney with a law degree, or is he appointed by the city council and does not have a law degree? Is this the same judge who sentenced Muslim Lisa Valentine to 10 days in the slammer for being uppity?
Zaccheaus Trevon Pugh July 22, 2012 at 12:08 AM
To shut this up Douglas-ville is just racist but its all good justice will prevail and you better have the holy ghost aka the spirit of Christ with you on Monday . Why i say that?hahahah. Woe unto them that bring the offense that's all i have to say .
LAVONDRA FREEMAN July 22, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Zaccheaus Trevon Pugh July 22, 2012 at 12:26 AM
So was it right to tase him no! And are you racist hmmmmmmmmm Yes!!!!
Deashia L. Freeman July 22, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I'm the granddaughter of Reverend Freeman. As my uncle and many others forestated JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!!! Gary I want you to know that the officer was well aware that my grandfather was contacted to bring the papers that was needed. So with that being said the officer was not put in harms way. Also I'm the one that was in the car and seen EVERYTHING that happened. After a while I started having a seizure and my younger brother, who was also not mentioned in any of the reports, jumped out of the car and was running around screaming they killed my papa. The people were not notified about that hmmmmm i wonder why ??? I also understand that people are entitled to their own opinions but this is a injust situation and we want justice and thats just what we are going to get !!!!!
Kandie Hightower July 22, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I think this has nothing to do with race. This is just an example of the DCPD doing what they do best...harassing people. Douglasville is a fairly quiet town and not much happens there...including crime. So, what else do they to do besides get on pepole nerves. And what a way to get some media attention. DCPD GET A LIFE!!!! My prayers go out to Apostle Freeman and his family.
Tracy Williams July 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Gary, you just need to stop and put yourself in this situation and leave it at that. This was a one time event!!!!!!!!! I don't know the father or the son, my heart just goes out because I can see how this could have easily gone wrong. I'm sure if you have a son (no matter how old he is), and he called you and asked for your assistance telling you had been stopped, you would have gone to his aid as any father would. I assure you, you would have gone with every intention of upholding the law and making everything okay. However, getting tased and arrested and spending 10 days in jail would not have been fair or just ESPECIALLY given all of the factors. Okay, the officer may have thought his life was in jeopardy at the time, but in hindsight, we all know that wasn't the case, so Judge Rollins had the ability to make this right and he didn't. Jermiel, I applaud you for admitting your wrong and being willing to stand up for what is right. You made a mistake in judgement. You are only human. I'm sure you will grow from this.
LeeR July 22, 2012 at 01:45 PM
It's the same judge. City had to pay out $27,500 as part of a settlement agreement in a lawsuit due to the judge's actions along with the conduct of a City police officer who is no longer with the department.
rich July 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
You must live way out in the country side of Douglas County because Douglasville itself has a higher than average crime rate and it's only getting worse. We are constantly making news for all the wrong reasons. While I agree with you that this has nothing to do with race, I disagree with your perception of law enforcement in Douglas County. If you treat an officer with respect, they will do the same. We don't know what happened, maybe the father was angry about the whole situation and was becoming hostile. Again, we just don't know. BTW there is no such thing as the "DCPD", it's either DCSO or DPD.
Zak July 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Very well said.
SouthernKudzu July 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Kandie, I agree with Rich. You obviously are not very in-tune with Douglas County and the happenings around our area. The police and sheriffs departments are far too busy to be wasting time "harassing" people.
SouthernKudzu July 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Wow, really?? Playing the race card? Yep, when you have no good argument then go for the race card to try and get "justice". You're right, Douglas County is racist, that's why you won't find one white man in any of the county or city jails. If the dear Reverend had been white, they would have padded him on the back, shook his hand, and thanked him for standing up for his son........NOT. Stop it, just stop being a victim and blaming all your troubles on the color of your skin, if nothing else that is the only "racist" mentality in all this. It seems that only the NAACP and all the Reverends family and friends are the ones that see color and bring color into this situation. Only when folks like you stop pointing out the fact that you are black will the world stop noticing that you are different. No one is holding you back because of the color of your skin except YOU and maybe a lack of education, by looking some of your writing skills above.
Ms. Stanley July 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM
To Ms. Freeman: You stated: "There is too much inside work; of course you're going to Stick with your OWN!!!!!!!! Boy, isn't that "calling the kettle black!" Black people are notorious for "sticking with their own." Stop you temper tamper and go away. I truly doubt you will and your followers wil "take the city." Obviously, you are not familiar with the people of Douglas County, the ones that have lived here all our lives. We do not go down quietly, and we will not be controlled by you. You are in the wrong town, honey, and probably should take you (and yours) back to where they put up with folks like you (perhaps Clayton, Dekalb, or Fulton County).
Bruce July 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Is this the same Douglasville Police Dept. that found itself missing thousands of dollars in cash and hundreds of guns from the evidence room, and the then police chief performed his own in house investigation and proclaimed everything honky dory? Then the city council was gonna give him $180,000 as a bonus for retirement and "consulting" fee after he retired? Is this the same group of folks we're talking about. Better watch out if the ACLU files a case again. And I thought Lisa Valentine got $50,000, not about half that. Well, it the difference in the amount really doesn't matter does it? And the former mayor is sending out anonymous mud slinging mail and robocalls against Mike Miller, while the current mayor can't seem to drive his new Tahoe very well and the repair cost for his wreck in a parking lot was $10,000 and the city council members are turning in bills for reimbursements for travel and attending meetings not allowed by law. That's more tens of thousands of dollars to taxpayers. And Rodney Graham screamed in agony and begged for help for 3 days and died on the floor of the Douglas County jail and nothing happened... until the Graham family retained the services of an attorney and the county secretly paid $1,000,000 (one million dollars) and more is to come with more depositions. And county officials did an "internal investigation" said nothing wrong was done! Judgment Day is coming to these evil people.
Ms. Stanley July 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM
You just want a little cash for the wrongdoing, right sweetie. I'll bet you already have your eye on an expensive item, maybe home improvement, a new car. Got dollar signs in your eyes, darling?
Stephan Johnstonsonton July 29, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Does any one know where I could see a video of the Reverend flopping around on the ground like a fish.
Mark Davis September 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Rev and Family, my prayers are with you. None of these white people are Americans, they are indeed the immigrants. The fact the white race is on the brink of distinction, your population is dwindling fast, so called blacks are watering down your bloodline simply because your own white woman denounce your perceived presumptive power on this earth. Wake up racists your time is up, so called blacks through our Creator are taking this land back, and you the white immigrants will return to your respective colonies. You people are the weakest in our nation, cowards and perpetrators of the hell you live in. Obamanites? The nerve of you weaklings, your unraveling, the mere appearance of a melonated (black)man in power disrupts your ability to function. Your race is in a downward spiral. Douglasville and many other cities who you think will survive the obvious change in future of this country, is sadly mistaken. The Rev Freeman will be victorious, but moreso you racist whites, pretenders of religious, and American history game is up. The TRUTH IS OUT, and so are you. The tide has turned, and many of you will learn true history, "his"-story, vs "my"-story which you call "mystery" (mystory). The time is upon us, racist white folks beware, you will face the wrath of God, the disenigration of your race and forged history, but the return to power of the real aboriginal indegenous people of this land , you refer to as BLACK PEOPLE. Be prepared.
SouthernKudzu September 04, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Mark, Please take the time to learn to use proper grammar and how to spell. Even then you will still come across as a complete nut case, but at least you won't look to be so uneducated.
Bruce September 04, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Southern Kudzu, I've got a got that loves to eat kudzu, and he would love to eat you.
Bruce September 04, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Woops! Sorry, Southern Kudzu, I misspelled GOAT! I meant to say, "I've got a GOAT that loves to eat kudzu, and he would love to eat you." Well doggone and shucks, Kudzu!


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