A MAYORAL candidate for Atlanta who’s been outspoken against the law enforcement, needed them in a big way after some young kids motored away in his Mercedes.
Councilman Antonio Brown has been pushing for police reforms and divvying their funding to social workers – was dragged down the road attempting to thwart the theft of his car perpetrated by a couple children.
“These kids were in my opinion somewhere between seven and 11-years-old. So you don’t immediately think, ‘Oh, these kids are going to steal my car,’” Brown told WSB-TV, about his missing 2016 Mercedes 450.
Brown had wrapped up an appearance at a ribbon-cutting ceremony welcoming a Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins combo store to an underserved neighborhood.
He was in the middle of convening a meet with Ben Norman of the Dixie Hills Neighborhood Association when he saw the kids dart for his SUV.
Norman tried to step in to help Brown prevent the mini thieves from getting away.
Brown said he and Norman together “attempted to open the door, to get [the driver] out of the car.
"He fought with Ben. I then engaged and tried to get him out of the car," Brown told WSB-TV, recalling the close call.
“[The driver] started to hit on the gas."
Brown then went to stop the thieves by himself.
“Ben let go, and then the kids started to drag me half a block,” Brown said.
“He started to speed up and I knew if I had not let go, I could have killed myself because he was going so fast. I would start to tumble, and I didn’t want to hurt him."
The politician said he quickly called the police.
He said he waited approximately 45 minutes for police officers to get there.
The extensive delay was caused by the 911 dispatcher classifying the matter as low-priority, WSB-TV reported.
Brown’s ride remains outstanding as do the alleged kids who rolled off in it.
If they are found, the councilman told the station he won’t file criminal charges.
The candidate filed the paperwork only a couple weeks ago to run for the city’s top spot after Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she wouldn’t seek a second term.
Brown is facing multiple federal fraud charges, prosecutors announced last summer.
He has denied guilt in the matter.
Earlier this month, Brown helped push the council’s unanimous passage of a resolution to push the Atlanta Police Department to update its policies to give cops more accountability to take action if they see a colleague committing misconduct or breaking department rules, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“We have to support our officers,” Brown said at the time. “There are changes that need to happen in the city of Atlanta.”
On his Instagram account, Brown explained that the purpose for the legislation, which he called the "Rayshard Brooks bill" – named after the young 27-year-old man who was fatally shot by police when stopped in a Wendy's drive-thru – is meant to “reallocate a portion of APD's budget to reimagine public safety, to better serve ALL the residents of Atlanta with equality and equity… while holding officers accountable."
He merely wants them to be taught what’s right and not be punished in the criminal justice system.
“This is a generational poverty issue. These kids, it’s 12:30 in the afternoon. Why aren’t they in school? Why aren’t we enforcing systems to ensure that if they are not in school, they’re in recreational centers?” Brown said.
He then noted on his Instagram account, that the kids could get help through alternative methods.
“The kids 'should' be held accountable, but through a Diversion program, to prevent them from entering a system of which will follow them their entire lives,” he wrote.
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