Tonight, we begin with the latest updates on the controversy surrounding the Clayton County commissioner who claims she was drugged. Thank you for joining us. I’m Russ Courtney Bryant.
The board has appointed a new vice chair to fill the vacant spot left after commissioners voted to replace Felicia Franklin. Video evidence showed Franklin seemingly passed out outside a sports bar, leading to the board’s decision.
Our reporter Christopher King is live in Jonesboroug tonight, where the board voted earlier. Christopher? That’s right, Russ Courtney.
The board has appointed Demand Davis as the new vice chair, and both the board and voters believe it is time to move forward. When asked about her removal, Commissioner Felicia Franklin quickly walked out of the Clayton County board meeting and refused to answer our questions.
Fellow commissioners appointed Davis as her replacement, a move that many believe was unjust and unfair. Margaret Bryant, a resident, believes the board should have been more forgiving, as everyone has done something they are ashamed of at some point. Orlando Gooden criticizes Franklin for letting down the people and for not being a good representative of the county.
Franklin claimed that someone had drugged her at a sports bar in late September, but local police found no evidence to support her assertion. A video was released showing Franklin passed out on the ground outside the bar. The police report revealed that Franklin had consumed several alcoholic drinks and had cannabis in her system according to a toxicology report. The video speaks for itself, leaving little more to be said.
Chairman Jeff Turner defended the decision to remove Franklin as vice chair, stating that commissioners must hold themselves to high standards in order to represent the citizens of Clayton County. It is important that we present ourselves in a way that our citizens can be proud of us..