Tonight, we start with the latest developments in the controversy surrounding the Clayton County commissioner who claims she was drugged. Good evening and thank you for joining us.
I’m Russ Spencer, and I’m Courtney Bryant. The board has appointed a new vice chair to fill the vacancy left after commissioners voted to replace Felicia Franklin. Our reporter, Christopher King, is live in Jonesborugh where the board voted earlier. Commissioner Felicia Franklin quickly left the Clayton County board meeting and refused to answer our questions.
This comes after fellow commissioners appointed Demand Davis as the new vice chair and removed Franklin from that role. Residents like Margaret Bryant believe this was a harsh and unfair decision, stating that the board should have been more forgiving since Franklin has not done anything that they should be ashamed of representing. Orlando Gooden believes that Franklin let down the people and was not a good representative of the county. Franklin claims that someone drugged her at a sports bar in late September, but police found no evidence to support her assertion.
They released a video showing Franklin passed out on the ground outside the bar. A toxicology report revealed that she had consumed several drinks of alcohol and had cannabis in her system. The video speaks for itself. Chairman Jeff Turner defended the decision to remove Franklin as vice chair, stating that commissioners must hold themselves to high standards to ensure that they represent the citizens of Clayton County in a respectful manner..