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Sheriff Victor Hill Made Bond And Still Fighting Crime

Written by Ann Hill-Bond

On Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was indicted on federal charges for alleged civil rights violations of four former inmates at the Clayton County Jail. Hill did not let that stop him from doing his job as the elected sheriff. After he turned himself in to federal authorities, Hill made bond within minutes and continued his duties as the sheriff of Clayton County the same day. He led a manhunt of a wanted killer from Arkansas at the boarder of Fulton and Clayton county and has been seen by residents responding to emergencies, something his constituents have come to expect and appreciate from the sheriff dubbed, “The Crime Fighter”.  

According to Clayton County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Guthrie, he feels “Sheriff Hill did nothing illegal and holds his staff to a high standard of courtesy at the agency.”  According to Guthrie, the investigation and indictment is politically-motivated against Hill.Lt. Guthrie was initially contacted by the FBI as part of their investigation against the sheriff. 

While Hill has become all too familiar with controversy, he has significant support from county residents.  

Hill, in 2005 became the first AfricanAmerican elected Clayton County Sheriff. According the data collected by Clayton County during his 16 years as Sheriff, Hill waged an unprecedented war on crime in Clayton County with the following results: (1) Captured nine of Clayton County’s ten most wanted; (2) Created three elite task forces to confront Clayton County’s high crime rate: (a) “Cobra Unit” to combat drugs by saturating high crime areas, (b) “Joint Vice Task Force” to fight gambling and prostitution; and (c) “Stalking Unit” combating domestic violence by “stalking the stalkers.” (3) Sheriff Hill and his Deputies executed Clayton County’s most successful assault on drugs and violence – “Operation Jericho” resulting in murders decreasing by 30% and aggravated assaults decreasing by 11%. 

Under Hill’s leadership, the Clayton County Jail is recognized as being the safest, cleanest, and quietest jail in the Southeastern United States.  

Sheriff Hill was also acquitted in 2013 of more than two dozen corruption charges. Many believed that prosecution to be politically-motivated as well. Hill has since been re-elected multiple times with overwhelming victories. The Clayton County Sheriff went unopposed in his most previous election. 

Even though Hill has his critics, community members and civil rights organization are standing with him. The New Order Human Rights Organization says they will support Sheriff Hill as he faces these federal charges. CEO, Gerald Rose, told Fox 5 News, “I talked to several people out of Clayton County, some people love Victor Hill, some people don’t. But I can tell you that the crime is down out here, you know he runs his jail like a boot camp, and some people can’t accept it.”   

Currently, Sheriff Hill is out on a signature bond. He can carry his service weapon (which is not usual common in a federal case—however the judge ruled that he is permitted to do so) and is currently back at work with a business-as-usual mindset. In an email statement released on Tuesday, Hill said, “Today I will begin the process of fighting a political (sic) motivated federal legal case. Meanwhile, as we go through this process, I will continue to focus on the mission of fighting crime in Clayton County for continued success.” 

This case is still open and awaiting trial details.  

 

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Human Rights Organization Stand With Sheriff Victor Hill

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, pleaded not guilty on federal charges of allegedly violating the civil rights of four detainees at the Clayton County Jail. 

 Hill turned himself in Tuesday morning. A recently unsealed federal indictment alleges Hill, on multiple occasions, had county inmates placed in restraint chairs for several hours in violation of their constitutional rights. Hill pleaded not guilty and said he will fight the charges. According to Hill, these charges are “politically-motivated”. 

 Attorney Drew Findling, Hill’s lawyer, says the inmates in question are trying to say disparaging things against his client due to their own legal issues. The federal investigation started under the Trump administration and many citizens are questioning the motivation of these charges. 

 In an ironic twist, a well-known human                                                                                                                   rights organization, often standing opposite of law enforcement on police misconduct allegations are on record for supporting Sheriff Hill in this matter. In a statement obtained by ABJ Digital, the New Order National Human Rights Organization, headquartered in Metro-Atlanta with offices across the country, says they are standing with Hill.  

 As a human rights organization, we take all accusations of Constitutional Rights violations seriously. It is extremely rare for us to support a member of law enforcement who has been accused of such a violation. However, our legal analysts at New Order National Human Rights Organization have thoroughly reviewed the federal indictment against Sheriff Victor Hill and have come to the conclusion that Sheriff Hill did not violate the rights of anyone. This seems like a massive overreach from the federal government. This investigation against Sheriff Hill started under the Trump administration and was approved by Trump surrogates. There are Black and Brown citizens being killed by police across the country and these officers never receive a federal indictment. To charge the first Black elected Sheriff with multiple felonies for a legal and commonly used law enforcement restraint chair is beyond comprehension. We stand with the community of Clayton County and Sheriff Hill, said Gerald Rose, the group’s CEO. 

ABJ Digital will bring you developments as they come. 

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TWO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS BRING SYNERGY TO BRIDGING SUCCESS GAPS FOR MINORITY AND WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Charlotte, NC…Monday, March 15, 2021…According to a recent report by the Small Business Trends Alliance (SBTA) and the Senate’s Small Business Trends (SSBT), the top three reasons that derail the success of small business owners are the lack of role models, access to funding and marketing. This is particularly true for minority and women-owned businesses.

However, Synergy for Women Business Owners (Synergy4WBO), co-founded by two women of color, is banking on its approach to dramatically alter the narrative for minority and women business owners. Shirley Vincent and Dr. Kim R. Grimes combined vision and strengths as successful business owners and formed Synergy4WBO as a 501c3 organization headquartered in Charlotte, NC. Its purpose is to change the future for minority and women-owned businesses, especially businesses owned by people of color.

“By providing business mentorship, coaching, marketing strategies, access to capital, and a powerful support network with corporate partnerships, we believe Synergy is uniquely positioned to fulfill its purpose,” says Vincent, Synergy’s CEO. “Our focus is to connect small business owners with the knowledge, expertise, mentors, community and resources that will inspire them to achieve their full potential.”

The duo met while working on a successful mentoring program for women business owners who provide products and services in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Vincent and Dr. Grimes partnered to continue the efforts in various arenas and to change the future for minority and women-owned businesses.

Vincent is an award-winning serial entrepreneur who founded several successful businesses building software and digital marketing products, web and mobile applications in the U.S. and in India. Dr. Grimes is also the owner of two businesses, an inspirational speaker, a certified life coach, a bestselling author, and an ordained minister. Together both women are determined to empower and inspire small businesses to triumph, thus changing their future.

“Our goal is to open doors of opportunities for small minority and women-owned businesses, so they can have access to key components needed for their success,” said Synergy4WBO’s COO, Dr. Grimes. “Access to funding, mentorship, thought leaders, effective marketing strategies, industry best practices, combined with a supporting community of like-minded business owners, will change the future of any small business,” she said.

Having experienced the struggles that comes with growing and scaling their own businesses, Vincent and Dr. Grimes stress that matching small business owners with successful business role models who serve as mentors is important. However, they believe that adding the components of marketing and providing access to capital is key to breaking the glass ceiling.

With the experience under their belt from supporting over 50 successful small businesses for more than three years, Synergy4WBO launched its first cohort for 2021 with five women business owners from around the country. There is no charge to small businesses that participate in Synergy’s Mentor Program and applicants are nominated from within Synergy’s nationwide community of successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives. After a stringent screening process, once accepted, applicants have a voice in selecting the mentors they feel best match their business goals– an uniquely attractive component to the process. The program provides 12 months of one-on-one mentoring and coaching and keeps track of each participant for a total of 24 months.

While people of color start businesses at the same rate as their white counterparts, there is a vast disparity in the assistance, profitability, and early survival rates of businesses. Vincent and Dr. Grimes see this disparity as the perfect opportunity for corporations to step up and make a considerable impact. To that end, Synergy4WBO is looking for corporations who have a genuine focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion along with investing in small businesses, by serving as corporate financial partners.

“A recent study on minority business ownership, found that the racial gap in business ownership costs the country as much as $300 billion in lost income and as many as nine million jobs,” shared Vincent. “At Synergy4WBO, we have the capacity to change the future of small businesses, by partnering and aligning with corporations who are committed to the growth and sustainment of minority and women-owned businesses, especially small businesses of men and women of color. It’s a win-win!” she said.

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CELEBRITIES HELP $10 K FAMILIES QUALIFY FOR NEW HOMES

CELEBRITIES HELP $10 K FAMILIES QUALIFY FOR NEW HOMES

ATLANTA, GA, JANUARY 25, 2021 – With the world still in a financial crisis we find ourselves seeking advice and guidance to help stay out of a financial debt to provide a healthy and mental stress free life. Atlanta’s own Dr. Pastor Sabrina McKenzie has teamed up with some of her celebrity friends and peers in the financial space to bring education and hope to a vase audience of people who are seeking that help.On March 6, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm Kingdom Marketplace Center presents “10K Families Financial Education Marathon.” Already confirmed to attend: Legendary Louis Gossett Jr. Inspirational speaker and Author and NFL Star Stevie Bags, Q Parker from R&B group 112, Actor Brad James of Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse”, Businesswoman and TV star and Floyd Mayweathers Girlfriend Melissa Brim, and more to be announce.

“There are currently 12. 9 Million filed unemployment during the pandemic and the nation is hurting and we cannot wait for the government to bail us out!” states Dr. McKenzie.

The celebrities are sharing education; information and inspiration with the community to provide resources that will jump start the economy and help the community to bounce back. We believe that by sharing financial education and that eliminating credit problems allows motivated, hard working people to achieve financial freedom. We have the potential to change people’s lives by educating them about the responsible use of credit and how it can be used to build solid financial foundations for themselves and their families.

About Dr. Sabrina McKenzie:

Dr. Sabrina McKenzie is a Women’s Rights Activist, Celebrated Pastor, Businesswoman, and Television Personality on Bravos “In A Mans World:’ Affectionately known as “The Dancing Preacher”. As humanitarian and advocate for women and children, Dr. Sabrina McKenzie Co-Authored and championed the “Equal Rights Amendment” legislation in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2018 and is also the founder of several organizations designed to influence policy and bring awareness to domestic violence. In addition, each organization and cause strives to encourage, empower, and inspire women worldwide. The organizations include: • National Taskforce Against Domestic Violence • Epic Women Leadership • Georgia Domestic Violence Awareness • Celebrities Against Domestic Violence.

Through her countless efforts to be a driving force of change, McKenzie has been featured in national media platforms such as CNN, Essence, The New York Times, NBC, Rolling Out, Fox, CBS Atlanta, and more. McKenzie will soon be announcing the official private watch party dedicated to celebrating her journey on the show. For more information on Sabrina McKenzie call PR Team at (215) 760-5654

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