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“This is why Sheriff Victor Hill is compared to Batman, The Dark Knight”

For years, Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has been identified with DC superhero, Batman. The crime-fighting sheriff, who was a detective before obtaining his elected position, certainly exudes a superhero-like mystique and his supporters say “The Dark Knight” comparisons fit. But where did this connection come from?

Let’s start with Sheriff Hill’s “Batcave Café”, which is located at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office near the jail inside of the Justice Conplex. The Batcave Café is a cafeteria created for the convenience of jurors, employees, and visitors. Its décor is Batcave-themed and even has a unique mural of the City of Atlanta on the wall with the bat signal calling for the Sheriff. Every single item in the cafeteria was a gift to Sheriff Victor Hill in appreciation for either a bad guy being captured or a crime being solved by his office. The idea to put all of the Batman gifts in the cafeteria came after Sheriff Hill ran out of room in his office to display them all. The Sheriff wanted everyone who had given him a gift related to his favorite superhero to know that each and every one of them are much appreciated. And thus the Sheriff’s “Batcave Café” was born.

However, many diners often ask, “How did the connection with Sheriff Victor Hill and the Batman begin?” Here lies the answer:

ART IMITATES LIFE

A young Bruce Wayne and his parents are walking down the street when they are confronted by an armed robber with a gun. The robber begins pulling the pearl necklace from Bruce’s mother’s neck nearly strangling her. Bruce’s father tries to defends his wife and is shot and killed. Bruce’s mother begins screaming in horror and the robber silences her by shooting and killing her as well. Now a distraught Bruce stood alone in a state of shock after witnessing his parent’s murder watching them lay in a pool of blood.

Anger fueled by grief would drive the young Bruce Wayne to vow not only to avenge his parents, but to avenge all victims of similar crimes. Bruce Wayne spent years training his mind and body to prepare him to wage his own personal war on crime. He would later emerge as “The Batman” and would become “ The Dark Knight” of Gotham City who would mercilessly hunt the city’s most dangerous killers.

Years later, an adult Bruce Wayne attended a circus and watched a young boy witness his parent’s murder. Remembering, the tragic murder of his parents, Wayne took the child as his ward and helped him avenge his parent’s murder. Wayne trained the child to further wage war on crime avenging other victims. This child, first known as “Robin” would grow up and eventually take on a persona of his own as “ the Night-Wing”.

LIFE IMITATES ART

As a child, Sheriff Victor Hill was an avid reader of comic books. His favorite superhero of course was Batman. However, an event occurred, turning the life of the future of Clayton county in an unforeseen direction. This incident made his favorite superhero no longer a source of entertainment, but the focal point of obsession.

It started when Sheriff Victor Hill was still in grade school. A friend he had known since the first grade suddenly disappeared. Days later, the friend’s mutilated and raped body was discovered in a wooded area behind a convenience store. This disappearance and murder shook the community until the killer was identified and captured. This incident also left the young future Sheriff with a disdain for murderers and crimes that rivaled that of his fictional superhero. As a result, the young future Sheriff of Clayton county began training to spend the rest of his days relentlessly tracking and capturing armed and dangerous killers. SHERIFF Victor Hill now dubbed as “The Crime Fighter” has been personified as Clayton county’s “Dark Knight”, and the county has become his “Gotham City”. The Sheriff’s patrol Vehicle starkly resembles the Bat-Mobile, and his jail dubbed “The Hillton”, has been teased to be his “ Arkham Asylum”.

Years ago, the Sheriff began mentoring a teenager who was dealing with the murders of both his brother and sister. That teenager is now the lieutenant that commands the elite Fugitive Squad hunting Clayton County’s most wanted killers on the command of The High Sheriff!

ALL ARE WELCOME

The Sheriff’s “Batcave Café” is not just open to everyone at the justice center, but the public as well. Come enjoy good food, while viewing all of the artifacts gifted to Clayton County’s crime-fighting Sheriff.

Batcave Hours

Breakfast: 5:00 AM- 9:00 AM

Lunch: 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM- 1:00 AM

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Can America survive Donald Trump and his legion of misguided followers?

Opinion Piece by: Georgia State Representative, Roger Bruce

Can America survive Donald Trump and his legion of misguided followers?

Yesterdays riots in Washington, DC sent several messages to the country and to the world about this country. It is evident that millions of people are still caught up in the racial issues that have plagued us since the inception of the country. The positive is that the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris says that it is not the majority of the country.

The actions in Washington yesterday were instigated and condoned by this President. His behavior led to injury, death and the destruction of federal property. He must be held accountable for his actions and not allowed to use any pardon process to walk away without answering for the terrible things that happened in our nation’s capital.

Donald Trump’s behavior is not normal and draws question as to his ability to serve, even for the short period of time left in his term. His unwillingness to accept the outcome of the election and his willingness to allow his ego to overshadow his logic and to have him ignore his responsibility to protect the country and citizens has risen to a criminal level. His unwillingness to accept the scientific and medical realities related to covid-19 has resulted in the illness and death of hundreds of thousands of American citizens. It appears that he is set on a course of action for the balance of his term that will continue to cause harm and death. It has to stop.

The 25th amendment was put in place for times such as this. It is obvious that Trump has abandoned his office and has put our country in imminent danger. Two weeks is a long time to have someone with questionable mental capacity to serve as commander in chief of a military might and weaponry the size of the United States. The Vice-president and cabinet members have to step up and invoke the 25th amendment.

Written by: Roger Bruce, State Representative, District 61

 

 

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City Of Atlanta May Want To Take Notes From Sheriff Victor Hill Of Clayton County

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has been under fire for her leadership during a severe spike in crime in the City of Atlanta. The recent tragic death of 7-year-old Kennedy Maxie in the parking lot of Phipps Plaza sparked criticisms from Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and others who alluded to Bottoms’ leadership as the focal problem. With over 130 murders in the city in 2020, Mayor Bottoms said, “We are seeing numbers we have not seen in Atlanta as it relates to our murder rates. So, we recognize this is a problem.”

According to the Atlanta Police Department, the rise in crime is an unfortunate trend and not unique to just Atlanta. Many residents understood APD’s statement to mean that the issue of rising crime is a metro-wide or even a nationwide occurrence, however, citizens in Clayton County – GA may disagree. Based on crime statistics from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, crime is down in virtually every area in Clayton County. A report from 11 Alive News found that murder rates decreased in Clayton County in 2019. Crime continued to lower in 2020 with burglaries down 20%, robberies 10%, and homicide down more than 8%, a trend not seen in neighboring counties.

The statistical data from Clayton County presents a different narrative than other Metro-Atlanta counties and begs the question, “what is Clayton County doing that other jurisdictions are not?”

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill (Photo source: Facebook / @ClaytonCountySheriffGA)

During the onset of Covid-19 in early 2020, metro county sheriffs came together and decided to release many inmates from their jails. This action was applauded by criminal justice advocates, but Sheriff Victor Hill went against the political grain and kept his jail fully operational during the pandemic. Surrounding county officials cited fears of spreading Covid-19 in the jails and backed the move to release inmates as a way to stifle the infection rate, however, in the Clayton County Jail, also known as the “Hill-Ton”, Covid-19 infections were found to be at 0.5%, a rate lower than the surrounding jurisdictions.

Sheriff Hill does not answer questions from the media, but released this statement through the Sheriff’s Office Nixel account. “Jurisdictions across the country responded to the Covid19 crisis by immediately releasing large numbers of inmates into the general public and refusing to accept inmates unless it was for major felonies. All of the jurisdictions that did this experienced significant increases in crime. The para-military Clayton County Jail, affectionately referred to as ‘The Hill-ton’, is not only known as the most disciplined jail in the world, but also as the cleanest. Both supporters and critics alike have both agreed that it is the only jail reference to as one being able to eat off of it floors.” The statement continued, “By keeping the jail fully functional while following COVID-19 safety guidelines, Clayton County has not only the bragging rights of a very low infection rate at the jail, but also a notable decrease in crime!”

While communities are calling on political leaders to find solutions to the increase in crime, it seems Sheriff Victor Hill’s foresight may have benefited the residents of Clayton County.

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Rashad Richey Helps Fulton Magistrate Court Empower Residents

Dr. Rashad Richey is a popular Metro-Atlanta talk radio personality and current law student at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School who has overcome significant challenges to become a beacon for change locally and nationally. Richey is now utilizing his experiences, expertise and coalition building background to work with Magistrate Court of Fulton County and develop specialty programs to bridge gaps between communities and the court.

Richey was appointed by Chief Judge Cassandra Kirk to develop and enhance outreach opportunities to educate residents and court-users on legal processes, find community remedies for potential evictions, enhance relationships with nonprofits, and provide support to various existing community initiatives.

During Richey’s tenure, he has been able to coordinate programs to help residents avoid evictions, increase the Court’s outreach with community groups, create opportunities for youthful offenders seeking mentorship, implement a county-wide toy drive for foster kids during the holidays, develop partnerships with well-known and reputable organizations like Hosea Helps to provide free legal clinics and enhanced the overall connectivity between the community and Magistrate Court.

When Richey was asked about his already busy schedule and how magistrate court fits in, he said, “I’m thankful to serve. God gave me a second chance at life and I try to use every minute of my day to make a positive impact. The work at Magistrate Court is nonstop because the need is nonstop. That’s why they are affectionately known as the people’s court because so many people utilize their services. Even when the hours are long, it’s worth seeing the impact of helping a family stay in their home, coordinating free legal clinics for those who cannot afford an attorney, and working to ensure communities know their options and rights.
Richey has brought organizations on-board like STAND, Inc. to help provide support for participants in Mental Health Court and even organized businesses to assist with paying rent for Fulton residents who were feeling the financial impact of Covid-19. “When Rashad came to me about becoming a housing and rehabilitative services partner with Fulton Magistrate Court, I was unaware that the need was so massive. A year later and we’re looking to roll out another program to further help those in need who come through Judge Kirk’s court”, said Charles Sperling, Executive Director of STAND, Inc.
Almost daily, Richey works with organizations and community leaders like Richard Rose, President of the Atlanta NAACP, to help develop and maintain a responsive court. “Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk has been a true change agent in her quest for justice and service to the citizens of Fulton County. That includes assembling a team of full-time judges, part-time judges, and support staff and consultants. Adding Dr. Rashad Richey is consistent with her high standards and her commitment to providing efficient access to the court. Richey has experience beyond his years along with his education and never-ending quest for knowledge. He has demonstrated his devotion to service to the community”, said Rose.
Mrs. Elisabeth Omilami, CEO & President of Hosea Helps said, “Chief Judge Cassandra Kirk was insightful enough to appoint Dr. Richey to this role and it has proven to be a great benefit to Fulton County and to Hosea Helps. Inc. We have enjoyed helping others through our partnership with the court.”
Richey has always had a heart for the youth. “I was once a young knucklehead and know what it’s like to lack opportunity… I also know what it’s like to have it”, said Richey. Melvin Coleman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Black Chambers worked with Richey to create a mentorship program for young offenders. “We’ve been working with Rashad for a while through the Fulton County Magistrate Court. His ability to connect the dots is second to none. Fulton Residents are being well served”, said Coleman.
Fulton Chief Magistrate Judge Cassandra Kirk has developed a reputation for being an accessible and effective public official. “Being able to partner with the organizations and opportunities available through Dr. Richey has been a sea change for our Court. His vision mirrors mine for the Magistrate Court that informs, engages and empowers our community. It is crucial we connect with and are responsive to those we serve and in this, Dr. Richey has been instrumental,” said Kirk.