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Vol. 78/No. 30      August 25, 2014

Thomaston, Ga., residents
demand firing of officer

Militant/Dave Ferguson
THOMASTON, Ga. — More than 60 people packed the City Council chambers here Aug. 5 to demand the council fire police officer Phillip Tobin, who has a long history of brutality, harassment and intimidation against working people. One after another, residents testified to the violence and indignities meted out by Tobin in this small city 65 miles south of Atlanta. “Until the civil rights of our community are upheld, we will be here,” Rhondalynn Traylor told the council. Traylor is president of the Thomaston Improvement Association, which was formed after Tobin used a Taser on Kelsey Rockemore, 28, at the Handy Mart convenience store June 11. Mayor Hays Arnold said neither he nor council members could comment on whether Tobin would be fired. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is officially looking into complaints.

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