Saturday, October 1, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING ... AND THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR THIS LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS...
I'M BRITTINY BARBER

LAST MONTH... WE REPORTED THAT THE 20-10 FATAL SHOOTING OF MELVIN WILLIAMS BY EAST DUBLIN POLICE OFFICER... JEFFREY DEAL... EXPOSED AN ISSUE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT....
ACCORDING TO G-B-I INVESTIGATIVE RECORDS... NEARLY THE ENTIRE EAST DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT... DIDN'T HAVE THE POWER TO ARREST LAST YEAR...
THAT'S BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T GET THE REQUIRED TRAINING IN THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE....

TODAY... NEARLY ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE STATE TOOK IT TO THE PAVEMENT... TO GET THE WORD OUT... ABOUT WHAT THEY CALL WRONGDOINGS INSIDE THE EAST DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.
ORGANIZER KENNETH GLASGOW SAYS THE MARCH ISN'T JUST FOR MELVIN... BUT TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT WHAT HE FOUND OUT ABOUT THE EAST DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Kenneth Glasgow, Ordinary People Society: "These injustices occured from officers who did not have the power of arrest. We found out that Chief Luecke did not have the powers of arrest and he allowed his whole police department to go almost two years without the power of arrest."


TO BE FAIR AND BALANCED... WE'VE CALLED DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRIAG FRASER AND EAST DUBLIN POLICE CHIEF WILLIAM LUECKE FOR SEVERAL WEEKS... BUT THEY HAVE NOT RETURNED OUR PHONE CALLS.
A G-B-I INVESTIGATOR SAYS JUDGE GILLIS RULED.... THAT OFFICER DEAL HAD A CITIZENS POWER OF ARREST AGAINST WILLIAMS... BECAUSE HE WAS THERE WHEN THE ALLEGED CRIME HAPPENED....
HE SAYS THE POST AGENCY RECENTLY REINSTATED DEAL'S ARREST POWERS... AFTER DEAL ASKED FOR A WAIVER.....
BUT IN A HEARING ON SEPTMEBER 7TH... POST TOLD CHIEF LUECKE THEY WOULD NOT REINSTATE HIS
MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO SAY GOODBYE TO EXECUTED GEORGIA INMATE TROY DAVIS....
DAVIS WAS KILLED BY LETHAL INJECTION SEPTEMBER 21ST.. FOR THE DEATH OF A SAVANNAH POLICE OFFICER...

AND HIS FUNERAL WAS HELD EARLIER TODAY.... AT THE JONESVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH IN SAVANNAH....
THE SERVICE.. WHICH LASTED OVER 3 HOURS.. TOOK ON A POLITICAL TONE.. AS SPEAKERS CALLED ABOLISHMENT OF THE DEATH PENALTY....
SPEAKERS INCLUDED THE HEAD OF THE N-A-A-C-P AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL...
THOUSAND OF PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD... CAME OUT INSUPPORT OF DAVIS BEFORE HIS EXECUTION


TONIGHT WILL DROP TO THE LOW 40'S WITH CLEAR SKIES. TOMORROW WILL BE CLEAR AND SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE LOW 70'S. TOMORROW NIGHT'S LOW WILL BE IN THE LOW 40'S.


THANKS ... WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER FOR AN EXTENDED LOOK AT THAT FORECAST.

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW.. THE ORGANIZERS OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL BROUGHT LEVEE FEST TO CENTRAL CITY PARK.

" get set.. go! cheers"
KIDS CHOWED DOWN ON PUMPKIN PIES.... AS PART OF THE PIE EATING CONTEST....
THE EVENT ALSO FEATURED A KIDS ZONE.. COMPLETE WITH A BOUNCY HOUSE AND ROCK CLIMBING WALL....
BUT THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE MORNING WAS THE BARBECUE COMPETITION....
18 TEAMS SIGNED UP... TO SHOW OFF THIER SKILLS ON THE GRILL....
LISA BRADSHAW SAYS.. THERE WAS NO REASON NOT TO COME OUT AND ENJOY ALL THERE WAS TO DO.

Lisa bradshaw Macon "The best thing is the open air there is a cool breeze blowing there is no reason not to come out really there is lots of things to do down here foods good, the weather is great"

THE EVENT ALSO FEATURED LIVE MUSIC AND WAS FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

AND AFTER A TEN YEAR HIATUS... THE INTERNATIONAL CITY FESTIVAL ROLLED BACK INTO WARNER ROBINS TODAY...

THE GOAL OF THE EVENT.. TO RAISE MONEY FOR DOWNTOWN RE- DEVELOPMENT...
FOLKS ENJOYED SOME SHOPPING.. FOOD.. AND GAMES FOR THE KIDS...
SOME DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS AND STORES ALSO OPENED THEIR DOORS TO VISITORS...
SOME SAY ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES... BROUGHT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY..

Gregory Gentles Florida "it has little bit of everything different cultures, different taste, different falvors. I mean there is a gu over there with stones that he makes in to jewlery different food different typ of music, got abounce house for the kids got everything"

ACTIVITIES ALSO INCLUDED TWO ENTERTAINMENT STAGES WITH 14 BANDS.... AND A CAR SHOW.

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