Saturday, October 1, Eyewitness News at 11

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

TODAY... NEARLY ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE MARCHED ABOUT A MILE... TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT WHAT THEY CALL... WRONGDOINGS INSIDE THE EAST DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.....
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 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....
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... THE GROUP SAYS THEY'RE WALKING FOR MORE THAN JUSTICE FOR WILLIAMS

Nats: "Tell the truth, about them not having standing operating procedures since 1975. How ya'll gonna have a Police Department with no standing operating procedures?"

GROUPS FROM ACROSS THE STATE CAME OUT... THEY SAY... TO SEND A MESSAGE...

Nats: "Justice! Yes!"

FAMILY... FRIENDS... AND SUPPORTERS OF 33-YEAR-OLD MELVIN WILLIAMS TOOK IT TO THE PAVEMENT...

Singing: "Ain't gonna let Judge Gillis turn me around..."

JUDGE DONALD GILLIS... HIGHLITED IN THE TUNE... RULED LAST MONTH THAT A DASHBOARD CAMERA SHOWS MELVIN WILLIAMS ASSAULTED OFFICER JEFFREY DEAL JUST BEFORE DEAL SHOT WILLIAMS IN THE STOMACH.

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ORGANIZER KENNETH GLASGOW SAYS DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG FRASER NOTIFIED THE FAMILY WEEKS AGO THAT HE'S NOT TAKING THE CASE TO GRAND JURY.

SO GLASGOW FILED OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS TO POST... HE SAYS... TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EAST DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

Kenneth Glasgow: "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."

HE SAYS HE WANTS THE EAST DUBLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT TO STEP UP.

Lena Hawkins, Dublin: "It's not a white or black issue, it's not a racist issue. We just want justice and we believe that standing together and fighting for justice is just a part of what our family stands for."

LENA HAWKINS IS WILLIAMS' YOUNGER SISTER... SHE SAYS IN EAST DUBLIN... JUSTICE... GOES BEYOND FIGHTING FOR HER BROTHER.

Kenneth Glasgow: "We're asking the city officials, the Mayor especially, of East Dublin to do something."

UNTIL THEN... THE GROUP SAYS THEY'LL MARCH ON...

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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 ARREST POWERS.
MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE GATHERED TO SAY GOODBYE TO TROY DAVIS.... THE GEORGIA INMATE EXECUTED ON SEPTEMBER 21ST.. FOR KILLING A SAVANNAH POLICE OFFICER...

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 FOR THE 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...

It gives people like me a chance to own a home. People who are doubtful to say they could have something of their own. For me I'm a single mother of 2 and I live paycheck to paycheck and i would have never thought i would be a homeowner.

TOVAL SAYS CONSTRCUTION IS SET TO START ON HER HOUSE.. ON OCTOBER 13th.
THE SMELL OF GREEK FOOD FILLED THE AIR... AS FOLKS FROM ALL OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA CAME OUT TO CELEBRATE IN MACON TODAY.
THOSE WHO ATTENDED THE GREEK FEST... GOT A TASTE OF THE CULTURE WITH AUTHENTIC FOOD... AND MUSIC...
SOME ALSO PARTICIPATED IN GREEK STYLE DANCING.
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES... THINGS ONE CENTRAL GEORGIAN SAYS SHE LOOKS FOWARD TO EACH YEAR....
"Well..I love the food, but certainly their heritage and their dancing and holding on to the spirit of their heritage".
HOLY CROSS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH HAS HOSTED THE EVENT FOR FOUR YEARS.
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.. IT WAS A GREAT DAY TO GET OUTDOORS FOR SOME FUN....

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...
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.

WE HAVE SOME ROAD WORK WE'D LIKE TO PUT ON YOUR RADAR... THAT COULD PLAY INTO YOUR TRAVEL PLANS.. OR NEXT WEEK'S WORK SCHEDULE.

ONE LANE WILL BE CLOSED ON INTERSTATE 75 NEAR THE BASS ROAD EXIT... THAT'S 172 IN BIBB COUNTY...
ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION... CREWS PLAN TO MAKE ROAD REPAIRS IN THE AREA...
IT BEGAN ON FRIDAY... IT'S EXPECTED TO START AGAIN ON MONDAY AND RUN THRU THURSDAY...

AND ON INTERSTATE 16... ONE LANE WILL CLOSE FROM ABOUT EXIT 24... WHICH IS THE HIGHWAY 96 EXIT... TO STATE ROAD 278... THAT'S WHILE CONCRETE WORK IS DONE...
THE D-O-T SAYS THE WORK SHOULD CONTINUE UNTIL ABOUT NOVEMBER 15TH...

D-O-T ALSO ASKS THAT YOU SLOW DOWN AND BE CAUTIOUS AS YOU DRIVE THROUGH THESE WORK ZONES...

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SAYS... THE DEATH OF ANWAR (al-aH-La-kee) AL-AWLAKI COULD BE MOTIVATION FOR SOME... TO RETALIATE AGAINST U-S CITIZENS....
THE STATE DEPARMENT ISSUED A WARNING TODAY.. TO BE ON ALERT FOR INCREASED ANTI-AMERICAN VIOLENCE....
OFFICIALS AT THE DEPARTMENT SAY.. MEMBERS OF AL-QAIDA PREVIOUSLY CALLED FOR ATTACKS AGAINST THE U-S....
THE CURRENT ALERT IS SET TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF NOVEMBER.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT ISSUED A SIMILAR WARNING.. AFTER OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS KILLED....

IN NEW YORK CITY... A GROUP OF PEOPLE SAY THEY AREN'T HAPPY ABOUT THE STATE OF AMERICA RIGHT NOW....
DEMONSTRATORS.... INSPIRED BY RECENT REVOLUTIONS IN SEVERAL ARAB COUNTRIES.... STARTED PROTESTING ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO .
AS KERRY EDERER REPORTS... THE MOVEMENT IS PICKING UP STEAM ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

nats) shame shame shame

Anti Wall Street protesters sat in the middle of New York's Brooklyn Bridge blocking traffic Saturday afternoon.

(nats) people screaming

Police took hundreds of people into custody and formed a human wall trying to keep more demonstraters from getting onto the bridge.

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The Protesters are part of the the movement called Occupy Wall Street and they're upset over social inequality, bank bailouts and corporate greed .

(:24-:31) (SOT Ruthie Gilmore / Professor, City University of New York) "it's about time for the people to rise up and say we are the people, we are the public, and we should decide what's right."

Demonstrators started camping out and holding marches near New York's financial district three weeks ago.
Critics say this leaderless resistance movement is unorganized.
But, Protestors claim they don't need one focus.

(:43-:47) (Jed Brandt/Brooklyn, New York) "we don't have one central argument we have a lot but the basic issue is our democratic structures are broken in this country."

And when a congressman showed up ...

( nat sot Rep. Charles Rangle/(D) NY) "we have to take our country back ."

Demonstrators made it clear government isn't working.

(nat sot protester ) "you sir have no business being here...you're part of the problem."

(:58-1:06) (STANDUP Kerry Ederer/Lower Manhattan ) These Occupy Wall Street protestors say they are encouraged. The crowds here in lower Manhattan are growing and the movement is spreading to cities around the country.

(nats) new mexico

People rallied in New Mexico....

(nats) Los Angeles nats

and marched to city hall in Los Angeles Saturday as a sign of solidarity .

(nats) occupy Chicago people over profit

In the midwest, the crowd outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago started growing a week ago.

(nat sot ) "This is what democracy looks like"

Protestors in New York say they just want they're voices heard and pledge to keep demonstrating through the winter.

SEVERAL UNIONS ARE PLANNING TO JOIN PROTESTERS FOR A MARCH NEXT WEEK....
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG HAS NOT SAID HOW LONG HE'LL LET PROTESTERS CAMP OUT IN LOWER MANHATTAN.

SHE MAY NOT EXACTLY BE A TYPICAL HOMECOMING QUEEN.... BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP THE STUDENTS FROM NOMINATING FOR HER FOR THE PART..
AZLE HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS... STUDENTS NOMINATED SENIOR MARIAH SLICK TO BE THEIR FUTURE HOMECOMING QUEEN.

SHE IS NOT THE TYPICAL STEROTYPE OF A HOMECOMING QUEEN BECAUSE SHE SUFFERS FROM DOWN SYNDROME...BUT MARIAH WON'T LET THAT GET IN THE WAY WINNING THE TITLE.

SHE IS CONSIDERED A EXCELLENT STUDENT... SHE PLAYS SPORTS AND HAS ALSO BEEN A CHEERLEADER. AND NOW SHE FACES HER BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT YET..
HER OUTSTANDING SPIRIT AND LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN A INSPIRATION TO NOT ONLY THE STUDENTS BUT HER PARENTS AS WELL.
"She is well liked by everybody. She is sweet."
"I never dreamed she would be nominated homecoming queen espesially since she has special needs.
For the kids in the school to love Mariah and to want to nominate her I feel so blessed".

HER FATHER SAYS HE CAN'T STOP SMILING AND IS LOOKING FORWARD TO ESCORTING HER ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD... NEXT FRIDAY...

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ON OCTOBER 7TH.... YOU CAN BRING YOUR CHAIRS AND BLANKETS TO DOWNTOWN.. TO ENJOY SOME LIVE MUSIC...

FIRST FRIDAY FEATURES MUSIC FROM LOCAL BAND GUNSHY....
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