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Buckhead Council Members Call for Courtroom Cameras

Post Date:09/18/2018 11:05 AM

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September 18, 2018

Buckhead Council Members Call for Courtroom Cameras

ATLANTA – Buckhead representatives Howard Shook and J.P. Matzigkeit introduced a resolution supporting the installation of cameras in Fulton County courtrooms at Monday’s meeting of the Atlanta City Council.

The resolution states that cameras in Magistrate and Superior Court would allow for the “live-streaming of select court proceedings for the benefit of the public.”  The legislation was prompted by a surge in crime that in turn has raised questions and concerns about the judicial process, including a murder committed after a controversial early-release, and the release on a signature bond of an individual charged with 17 counts, including felonies with a handgun.

“We need a better understanding of our judicial system,” said Council member Shook. “The public should be able to see and hear what goes on in our courtrooms, just as it can now observe live or recorded Council activities.”

“Our judges play an important role in supporting our law enforcement officers by keeping dangerous criminals off the streets,” said Council member Matzigkeit.  “Having cameras in courtrooms is an important initiative to help make this happen.”

Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta: it acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

 The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts:

Council President: Felicia A. Moore

District 1: Carla Smith

District 6: Jennifer N. Ide

District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet

District 2: Amir Farokhi

District 7: Howard Shook

District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd

District 3: Ivory Lee Young

District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit

Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond

District 4: Cleta Winslow

District 9: Dustin Hillis

Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland

District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong

District 10: Andrea L. Boone

Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens

 

Council information, committee agendas and more may be found on the Atlanta City Council website here. Video archives of the council’s regularly scheduled meetings, committee meetings and work sessions may be found here.

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