A former DeKalb County police sergeant accused of ordering the beatings of four young suspects attempted to cover up his complicity by exploiting the blue wall of silence, prosecutors said Thursday in opening statements at DeKalb County Superior Court. The first day of testimony in the trial of Sgt. Anthony Remone Robinson offered a revealing glimpse into the culture of a department that was, at the time of the alleged beatings, wracked by scandal. A 2013 investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that more than 25 percent of DeKalb's 900-plus officers had been hit with at least three internal affairs complaints within the previous five years. Read more.
4. New effort to allow guns on Georgia campuses nears key vote.
The Georgia House is likely to vote next week on a bill that would legalize guns on Georgia's college campuses after a committee brought the measure up and passed it without public notice. The move was a wake-up call for critics of the legislation who didn't anticipate the stealth attack. But recent robberies at nearby Georgia State University have given backers ammunition they hope will allow them to beat back opposition from the state's public college system. College campuses and the Capitol itself are two of the last places in Georgia that still ban guns. Read more.
5. Fulton County settles $450,000 pay dispute.
Fulton County commissioners agreed Wednesday to pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by several network specialists in the county's IT department who said they were not paid the overtime they were entitled. The agreement, which still must be approved by a federal judge, is the latest in a string of lawsuits about pay that were brought in the county. Previous suits, though, were related to intentional pay disparities among employees who had identical job descriptions. In this case, eight IT employees were classified as exempt workers, although they should have been non-exempt. Therefore, they were not paid for working overtime hours they should have been entitled to, said attorney M. Travis Foust, who represented the workers. Read more.