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An overwhelming re-election victory last fall."},{"_id":"O2ZSUN7RSFFMHPK6JX3OZEVTYU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619783792569},"type":"text","content":"But this time, Hill’s challenge may be a little stiffer — federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia, and accusations of abusive law enforcement tactics at a time when the issues of police brutality have taken center stage in the national conversation on social justice."},{"_id":"65JOCLS2RZG3BAW57ONJCWVXHY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619798326430},"type":"text","content":"Many experts say Hill, the self-dubbed “Crime Fighter” and Batman disciple, faces a dual threat with the latest allegations: legal jeopardy that could strip him of his badge, and political danger that comes with the changing court of public opinion."},{"_id":"R33UQPY46FBCHHWNWWGY7XADFI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619802739917},"type":"text","content":"The death of George Floyd last summer — and the video of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes — helped spark nationwide protests over police violence and renewed calls for reform. Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter just a few days before Hill’s indictment was made public."},{"_id":"FSY2YZGRRVH6LJ244ZSGK55NUI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619802739918},"type":"text","content":"The bravado and tough-on-crime stance that made the sheriff popular could be at odds with America’s current mood."},{"_id":"PZJMICO4UZBMBKRCXBXMOSMHMA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619740064159},"type":"text","content":"“I think that model of policing is outdated and we need to reimagine what public safety looks like,” civil rights attorney Gerald Griggs said of Hill."},{"_id":"JP66SPFXR5DTTNDMDVZPGPE3XI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720766},"type":"text","content":"Former sheriff’s office spokesman Jonathan Newton, a one-time friend of Hill’s who later turned foe during the lawman’s 2013 trial, said the sheriff has survived by mastering community relations — attending everything from ice cream socials to funerals. But that’s not enough in today’s environment of police accountability, especially because Black Americans are disproportionately the victims of law enforcement violence, Newton said."},{"_id":"3MJ6NI7A5NG2ZFPEKLU6RROPWM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720767},"type":"text","content":"“Responsiveness from an elected leader is a good thing,” said Newton, president of the National Association Against Police Brutality. “But I’m going to flip it on its head. Would the actions he is being accused of be accepted if he were a white sheriff?”"},{"_id":"LGN2YQDILBEGXGHO4TKA4KH7C4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619798326435},"type":"text","content":"Hill supporters dismiss the allegations"},{"_id":"3Y7AC2EJINEVRHJGLZHV5DOZJY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619798326436},"type":"text","content":"Clayton, a county of about 300,000, is predominately Black and generally has the highest unemployment rate in metro Atlanta."},{"_id":"TEWAVNZXWFGRZB7ELE4GFIUADI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619798326437},"type":"text","content":"It is home to Clayton State University and the National Archives and draws thousands of tourists annually for its Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation home based on Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind.”"},{"_id":"VDHIUBSAIZC4JA5LJTT7R6C7QM","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720768},"type":"text","content":"The sheriff’s supporters dismiss the chatter as more of the same anti-Hill propaganda they have heard for years."},{"_id":"27IEEQ7ZYRCSJNUWQNT7UQLDRI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619740064166},"type":"text","content":"Pat Pullar said Hill is the best sheriff Clayton has ever had, and that she would continue supporting him. For her, discomfort from sitting in a restraint chair for hours does not merit an indictment."},{"_id":"ORWPD2S5QVFS5PJY7EXNSK2FME","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720770},"type":"text","content":"“I just don’t understand that,” she said. “It’s not punishment like waterboarding. This is someone sitting in a chair, like sitting in a corner.”"},{"_id":"6OVQQZ5XRVGHREZCXOMBDGL27Q","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720771},"type":"text","content":"The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Hill with violating the civil rights of four defendants over several months in 2020. 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The landscaper had been trying to get payment for work he had done privately for a Clayton deputy."},{"_id":"QLAIECUEMNCRRF4KXXDNMRJAZQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720775},"type":"text","content":"Hill pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday and his attorneys have maintained that he followed proper procedures in the use of the restraining chairs, which are allowed when used to prevent detainees from harming themselves or others."},{"_id":"WC6KVZ77Q5FVPGEZ5R7N4X3XCU","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619792251720},"type":"text","content":"“The protocol that is required for the use of a restraining chair was absolutely, unequivocally followed to the ‘T,” attorney Drew Findling said. He said the sheriff did not cause injury to any of the defendants, a claim that stands in contrast to the indictment."},{"_id":"YNKHCFABQ5DN3IEOZDKTROCAB4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619792251721},"type":"text","content":"Seeking to get out in front of the indictment’s release, Hill on Tuesday posted a short early morning statement on social media, saying: “Today I will begin the process of fighting a political motivated federal legal case. My legal team are the only ones authorized to speak on the details of this matter, and they are confident about the facts of this case.”"},{"_id":"SKFPP4RH5NDV5AQRANH77Q5U7A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619792251722},"type":"text","content":"Rev. 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He called it “very unusual to see a criminal prosecution arising from something like this.”"},{"_id":"KDCBKVATPVB53MXUXMEHLA66PE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720781},"type":"text","content":"”It either means that the conduct is really bad and they’ve really got the goods on him,” Jones said, “or it means that the justice department has decided that they’re going to be a lot stricter on this stuff than they used to be.”"},{"_id":"XLWK2W5W4ZEDTB3FRGT464RXCE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720782},"type":"text","content":"Crossing the line"},{"_id":"4GZVUQLJGFGUNONPFJDNJNZNHA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720785},"type":"text","content":"Hill did more than strap the detainees in restraining chairs. He allegedly cursed them while they sat and promised things could get even worse if they ever returned to the jail."},{"_id":"7QZHNWMXEFCABCZ22VCJMVQVDA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862589},"type":"text","content":"One detainee urinated on himself because he was not allowed access to a bathroom, federal authorities said."},{"_id":"VRQNXNFTNBCN5NATA7CSTDS33E","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862590},"type":"text","content":"The 17-year-old, who had been arrested for allegedly vandalizing his home during an argument with his mother, had been cooperative after being apprehended by sheriff’s deputies. While the youth was seated in the back of a squad car, the arresting officer took a picture and texted the photo to Hill."},{"_id":"2T3J3PJBOZEVBKLFQRWXGBHBLY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862591},"type":"text","content":"Hill asked the detainee’s age."},{"_id":"OXIZV5MH4BE55OFGUHIOAYZNEQ","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862592},"type":"text","content":"“17,” the deputy wrote."},{"_id":"GSR3MQGV4BDDPJ2TPOFJXWERRE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862593},"type":"text","content":"“Chair,” Hill replied."},{"_id":"7CA5X7VEG5APJGZFTYLNQURFGA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862594},"type":"text","content":"Hill also is accused of using the changes to restrain Glenn Howell, a Butts County landscaper who had became entangled in a dispute over work he performed for a Clayton County deputy."},{"_id":"LQNST5X6SNFSLC6NSWRWGZDA3A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862595},"type":"text","content":"The sheriff called the landscaper and told him to stop harassing his employee, who lives in Butts, after the worker sought payment for the yard work. Hill later swore out a warrant for the landscaper’s arrest for “harassing communications.”"},{"_id":"JZFY7FLRXBBLNK3GLUPYJPGUI4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862596},"type":"text","content":"A day later, Hill sent a fugitive squad armed with handguns and AR-15 rifles to Butts County in an attempt to arrest G.H. on the misdemeanor arrest warrant,” the indictment said."},{"_id":"URH757TMIFE3FAKKL2VC7MBKTA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619804862597},"type":"text","content":"J. Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, said most of the state’s 143 county jails have restraint chairs or something like them. He said the chairs are “absolutely necessary” in situations where inmates are trying to harm themselves or others."},{"_id":"HSI2SUTM7BA3VGCRG6ICTBAS24","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619787720786},"type":"text","content":"But, he said, “Is it appropriate to keep someone in a chair for unlimited hours? No, probably not.”"},{"_id":"Z44IOCZB2FEC5EQMYZJ2ZVPLUE","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619792251735},"type":"text","content":"The chairs have shoulder, lap, ankle and wrist straps. 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He keeps criminals off the street, sends mothers messages on Mother’s Day and responds to calls at 2 a.m.."},{"_id":"ATLDOU5EGRDJVEX5WBZDXJ6EGA","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619792251742},"type":"text","content":"“No one can question his commitment to keeping the community safe,” she said, wondering why there is not more attention given to the arrests he frequently makes."},{"_id":"5H5MHF37ZFFQTN4NJSSTAP4D7U","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619792251743},"type":"text","content":"Others are not so supportive. Robert Hawes, the would-be challenger to Hill on whom the sheriff swore out an arrest warrant in 2018, said the lawman is relic of the past."},{"_id":"5INF5I4JMBGKJE3AYXQJUA7GT4","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619792251744},"type":"text","content":"“My initial thought when I first heard about the indictment was that it was inevitable,” he said. If Clayton County wasn’t predominately African American, he said, Hill “would have been run out of here a long time ago.”"},{"_id":"Q4CTWPKQTBFGBEZFPBKV74VALY","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619802739958},"type":"text","content":"----------------------------"},{"_id":"QIMFFZ55XFALDOVXW3P4H2XHMI","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619805755326},"type":"text","content":"What’s next in this case"},{"_id":"U7L3SDQJLFCAXELVDAAJF3JQ2A","additional_properties":{"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1619802739959},"type":"text","content":"Under Georgia law, Gov. 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A jilted Clayton County husband who confessed to his wife’s shooting on social media killed himself Wednesday when he was approached by officers in northwest Atlanta, authorities said. Atlanta police and Clayton County sheriff’s deputies tracked Orlando Rodriguez Otero’s vehicle to the area of Griffin Street around 5 a.m. With the help of a K-9, they found him standing in a grassy area outside an apartment complex at the corner of Griffin and North Avenue, Atlanta police Capt. William Ricker told AJC.com. “When the officers spotted him, he had a firearm and a phone in his hand,” Ricker said. “Shortly thereafter, he put the gun to his head and shot himself.” Clayton County authorities had been looking for Otero since he allegedly shot his wife at their Morrow Road apartment late Tuesday night. According to the sheriff’s office, Otero’s son called 911 from inside a locked bathroom to report his father and mother were fighting. The child also told dispatchers he heard gunshots. 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Atlanta police and Clayton County sheriff’s deputies tracked Orlando Rodriguez Otero’s vehicle to the area of Griffin Street around 5 a.m. With the help of a K-9, they found him standing in a grassy area outside an apartment complex at the corner of Griffin and North Avenue, Atlanta police Capt. William Ricker told AJC.com. “When the officers spotted him, he had a firearm and a phone in his hand,” Ricker said. “Shortly thereafter, he put the gun to his head and shot himself.” Clayton County authorities had been looking for Otero since he allegedly shot his wife at their Morrow Road apartment late Tuesday night. According to the sheriff’s office, Otero’s son called 911 from inside a locked bathroom to report his father and mother were fighting. The child also told dispatchers he heard gunshots. When police got to the apartment, Otero was gone. They found the woman shot three times in the face, head and stomach, a sheriff’s spokesman said in a news release. 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