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GBI Investigates Council Confrontation

Anthony Coleman faces an allegation of grabbing fellow Marietta City Council member Annette Paige Lewis in a redistricting argument.

A redistricting dispute has led to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe of two members.

Ward 1 council member Annette Paige Lewis accuses Ward 5 member Anthony Coleman of cursing at and grabbing her Sept. 22 after a meeting of the council’s three-member redistricting committee, the Marietta Daily Journal first reported.

Coleman denies the allegation, the MDJ added.

No one filed a formal police report on the incident, a city police spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Police Chief Dan Flynn asked the GBI to investigate to avoid a conflict of interest for .

The GBI acknowledged the investigation request but refused to comment on an active case, the AJC said.

The dispute between Lewis and Coleman centered on her proposal to create a majority-black district outside Coleman’s ward, the said.

The committee’s chairman and only other voting member, Johnny Sinclair, canceled this Thursday’s meeting of the redistricting panel. The next meeting now is scheduled for Oct. 20.

Linda Brown October 05, 2011 at 05:50 AM
This is ridiculous

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