South Fulton Mayor Khalid Kamau went in the house because it was his “dream house” and he thought it was abandoned.
On Saturday, police arrested South Fulton, GA, Mayor Khalid Kamau, a Democrat Socialist, for allegedly trespassing on private property and first-degree burglary.
BREAKING : Khalid Kamau, the mayor of South Fulton, Georgia, has been arrested on burglary and trespassing charges. pic.twitter.com/bEEmqudejq
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The homeowner told police an alert on his phone woke him up about someone at his lake house. He put on clothes, drove to the house, and saw someone in it.
The owner did not know what the person was doing in the house. Once the person exited the house, the homeowner told the intrude to “stay put.” He yelled the command again while on the phone with dispatch when the intruder tried to leave again.
After the second command, the man yelled, “Do you know who the f**k I am? I’m the Mayor, and I’ll wait for my police to get here and see what happens then.”
Police positively identified the man as South Fulton Mayor Khalid Kamau.
Kamau claimed he was walking to the dog park. He went in the house because it was his “dream house” and he thought it was abandoned. However, he admitted he knew he was trespassing because of the No Trespassing sign:
According to Kamau’s account in the report, when he was walking out of the lake house, the homeowner stated, “No motherf***ker, you stay right there.”
Kamau said in the report that he tried to introduce himself, but the homeowner cocked his weapon and said, “If you take another step, I’m going to shoot you,” to which Kamau responded, “Are you going to shoot me while I’m walking away?”
Kamau said in the report that he then told the homeowner who he was and apologized.
The police placed Kamau under arrest. He left jail after posting an $11,000 bond.
South Fulton went from a county to a city in Fulton County when it was incorporated in 2017. It’s known as the blackest city in America among cities with over 100,000 people. Almost 92% of its population is black.
The self-proclaimed BLM supporter has had a controversial tenure as mayor.
Kamau, “a gay, Christian, socialist, self-described ‘Black nationalist,’ a former film student, flight attendant, bus driver, Black Lives Matter organizer,” to make South Fulton a “real-life Wakanda.”
Last September, Kamau had a press conference outside the building he lives:
Flanked by an ally in a shirt that blared “Black on Purpose” and a street activist wearing pink hair, pink tights and black tactical gear, kamau then delivered an unprecedented broadside against no small share of the government of this city he was elected to lead.
“I am here today because sometimes you gotta fight your people to fight for your people. Seven months ago, I was elected the city of South Fulton’s second mayor. I ran on a platform here in the Blackest city in America that we should be Black on purpose, period. Being Black on purpose isn’t just about policymaking. It is about rethinking how we do government for the benefit of the people, with a platform and an agenda written not by me, but by all of you. We won an election decisively, with 60 percent of the vote, in every district of this city, across every demographic. Some folks, some folks say I’m a young mayor — I’m 45, but I’ll take it — and in doing so, they have attributed my difficulties with this council to a lack of maturity. But it’s a lie. And even more problematic, it’s an inconvenient excuse to avoid how dysfunctional this city council has been.”
In March, South Fulton city council sued Kamau to remove him from office. They accused him of violating “the city charter several times” and leaking “confidential information to the public”:
Council members filed the lawsuit saying, “they want to remove Khalid as mayor for violations of the city charter.”
They claim he repeatedly recorded executive sessions that are supposed to be private.
They also said the mayor has repeatedly betrayed the confidence of the city, and the city council by intentionally and knowingly disclosing confidential information from those private sessions.
In April, Kamau accused the city and police of retaliation after they shut down an Easter egg hunt. He also claimed they did it “to get back at him.”
The leaders and police said Kamau and organizers did not follow protocol: “An event coordinated by Old National Entertainment (ONE) and Mayor Khalid was cancelled for not following the appropriate approvals through the City of South Fulton’s special event process. The event was deemed unsanctioned and will not take place.”DONATE
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