ATLANTA (WUPA) — Civil rights advocates are speaking out on behalf of prominent former Judge Glenda Hatchett months after a sheriff allegedly groped her at a conference. They’re demanding that Gov. Brian Kemp takes action to hold him accountable.
“She was sexually assaulted and harassed, and there’s been no justice so far,” said Attorney CK Hoffler.
Attorneys and civil rights organizers standing in solidarity with Judge Glenda Hatchett, demanding Governor Brian Kemp suspend Bleckley County Sheriff Kris Coody months after he reportedly groped the former judge at a sheriff’s conference.
“Governor Kemp, it’s not 1860, and it’s not 1960. It’s 2022. So, it’s time for you to suspend this sheriff,” said Georgia NAACP President Gerald Griggs.
“Also outrageous and not acceptable are the different standards of accountability,” said Avrita Hanson, an attorney.
Cobb County authorities charged Coody with sexual assault and later arrested him.
He was released on bond and has since publicly shared his regrets over the incident, but those regrets fall short of the outcome activists are demanding.
“The governor should have taken action and suspended him as he has done in other cases involving sheriffs across this state,” Attorney Mawuli Davis said.
During the press conference, attorneys heard a statement read from the governor’s office indicating, “because the incident was a misdemeanor and happened at an off-duty location, the accusation has not risen to the level of state law to take action.”
A spokesperson for Kemp later released this statement to Atlanta Now’s Valencia Jones:
“We have been closely monitoring progress of the charge against Sheriff Coody. Because the charge against him is a misdemeanor and the alleged underlying conduct of Sheriff Coody did not occur in the performance of his duties as Sheriff of Bleckley County, the final adjudication of the charge will inevitably inform