The Democratic socialist mayor of South Fulton, Georgia, a town just outside of Atlanta, was arrested over the weekend for doing something socialists tend to do best. Police officers arrested self-described “Berniecrat” Mayor Khalid Kamau and charged him with first-degree burglary and criminal trespassing on Sunday after being caught red-handed breaking into a lake house he allegedly desired.
According to an incident report obtained by Channel 2, Kamau decided to venture onto a private property on Cascade Palmetto Highway because he was interested in purchasing the home there, he told police. The homeowner then confronted Kamau, pulled out a gun and told him to stay until authorities arrived, the report stated. The mayor said he believed the residence was abandoned, according to the news station, reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
City spokeswoman Jacqueline Howell confirmed that an investigation is ongoing and officials are “unable to provide further details at this time.”
In March, five of the seven members of South Fulton’s city council filed a lawsuit to throw Kamau out of office. The civil rights case was filed in the Fulton County Superior Court and alleges Kamau violated the city charter.
“The mayor has repeatedly betrayed the confidence of the City and the City Council by intentionally and knowingly disclosing confidential information of the City for his and others’ personal benefit since his election to office,” says the filing by council members Carmalitha Gumbs, Corey Reeves, Jaceey Sebastian, Natasha Williams and Helen Willis. “Most recently, it has come plaintiffs’ attention that the mayor has been recording the confidential executive sessions of the City Council — against the expressed wishes of City Council members.”
When supporters of the Second Amendment talk about using the right to bear arms to defend themselves from the government, they usually don’t mean the town mayor breaking into your house, but in this case, that’s exactly what happened.
According to WSB-TV, the victim told the police dispatcher “that he could not see what the unknown man was doing inside the lake house, so he approached cautiously.
Soon, the unknown person exited the lake house. The homeowner said in the report that he commanded the man to ‘stay put.’
While still on the phone with the dispatcher, the report said the homeowner yelled the command again as the man began to walk away.
In response to the command, being yelled at a second time, the homeowner said in the report that the man yelled back, ‘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.’”
South Fulton is a city located in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. Established in 2017, it is one of the newest cities in the state. South Fulton covers an area of approximately 87 square miles and has a diverse population of over 100,000 residents.
During an interview with Governing.com, the outlet said, “Khalid Kamau is no stranger to firsts.
He claims to be the first Black Lives Matter organizer elected to public office, and in his new position, he sits on the first city council of South Fulton, Ga., a brand new municipality on the outskirts of Atlanta. Now, he wants his city to be one of the first in the nation to make Election Day a holiday.
Kamau…is a Democratic socialist and former national convention delegate for the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. He campaigned heavily for the incorporation of South Fulton, which has a population of 100,000 and became a city just last November. A few months later, voters repaid him with a spot on their new city’s council.
Now he’s on a crusade to turn his home into the ‘largest progressive city in the South.'”
I guess there’s another “first” Kamau can add to his resume. He’s definitely the first mayor of South Fulton to break into someone’s house.
Kamau was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) in 2016 when he ran for city council and was helped by Bernie Sanders-affiliated Political Action Committee “Our Revolution.”
As officers were escorting the mayor to a police cruiser, the mayor said he apologizes ‘for the negative attention that this is brought to our city.’
“I hope that the spotlight on our city right now will highlight some of the inequities that have been happening,” he told Fox 5 Atlanta.
When pressed about whether he was admitting guilt, he said, ‘I think that’s for the voters to decide.'”
Kamau became mayor of South Fulton in January 2022. Before entering politics, Kamau worked as a labor and community organizer.