Emergency Services Respond to Felicia Franklin’s Distress
Police bodycam footage captured the dramatic scene as she was taken to the hospital in a state of extreme distress, displaying unruly behavior and shouting at officers and hospital staff.
Conflicting Accounts of Date Rape Drug
Following the incident, Franklin claimed she had been spiked with a date rape drug, describing it as a “deeply personal and troubling experience.”
Police Interview Reveals Discrepancies
In a video interview with police days after the incident, officers presented evidence suggesting Franklin had consumed five drinks, contradicting her claims of only having a glass of wine and a cocktail.
Franklin expressed disbelief, stating, “I don’t remember having five drinks” when shown her bar receipt.
Political Fallout: Removal from Vice Chair Role
The controversy led to Franklin’s removal from her role as Vice Chair of the Clayton County Board of Commissioners on October 23.
Despite this, she remains an elected official for the county. The article explores the impact of the video on the decision, quoting Chairman Jeff Turner who stated, “The video spoke for itself.”
Events Leading to Commissioner Franklin’s Removal
On the evening of September 29, Franklin, attending an event, was found passed out outside the 404 Sports Bar and Grill.
The police bodycam footage captures her shouting, crying, and displaying combative behavior. The article describes the challenges emergency staff faced in dealing with her violent outbursts.
Franklin’s Response and Future Plans
Franklin, responding to her removal, called it unlawful during the meeting and expressed her intention to run for the position of chairwoman of the board. The article includes a statement from Franklin posted on Facebook, where she claims to have been drugged and vows to advocate for improved safety measures at events.
Investigation Disputes Drugging Claims
Sgt Scott Stewart from Morrow police disputes Franklin’s claims of being drugged with GHB, stating they found no evidence to support it.
Video evidence shows her ordering drinks and consuming them at the 404 Sports Bar & Grill. The toxicology report indicated the presence of cannabis, not the alleged date rape drug.
Statement from 404 Sports Bar and Grill
The 404 Sports Bar and Grill released a statement, acknowledging the police investigation and expressing gratitude for the swift response.
They reassure patrons of their commitment to safety and state that the matter has been resolved. The article concludes by noting attempts to contact Clayton County and Franklin for comments.