The long-simmering animosity between two Savannah City Council members turned ugly earlier this month as aldermen. curtis party and Alderman Kesha Gibson-Carter Vulgar insults were exchanged in exchanges outside the council chambers.
The Party called Gibson Carter a “ghetto asshole” for accusing him of being a “child predator and pedophile”. the parte is white, openly gay Although male, Gibson Carter is a black female.
the quarrel took place after September 8 Board of Directors It was recorded on a body camera worn by a Savannah Police Department officer who witnessed the altercation. Body camera footage was obtained using the Georgia Public Records Act.
WARNING: The video below contains profanity that readers may find offensive.
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Purtee admitted to using the “ghetto b*****” slur in a phone interview earlier this week. Gibson Carter, who was contacted about the incident on Thursday, shared a letter of complaint she sent to Georgia Southern University president Kyle Marrero.
Purtee and Gibson-Carter have a rough history, with Purtee filing two ethical complaints against Gibson-Carter. He frequently tells her to “shut up” during her tense council meeting moments.
Asked to comment on the named incident, Gibson Carter, reading part of the email, said: “I regret that I have to continue to respond to issues related to attacks against people. Instead of using the Mayors and media ignore attacks.”
What sparked the discussion?
After the Sept. 8 meeting, Gibson-Carter was outside the Congressional Chamber talking to voters. Party said he approached the two to add to the conversation, and Gibson Carter called him a “boy” and kicked him out.
“She expressed no interest in talking to him. I then asked her not to say anything because she was mad at him and the staff,” Gibson said. Carter said in an email.
Afterwards, the party called Gibson Carter a “ghetto dude.”
Party said the member Gibson Carter was speaking to is one of his District 5 residents. According to Purtee, voters had come to address property issues, but were turned down because the issue was not on the agenda of the meeting. Purtee said he was familiar with the property and the projects planned for the site and he wanted to share the information.
The party ended when Gibson Carter confronted him, calling him “boy” twice and telling him to “go somewhere else.” commented that he was “a child predator and a pedophile.”“
“When I went outside to help talk to this woman, she was dismissive and called me ‘boy’ twice. “And I was immediately offended that she called me a child predator and a pedophile.”
Gibson-Carter said the party’s “ghetto boo****” comments were of particular concern because the party is a police officer and is trained in de-escalation.
“Using the word ‘ghetto’ makes this encounter racist. As a women’s leader, I’m not going to let this go,” Gibson-Carter said in an email. “Curtis Party works at a college with blacks and women. He has a badge, a gun, and powers of arrest. This is a dangerous force for anyone who despises women and African Americans.” .”
Party said de-escalation training had to be invoked during the dialogue, saying, “I thought I was going here and I had to focus there for a minute.”
What does the body cam video show?
The aftermath of the incident was captured by a police officer’s body camera. There is no sound for the first few seconds, but footage shows the party talking to Gibson Carter outside his upstairs chamber at City Hall, with a police officer standing between them.
The officer unmutes the body camera around 30 seconds while the camera is facing the party. The first thing I heard from her was the party saying, “She treats her employees like shit all the time. I’ll be happy when she’s gone.”
Gibson Carter puts his phone in filming position and tells the party, “Let’s go live.” Gibson-Carter frequently hosts his streams live on his Facebook page. The party then walks away and Gibson Carter says, “Yeah, that’s what I thought.”
Gibson Carter then picked up his cell phone, pointed to someone offscreen, said, “I think you’re similar,” and asked the officer if the exchange was being recorded on a body camera.
“On camera? Did he call me a ghetto bastard? Did you get it?” I called him *,” he said.
The recording also shows Assistant City Manager Heath Lloyd talking to a woman that both Gibson Carter and the party were trying to deal with.
Gibson Carter then told officers recording body camera footage, “What do you know? I feel sorry for you..”
“You know what he does on a day-to-day basis, and it’s a shame you’re doing this work,” Gibson Carter said, pointing to the city hall police officer.
What is the history of the two councilors?
The current Council term has been plagued with similar turmoil. In December 2021, the city council voted to reprimand Gibson-Carter. with a vote of 6 to 3 Calling alderman Nick Palumbo a racist beginning of the month.
January 2022, The party has submitted an agenda item for reconsideration of city council officers In response to the incident between Palumbo and Gibson Carter. Gibson Carter was chairman of the Council at the time. She was elected to the position at the first Council meeting of 2020.
Purtee’s motion passed and Gibson-Carter Stripped of the title of Chairman of the City Council.
in his complaintthe party accused Gibson Carter of using “vulgar profanity” against a council member in a closed session, physically threatening another council member, and unethical practices at city hall. He raised many ethical issues, including making public claims without evidence, misinforming the public, speaking aggressively, bullying the mayor with other members of Congress, and being in charge of hiring the mayor. and refused to participate in the mayoral recruitment process.
3 person ethics committee Gibson Carter found violating city code of ethics at public hearing October 29, 2020.
Will Peebles is a City Council and County Commissioner reporter for the Savannah Morning News, covering decisions in his local Savannah and Chatham counties. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @willpeeblesSMN.
Drew Favakeh is a public safety reporter for the Savannah Morning News. You can contact him at [email protected]
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