DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester says protesters opposing recent police shootings threatened her, but the activists say there were no threats and they don’t condone violence.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Jester called a press conference to bring attention to statements by members of the DeKalb County Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability, which has been seeking reforms in how police handle officer-involved shootings of unarmed black men.
Jester said the group’s supporters threatened her sons on Twitter, made anti-Semitic comments on Facebook and yelled during a meeting last week that she would be dragged through the streets. She said she won’t press charges, but DeKalb police are taking precautions.
Makungu Akinyela, a leader of the group, said Jester is trying to divide public opinion about human rights causes. He said she’s distracting attention from the real issues of police shootings.