Paul Oakes incident leads to internal investigation

On Friday I wrote about the Wills Park incident involving a Roswell mother who accused Paul Oakes of harming her child on a swing. More details have come up in the case. Among them are:

  • The mother of the victim has filed a complaint with respect to the police officers’ handling of the investigation. The complaint has resulted in an internal affairs investigation, according to James Drinkard, assistant city administrator.
  • No incident report was was filed by police officers on the date of the actual incident, Saturday October 15th. It took a visit to the Alpharetta police station by the victim’s mother before an incident report would be filed.
  • The police officers initially classified this incident at a “miscellaneous report”. The result of this classification means that the incident is NOT included on crime maps and statistics published by the city, according to Drinkard. However, a check on the city’s website tonight shows that the incident now appears, labeled as an assault/simple battery.
  • The man accused, Paul Oakes, is on the board of the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation. His wife is Cheryl Oakes, a city council member. Ms. Oakes is the council liaison to the public safety department.

The AJC is now reporting on this issue in an article that goes to print in tomorrow’s edition. In the article, the responding officers are described as giggling after talking with Oakes after the incident. The article also says that Cheryl Oakes hung up on reporters when they called.

On a personal note… I was the first to publish Paul Oakes’ name in connection to this incident, something WSB-TV didn’t do in their initial reporting. Things got ugly in the comments of my blog, on twitter and in email. I was personally insulted, accused of being irresponsible and sleazy. Another accused me of orchestrating a smear campaign. I trust that those same individuals are directing similar language to the AJC’s editors today. Nevertheless, it was for this reason that I closed comments last Friday. I also feared that both campaigns might try to politicize the topic on my blog.

4 Responses to “Paul Oakes incident leads to internal investigation”

  1. Travis Allen October 25, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Lee, your blog is great.

    Please continue your unbiased reporting on this issue and others.

    This isn’t about politics, it’s about a child that may have been hurt…period

  2. A October 25, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Lee-I say you did your civic duty, and I appreciate you calling this creep out for what he did. Unfortunately there don’t seem to be independent witnesses, but these people need to know they can’t get away with this kind of behavior, no matter who they are.

  3. Northside Food October 25, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Stuff like this is why an independant press exists. I don’t always agree with your views, Lee, but I love your reporting and willingness to call it like you see it. Keep it up.

  4. CR October 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks for reporting on this. Keep it up and never mind the haters. First the guy at Walmart hits a child (heard him on Dr. Phil and he was not remorseful for his actions) and now this. Bullies and a$$-oles pick on children.

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