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Security Increases at Roswell City Hall After Threats Over Chicken Man's Death

Visitors need to enter Roswell City Hall through southern entrance for metal detection.

Increased animosity toward the has caused stepped-up security measures, including a metal detector, at .

Redirecting visitors to the building's ground-level entrance on the south side is the city's way of ramping up security after accusations began to fly when .

Since then, people from throughout the country began contacting council and staff with threatening messages. The incident gained national attention after reporters from Info Wars showed up at city hall during mid April to question council about Wordes' legal issues over the years. And blogs focused on the issue such as the Perspicacious Conservative, which accuses the city of issues with transparency, have allegedly generated more ill will toward government officials.

In response, this week the city sent out an e-mail notifying media that new security measures will be implemented.

"All visitors to city hall will now need to go through security and a metal detector when entering the building," wrote city Spokeswoman Julie Brechbill.

Visitors will now need to come into the building on its south side through the ground-level door facing Hill Street. Signs direct visitors to the entrance.

Lee Fleck April 27, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Chickenman: The rest of the story: http://clatl.com/atlanta/andrew-wordes-the-life-and-death-of-roswells-chicken-man/Content?oid=5266795
Jake Lilley April 27, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Never trust a government that doesn't trust you.
Lee Fleck April 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Police Chief Ed Williams recommended this years ago. The RPD has always had two officers on premise. So now they want to take another couple patrol officers off the road.
City of Roswell, GA April 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Recently the City of Roswell received threats against individuals and the City Hall building following misinformation about the Wordes’ incident posted and discussed on several conspiracy theory websites. The City of Roswell takes these threats seriously. We have an obligation to protect and keep safe the hundreds of people who visit City Hall each day and those who work in the building. The city is taking a number of steps to ensure this, one of which is having folks pass through a metal detector as they enter the building. For the past several years, the city has had one security officer in the building during business hours. This officer works for the Building Operations Division not the police department so no officers are removed from the street. Earlier this week, when the city went to the single point of entry into the building, off-duty police officers have primarily been used to assist the City Hall security officer so no police officers would be taken off the street. Mayor and Council will discuss security measures taken at City Hall during the next Administration Committee meeting, May 15 at 5 p.m.
Maggie Bean April 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Wow! We don't even get to see who posts a comment from City of Roswell, GA. Nice. No problem with problem with transparency here. Great comments, Lee, btw. ~Maggie
City of Roswell, GA April 27, 2012 at 06:21 PM
We post under the City of Roswell so readers will know it is an official response from the city. Responses for the city are posted by Julie Brechbill, Manager of the Community Relations Office.
Michael Reissig April 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The real threat to the city would never happen in a violent fashion. Instead the real threat is the job security of all involved parties. This of course will happen legally at the ballot booth.
Perspicacious Conservative April 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Amen, Michael. And in due time, that justice will be served. Not one of them will have another term. The citizens if Roswell deserve better.
Lee Fleck April 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
It’s great to see the City closely monitors the Patch. This could mean that the patch might soon be the city's legal instrument.
Lee Fleck April 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Currently there is a Patrol officer monitoring the metal detector located in the lobby of the Police building. The metal detector at City Hall will likewise require a sworn officer.
Richard Arena April 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Subjecting Roswell citizens to security screening before they can enter the seat of THEIR government is symbolic of the failure of this government and of society in general to put God's law above all. As the great philosopher Plato observed two and half millennia ago, “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws”. For a half century or more secularists and others committed to undermining the United States have chipped away at the Judeo - Christian foundation of American Society because they know, as John Adams put it two centuries ago, "“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” So it is sad but not unexpected that we now feel the need to place a "security barrier" between Roswell citizens and the individuals engaged to serve them.
John Monroe May 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Julie, You are making a public relations debacle worse. People are going to continue to blame the city for its role in the long saga that ended in Andrew Wordes' death, regardless of how much you try to foist it all blame onto unnamed "conspiracy theorists." Now, you have publicly said the city has an obligation to protect and keep safe everyone who visits city hall, and the city has taken steps to "ensure" such safety. Really? If the city fails in its obligation, and someone is injured at city hall, will the city make good on its obligation with checkbook? And how do you translate this obligation to keep people safe into authority to violate people's rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures? What if a person refuses to be searched but still has business at city hall? Will you deny someone his right to petition the government for redress of grievances because that person refused to waive his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures?
Jake Lilley May 02, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Let's not overlook the fact that city employees and elected officials are NOT required to be screened. So it is clear to me that the people in this city have been organized into two categories: 1.) Those who are in power and should be trusted without question 2.) Those who are not in power and therefore must submit to inspection at the hands of police before gaining access to their elected representatives. The implementation of this policy sends a message to the community of Roswell. It says a different level of trust should be afforded to the government than to the community whom they are here to serve. If there is one lesson that a free people have learned throughout the course of human history, it is to never trust a government that doesn’t trust you.
Dianne May 02, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Would suggest that the Roswell city govt. take a look at themselves to see why there is increased animosity toward them.
Jake Lilley May 07, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Liberty once lost is lost forever. When the People once surrender their share in the Legislature, and their Right of defending the Limitations upon the Government, and of resisting every Encroachment upon them, they can never regain it. ~ John Adams

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