The media coverage involving Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt following an incident that occurred during a city council meeting on April 17 has been, to say the least, explosive.
The event caught on video by Roswell resident Nydia Tisdale shows Mayor Gravitt beginning the meeting, but first ordering Tisdale to turn off her video camera.
“First of all, a little house cleaning,” Gravitt says on the video. “Chief Tatum [newly appointed Cumming Chief of Police], if you would remove the camera from the auditorium. We don’t allow filming inside the city hall here.”
What followed was a brief protest by Tisdale stating her right to record the meeting. She did comply with the mayor, however, and turned her recorder off. She also remained at the meeting.
The video footage has captured the attention of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens following a complaint filed by Tisdale.