Saturday, the mayor of South Fulton, Georgia, was arrested for purportedly breaking into an unauthorized residence.
According to WSB-TV, Mayor Khalid Kamau faces allegations of criminal trespass and first-degree burglary after being observed on non-his property early Saturday morning.
According to WSB-FM, the property owner reported to police that he saw a man enter a lakeside residence he owns after walking up the driveway. He then dialed 911.
The householder reported to police that he ordered the man to “stay put” and repeated the command while speaking with police.
The householder quoted the individual he was holding at gunpoint as saying in the report, “Do you know who the f*** I am? I’m the mayor, and I’ll wait for my police to get here and see what happens then.”
According to the police report, the mayor told them that he was on his way to a dog park when he paused to look at the property, which he described as his “dream home” and that he knew he was trespassing.
According to Kamau, the homeowner accosted him as he was leaving, stating, “No motherf***er, you stay right there.”
Kamau also said the man cocked his gun and said, “If you take another step, I’m going to shoot you.” The mayor then said,“Are you going to shoot me while I’m walking away?” Kamau told police he then identified himself and offered an apology.
Kamau is billed on the city’s website as “America’s first #BlackLivesMatter organizer elected to public office” and a “Southern, Black, Christian Socialist.”
The mayor told WAGA-TV it was all a misunderstanding.
“I just wanted to see the house,” he said.
“I do apologize to the owners. I thought it was abandoned,” he said.
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After flashing a wide smirk for his photograph, he expressed regret.
“I apologize for the negative attention that this is brought to our city,” Kamau said. “I hope that the spotlight on our city right now will highlight some of the inequities that have been happening.”
According to the WSB, Kamau was released on surety of $11,000.
“I do want to thank South Fulton Police and the staff and officers at Rice Street for courteous and professional service throughout the day today,” Kamau said.
According to WXIA-TV, the mayor is required to undertake a mental health evaluation due to the “circumstances of the warrant” and to adhere to the treatment plan that results from this evaluation.
Police have not released any additional information about the incident.