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SAVANNAH — Mothers pushing baby strollers and throngs of young men marched Thursday night to a Savannah police station “demanding justice” for 29-year-old Charles Smith, who was shot and killed Thursday morning by a Savannah police officer while in custody.
A lot of people don’t know this, but my first “real” job was as a part-time social worker.
It’s a low-paying, difficult job that constantly exposes you to human misery.
In Alabama, a former Department of Human Resources worker is accused of adding to that misery.
Brandon Howard Daniel, 29, is accused in a lawsuit of forcing a mother to have sex under threat of having her children seized, reports Al.com.
Daniel, 29, a former Birmingham police officer, was arrested last August and criminally charged with soliciting for the purpose of influencing official action, indecent exposure, harassment and theft of property. He is currently out on a $40,000 bond.
The lawsuit alleges Daniel, in August 2013, threatened to take children from a home before demanding the mother give “something in return for not taking her kids.” He then forced her to perform sexual acts, the woman claims in the lawsuit.
Daniel had worked as a social worker in Shelby County for six months before his arrest.
The unnamed woman seeks unspecified punitive damages from Daniel, who probably doesn’t have a lot of money, and his supervisors, who probably don’t have much money either. Curiously, Shelby County, which does have money, is not named in the lawsuit.
In a 2013 story, Fox News reports the victim is Hispanic with limited English-speaking skills.
Daniel was indicted on criminal charges in January. Daniel pleaded not guilty to all charges in April.
An ABC News story about the indictment says Daniel is also accused of stealing a pillow case from the woman’s home.
Why steal a pillow case? Not to be gross, but perhaps he was removing DNA from the scene?
Maybe we’ll find out if this goes to trial later this year.
News to Me is a blog (not a news article) written Monday-Friday and any other day George finds spare time to do such a thing.
George has been a local news editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1999. Earlier attempts at journalism included stops in Valdosta, Cordele and Tifton.
A lifelong resident of Georgia, he was raised in Berrien County. He’s fond of guitars, homemade beer and finding interesting news on the wire, Internet and Twitter.