911 call: Family terrorized by group with Confederate flags, guns

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has obtained the terrifying 911 call from a child's birthday party at a park where prosecutors say a group waved guns and yelled racial slurs.

Dispatcher: "Douglasville 911."

Caller: "We out here on Chapel Hill Road."

Dispatcher: "What?"

Caller: "We're on Campbellton Street and we're having a party and these white guys pulled up with rebel flags and they pulled shot guns on us and stuff."

Confederate flag flown at black child's birthday party in Douglas County.

Kayla Norton and Jose Torres, who have three children, were part of a larger group in July 2015 called Respect the Flag. Their convoy of trucks, flying the Confederate battle flag, pulled up to a birthday party for an 8-year-old black child, where they threatened the family and yelled racial slurs. At one point, Torres pulled out a shotgun and pointed it at the family.


Caller: "They're pulling rifles on us, five trucks with white guys and rebel flags."

The incident happened on Campbellton Street in Douglasville.

Video from that day was posted to Facebook and it went viral.

Dispatcher: "What's your name, honey?"

Caller: "Please send somebody! Please send somebody before somebody gets shot!"

Douglasville police eventually arrived at the home.

Norton and Torres were charged with making racial slurs. Torres was also accused of pointing a gun and threatening to kill the people at the party.

"The City of Douglasville is not going to tolerate this type of activity," Douglasville Police Chief Gary Sparks said.

Torres and Norton wept openly in court as they were sentenced Monday. Torres will serve 13 years in prison. Norton got six years.

(Credit: Henry Taylor/ AJC) 

Tuesday, Channel 2’s Audrey Washington spoke with victim Melissa Alford by phone and asked what she thought about the sentences. Alford told Washington she had no comment.

During their conversation Alford mostly thanked the judge and everyone who helped put Torres and Norton behind bars.

"You believe justice was served in this case?" Washington asked Alford.

"Yes ma'am, I feel like justice was served," Alford said.

When Torres and Norton get out of prison, they will be permanently banned from Douglas County.

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