• Local NAACP chapter concerned after threatening, profanity-laced phone call

    By: Audrey Washington

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Members of the Cobb County NAACP are concerned about safety after they said the group received a terroristic threat in a phone call.

    The message read: "My name is Johnny Rebel. My profession is murdering black people."

    Deane Bonner said that's the first thing she heard when she checked the phone messages at the Cobb County NAACP on Sunday.

    “Physically, I almost got sick hearing the guy because one of the things he said right off the bat was murder,” Bonner said. “I mean, he wanted to murder.”


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    The message continued for a few more seconds, filled with racial slurs, profanity and threats. 

    "I mean what are you and what kind of person are you," Bonner said. "What you are you really thinking that you could call our office and leave this type of message."

    Cobb County police said if the person behind the message is caught, the individual will be charged with making a terroristic threat.

    Channel 2’s Audrey Washington said members told her that this would not be the first disturbing message the group has received. Workers at the office want more to be done. 

    "The message said: "My name is Nick Cox and I'm from the (expletive) Ku Klux Klan if you didn't;t understand that. You need to get the (expletive) back over to your (expletive) county. This is a White man’s land, for the White man.”

    Workers here said given the tense political and racial climate in today's society, they are not necessarily surprised by the messages.

    “We need to reach out more to those kind of people and try to understand where they’re coming from and they need that kind of conversation to know that this kind of thing is not OK," said Darryl Wilson, an NAACP volunteer.

    Branch leaders explained some of the next steps they plan to take concerning both security and legal actions. 

    “This guy is going to go to court and he’s going to be convicted of a terroristic threat and that’s what we will do," Bonner said.

    Branch members said they have never been threatened at the office but they will keep a close eye out moving forward. 

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