LAGRANGE, GA – William Reeves Durga was arrested on Friday for sale of cocaine and use of a communication facility during the commission of a felony.
Police were able to easily find him after he posted a video, which went viral on TikTok, daring police in Troup County, Georgia to “come and get” him.
In June, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) arrested seven people at the Main Street Pub in LaGrange. The arrests were all linked to drug offenses at the establishment, according to WSB-TV.
Durga remained an outstanding suspect at that time.
LaGrange police put a post on Facebook on July 2, which has since been updated.
When Durga saw the post, he posted the image in a TikTok video that showed him dancing in front of it with a caption that read, “Come and get me bitch.”
The post went viral with nearly four million views.
— Deb (@Deb85024141) July 24, 2020
Many law abiding citizens responded to law enforcement’s request for help by sharing the link to his TikTok video to the department’s Facebook page. Some people accused others of “snitching” by sharing the video with the police.
However, one coherent user posted:
“The dude snitched on himself. Only an idiot would get on social media while running from the police. He deserves what he gets.”
LaGrange is a small city roughly an hour from Atlanta. It has a violent crime rate of 51 per 1,000 residents, which is slightly lower than the 58 per 1,000 that Atlanta claims. The Atlanta suburb, which has been largely unaffected by the recent violent “protests,” appears to enjoy a congenial relationship between law abiding citizens and the police.
They host a Citizens Police Academy, which will be online this year, to give people the opportunity to learn exactly how the Police Department operates. They interact with the community during fundraisers and food pantry operations. They are appreciated by most.
It would appear that Reeves Durga was not aware of that relationship when he posted his TikTok video. When he decided to taunt police by dancing (he’s no Dancing with the Stars contestant, by the way) in front of his mugshots, saying things like “Come and get me bitch” and “Don’t let this flop” (apparently a catchphrase to encourage people to make the videos go viral on the app), he was rewarded by having both of his requests granted.
When asked for comment, the GBI has deferred to the press release, which has been updated since Durga’s arrest:
“Police would like to thank the public for assistance which lead to the arrest of Durga.”
Accoding to the LaGrange Daily News, the Lagrange Police Department had been working for seven months in an undercover capacity at the Main Street Pub, which resulted in the arrests.
Durga also responded to the LaGrange Daily News via TikTok and said:
“Honestly, I’m not wanting to turn myself into Troup County Jail. It’s so nasty and full of conronavirus. They haven’t been doing the necessary things to keep it contained. It’s beyond overcrowded, nobody gets a court date, it’s just wrong how the inmates are treated. I haven’t been running, they never came to my house or anything.
“They straight blasted me on social media, so I did it back.”
It appears that plan backfired.
It should be noted that in a report on July 21, WRBL reported that as of that date, none of the 343 inmates at the jail have COVID-19 or are suspected of having the virus.
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Here’s another instance where social media assisted police in an investigation.
The story we are about to share is disturbing, disgusting and despicable. For full disclosure, there will be a photo included below that you need to be warned about. The three words we used in the first sentence are not descriptive enough to truly depict just how vile the people involved in this situation truly are.
First, we want to introduce you to Isaiah Jackson of Springfield, Ohio. Jackson was arrested on July 20th for a probation violation. Local authorities are working on the charges related to a photo of Jackson that went viral on July 21st.
So, what kind of social media photo could cause this type of commotion?
Jackson had himself a great idea for a Black Lives Matter campaign.
He took his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son and posed for a photo with him.
Police believe that the photo shows a shirtless Jackson, kneeling on the neck of the toddler who is white. The toddler, wearing nothing but a diaper, was laying face down and screaming, while another individual held his arms behind him.
The photo was caption with just a few letters. Here is what it said:
“blm now mf”
While Jackson is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and all actions are still allegations at this point, several of the tattoos in the viral photo match those of the Facebook page of one Isaiah Jackson. There are also screenshots of text messages form the baby’s mother defending Jackson saying, “the baby wasn’t hurt.”
And apparently, she is a fan of child abuse, or at the very least, she finds it funny.
Here is an additional and final warning for what we are about to show you.
A YouTube Screenshot is below.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that they are:
“100% certain that charges will be filed against those responsible for the photo of a two-year-old baby being held down as his mother’s boyfriend knelt on his neck.”
Maj. Christopher Clark from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to the Gateway Pundit that Jackson is now in custody. He was taken in on a probation violation while they decide what to charge him with in relation to the photo.
Maj. Clark said in a statement to TGP:
“They don’t want any chance of their being a possibility of the charges being dismissed. They want to make sure whatever case they put on him is rock solid.”
He went on to say:
“I’m confident, 100 percent confident, that there will be charges brought against these individuals. It’s just a matter of making sure that our investigation is thorough and complete so that we file a charge that will stick and be convictable in court,”
Maj. Clark said that they are waiting on some additional information to come in from Facebook, and are still working to confirm the identity of the person seen holding the child’s hands. He said that the prosecutor’s office is also consulting with the local children’s hospital and a doctor who is reviewing the case. The Sheriff’s Office will be meeting with them today or tomorrow and will then proceed with charges.
Maj. Clark explained:
“We’re waiting on our prosecutor’s office to make a decision on what level of charges and which type of charges to put on that individual,’ ‘What we’re looking at on our end are charges related to child endangerment, possibly domestic violence, assault, that sort of thing. The big one we are looking at though would be a child endangerment type charge.”
He continued with a statement regarding the boys mother, saying:
“She was home, but she was not aware that the photo was being taken at the time. She did not find out about it until later on the next day. We have interviewed her and we are still working with her and that is something that the prosecutor’s office is also reviewing,’ he explained.”
While those involved in the photo are going to face charges stemming from the actions in the photo, it is unclear whether the mother, who was at home during the photo, and claims she was in a separate room, will face charges.
Many people found him on Facebook, and blasted him with comments. Some showed anger, other shock, and many more made threats of violence against Jackson.
While many of the comments left on Jackson’s Facebook page are exactly what you would expect them to be, with some people even posting the name of the mother, there were those that applauded the photo and encouraged it.
Here are just a few of those comments. We will not include any that carry threats of violence, but they are out there, should you choose to seek them out.
Papin left a horribly disturbing comment on Facebook:
“Again! Your doing it wrong! One knee on the center of the back one one the neck and lean into it until death! You saw the video! Get it right or stop f***ing around!”
We will give you a second to allow that to sink in.
— Brett MacDonald (@TweetBrettMac) July 22, 2020
In essence, what Papin was saying was this: Kill that baby or stop wasting our time with these photos.
This is a Special Education teacher in a high school. It is people like this that led the state of Texas to pass Senate Bill 507. That bill allows for the placement of video and audio recording devices in Special Education spaces to protect the students from violent and abusive teachers.
Perhaps Georgia should consider similar legislation if they haven’t already.
According to an update to this horrific situation found on Facebook, Papin has been suspended without pay until an investigation into his comments is completed. His termination at the school is the anticipated outcome.
Law Enforcement Today is working to verify that claim. We will provide updates to the charges that are filed against Jackson as soon as that information becomes available.
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