Midtown neighbors, your assistance is CRITICAL NOW.
This past weekend, Tiffany Hendricks was arrested on Myrtle Street for criminal trespassing and burglary. The victim awoke to Mr. Hendricks in his home in a closet in the middle of the night.
Mr. Hendricks has been arrested over 100 times and most recently was sentenced in November 2019. He has violated stay away orders and consistently returns to Midtown after each offense. MNA is working with the Fulton County Solicitor’s Office and APD to understand why he was released. In the meantime, we need to address our most critical need right now – Community Impact Statements – for his upcoming hearings (date TBD).
A Community Impact Statement is a letter written by a resident about your personal experiences and/or community concerns regarding the defendant and his/her crime. The letter may be read aloud to the judge during the court proceedings. It can be read by you or by the Community Prosecutor on your behalf – it is your choice.
Factors like an over-populated jail, a community that is not engaged, or a de-prioritization of certain crimes by the justice system can lead to light sentencing and a rise in repeat offenders with a heightened sense of impunity for their potential success in Midtown. When judges see that members of the community are concerned enough to appear in court or provide impact statements, they give extra attention to critical case details that can inform effective sentencing. With our presence, judges and prosecutors better understand that we depend on them in our efforts to preserve a safe community.
Learn how to complete a Community Impact Statement and submit it as soon as possible to Tom Roseberry, MNA Court Watch Coordinator.
Been frustrated with the theft, burglary and trespassing issues in Midtown? This is an important strategy to combating crime.