After an “evening took a turn for the worse” a Georgia lawmaker found passed out on the sidewalk before berating medics now filing suit against her employer claiming she was drugged.
On Sept. 29, then-Clayton County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Felicia Franklin was discovered on the sidewalk outside the 404 Sports Bar and Grill in Morrow, Georgia. As seen in bodycam footage, the public official’s unresponsive nature prompted cops to call for emergency medical services to evaluate her condition.
Contending, “I don’t know what they gave me,” Franklin was loaded into the ambulance where she could be seen and heard lashing out at medical professionals attempting to determine her condition and render aid.
“Get the f*ck out of my face,” she was heard shouting and when told she would be going to jail amidst her violent outburst, “I don’t give a f*ck, get him out of my face.”
In the aftermath of the incident, Morrow Police Sgt. Scott Stewart told Fox 5 “We have found no evidence to support that she was in fact drugged with GHB,” despite her own statement on Facebook after the incident.
“It is believed by medical professionals that I was drugged with a GHB pill, more commonly known as the ‘date rape pill,’ and this incident has shaken me to my core,” Franklin wrote on social media and went on to add, “I believe it’s crucial to use this moment as a catalyst for change. I will be working closely with authorities to ensure that justice is served, and I will also be advocating for improved safety measures at events like these.”
According to law enforcement, review of footage from the bar and her receipts showed that the commissioner had consumed three “That’s a home run” beverages containing Grand Marnier and Hennessy, as well as a glass of wine and some of another individual’s beer. Toxicology also flagged cannabis in her system at the time of the incident.
“She refused a blood test, but she did have a urinalysis, and it showed positive for cannabinoids, also known as cannabis,” explained Stewart. She denied even having the drinks listed and told police during video interviews, “I didn’t have five drinks…I had five drinks? I don’t remember having five drinks.”
Despite that, Franklin told the Daily Mail that she was filing suit against the county following her removal from the position of vice chair, asserting that she had been drugged the night of the incident.
The Mail reported that her lawsuit described how her “evening took a turn for the worse” and that officers found her “crying and clearly in a vulnerable position.” She has since repeatedly stated that she suffered a “traumatic and unfortunate incident” only because she claimed to have been “drugged with a ‘date rape’ drug.”
On Oct. 23, Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Turner said of the vote to remove Franklin as vice chair, “The video spoke for itself. What more can we say?”
“We represent the citizens of Clayton County, and we have to make sure we present ourselves in a way that our citizens are going to be proud of us,” he added.
Investigators detailed that they saw no evidence that her drinks had been tampered with and it was not reported what Franklin seeks to gain from the suit. However, she did announce that she was running to replace Turner as chairman of the board in the next election.
Bodycam footage of her interaction with officers and medics can be viewed below via the Explore With Us YouTube channel:
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