Atlanta, Georgia – When John Michalik observed a group of Atlanta Department of Public Works employees doing a bit of Jack and Shit while blocking a road – he pulled out his camera and began filming them. The workers were not pleased by being on camera and one of them let Michalik know it with threats and racial slurs. “You keep putting that camera in my face, I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll take that motherfucking camera and whoop your ass,” yelled a DPW employee on the tape. What was the worker doing? reading a tabloid that he displayed to the camera saying he was, “Reading about y’alls crazy ass white folks.” While his fellow employees tried to calm the their fellow worker down, he wasn’t finished. He called John Michalik a “crazy ass cracker” and before driving off he stated, “I’m ’bout to get this motherfucking hammer and beat the fucking hell out of him.”
My problem is not how it is being handled as I think they are going about it correctly. The article has DPW stating they do not tolerate this type of behavior and that both sides will sit down at a meeting at City Hall on Wednesday morning. Make a public statement condemning the actions of the employee and then simply fire the guy. His conduct was completely unwarranted and ultimately unbecoming a city worker who is paid by the citizens of Atlanta. I’m sure he is easily replaceable. Done. My problem is that had the races been reversed, there would have undoubtedly been accompanied by a media circus and leaders descendeding on Atlanta calling for the heads of the DPW crew.
The video can be viewed here.
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