Civil rights organization pushes to get Homerville nightclub closed

Civil rights organization pushes to get Homerville nightclub closed
Bobby Worthy
Bobby Worthy

HOMERVILLE, GA (WALB) - Bobby Worthy, National President for the Justice League United civil rights organization based in Blackshear, Georgia, was at the Clinch County Commissioners' meeting Monday morning to bring complaints against the commissioners regarding a murder at Club 912, a Homerville nightclub, back in May as well as several other issues.

After the meeting was over, Worthy, along with the the President of the Homerville chapter of the NAACP, Catina Lacey, were confronted by a citizen who threatened to kill them.

The Clinch County Sheriff's Office was called in to escort the person away, but the person was not arrested according to the sheriff's office.

Worthy said he is not going to back down from trying to get the club shut down. "Any time you see, not just black lives, but any life, everybody life matter; when you see that it's causin' a lot of deaths, then yes, it need to be shut down," Worthy emphasized.

"In the last five years, there have been at least three murders at that club," said Lacey. "Club 912 has been cited for other violations, selling alcohol without a license and other various citations."

Clay Cross, a student at Morehouse College, was back home in Homerville for Mother's Day weekend in May when he was hit and killed by a stray bullet from gunfire between to rival gangs at the nightclub after going to the nightclub to see about some possible deejay opportunities.

Justice League United President Bobby Worthy also presented complaints, which were filed with his office by Clinch County residents, to the commissioners regarding the mixed jurisdiction.

WALB went to the county commissioners' office and the sheriff's office Monday morning, but was told that no one was available to speak to WALB regarding the incident at the meeting.

"To give [the county commissioners] an opportunity to answer, institute, some kind of internal investigation to find out if these allegations are true or not," Worthy responded, after being asked why he chose to present the complaints at the meeting.

Worthy did not have the physical copies of the complaints to present to the commissioners at the meeting, but he expected to have them to the commissioners within the next two weeks.

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