Mother’s concern sparks debate



Things heated up as Acting Mayor Chick Jones and Councilman Maurice McBride debated on whether Chundra Hendrix should continue to speak during Monday’s meeting.

Things heated up as Acting Mayor Chick Jones and Councilman Maurice McBride debated on whether Chundra Hendrix should continue to speak during Monday’s meeting.

Chundra Hendrix, the mother who alleges that a stranger attempted to kidnap her 7-year-old child while officers arrested her husband for disorderly conduct, is not backing down.

During a well-attended meeting Monday, Chundra approached the Waynesboro City Council demanding answers and criticizing the way the city handled the investigation. Acting Mayor Chick Jones read an official apology before Chundra was informed she was allowed to speak for three minutes.

“This is a council chamber, not a court room and no case will be tried here,” Jones said at the end of the apology. “The Internal Affairs report has been sent to the District Attorney’s office for review and as soon as we receive their findings and opinions, the governing body will take appropriate actions if warranted.”

Chundra stated that she and her husband, Sam Hendrix, originally asked the council to terminate Waynesboro Police Department officers, Gregg Stroud and Ronald Bartlett. They also asked that the WPD arrest the stranger who attempted to take their child. Lastly, the couple requested that city representatives apologize to the youth.

“Those requests were not met,” she said. “We have requested from the beginning that the (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) be called in.”

Accusing the panel of not engaging in due diligence, she asked the members if they had viewed the body cam footage or read the Internal Affairs report. Well over the 3-minute time limit, Jones attempted to end the discussion. Councilman Maurice McBride disagreed and argued that the council should attempt to address some of the mother’s concerns.

When Chundra asked why officer Stroud did not receive any consequences for his involvement in the incident, McBride pointed to Chief Burley for an explanation. Burley was cut short however when Chundra interrupted, asking him if he had read the Internal Affairs report. Before he responded, Jones stopped the conversation again.

“This is over,” he said and later added “The point is, we heard you, you were allowed to speak, we thank you for your time, we thank you for your effort, we thank you for your patience.”

McBride reiterated that more conversation should take place. Things got a little heated as Jones continued to state several times that the city council was finished hearing the matter, while McBride continued to insist that more conversation should take place.

“You can speak for you, Chick,” McBride said. “I want to hear what’s going on.”

Councilman Bill Tinley spoke up and pointed to the District Attorney’s involvement as an outside agency.

“They will look at the situation, look at the facts, look at the data and give us the information we need and the information that she needs,” he said.

Jones tapped his gavel and stated that Chundra was “out of order” after she continued to speak.

The Hendrix couple filed a formal complaint earlier in the day against Investigator Angela Collins, Chief Willie Burley and Officers Daniel Rodriquez, Gregg Stroud and Ronald Bartlett. In the complaint, the couple alleges that there are discrepancies between what body cam footage shows and reports written by Collins.

As a result of a departmental investigation into the incident that occurred at El Cheapo gas station Jan. 22, Bartlett received an 8-day suspension and six months of probation.

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