South Fulton Mayor Khalid Kamau found himself on the wrong side of the law over the weekend. Early Saturday morning, Kamau was arrested for trespassing and first-degree burglary after allegedly breaking into a lake house.
According to reports, a homeowner received a notification around 6:52 a.m. that day that someone had entered his property. The trespasser, identified as Kamau, proceeded up the driveway and towards the homeowner’s lake house. The homeowner quickly alerted the police and confronted the intruder.
As tensions escalated, Kamau defiantly responded, “Do you know who the f*** I am?”
“I’m the mayor, and I’ll wait for my police to get here and see what happens then,” he added, as he was reportedly held at gunpoint pending police arrival.
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Once the police arrived at the scene, they took the mayor into custody and later booked him into the Fulton County Jail on charges of criminal trespass and first-degree burglary. While being escorted by police, he spoke to a reporter, explaining, “I just wanted to see the house. I do apologize to the owners. I thought it was abandoned.”
He also stated that he considered the property his dream house and expressed hope of purchasing it one day.
Kamau was later released from custody on a $11,000 bond. As he left the jail, he thanked the South Fulton police for their professionalism throughout the day but declined to comment on the charges when confronted by reporters. When pressed, he stated, “I think that’s for the voters to decide.”
The arrest left the city in a temporary leadership vacuum, with Mayor Pro Tempore Natasha Williams-Brown assuming the role of acting mayor until Kamau’s release.
However, the city has refrained from divulging further details about the incident, citing an ongoing investigation.
“The city of South Fulton is committed to upholding the law and ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their position, are subject to the same fair and just treatment. As the investigation is still ongoing, we are unable to provide further details at this time,” the city said in a statement.
Kamau, who was elected as mayor in January 2022, has been a vocal advocate for Democratic socialism and the Black Lives Matter movement. While speaking on his arrest, he tried to allude to racism.
“I hope that the spotlight on our city right now will highlight some of the inequities that have been happening,” he stated.