A high-profile Atlanta Democrat was arrested last week on charges of making “terroristic threats.”
According to Fox News, Ali Carter was taken into custody by local police on Dec. 29 while on an airplane at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Carter previously served as a top aide to Democratic Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens.
Ex-aide to Georgia Dem arrested
According to Fox, officers with the Atlanta Police Department were serving a warrant first issued by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department against Carter, who was reportedly wanted in connection with an incident involving his ex-wife’s boyfriend.
According to Fox, Carter “allegedly threatened in September 2020 to use his AR-15 if his ex-wife’s boyfriend touched his child again.” The threat came in a phone call, and police later obtained a recording of it, Fox said.
“On 12-29-2021 at 2322 hours, Officer Pierre, Officer Mitchell, Officer Mack and I, officer Petreus responded to gate D23, American Airlines, flight #709 in reference to a warrant from Douglas County Sheriffs Department for a Mr. Ali Carter,” a police report authored by Officer Lucy Petreus said, according to Fox.
“Upon arriving, we located Mr. Ali Carter on the aircraft, in seat #11F and he confirmed his identity to police by name,” the report continued.
Officer Petreus added: “Mr. Carter was informed of the warrant and he was transported to the police precinct for paperwork to be completed and to receive confirmation of the warrant.”
“Do you know who I am?”
The Atlanta Police Department has since released bodycam footage of the arrest. In it, Fox reports, Carter appears to ask the arresting officers, “Do you know who I am? I’m chief of staff to Andre Dickens.”
However, Dickens’ office has since released a statement denying that Carter currently serves in the mayor’s administration.
“The incident in question is based on a warrant from Douglas County and Mayor Dickens has been made aware of the alleged incident,” the statement said, according to Fox.
“While Mr. Carter previously worked for Councilmember Dickens, he is not part of the Mayor’s administration and is no longer an employee of the City of Atlanta,” the statement adds.