Did they fix it?: Melquan Robinson’s death has sparked outrage and call for change

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The electrocution death of 12-year-old Melquan Robinson at Fleming Park in Augusta has sparked outrage and called for change. 

The past five months for Pastor Angela Harden and the community has been non-stop trying to figure out what went wrong the day Melquan Robinson died.

Pastor Harden called a town hall meeting at the Bernie Ward Community Center so the public can be face to face with some of the city leaders.

Those who showed up Friday night say they’re still feeling the effects of Robinson’s death.

In the town hall meeting, the public had one question in mind to the city leaders; did they fix the problem.

“People have the right to share their concerns, they have the right to ask questions, and they have a right to be heard,” said Harden. “We also have the right for some answers.”

Pastor Harden says she is looking for answers from city commissioners because no parent should have to deal with the loss of their child,

“Because of no answers and because of our concerns, we wanted the city to know and everybody to know Melquan is all of our child,” explained Harden. “It could have been any of our children.”

Those in attendance had a chance to take their concerns directly to the mayor and city leaders. 

“I don’t want them to think we are hard-hearted and we don’t care for them,” said Commissioner Johnny Few. “I’m here to show my face and give them support.”

“This is not something we run away from because of its tragic nature,” explained Mayor Hardie Davis. “More importantly, we run towards it let the family know we care, we are here, we are listening, but we’re also bringing resolution to this issue.” 

Mayor Davis says there is a legal component to the case. But he wants to remain transparent as possible as more information unfolds.

“As we bring closure to that, we then are going to move very swiftly to bring resolution to any outstanding issues that may have led to the situation,” said Davis.

Harden told NewsChannel 6 reporter Devin Johnson, she is going to be vocal about the case until Melquan gets the justice he deserves.

“I don’t know where we are going from here,” said Harden. “The only thing I do know is Melquan should not have died, there must be justice for him,”

In the meeting Mayor Davis said the power to the outside fields at Fleming Park has been turned off until the issue is resolved. 

Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod

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