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Mary Norwood Campaign Signs Being Taken

7:31 PM, Nov 23, 2009   |    comments
  • An image from a video taken by State Rep. Ralph Long appears to show someone removing Mary Norwood campaign signs.
  • This man was seen taking signs belonging to mayoral candidate Mary Norwood Monday morning. Do you know this man? Contact us at wxia-news@wxia.gannett.com if you know who he is.
    
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ATLANTA -- It's not unusual a week before an election to hear about campaign signs being taken, but it is far more unusual to see it captured on camera.

Monday morning State Rep. Ralph Long (D-Atlanta) came to 11Alive News with video he shot himself of what he claims is a man taking several Mary Norwood for Mayor signs.

Rep. Long is a Norwood supporter and one of the few African American officials to endorse her.

In an interview, Rep. Long told 11Alive News he was tired of Norwood's signs disappearing and set several along Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Southwest Atlanta near the Adamsville Natatorium.

He sat across the street in his car with the camera rolling as he videotaped a man taking up Norwood for Mayor signs and putting them in a black trash bag.

Rep. Long followed the man for several minutes along Martin Luther King Jr., Drive where he stopped to pick up more signs along the way.

Twenty minutes into the video, the man arrives at a Kasim Reed for Mayor field office on Lynnhurst Dr. near the corner with MLK, Jr. Drive.

In the video Rep. Long rolls down his car window and confronts some men in front of the office who he claims were paying to receive the signs.

Long says he stopped shooting video when the men approached his car and began beating on it.

He also claims the men chased him in another car for several blocks before he lost them.

11Alive News has contacted both campaigns about the video and is waiting for their responses.

An image taken from the video shows the face of the man who was seen taking the signs. If you know who the man is, contact us at wxia-news@wxia.gannett.com and let us know.

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