Life, death and gangs in south DeKalb, redux

 

Edward Chadmon, who rapped under the name E-Thugga, poses with an assault rifle in a picture posted on his Facebook page.

Edward Chadmon, who rapped under the name E-Thugga, poses with an assault rifle in a picture posted on his Facebook page. He was shot to death last year in a Stone Mountain motel.

Federal authorities struck a blow at a major street gang this week, indicting 48 alleged members of the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples.

Indictments filed in Atlanta and Memphis lay out a salacious tale of murder, drug trafficking and robbery, along with more mundane allegations involving insurance and bank fraud, among other offenses.

The case vastly expands an investigation that DeKalb County authorities unveiled last fall when they charged several alleged gang members with a string of five homicides in Stone Mountain and south DeKalb.

The DeKalb case was the basis for an investigative story in Atlanta Journal-Constitution that chronicled the lives of some of those who died and some who were accused of murder.

The new federal indictments discuss two of the victims who appeared in the article: Demarco Franklin and Edward Chadmon. Authorities say Franklin was killed after a run-in with a member of the Gangster Disciples. Chadmon died in a Stone Mountain motel room, where gang members allegedly were trying to rob a drug dealer. It is not clear from court records whether Chadmon was connected to the drug dealer.

Chadmon was pursuing a career as a rapper, and he frequently struck a tough pose in pictures posted on social media. But alongside pictures of Chadmon carrying an assault rifle are photos of him holding his young daughter.

 

Oliver Campbell Jr., known to friends and family as "Poopoo" and known as "Plug" in the rap group OneFive 1K, is shown with two handguns. He was killed July 30, 2015, in what prosecutors say was a gang-related crime. This photo is taken from a friend's public Instagram page.

Oliver Campbell Jr., known to friends and family as “Poopoo, was killed outside a gas station on Candler Road near his home. This photo is taken from a friend’s public Instagram page.

Federal authorities gave no new details on Oliver “Poopoo” Campbell, 20, another aspiring rapper whose brief life played out along a mile-long stretch of Candler Road. DeKalb authorities described him as a gang member, an allegation strongly denied by his mother. Indeed, while photos of Campbell posing with guns, drugs and money were prominent across social media, evidence of any gang affiliation was scant. He was described as the proud father of his baby boy, named Messiah.

poopoo and messiah

Oliver “Poopoo” Campbell Jr., with his baby boy, Messiah. Campbell would be shot to death a few weeks later.

Like the killings last year, the crimes described this week reveal a subculture that rarely gets much attention except in brief stories on the local television news or deep inside the newspaper.

The ready availability of drugs and guns – and the constant threat of violence – deeply affect neighborhoods across metro Atlanta, especially in places like south DeKalb, where much of the alleged gang activity centers.

For more on the gang culture in south DeKalb, go here.

Oliver "Poopoo" Campbell Jr.'s funeral procession was led by a white horse-drawn hearse. This photo was taken from a friend's Twitter account.

Oliver “Poopoo” Campbell Jr.’s funeral procession was led by a white horse-drawn hearse. This photo was taken from a friend’s Twitter account.

 

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Kendon Casey Curtis
Kendon Casey Curtis

I live in south decalb one night I took my rifle out ran off two men beating on my 82 year old neibours house the cops told me the description I gave was linked to over ten home invasion Roberts that night!if they come here I have several loaded guns and I NEVER MISS

Deirdre Newbern
Deirdre Newbern

Well whoever or wherever he looks just plain dumb and stupid.

Gris Julian GP
Gris Julian GP

I can say this much, if you about the problem and youre waiting for someone else to fix, you are part of the problem. I remember when residents took a stand against these idiots. People dont have heart anymore and police are too afraid of cell phone cameras and public opinion.

John Edward Woods
John Edward Woods

Back the HELL UP! Who's bringing the drugs here? It ain't Black folks. The 25th Marines are guarding the poppy fields in Afghanistan.

Kendon Casey Curtis
Kendon Casey Curtis

I am so proud of any American that knows this fact what did Bush say they where going to do about the poppy fields in Afghanistan . Yet what is there more of today!!!!!!good man speak the truth and the facts it's nothing new Oliver north and the contras

Anthony Blevins
Anthony Blevins

Gun laws will stop these thugs from having guns!!!!! (Said only the stupid)

David Tanner
David Tanner

this thug is nothing but an animal,a savage,should be put down as you would a rabid dog

T.D. Wade
T.D. Wade

It is so easy to point out a specific area concerning drugs to constantly exploit Blacks as if they are the only ones involved in drugs and violence. The only difference than So. Dekalb and and other outlets of Atlanta is that Black dealers are usually the faces that the media displays on the news. Whites sell drugs and also have a bigger population of drug abusers. The police don't hangout in the White neighborhoods or the burbs. It brings down the property value and exposes too much truth. Look at the states that are predominantly White such as Colorado, Arizona, and Washington where marijuana was legalized. Weed revenue alone almost topped at $1 billion in 2015. So you telling me that they all started using after it was legalized? Drugs abuse is not a race issue that you can point to one community as if it was not for South Dekalb gangs Atlanta would be drug and violence free. That's like saying when Bush was President there was no war, no deficit, and no high gas prices until Obama messed it all up....oops some of you high are high as hell right now stating that shyt. Wrong example. Back to reality, drugs are plagued in every neighborhood and community and every racial and economical level. MlBlacks/Hispanics are often used as the face for drugs but in reality they are the minorities in the drug game.

Kevin Webb
Kevin Webb

minority in the drug game but not the violence. we need to curb the violence.

Jwrong Smith
Jwrong Smith

Hell more cracker sell more dope than the brothers really sad how they use us as the problem

Kendon Casey Curtis
Kendon Casey Curtis

I agree with you living in rock dale as you know prodomanantly black yet most of my community is no different than northern Maine where there was one black family in my school yet no shortage of drugs the only real difference was gun toting with bad intentions and I would argue that hunting age ten alone was with good intentions.

Charles Wright Sr.
Charles Wright Sr.

The war on drugs has never been on drugs, Nixon declared war on black and brown people and disguise it as a war on drugs. They knew what happened during alcohol prohibition and exploited that experience in the most nefarious way possible.

Teretius Harris
Teretius Harris

Nothing new guns and drugs always been ready and available in AMERICA ask your Politicians how they are getting into the county they own the boats the planes and the drugs ask Ronald Regan dope in the 80's then DARE TO SAY NO TO DRUGS

Kendon Casey Curtis
Kendon Casey Curtis

Keep up the profound display of knowledge about the Iran contra scandle .people thought regan being tough was why the 58hostiges taken from our Enbessy during the carter administration .it turned out two pilots that took arms to Iran to free the hostages stopes in Panama was loaded top to bottom with cocaine .when the democrats got that dirt on the republicans,they started a investigation.(I always wondered what happened to the pilots)during the investigation they did on Oliver north office they found him and his secretary shredding documents of the arms proving the two pilots claim.two weeks later they went in on Manuel Noriega .the only thing you ever heard from his trial was every time his lawyers tried to submit documents in his defense ,it would end up deemed top secret .to really tie it all. Together weeks later we sent 470billion worth of equipment and personnel like the losspepes to Columbia to supposedly stop there gross national product(cocaine)witch was the same reason they gave for the two hundred thousand a year they had gave Manuel Noriega .now this all happened wile the first bush was Oliver Norths boss as head of the CIA.now if you really want to tie it all together what did George W say we were going to do about the poppy fields in Afganistan?guess what our military's so garding and there is more of today?thats right poppy feilds

Charlene Emberger Logan
Charlene Emberger Logan

A check baby blame it on the goverment it pays woman to have these losers o yea no father I'm sure

Bridges Sr Rod
Bridges Sr Rod

They arrested a Dekalb County cop with connections to the GDs. what more do you expect if the cops are involved.

Philip Brown
Philip Brown

Those guns were purchased legally, I'm guessing. Sad stuff.

Brian Cosier
Brian Cosier

Someone teach this young man in the photo some trigger discipline

Dwayne Barbee
Dwayne Barbee

Maybe the problem is that family values are not valued anymore, especially in lower income areas. Maybe parents aren't parenting anymore. Maybe parents should stop making excuses for why their kids are criminals and start teaching their kids how to live like a human and not like a worthless excuse for biological material that should be wiped from this Earth!

Joel Shipp
Joel Shipp

Okay, take away the guns and they will use knives. Take away the knives and they will use ball bats. The guns and the drugs are not the complete problem here. If you grow up on the streets without any adult supervision, little or no education, and all your peers involved in criminal activity, this is what you get.

Brian Paone
Brian Paone

Maybe if these individuals grew up and had the intent to work rather than "hustle," there wouldn't be a problem. The issue isn't the AVAILABILITY of these things, it's what people DO with them. Accepting responsibility is the first step to cleaning it up.

Brian Paone
Brian Paone

Dave Campione Dream? I lived it. From Stone Mountain/Lithonia. What set YOU claim? (sarcasm)

Deborah Liberatore
Deborah Liberatore

I wonder if glorifying the Mafia had anything to do with all of this?

Denise Woods
Denise Woods

And why would you question that now Michael Venters..?

Darrell Stephens
Darrell Stephens

There no gang in Metro-Atlanta that more fire power and more violent than police.

Bike Maize
Bike Maize

Darrell, you do know that APD & FCSO is 70% black right?..... So we both agree then, that black on black crime is out of control.

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson

Its just a bunch of musicly influenced kids trying to be thugs. There are no gangs in Atlanta. They are all fake. Lil wayne bloods. Lol. I bet in they would not talk that in Spanish Town JA, Villa el Salvador Peru, Micheocan Mx, St Kitts, Haiti, San pedro sula Honduras etc... just kids that cant be responsible for themselves

Darrell Stephens
Darrell Stephens

Cops are blue and Blacks into White supremacy ideal of policing.

Jay M Samy
Jay M Samy

This is inevitable when they live food stamps and their dream to become dre

Fryer Bishop Lumpkin
Fryer Bishop Lumpkin

Have any of you ever thought that this was designed by plan? If the city/state wanted to take precautionary measures to ensure that this situation was handled, they could easily do as such. It's all over the news that suburban Atlanta only 15 minutes up the street has heroine overdoses daily and they are actively trying to stop it. They are not trying to stop this in South Dekalb. Ask yourself why.

Theophilius Saint Lumpkin
Theophilius Saint Lumpkin

You said it yourself. "That is the problem with this country." That statement alone is clearly indicative of a mass problem. Not everyone is thinking like you because some individuals really feel that they don't have a choice.

Theophilius Saint Lumpkin
Theophilius Saint Lumpkin

You see a weak mind and in your statement I see pure ignorance to totalitarian thinking. Stay in your own lane Robert.

Theophilius Saint Lumpkin
Theophilius Saint Lumpkin

Dwayne, I live in the suburbs. Your entire statement is presumptuous of the fact that I'm advacating for suburbs or urban areas.

Robbie Kime
Robbie Kime

You can't help people that don't want to help themselves..there are outreach programs in every major city and neighborhood...if you want it..

Dwayne Barbee
Dwayne Barbee

You ever thought that the people of the suburbs want help, we don't demonize the police!

Robert Turner
Robert Turner

Oh I see we have another victim here. Victim hood is a sign of a weak mind from a weak person. Excuses excuses, that what we get from victims, because they can not take responsibility for their own failures.

Dwayne Barbee
Dwayne Barbee

No, what I'm saying is that in the area I live in we are taking personal responsibility and dealing with the problem as a local problem. We aren't asking for anyone to handle the problem for us. That is the problem with this country today, people want someone else to do something for them. Just do it yourself, that's how you solve problems.

John Fair
John Fair

Maybe the city should ban illegal guns and illegal drug possession

Juan Valdes
Juan Valdes

It ain't the guns fault, it's the fools holding them and the parents that didn't take time to teach their kids better.