A high-profile state lawmaker said federal investigators are looking into the finances and activities of the civil rights group he heads.
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been questioning friends and members of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.
Brooks believes he is being investigated because of the attention his group keeps bringing to an unsolved murder that caught the eye of the young Martin Luther King Jr.
"I think it's all about the Moore's Ford Bridge movement," Brooks said.
The group each summer re-enacts a lynching that took place at Moore's Ford Bridge.
Two young African-American couples in July 1946 were shot and killed near the bridge in Monroe, 60 miles east of Atlanta. The case remains unsolved.
"Why haven't they arrested the suspects who are still living?" Brooks asked.
Brooks said those re-enactments and the pressure the group has placed on federal investigators for answers have angered the FBI.
"We think it raises the issue so high, it irritates some here," Brooks said.
Brooks said that officials who identified themselves as FBI agents have questioned and served subpoenas to GABEO members in Monroe.
"Many of our friends and supporters around the state have called us in terms of the FBI visiting them, asking questions about our work, about funds," Brooks said.
Brooks said that no one from the FBI, however, has approached him.
"I've never been accused of corruption or bribery. I've never been accused of anything other than being a civil rights worker," Brooks said.
CBS Atlanta called First Assistant U.S. Attorney John Horn to ask if the federal authorities were investigating GABEO's finances or re-enactments.
Horn responded, "We can neither confirm nor deny the existence of a pending investigation. The Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials is not under investigation nor do we have any reason to believe the organization was engaged in any wrongdoing."
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