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Clergy, community leaders express concerns over APS indictments

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -

Some local community leaders say they are outraged over the charges against the educators indicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal, and gathered outside the Fulton County Jail to defend them on Tuesday.

A former judge, an attorney and about a dozen clergy members of the group Concerned Black Clergy described the indictments against the educators in the APS scandal as outrageous. They said the charges and high bonds are excessive, calling them "overkill" and a slap in the face to educators charged in the case.

FOX 5's Portia Bruner asked Reverend Timothy McDaniel that if a crime has been committed, "and you are acknowledging if that has happened, and if there is evidence suggesting that a crime has been committed, you are suggesting that there should not be punishment for that?"

"It is not criminal. Yes, there was misconduct! Yes, there was wrong-doing! But let's not try to kill a gnat in with a sledge hammer. There could be restitution. For some of these other teachers, I mean there are other ways they could be suspended for two or three years. They could have their license revoked. Jail time is not going solve this problem about children not being able to read and write," answered McDaniel.

They say that all of those indicted should be allowed to walk out on signature bonds, and questioned why they're even being held in the jail in the first place.

The group leveled accusations of racism by high ranking officials and they insisted Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is turning teachers into criminals.

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