A former city of Atlanta employee is accused of getting drunk and rowdy at a Hard Rock cafe in downtown, leading to her arrest.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Bettina Anjanete Gardner is no longer serving as the city’s Deputy Director of International Affairs, but couldn’t determine if her departure was related to the Jan. 19 incident.
The Police Report says that officers were summoned to the Hard Rock Cafe on Peachtree Street. The report alleges she was kicked out of Hard Rock for being “very intoxicated” and “causing a disturbance.” The nearby Hooters restaurant refused to let her inside after she left Hard Rock, the police report says.
“As we exited our vehicle, Ms. Gardner was standing in the middle of the city sidewalk cursing very loudly with her words slurred,” the police report alleges. “Her boisterous manner, gained the attention of everyone in the area and also the Hooters patrons, who were inside the establishment.”
The report alleges Gardner didn’t like being handcuffed and claims she called them “slave shackles.” While she waited in the back of a police car, the manager of the Hard Rock relayed the story about why Gardner was asked to leave. The manager alleged that Gardner was sitting at the bar “past her stay” and was cursing loudly. The manager asked her to leave, and said that two members of the Hard Rock staff had also spoken with her before the manager got involved. Gardner allegedly asked to go and get a water before departing and “got sassy” with the manager over being asked to leave.
According to the report, the manager alleges Gardner “started loudly proclaiming her issue was racially motivated.” Another manager got involved at this point, the report says.
“She refused to leave, disturbing our business, so she had to be escorted off property,” the manager is quoted as saying in the report.
The story doesn’t end there. The report says Gardner was escorted to the Zone 5 Police Precinct, where allegedly she continued to curse and began behaving in a “reckless manner.”
“She was handcuffed to city issued holding benches, and she started banging her hands on the bench and back wall,” the report alleges. “She also tried to flip herself upside down. Her words were so slurred, at this moment, it was assumed she was speaking a foreign language.”
Gardner allegedly told the officer she worked with a member of Mayor Kasim Reed’s security detail who was going to “come and get” the arresting officers.
She also allegedly said, “I have people in Washington.”
An officer located her city business card in her purse, confirming her claims that she worked for the city, the report says. A police supervisor was called in to speak with Gardner, the report says. Gardner was admitted into the city jail.
The report alleges that when Gardner was escorted back to a patrol car, she threw herself down in a puddle of water and screamed, “Police brutality.”