Basil Eleby and I-85 bridge (Photo Source: Fulton County Jail and GDOT)

In March 2017, Basil Eleby became infamous for allegedly starting a fire in Atlanta that took out a portion of Interstate 85 near downtown. Eleby was accused of being high on crack and setting a shopping cart with a chair on fire beneath an underpass. The fire spread to building supplies left in place for years by contractors with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Many believe Eleby became a scapegoat for an incident that achieved national attention and became the image of a stereotypical Black crackhead. Activists in Atlanta supported the idea that a grave injustice was about to be carried out based on Eleby’s race, addiction and the word of two White homeless crackheads. It was revealed that Eleby had the mental capacity of an adolescent and had been homeless since his late teens. People who knew Eleby for years stepped forward to attest that although he was mentally ill, he was harmless. Since the incident, Eleby has been on bond and under the care of a private rehabilitation and counseling service under the supervision of the court.

Rolling out was contacted early this morning by noted attorney and activist lawyer Mawuli Davis with an update. The Davis-Bozeman law firm is one of many legal entities that have offered pro-bono services to Eleby. According to Davis, a Notice of Alibi Witness and a motion to admit Basil Eleby’s polygraph results were filed. Eleby’s defense team has a witness who has stated he was with Eleby at the time of the fire and Eleby was nowhere near the site. In addition, Eleby’s polygraph results show him as being truthful in his declaration of being innocent of setting the fire.

Rolling out will continue to follow this developing story.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!!?

    Stop bothering that man really!!!!?

  • Tres O.

    Kkkrackers are gonna be kkkrackers.

    • Featuring Trenton Sicola

      Racist come in all colors apparently.

      • Chica Morgan

        Nope, white people like you.

        • Featuring Trenton Sicola

          Do you know what a cracker means? If you did you would find that it’s not the insult you think it is. Also, I’m Italian/Syrian, so I’m not sure how “white” I am.

          • pitchdove

            Quit aggressively crackering if you don’t want to be called a cracker. Only Crackers are so irrational and narcissistic that they can be the people who violently and lethally tried to colonize 80% of the world, declared themselves superior, enslaved, displaced and murdered millions and then somehow think the remaining peoples in question have the ability to be “just as bad” in return.

            So yeah.

            Kkkracker.

    • Chip

      What are the BLM radical racist black supremacist terrorist group gonna be?

      • Tres O.

        Only a racist would think BLM is racist. BLM was created in response to racist white people that influence a racist system. It wasn’t created for fun like the thousands of white supremacist groups.

        • Jeff Campbell

          Oh boy! I am so sure that you have been oppressed by whitey! BLM is a political program and nothing else!

          • Tres O.

            Nope. I was raise to handle those that try by any means necessary. There’s no need to call the cops, waste money on a lawyer, nor marching saying worthless chants. It’s more affordable and effective to get your hands dirty. If I end up in prison for doing so, then so be it. Been fortunately successful so far using that system.

            BLM isn’t a program. It’s a fad regarding a problem that will never die.

    • Featuring Trenton Sicola

      Do you know the meaning of the word cracker? It’s not the insult you might think it is. When you call someone a cracker that makes you the recipient of the cracker, which makes you his slave. Is that what you want to be? Educated yourself and don’t choose hate.

      • Tres O.

        Don’t bother trying to pretend to be smart. You sound like those babbling adults from the Alt Right that believe acient Eyptians were white.

        • Featuring Trenton Sicola

          I don’t have to pretend to be smart because I’m educated. Also, the ALT right wouldn’t have me, I’m Sicilian/Syrian. Don’t choose hate. Like Dr. King said, “Judge not a man by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.”

          • Tres O.

            LOL You’re fun to play with. You’re still under the impression that I hate a particular race. It should of been easy to see that I hate racist people and not an entire race.

  • Carmen

    Oh boy, here goes rollingout promoting more racism with their fake news.

    Get the people mad with fake news, riot, there, are you happy?
    What’s it gonna take to get the real truth from MSM media these days?

    All you hear about are racism, sexism, homophobia, & other general issues the biased MSM media wants to shovel & choke American people on till they split apart.

    MSM media is the devil!

    • Tres O.

      Media is the devil. There’s an obvious commonality among every CEO of those organizations. For fun, look at their pictures to see what the devil looks like. Take it a step further and look at past CEOs too.

  • Dontrell StayinPolo Hardwick

    It’s not fake news I live in Atlanta and this has been reported on local news as well

  • http://www.geekbotmedia.com/ Geekbot

    Corrupt Atlanta government officials trying to cover up a goof up and needed a scapegoat?