Charges dropped against Dora City Council member
by Rachel Davis
Jul 27, 2013 | 3343 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Charges filed against Dora City Council member George Side Jr. were dropped Wednesday night in Sumiton’s Municipal Court.

Sides turned himself in to Sumiton police last month after Dora firefighter Landon Brown filed a complaint following a verbal argument with Sides. Sides had been charged with harassment and disorderly conduct, Class C misdemeanors.

According to Sides’ lawyer, Thomas Carmichael, Brown asked that the case and charges be dropped.

“Everybody involved, upon further reflection, realized that the charges should not have been brought and decided to move forward and put this behind us,” Carmichael said. “Mr. Sides does not have any personal animosity toward Mr. Brown and realizes this was just a misunderstanding.”

Sides did not comment following the court date, but said at the time of his arrest that he believed the charges stemmed from ongoing tensions between him and the fire department.

Carmichael also said he had known Brown in a professional capacity for a number of years, and had always known him to conduct himself in a responsible and professional manner but felt he was effected by outside forces.

“I believe Mr. Brown was influenced by other people to take steps he would not have taken if he had time to think it over,” Carmichael said. “This is evidenced by the fact that when he had time to think it over, he took proper steps and took care of this.”