I-TEAM INVESTIGATES: Three months after Melquan Robinson's death, and city answers still evade us

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Monday, Feb. 25, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Three months after Melquan Robinson’s tragic electrocution and the city has promised answers and transparency.

But our I-Team continues to hit road blocks.

So, what’s the hold up?

After a passionate speech from community members begging to know how a 12-year-old boy was electrocuted at a county park, Mayor Hardie Davis pledged transparency.

“We are not as a city, hiding, ducking, and moving away,” Davis said.
“At the point in time where we have all the facts and we fully understand what has taken place to cause this situation, we will communicate that. We will be very forthright in that."

A month later, and people who live close to Fleming Park, like Thomas Nixon, are getting restless -- restless for the assurance that would come from openness and answers.

“I think the neighborhood over her is really sad about it,” Nixon said. “I think they want answers.”

Alicia Barron agrees.

“Everyone should be able to know, no questions asked,” Barron said.
We asked for the report "detailing what malfunctioned at Fleming Park," under the Georgia Open Records Act, but the city told us denied the request, saying "they are not required to disclose any documents subject to the attorney work product."

We asked again, changing our request to ask for "factual findings," something the public is entitled to through open records law.

But, again, the city of Augusta told us no, saying they are not required to disclose any documents that could be used in "potential litigation."

“I think the community has a right to know, and everybody has a right to know why that boy lost his life,” Hixon said.

"What if it was my little grandkids? What if it was one of my neighbors’ kids over there?"

Just in the last 30 minutes, we got a response from the Robinson family's lawyer about this.

"The city has not told us anything more than what they have told the community,” a statement said. “To my knowledge the city has not publicly stated why or how this happened. Like all concerned citizens, we are expecting the city to release the results of its investigation and fully inform this community."