Cult Leader's Sentence Spurs Job
Macon Officials Say York's Sentence Out of Their Hands
Associated Press/April 27, 2004
Macon -- Seven Macon police officers, who call themselves
supporters of the leader of a quasi-religious sect, have resigned
from their jobs, saying Macon Mayor Jack Ellis refused to help
them combat a conspiracy against the leader.
Malachi York, the 58-year-old "Master Teacher" of the United
Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, was sentenced last week to 135 years in
federal prison after being convicted in January on multiple counts
of child molestation and racketeering.
Macon Police Chief Rodney Monroe said seven of his officers
resigned Monday, along with an officer in training and a
"I've accepted their resignations, although I would not like to
see them go," Monroe said. "Each one of those officers have served
the department and the city well."
Former officer Joseph Hibner said they have new information
that proves York's innocence, but city officials and the news
media have refused to listen.
"We've been trying to tell the city of Macon and the world at
large about this new evidence," Hibner said. "We know for a fact
that it was a conspiracy against Malachi York."
At issue is a video tape that shows a woman who originally
testified that she was molested by York. On the tape, she says she
was coerced into giving that testimony by one of York's sons.
"The reason for resignation is that we will not continue to
risk our lives in support of a city and mayor that turns their
back to obvious injustices," Hibner said. "A taped confession came
into our possession, and we tried to bring this evidence of
criminal activity to their attention ... The city of Macon and
their biased media affiliates are aiding the prosecution in hiding
the truth from the public."
But City Council President Anita Ponder said there is nothing
the city can do to help the officers exonerate York.
"The York situation is a federal case," and must be appealed
through the federal courts, Ponder said. "As a city, I don't think
there is anything we can do to help them."