Two alleged graffiti artists, whose tags — "Vomet" and "Beav" — are well-known in Little Five Points, Inman Park and Poncey-Highland, among other neighborhoods, are going to court on vandalism charges.
Christopher Erik Smith, 29, of northeast Atlanta, who goes by the tag "Vomet," faces several counts of violating the city ordinance on graffiti abatement.
Nineteen-year-old Douglas Grantham Jones of northeast Atlanta, also known as "Beav," faces multiple counts of violating the city ordinance on graffiti abatement and destruction of property.
Speaking to the Inman Park Neighborhood Association Wednesday night, Ari Bleifeld, a graffiti abatement officer with the Atlanta Police Department, said the two are scheduled to appear in Atlanta Municipal Court, Courtroom 3B at 3 p.m., on March 7.
Bleifeld encouraged those at the meeting to come the court, which is at 150 Garnett St., to show neighborhood solidarity against graffiti or if they have been victims themselves.
He also reminded those in attendance that if the see someone , they should call 911 immediately. For existing graffiti tags on public property, he urged residents to call the city's graffiti hotline at 404. 546.4288.
Graffiti has been a longstanding nuisance for several East Atlanta Patch communities, including the Little Five Points area, Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown.
It's these low-level nuisance crimes officers assigned to the Community Liaison Unit of the Atlanta Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Section will focus on.
The unit, which will number 50 when fully staffed, was created last year after a the city obtained to hire more police.
The officers' main focus is quality of life: issues such as noise, garbage and panhandling, APD Chief George Turner told East Atlanta Patch in an interview last year.