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DOUGLASVILLE: Should parents call police before teen house parties?
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DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Douglasville City Council will consider a resolution on Monday night that would encourage parents to notify police within 24 hours of any big house parties for teenagers.

The resolution is being pushed by the mother of Bobby Tillman, the 18-year-old who was stomped and beaten to death outside a house party in November 2010.

"I do think it's a possibility my son might still be alive had police known about the party," said Tillman's mother Monique Rivarde.

Rivarde believes police could have intervened or prevented the attack if they had patrolled the neighborhood that night.

"It would have kept the crowd calm," she said. "It would have kept the whole event under control, just by the presence of a police car."

If this resolution passes, it would be voluntary. It says nothing about any sort of punishment for parents who don't comply.

If it's passed in Douglasville, Tillman's mother hopes to take it to state lawmakers.

Four teenagers were charged with Tillman's death. One of them, Emanuel Boykins, has agreed to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty, according to Douglas County District Attorney David McDade.

"We believe he's the instigator," McDade said. "We believe Boykins is the one who threw the first punch. We have numerous witnesses who identify him as the one who started the attack."

Witnesses told authorities they heard Boykins say he was going to hit the next person who came by, then saw Boykins strike Tillman, who was leaning on a car.

McDade said his office is still in discussions with the three other teens charged in Tillman's death: Horace Damon Coleman, 19; Quantez Devonta Mallory, 18; and Tracen Franklin, 19.

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