Dozens Turn Out to Support 'Junebug' | News
More than 50 people turned out for a rally in support of the family of Sammie Davis Jr., who was shot by a police officer.
But some people also criticized how Macon police have handled the case and Officer Clayton Sutton, who shot Davis last Friday.
One person carried a sign reading, "Wanted for Murder: Clayton Sutton."
Macon police say they're investigating the shooting. They've declined to comment further on the case or on Sutton's record. 13WMAZ reported that he'd been disciplined more than a dozen times since 2006.
Many at the rally said that was cause for concern. "He should have never been on the street," said Leo Glover-Muhammad, Davis' sister's fiance. "Had he been stopped two or three years ago, Junebug would still be alive today."
Members of Davis' family and former mayor C. Jack Ellis also said Sutton should be in jail.
Ellis led the group in chanting "No Justice, No Peace."
Although Ellis also expressed concern about Office Sutton's conduct, he also said "this is not an indictment" of the whole department. He says he still trusts many of them and hopes they can resolve the investigation fairly.
"I have confidence in them that they are going to do what's right, and if they don't do what's right, then they must be held accountable as well," Ellis said.
Davis -- nicknamed "Junebug" -- was allegedly panhandling outside the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue. Police say Sutton shot him three times in the chest after the two men struggled.
Sutton remains on administrative leave from the Macon Police Department until the internal investigation