Davis Family Asks Justice Dept. to Investigate Shooting | News
The family of Sammie Davis Jr. wants the U.S. Justice Dept. to investigate his fatal shooting by a Macon police officer.
Family members today held a news conference outside the Bibb County courthouse.
His sister Cheryl Davis disagrees with Bibb District Attorney David Cooke's decision that the shooting was justified. She says his civil-rights were violated.
Former mayor C. Jack Ellis, who's also running for mayor this year, attended the news conference. He criticized Mayor Robert Reichert's supervision of the Macon Police Department.
He said Macon police didn't have these kinds of problems during his time in the mayor's office, 1999-2007.
Davis and Ellis also expressed concerns that certain witnesses to the shooting were not included in the report, and that District Attorney David Cooke's statement appeared to attribute Davis' mental illness as partial reason for his death.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said he has the GBI's case file on the shooting and will review the matter if the Davis family asks.
He would decide whether to refer the case to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Later, family and supporters marched from Tattnall Square Park to City Hall in Macon, protesting what they called an injustice.
"I have publicly forgiven this police officer," said Cheryl Davis. "I have not heard a report nor have I heard or read that [Sutton] was remorseful for loss of life on that day. He has very cockily proclaimed that he knew he would be cleared."
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