Council Speaks Out on Deadly MPD Shooting
In a letter to the Mayor's Office, Councilman Henry Ficklin wants answers in the shooting death of Sammie Davis, Jr. by Macon Police Officer Clayton Sutton on December 21st.
"They kind of floundered the investigation from the beginning."
Ficklin says he's concerned about the lack of witnesses questioned afterward.
"I didn't think there were an thorough investigation if they're are eyewitnesses and they are not interviewed by the police conducting the investigation."
Whether his letter influenced the mayor's decision to turn the investigation over to the District Attorney's office is unknown. But newly sworn in DA David Cooke tells WGXA that he met with members of the Macon Police Department Monday to review their investigation and informed them that he's requesting the GBI to review the case also saying:
"I think it's important in a case of this type that a neutral third-party reviews the facts and circumstances, so earlier this morning I formally asked GBI director Vernon Keenan to conduct their own review and investigation of the incident. I am in contact with local GBI agent in charge, and they have already begun work on the case."
A decision Ficklin agrees with.
"The idea that of having an independent come in and look at the situation, surely assure the public that things were done correctly."
Councilman and Macon Police Veteran Henry Gibson says that decision should have been made a long time ago.
"It shouldn't have taken the District Attorney to call in the GBI", said Gibson. "That call should have been done, if you ask me, by the chief of police or the mayor."
Gibson says he'll be requesting dispatch recordings and surveillance videos from Sutton's patrol car and Kroger's parking lot where Davis was shot by the officer.
"I'm concerned as to what exactly what transpired," said Gibson
Sammie Davis's death is now approaching two weeks with very little facts made public. Spokeswomen Jami Gaudet tells WGXA the pace of the investigation is due to the holiday season work schedules.
"I don't know whether that statement holds water with the public it definitely doesn't hold water with me," said Ficklin.
"That's no excuse, you don't have enough police officers the reason you are taken so long, i mean they just a call away," added Gibson.
Gibson encourages all witnesses to contact the District Attorney's office.