Family of police shooting victim not satisfied with DA's review of case
The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by a Macon Police Officer last December says they are not satisfied with the investigation into the incident, and will seek further justice.
Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke decided not to file any criminal charges against Officer Clayton Sutton, who shot and killed 49-year-old Sammie Davis Jr. in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store.
Davis sister Cheryl gathered with reporters outside the Bibb County Courthouse Friday to voice her displeasure toward Cooke's decision not to charge Sutton.
"A lot of people have turned a blind eye on the serious issue of a loss of a life of a man who was unarmed, who was not a felon, who was not in the process of committing a crime, and mar his life and his name based on two incidents over the span of his forty nine years of living," Davis said.
Davis was joined by Macon-Bibb County Mayoral Candidate C. Jack Ellis and current Macon City Council Member Henry Gibson, who both say they have reviewed the case and feel it should be presented to a grand jury.
"There are things in this report that are inconsistent ... and I take issue with the DA ... all we are asking for is justice, we want it here and we want it now," Ellis said.
That sentiment was echoed by a group of about 50 protesters who marched from Tatnall Square Park to City Hall Friday afternoon.
In response Cooke says the Georgia Bureau of Investigation report on the incident was both thorough and conclusive. So conclusive in fact, that he could not in good faith bring it before a grand jury. Cooke says when he first got the report he had copies made and immediately forwarded them the U.S. Department of Justice and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cheryl Davis says while her brother's mental illness and one prior incident were used to justify the shooting, she believes Sutton's record was overlooked.
"(Sutton) admits that in the past he has broken the law, served his probation and paid his fines, yet we have documented proof, that he has cursed, bullied, and beaten people he said he would serve and protect," Davis said.
Davis also says she has forgiven Sutton, but she believes his reaction to the shooting proves his guilt.
"I have not heard a report, nor have I heard or read that he was remorseful for loss of life on that day." Davis said.