Police Shoot Two Unarmed Brothers Near Atlanta

The Fulton County District Attorney is investigating a police shooting of two unarmed brothers in Fulton, Georgia on Sunday. Yes, this is the same District Attorney who chalked up a police shooting of a 92 year old woman as "another tragedy involving drugs."

One brother died and the other was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The facts surrounding the shooting remain murky, in part because the police are revealing little information.

Ron Pettaway, [family members] said, was shot in the back of the head and his brother in the back. A police report, however, said Roy was hit in the stomach. The officers arrived on the scene, they added, well after the altercation that drew them there was over.

Rev. Markel Hutchins, speaking for the family, complains about a climate in which "police officers are now shooting first and asking questions later."

Hutchins said the Pettaway shootings are another example of excessive police force by metro Atlanta police. Twelve people were shot by police in DeKalb County last year alone.

The police say that the brothers were involved in an altercation and that they resisted arrest, although they've provided no details and haven't explained why deadly force was appropriate. Other witnesses saw no altercation and claim that the police refused to take their statements because they didn't support the theory that the brothers were resisting.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is helping the District Attorney's office investigate.

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    I hope (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jen M on Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 04:14:24 PM EST
    The GBI is investigating the officers, not the brothers.  It would be nice if they inveestigated all the other shootings too.

    BTW, how's that FBI investigation going? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Sailor on Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 05:43:49 PM EST
    In November, police assaulted a house they believed to belong to a drug dealer. Instead, they shot and killed an innocent 92-year-old woman, Kathryn Johnston.
    After national media attention and public pressure, the FBI issued an investigation into the matter.

    Chief Pennington says that "We continue to wait for the FBI investigation, but I thought it was incumbent upon us to look to see what we can do to ensure this is not going to happen again."

    According to the department, among some of the new changes, they will now require officers to issue "no-knock" warrants, and will institute a drug-testing policy for its entire force of about 1,800 officers.

    I'm so confused, how does "require officers to issue "no-knock" warrants" make any sense at all?
    But wait, there's more:
    A former Atlanta police officer involved in the fatal shooting of an elderly woman during a botched drug raid has reached a tentative deal with prosecutors, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    So what was the plea?

    Anyone else have any other info about the Atlanta cops killing these folks?

    Let me guess... (none / 0) (#3)
    by jnickens on Tue Apr 17, 2007 at 08:48:40 PM EST
    The brothers were black, right? The police never seem to shoot unarmed white men.