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.
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