Sunday, 17 July 2016

Atlanta cop who shot unarmed black man charged for murder

Former Atlantic cop involved in the deadly shooting of an unarmed black man in midtown has been charged with murder. Officer James Burns turned himself in to authorities at the Fulton County jail on Saturday where he was booked and processed into the system. Burns shot and killed Deravis Caine Rogers on Monroe Place, NE, in Atlanta on June 22.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Howard said he will be seeking an indictment against Officer James Burns for felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office for killing Deravis Caine Rogers outside a northeast Atlanta apartment complex.

Burns, who joined the force in 2013, was fired from the department July 1 after an internal affairs investigation determined that the shooting amounted to excessive force. Howard said he will take the case to a grand jury early next month.

“By reason of the evidence presented by several eye-witnesses, videos, and the findings of the Atlanta Police Department, we will proceed in this case in the same manner as any other defendant similarly charged — arrest, indictment and resolution,” Howard said in a statement.

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