Georgia police investigated for firing at automotive carrying youngsters

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WAYCROSS, Ga. – State authorities mentioned they’re investigating after a Georgia police officer opened fireplace Saturday morning at a automobile with at the very least two youngsters inside throughout an tried visitors cease.

No person was injured by the gunshots in Waycross close to the Georgia-Florida state line, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation mentioned. However the company mentioned in a information launch {that a} 15-year-old boy was handled for minor accidents after an altercation with an officer.

5 youngsters — ages 16, 15, 14, 12 and 9 — have been within the automobile alone when a Waycross officer witnessed a shifting violation by the driving force, the GBI mentioned. The automobile stopped and the three youthful youngsters acquired out and ran and the officer started to comply with them.

A second officer approached the automobile from the entrance when it started driving towards him, the GBI mentioned. That officer fired a number of pictures on the automobile, with the 16- and 15-year-old boys nonetheless inside.

“They shot at a automotive stuffed with unarmed minors. A automotive stuffed with unarmed youngsters,” Dominique Goodman Sr., who recognized himself as the youngsters’s father, instructed WJXT-TV.

Goodman mentioned the youngsters have been coming residence from Walmart when an officer started following them in his patrol automotive. He mentioned the youthful youngsters acquired out and tried to run residence to alert him and he stepped exterior after listening to them screaming.

“We open the door, we see my 9-year-old, my 12-year-old and a 14-year-old operating from the police behind them with gunshots coming behind them,” Goodman mentioned. “We go down the road and we see our 15-year-old and our 16-year-old on the bottom.”

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles mentioned she didn’t know the races of the youngsters or the officer who opened fireplace.

Atlanta lawyer Gerald Griggs, as vice-president of town’s NAACP chapter, mentioned the group is asking for police to instantly launch physique digicam and sprint digicam footage of the tried visitors cease.

“I’m very involved that pictures have been fired whereas youngsters have been concerned,” Griggs instructed The Atlanta Journal-Structure. “We’re involved that stage of drive was used.”

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