After a police report released from 2010 showed Sammie Davis, Jr. struggled with a store employee at the same Kroger where a police officer fatally shot him in December, his sister is speaking out.
Cheryl Davis acknowledged that she didn't mention the 2010 incident to reporters after the shooting. She said she thought it didn't matter because Davis was not charged with a crime.
The 2010 incident and the police report were first reported this week by The Telegraph.
That report says Sammie Davis Jr. injured a store manager outside the supermarket on Pio Nono Avenue on July 7, 2010.
The report says officers were called because customers complained that Davis was "acting strange" in the parking lot and resisted when store employees tried to restrain him.
A store manager suffered minor injuries while struggling with Davis, according to the report.
On December 21, 2012, Davis was shot and fatally wounded by Officer Clayton Sutton outside the Kroger after the two men reportedly struggled. Macon police have not said why Sutton was called to the store or why the two men fought.
But they said Davis had no police record and that Sutton was not serving a warrant that day. Sutton is on administrative leave, standard practice during an investigation when a police officer is involved in a shooting.
Cheryl Davis said she forgives Officer Sutton for the shooting.
But she says many in the community have mischaracterized her brother. She says those from Kroger "didn't tell me they missed a monster. They didn't tell me they missed a troll under the bridge. They told me they miss my friend."
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Before the December's shooting, Cheryl Davis said she viewed Macon police as an "ally." She said police helped her several times when her brother went missing or felt threatened.
She says brother had suffered from severe depression that worsened when their mother died in 2008. She says her brother had never worked, and while their mother was still alive, he kept active by looking after family members and helping around the house. But she says after her mother died, her brother began to feel withdrawn, and received treatment from River Edge Behavioral Center.
After the 2010 incident, Cheryl says she told her brother not to go over to Kroger because some people didn't understand him and something else could happen. At one point, she says she told her brother she feared he could be killed one day.
Nevertheless, she says in the two and half years between the 2010 incident and her brother's death, she stayed in touch with Kroger managers, who she said had no problem having him sit outside the store. She says several Kroger employees attended his funeral and called him a "friend."
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