NAACP, Department of Justice Hold Town Hall Forum

8:14 AM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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The NAACP and a conciliation specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice held a town hall meeting Saturday morning to discuss community concerns about Macon Police in light of the death of Sammie Davis, Jr.

Dozens and dozens of members of the community and leaders gathered to listen to those problems. But what drew many here was the shooting of Sammie Davis, Jr.

Davis was shot outside of a Kroger in December by Macon Police officer Clayton Sutton. Earlier this week, District Attorney David Cooke announced that his office would not pursue charges.

"I did expect emotions to run today, and actually I got kind of emotional myself with the stories that I heard," said Gwenette Westbrook, President of NAACP's Macon Branch.

Troy Solomon of Macon said he came to the forum to share his opinion of Sammie Davis Jr.'s death.

"And for him [Davis] to be shot down like he was an enemy is ridiculous back home with an officer like that it's ridiculous," said Solomon. "He [Sutton] could have had a warning order, shot but you didn't have to kill him to that magnitude, it's ridiculous."

While some said it was good to get those issues out, they hope this could bring real change.

"I think it's good, but I think what we really need is some concrete follow-up," said Sam Johnson of Macon.

Westbrook said while the police department wasn't invited to this forum because of concerns that people wouldn't be as open or honest, she does plan to share with them some of the problems and solutions.

"Myself and the Department of Justice, we do plan to make some demands with our police department we want to sit down and put some things in writing," said Westbrook.

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