A former mayor of Macon says he's going straight to the top with his civil rights complaint on behalf of a man fatally shot by a police officer.
C. Jack Ellis, who is running for mayor of the consolidated Macon-Bibb government, told 13WMAZ's Tom George he plans to bypass the U.S. Attorney's office in Macon and go directly to the Justice Department.
He says he's concerned that Sammie Davis Jr.'s civil rights were violated by Macon police officer Clayton Sutton.
Davis was shot to death by Sutton on Dec. 21 outside the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue. On March 12, Macon District Attorney David Cooke declined to file charges against Sutton saying that the shooting was justified.
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Ellis says the U.S. Attorney doesn't have control over civil rights cases, which is why he is going straight to the Justice Department.
Before he files his complaint, he plans to get members of local clergy on board.
Sutton remains on administrative leave while the Police Department continues an internal investigation of the shooting.
According to the Justice Department's website, anyone can file a complaint by calling: 888-736-5551 or by going to justice.gov/crt/complaint.