A photograph of Macon Police Officer Clayton Sutton after the fatal shooting of Sammie Davis, Jr. (Photo: Macon Circuit DA's Office)
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert met with leaders in the police department after District Attorney David Cooke's announcement not to pursue charges against officer Clayton Sutton in the Dec. 21 fatal shooting of Sammie Davis, Jr.
That's according to a news release from the mayor's office.
In the release, Deputy Chief Mike Carswell says the department will proceed with "an internal shooting review," which will take 10 days to two weeks time to complete.
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Leaders will be trying to determine whether "all applicable Macon Police Department policies and procedures were followed."
Reichert also wrote: "This is a tragic event for the families of everyone involved, especially those grieving the loss of a loved one. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those directly connected, and our hearts remain heavy at the loss of life."
The mayor and police officials plan a news confererence soon to discuss the next steps in the case, according to the release.
The complete statement:
Statement about the District Attorney's Decision
City of Macon Mayor Robert Reichert * Macon Police Department Deputy Chief Mike Carswell
The Mayor met with the Macon Police Department following Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke's press conference in which he announced no criminal charges would be filed against Officer Clayton Sutton. A press conference with Mayor Robert Reichert and the Macon Police Department is being arranged about the next steps in the process.
"This is a tragic event for the families of everyone involved, especially those grieving the loss of a loved one," says Mayor Reichert. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with those directly connected, and our hearts remain heavy at the loss of life."
"Now that the District Attorney has determined there was no criminal misconduct, we will conduct an internal Shooting Review and an analysis of whether all applicable Macon Police Department policies and procedures were followed," says Deputy Chief Mike Carswell.
This internal process is expected to take ten days to two weeks and will be followed by an announcement of the findings. It will also include how we can improve community relations, especially as it relates to the Macon Police Department.