By The Associated Press
The mother of a Georgia man who was fatally shot by police said May 9 that she doesn’t trust the local prosecutor to present the case to a grand jury.
Savannah police shot 20-year-old Ricky Boyd outside his home Jan. 23 while trying to arrest him on a murder warrant. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said Boyd was holding a BB pistol. Boyd’s family insists he was unarmed.
Savannah police shot 20-year-old Ricky Boyd outside his home Jan. 23 while trying to arrest him on a murder warrant. Jameillah Smiley said she doesn’t trust the local prosecutor to present the case to a grand jury. (AP Photo/Russ Bynum)
Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap plans to present the bureau’s findings to a civil grand jury starting May 21. Heap’s office won’t be seeking an indictment, but rather will be asking the grand jury to decide if the evidence supports prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against any of the officers.
Boyd’s mother, Jameillah Smiley, told reporters Wednesday that she believes state and local authorities and prosecutors are “covering up” for the officers who shot her son. She said investigators let her view bodycam footage from the shooting and it showed her son with his arms raised and no weapon in his hands.
Authorities have declined to publicly release the footage, citing the pending grand jury investigation.
“This district attorney is asking Ms. Smiley and her family to simply trust this process, a process that’s been flawed from the very beginning,” said Will Claiborne, Smiley’s attorney.
Claiborne has said federal authorities should take over the case, arguing Boyd’s shooting was a violation of his civil rights.
A spokeswoman for Heap did not immediately respond to a phone message Wednesday. She told the Savannah Morning News on Tuesday that “we are doing what’s right” by letting a grand jury decide the case.
Savannah police said officers dispatched to Boyd’s home in January had a warrant to arrest him in the slaying of a 24-year-old man found shot two days earlier. The names and races of the officers who shot Boyd have not been released.