State senator calls on DOJ to investigate officer-involved shooting in Savannah

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Georgia State Senator Lester Jackson is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Savannah.

Sen. Lester Jackson sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting they take over the investigation of the officer-involved shooting of Ricky Boyd.

“Transferring the investigation of the officer-involved shooting of Ricky Boyd to the U.S. Department of Justice will help avoid potential bias within the local District Attorney’s office and will help restore the community’s trust in this investigation,” Sen. Jackson’s letter reads, in part.

District Attorney Meg Heap said she will present all of the information on the shooting to the Grand Jury by the end of May.

On Jan. 23, Boyd was shot and killed by a Savannah Police Department officer. Police say Boyd was a suspect in another case when they approached him outside of his grandmother’s home.

According to officers, they thought he was armed when they shot and killed him.

Boyd’s family claims he was trying to give up when he was shot and that there is body camera video to prove it. The family’s attorney told News 3 earlier this month that the video should be made public.

“What about the pictures of the gun in this case, they had no compunction in releasing that… they try to paint things in a certain picture,” said Will Claiborne, civil rights attorney. “And quite frankly we want the community to see the whole picture. The truth.”

Meanwhile, Claiborne and Boyd’s mother, Jameillah Smiley held a press conference Wednesday with Clairborne to announce “Wear Red for Ricky.”

“The message that we’re sending to the city of Savannah is to release the body cam,” Smiley said.

“The video shows no firearm, no object that could really be, look like an object and nothing that was thrown,” Claiborne said. “And the photograph we have shows the gun lying 43 feet from where Ricky Boyd was shot.”

While the family still has a long list of unanswered questions surrounding the shooting, for now, one takes priority.

“Is the city of Savannah going to do the smart thing, the honorable thing, and release this tape or not?” Claiborne asked. “I guess we’ll find out tomorrow.”

This ‘silent protest’ will take place during the Savannah City Council meeting on Thursday.

READ: Savannah Police-involved shooting gains national attention

The shooting is gaining national attention. Smiley and Claiborne recently sat down with PBS Newshour to talk with Amna Nawaz on the 3-month anniversary of Boyd’s death.

Reverend Al Sharpton, an American civil rights activist and former White House adviser for President Obama, shared the PBS article on Twitter on Wednesday, calling for the body camera video to be released.

News 3 will continue to follow this story. Stay tuned for further updates.

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