Gov. Deal frustrates Caroline Small group in controversial police shooting case

It’s been nine months since Caroline Small’s family appealed to Gov. Nathan Deal to take action in the young mother’s brutal death at the hands of police in Brunswick and they’ve received a “deafening silence” from the state government.

caroline small photoIn a followup letter earlier this month to Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens, the Justice for Caroline Small group says the pair have not responded to their request last November. The group, led by Small’s mother, Karen McGehee, and her church friends in Tallahassee, asked the governor and attorney general last November to reopen the 2010 police shooting case and to review the actions of District Attorney Jackie Johnson.

The Caroline Small group last year asked for a meeting with the two top state officials to discuss the case. The controversial shooting was caught on dash cam video that showed eight police bullets exploding across Small’s windshield.

“We are saddened and frustrated, that you have taken no action,” the group wrote Deal and Olens in the Aug. 8 letter. “Moreover, you have not responded to our requests for a meeting to discuss Caroline’s case.”

The group formed after revelations about the shooting and allegations that prosecutor Johnson’s mishandled of the case were revealed in an AJC/Channel 2 Action News investigation last year. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation supervisor who oversaw the original investigation told reporters it was worst police shooting he’d investigated in his career, but Johnson’s office failed seek an indictment and a grand jury found the officer’s actions justified.

The Small group told the AJC on Thursday that it plans to continue pressing ahead with its efforts to draw attention to the case and get a new investigation.

“Caroline’s story continues to be very powerful and when we tell that story and when we raise public awareness of what happened to her it has power that continues to amaze me,” said Robert Apgar, the group’s leader. “It’s at the government level where we encounter the silence. It’s a deafening silence.”

Deal’s press secretary Alyssa Botts did not respond to a phone message and email request this week from the AJC to discuss the group’s request. In an Aug. 12 email, she said: “What I know is that the letter has been received and it’s been in discussion this week. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!”

 

 

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Sheryl Meyer
Sheryl Meyer

Try to use deadly force on cops, they return the favor!

Billie Thomas
Billie Thomas

Surprised there are folks too stupid to figure out why she was shot. Takes all kinds apparently.

Jenn Gardner
Jenn Gardner

Running from police isn't a capital offense. Not sure how many times this has to be reiterated before people get the message. This shooting was unconstitutional.

Billie Thomas
Billie Thomas

Weird...the video made it look like she was driving into the direction of both the video recording device and the direction the bullets were coming from...which usually means the individual was driving TOWARD someone else.

Jenn Gardner
Jenn Gardner

She was trying to squeeze out. The officers seemed to be standing at a safe distance. The most damning evidence was how excited the cops were about shooting her and how they went on to gush about the marksmanship and how cool it was when he head exploded. Even the GBI said that this was a horrific case in which justice was not served, because there was a lot of special treatment from the judge. Of course, the officer who shot her has since died, so there won't be much in the way of justice there.

Billie Thomas
Billie Thomas

Well if you ever find yourself behind the wheel of a vehicle that was pitted during a police pursuit and then you decide to "squeeze out" in the direction of the cops that were following you, you'll have a very good chance at meeting the same fate as the young lady...remember the blue lights give you an opportunity to make a decision, choose wisely.

Sheryl Meyer
Sheryl Meyer

Don't waste your time arguing with that one; she's not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree!

Jenn Gardner
Jenn Gardner

Shooting her was not necessary. She wasn't going anywhere with patrol cars and a heavy guardrail pinning her in.

JD Waldrep
JD Waldrep

We weren't there. We're just seeing a dashcam video. But as the video shows, she wasn't exactly behaving like a rational person. And a vehicle is every bit as deadly as any other weapon.

Jenn Gardner
Jenn Gardner

JD Waldrep Yes, but not when it's pinned and she isn't going anywhere. The cops' bodies were clearly not in the direct path of her car. The worst is how they seemed delighted in shooting her. That's the real problem with the whole thing.

Duel Mitchell
Duel Mitchell

she is a trouble maker trash shut up go on more important issues.

Daniel McDowell
Daniel McDowell

justified shooting, people are just in hissy cause she was a well liked white woman... play stupid games with cops...win stupid prizes

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

No it wasn't, at least one of the murderers is dead of cancer, karma.