“(CNN)A former Atlanta police officer was indicted Wednesday on murder charges in the shooting of an unarmed black man, a defense attorney told CNN.
James Burns also was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation of oath by a police officer, attorney Drew Findling said.
“He was there during the (grand jury) testimony and he is obviously devastated,” Findling said. “As his attorney, I recognize the tragedy here. I am completely empathetic and two families are suffering right now.”
In June, Burns responded to a call from an off-duty officer of suspicious activity at an apartment complex. Burns and two other officers saw Devaris Caine Rogers attempt to leave in a car, the district attorney’s office said when the officer was arrested last month.
Burns, who is white, blocked Rogers’ path to leave and fired one shot into the passenger side of his vehicle, striking Rogers, who was black, in the head and killing him, the statement said.
“(Burns’) perception is that the car is coming at him. The car is a deadly weapon,” Findling said Wednesday. “A car has tremendous volume and width. His reasonable belief is that this car was going to be used as a weapon against him.”
Prosecutors have said that Rogers wasn’t identified as the man the off-duty officer reported and said Burns wasn’t given information that would have indicated Rogers was a threat.
According to CNN affiliate WSB, demonstrators outside the courthouse cheered when the decision was told to them.”
What a scumbag
The first thing he did was make up a lie to fit his narrative
Fortunately for the victims family there was video evidence
His life was never in danger
He was at the back of his squad car when the car passed at the front
And he shot the guy simply because he disobeyed him
What a trigger happy asshole
And a P.OS. liar
Hope he has fun in prison