“He clearly lied and had there not been any cameras in the car he possibly would have gotten away with it,” Grand Juror No. 7 told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Atlanta police officer James R. Burns had told investigators an unarmed black man was trying to kill him with his car on June 22, which made him fear for his life.
But the 23-member grand jury handed down a murder indictment last Wednesday after viewing dash cam footage and determining the expert marksman did not appear to be in danger after stepping out of his patrol cruiser and shooting the man in the back of the head as he pulled out of a parking spot.
It turns out, Burns was not even sure that 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers was the actual suspect he was looking for, according to Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner, who testified against the officer and who also fired him in July after viewing the video.
“The driver of the vehicle posed no threat to you,” said Chief Turner. “Yet rather than allow the driver to proceed past you, you exited your vehicle and ultimately prevented the driver from driving away through the use of deadly force.”
Burns responded to an officer requesting back up during a foot pursuit of a suspected burglar near an Atlanta apartment complex.
As Burns arrived at the complex, he noticed a car’s headlights turn on and begin towards his car from a parking spot. Rogers was driving the car, but didn’t stop when Burns lit up his blue and red lights.
After Rogers drove away from the parking spot, Burns fired a single shot into his car, striking him him in the back of the head.
“He lied by saying Mr. Rogers car drove towards him, which is contrary to the evidence uncovered by the APD investigation and uncovered by our investigation,” director of the public integrity unit for the Fulton DA’s office, Melissa D. Redmon said.
“Pulling out of a parking space does not warrant being shot in the back of the head. He didn’t know who was in the car. Mr. Rogers is not going to be on trial, is not on trial. He was doing nothing wrong.”
“Video footage from another patrol car on-scene revealed Burns walking from behind his police cruiser after he shot Rogers and showed he faced no immediate danger.
Prosecutors argued Rogers “made no attempt to strike the officer and Burns was safely standing at the rear of his own patrol vehicle” when he fatally shot Rogers in the head, according to Reuters.
“When he got out of the car the gun was drawn and within four seconds he fired off a shot into a car and he didn’t know exactly who or what he was shooting,” said Grand Juror 7.
A dirty, lying cop makes up a story to fit his narrative
The only difference here is that he did not have a chance to get rid of the video
At least for the moment there is one less psychopath on the street
Makes you feel safe
Remember this guy the next time you see a hero in blue
Or the next time one pulls you over