Thursday, June 30, 2022

Ex-Atlanta Cop (James Burns) Who Shot Unarmed Black Man Charged with Murder

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Ex-Police Officer James Burns

*In Atlanta on Friday, the Fulton County District Attorney announced that arrest warrants were issued for the now ex-Atlanta police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black motorist on June 22.

District Attorney Paul Howard said he will be seeking an indictment against former Officer James Burns for felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office for killing Deravis Caine Rogers outside a northeast Atlanta apartment complex.

Burns, who joined the force in 2013, was fired from the department July 1 after an internal affairs investigation determined that the shooting amounted to excessive force.

Expect the grand jury to have the case by next month, says Howard.

“By reason of the evidence presented by several eye-witnesses, videos, and the findings of the Atlanta Police Department, we will proceed in this case in the same manner as any other defendant similarly charged — arrest, indictment and resolution,” Howard said in a statement.

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