Tension is mounting between the community of Savannah, Georgia, and local law enforcement on Thursday, after an officer-involved shooting left one man dead.
Tension is mounting between the community of Savannah, Georgia, and local law enforcement on Thursday, after an officer-involved shooting left one man dead. His body reportedly remained in the street for hours.
Charles Smith, 29, was shot and killed at 11:08 a.m., local time, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation statement, after he was arrested on outstanding warrants. The statement said Smith was handcuffed and placed inside a police car before he was able to swivel his hands to the front of his body and kick out a car window.
Officers the GBI spoke with reportedly said Smith had a “firearm” and tried to get out of the car, at which point an officer shot him dead. Investigators found a firearm under Smith’s body after he was killed, according to the statement, though it’s not clear how Smith got hold of a weapon. The GBI statement said there is video of the confrontation, which has not yet been released, and that the agency will continue to investigate.
The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department placed police officer David Jannot on paid administrative leave, according to a statement from Julian Miller, a spokesperson for the department, though that is normal procedure after an officer-involved shooting.
Miller, when reached by phone, declined to provide further details, and the department’s statement said that the GBI will now be in charge of relaying information to the public.
Police have taped off the area surrounding the scene of the shooting, where an angry crowd has gathered for several hours. Smith’s body reportedly remained in the street for around three hours, although it was covered with a tarp and has since been removed.
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson and police officers have been answering questions throughout the afternoon, and trying to calm the crowd, which is estimated to be around 150 people.
"I am distressed at today’s shooting in west Savannah that left one man dead, a family grieving, and a community with many questions," Jackson said in a statement. “I share many of those questions. There will be answers, but for the moment I ask for patience.”
Source: Colin Daileda for Mashable
So how is this not something people should be rioting about? People licensed to kill in the name of public safety shouldn’t be doing either fucking one of those things. If they’re at that level, they should be flipping fucking burgers.