"I'm Trying to Withhold Judgement Until All The Facts Are In," says Exodus Mentality, "but It's Damn Hard, When Unarmed Black Men Keep Ending Up on the Business End of Police Pistols."
Activist calls for state, federal investigation of shootings. Family says men were not armed.
By S.A. REID
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/16/07
A local civil rights activist and the family of a 26-year-old man fatally shot by Fulton police are calling for a state and federal investigation into the death.
The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a spokeman for Ron Pettaway's family, said Monday the case deserves the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fulton District Attorney's Office.
Ron Pettaway (above) and Roy Pettaway III (below) were shot outside a bar early Sunday. Ron died; Roy is hospitalized in stable condition.
"Those responsible must be held accountable," Hutchins said at a press conference while flanked by members of Pettaway's immediate family.
Pettaway was killed and his brother, Roy, was shot and wounded about 1:30 a.m. by police who responded to a call about a fight at the Frozen Palace, a bar at 2395 Flat Shoals Road near College Park.
Hutchins repeated claims that the brothers were unarmed and cited the Pettaway shooting as another example of excessive police force by metro Atlanta police.
Ron Pettaway was shot in the back of the head, according to family members and the Fulton Medical Examiner's Office. His brother, relatives said, was wounded in the back.