Officer Who Shot Deravis Caine Rogers Indicted
A Georgia police officer who fatally shot a 22-year-old man in June has been indicted, KVVU-TV reports.
Lawyers representing the family of Deravis Caine Rogers said Officer James Burns will face felony murder charges in the man’s death.
An internal investigation found that Rogers posed no threat to the former officer when he was shot once in the head. Burns was arrested last month and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and two counts of violating his oath of office.
He was released on $240,000 bond, and was present at Wednesday’s grand jury hearing, reports say.
Burns did not testify at the hearing. Organizers who gathered outside of the hearing called for justice.
“It’s our hope that the grand jury will do the right thing and that he will be indicted,” said Mawuli Davis, an Atlanta-based attorney who helped organize the demonstration. “It’s time for justice, and Atlanta has an opportunity here to show the rest of the country what justice looks like in police-involved shootings.”
Burns claimed he fired a shot at Rogers because he was attempting to run him over in a vehicle after he responded to a call about a suspicious person at an apartment complex on June 22. But prosecutors claim Burns fired into Rogers’ vehicle, even though he was not in danger and had no way to identify Rogers as the reported suspicious person.
Rogers was unarmed at the time of incident.
Burns was fired on July 1 after an internal investigation found him to have used excessive force.