Atlanta cop was not a physical camera foot in a deadly shooting

The bare bones of the Atlanta Police Department incident report close to anything about shooting involved the Oscar Cain agent.

“I succeeded, Kelley Officer (Marquee), my city issued 9 Glog … by a suspect by 501 Connelle (sic) Avenue,” who reads some of the report by sentence. There should be more information about the shooting from Kelley's body camera – but he never met him.

After shooting on 31 March, the Atlanta Glock police issued in Kelley city who took him on a three-day holiday took a standard after firing an officer.

Kelley was then placed on administrative duty – before any investigation of the shooting was completed, and before it was sent by Cain's family.

Atlanta police chief Erika Shields planned to return Kelley to full duty at first but decided against him. It is not clear when she reversed her decision.

“After careful consideration, she felt it was in the interests of the investigation and all the parties involved,” Atlanta police solicitor Carlos Campos said in a statement late Monday.

Jacqueline Sanders buried her 32-year-old son, Oscar, after Kelley returned to work.

“I have my breakdowns, I cry, pray,” she said. “My family is asking me to check. They are with me. ”

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Questions not answered

Cain was shot and killed after displaying a gun with Kelley, who was patrolling the area outside Goldrush Showbar on the City Metropolitan Park, previously reported. According to the GBI, Kelley citizen signed an armed person, later identified as Cain, near the I-85 ramp to the north.

When Kelley tried to capture him, Cain ran into a wooded area on Connell Avenue, a residential area behind the South West Atlanta strip club.

“Cain did not adhere to verbal orders and during the incident, Cain reported that he had a firearm,” said GBI spokesman Natalie Ammons in a statement at the time of shooting. “The officer released his army, wounding Cain. Firearms were found on site. ”GBI did not provide further details of the case.

As usual in shooting involving officials, the GBI was asked to investigate the circumstances. It may be months before the GBI completes its inquiry, according to GBI spokesman, Nelly Miles. Atlanta's internal police are conducting an internal investigation of the shooting.

Without any body footage, ask questions about the circumstances of the shot linen: Did Cain focus on his gun at Kelley's Officer? The GBI said that he made a gun on a gun. Did he put any shots in? Atlanta police report does not show how many shell casings were detected at the scene. These key questions could reveal whether Kelley was justified in a shot at Cain.

With the lack of body camera footage earlier issues were repaired with physical cameras by Atlanta police. The 2018 audit found that Atlanta police officers had failed to turn them over. The inspection looked at a random sample of 150 videos from Atlanta police officers and found them in more than half of the cases, officials failed to activate their cameras and deactivate at the required time.

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Since then its policies have changed by the department to require that cameras that wear the body from start to finish call. This shooting, however, encouraged shields to be worn by a camera system that the body activates automatically when an officer ignores their firearms.

“It is very important that use-in-action events take place for confidence and transparency,” said Campos. “In a stressful or volatile situation, it may be difficult or impossible for an official to activate the camera alone. We are working with our current seller, Axon, to add automatic capability to the cameras that are worn by the body. ”

Father and active

Before the shooting, the attorney for the family said Mawuli Davis that Cain had been working for his life to get on the right track. Cain – Sky, 9, and Malicha, 13, were the father of two.

According to the Atlanta Police Department, Cain had 19 interactions with police going back to November 2006. He was convicted in four of these cases, including offenses of assault, burglary, illegal imprisonment, possession of cocaine, and charges. barrier, according to the Fulton County Attorney General's Office.

Sanders said she didn't know Cain had too much information on the police but said that her son made efforts to improve himself.

“Whatever he did or did not, he didn't share with him (the family) because he didn't want to worry,” Sanders said.

“Oscar, like many others, had his challenges,” said Davis to the AJC, “but at the heart of his life, he was very concerned about his community and interested in improving it and not damaging it.”

Cain was unemployed but found work as a community activist. One of the organizations involved was the Young Laws Education Fund, where he met Carey Jenkins.

“He said he wanted to be a respected and respected person,” Jenkins said in the 2010 meeting. “He wanted to be a great father, so his children (his children) didn't have to struggle. "

From there Jenkins gave him his first position as a joint field director, where Cain traveled the United States in support of voting rights. The last time Jenkins saw Cain in January 2015, when he learned Cain, he became an advocate for cameras that were worn by the police body.

“It is very sad that a person who organized and fought for police accountability and dead cameras ends up at law enforcement hands and has no body cameras,” Davis said. “It's very ironic.”

Officer safety

Officer Marquee Kelley joined the Atlanta Policing Department as a sworn student in June 2016 and was made sworn in January 2017. He is a mobile patrol officer in Zone 3, located in the southeast of Atlanta and covering the Park Park. , Lakewood, and Ballinasloe neighborhoods.

Prior to shooting, Kelley had already been subject to an internal APD investigation as to whether he had breached the vehicle policy in the Atlanta police department. The details of the investigation, which are still open, are not released, but are linked to two car crashes where Kelley was found to be at fault.

On September 17, 2017, Kelley demolished his patrol car into a suspect's car. It was suspended for a day. A month later, Kelley ran a red light and turned left and struck a car in the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Fair Drive. Kelley was canvassing the area for a stolen vehicle at the time the crash happened October 16, 2017. He was given a reprimand.

Kelley's latest adventure shows the difficulties that officials might have when they act their camera last. President of the Cobb Police Calming Order Sgt. Steve Gaynor said that many departments use cameras worn by the company that turn to them automatically but others have to decide when to forward them.

“If it is a case that you have sent to a call, most (officials) would turn them on,” he said. “If you are working with Braves and you are walking up to you and asking you you will probably not go on the camera.”

Gaynor said that officer safety should remain the main concern.

“A physical camera certainly serves a purpose, but you can't save your life,” said Gaynor.

The truth remains that Kelley is still close to those close to Cain: “We need to find out why his camera wasn't going on,” Jenkins said. “I'm concerned.”

Davis said that he and his firm are investigating Cain shooting and asking anyone to come forward with tips.

“He had children who wanted him to see a different world – a world that was different from what he was growing up and different from what he was growing up,” said Davis.

In other news:

Officers are involved in shooting.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is usually asked to investigate the shooting of officials and to provide a report to the district attorney, the agency was asked to look at 29 shootings involved with officials to date in 2019.

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