After a week in which two unarmed black men were shot and killed, a Georgia police officer has been arrested after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation discovered that her story about being shot by a black man was fabricated.
On Sept. 13, Jackson Officer Sherry Hall said that she was patrolling the streets after midnight, when she noticed a man on the side of the road. Hall stated that as she approached the man, he started arguing with her and then shot her. The officer was shot five times, but said she was able to fire at least two rounds.
At approximately 12:08 a.m., Hall got on the radio and said she had been shot. Several officers immediately responded from the Jackson Police Department and the Butts County Sheriff’s Office to assist the wounded officer.
In three different interviews with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Hall alleged that she was shot by a black male and said that he then ran into a nearby wooded area. She further stated that her video and audio recording equipment was not engaged during the incident.
After more than 600 hours spent investigating and following the leads and evidence, the investigation has revealed that there never was a suspect at large for the alleged shooting of the officer.
Butts County Sheriff, Gary Long, said this of the officer:
‘This is not a mistake. This is a criminal. I’m confident in the investigation conducted, and I’m confident in our prosecutor Richard Milam. I believe her next stop will be the Georgia Diagnostic Prison, and she’ll have a lot of time to think about what she’s done.’
Hall is currently faces charges of making false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property, and violation of oath of office, with more charges expected to come.
Unfortunately, this story just goes to show that the word of police officers cannot always be trusted. This is not the first, and certainly not the last time something like this has happened. There was the time during the Charlotte riots, when a protester was shot in the head, and police immediately announced it was a civilian-on-civilian shooting, although multiple eyewitnesses say that it was from a rubber bullet fired by police. Also recently, in St. Louis, Missouri, an officer was charged with homicide after he shot and killed a black man and planted a gun on his body to justify his execution.
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