Council Complains of Lack of Answers on Kroger Case

8:04 AM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
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Several Macon City council members say they're frustrated by a lack of answers about what happened on December 21st, when police say Macon Police Officer Clayton Sutton shot and killed 47-year old Sammie Davis, Jr. outside a Macon Kroger.

Bibb County's district attorney asked the GBI to investigate after the Macon Police conducted their own internal investigation. The GBI announced that it is still looking into toxicology and ballistics results before passing along its report to District Attorney David Cooke sometime by mid-February.

At a Public Safety Committee meeting, council members pressed Keith Moffett, the assistant to the city's Chief Administrative Officer for answers, but they say they didn't get them.

"One of the questions I think has been on the minds of a lot of residents since very early in this investigation is 'Why were we initially told that the officer involved was serving a warrant when it turns out that there was no warrant being served?'" councilman Tom Ellington asks. "And the answer that we got from the administration today was 'I don't know.'"

After questioning Moffett, some council members also attempted to question police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet, who was sitting in the audience for another agenda item. 

"I'm not prepared to speak about that," Gaudet said, but said the council would "have her word" that she would bring their concerns to Chief Mike Burns.

Councilwoman Elaine Lucas says she was disappointed that members were "stonewalled," and said that regardless of what the district attorney eventually does, Sutton's past disciplinary history should disqualify him from continuing as an officer. 

"His whole career has been deeply compromised," Lucas said.

Sutton remains on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting investigation.

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