Protesters of Shooting Crash Reichert News Conference

7:33 AM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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About a dozen people protesting a recent fatal shooting by a Macon police officer showed up at city hall to crash the mayor's news conference.

The group was protesting the Dec. 21 shooting of Sammie Davis Jr. -- the 49-year-old Macon man who friends and family called "Junebug."

Officer Clayton Sutton shot and killed Davis outside the Pio Nono Avenue Kroger. Macon police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are both looking into the shooting.

Today, protesters said Sutton, Mayor Robert Reichert, Police Chief Mike Burns and Deputy Chief Henderson Carswell should all lose their jobs over the shooting.

They shouted slogans that included: "We want justice, justice for Junebug," "Reichert's gotta go, kick him out the door" and "Sutton's gotta go."

The group included friends and family of Davis and others who've taken up the cause.

They protested first outside Macon City Hall then moved into the lobby, where Reichert planned a 1:30 news conference on the state of the city and other topics.

Several protestors shouted questions at the mayor, standing at the city hall podium.

He told them, "Justice will be done."

Critics also accused police of hiding the facts about the case and said Mayor Reichert is not in control of the department.

The protest happened during a news conference that the mayor called to discuss the State of the City.

Reichert laid out his strategic plan for the city and touched on a variety of topics, including his plan to add jobs through partnerships with companies like the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

He also explained the importance of growing the area's transportation system as a way to revitalize some Macon neighborhoods.

"Those neighborhoods in close proximity to downtown and provide a wonderful quality of life where you're not dependent on your automobile to go everywhere and anywhere you want to go. Instead, you can live, work, walk, and play all within a reasonable distance of your residence," said Reichert.

Reichert's revitalization plan also included a recap of the Second Street corridor project and the Sgoda Road highway connector.

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