Activist calls for state, federal investigation of shootings

I had to post this. Ron was a friend of mine and this was senseless. This is the 2nd killing of an individual by Police in Atlanta, the first being an elderly woman who lived alone with a no knock warrant for the wrong address.  This is getting outrageous.  Police should be taught restraint. What would cause the police to shoot a man in the back of the head claiming he was resisting arrest when witnesses stated that was not the case. Also no statements were taken from any witnesses at the scene because no one would corroborate the officers story.

Family says men were not armed

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/16/07

A local civil rights activist and the family of a 26-year-old man fatally shot by Fulton police are calling for a state and federal investigation into the death.

The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a spokeman for Ron Pettaway’s family, said Monday the case deserves the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fulton District Attorney’s Office.

conference while flanked by members of Pettaway’s immediate family.

Pettaway was killed and his brother, Roy, was shot and wounded about 1:30 a.m. by police who responded to a call about a fight at the Frozen Palace, a bar at 2395 Flat Shoals Road near College Park.

Hutchins repeated claims that the brothers were unarmed and cited the Pettaway shooting as another example of excessive police force by metro Atlanta police.

Ron Pettaway was shot in the back of the head, according to family members and the Fulton Medical Examiner’s Office. His brother, relatives said, was wounded in the back.


Hutchins said police showed up well after what he termed a “barroom brawl” involving the two brothers had ended. The fight had spilled outside, but by the time police arrived the pair had gone back inside and had resumed partying, Hutchins said.

Fulton police are investigating and have declined to comment beyond confirming that shootings happened on a sidewalk outside the bar. One officer shot Ron Pettaway, while another shot his brother, who has charges pending in the case.

The two officers involved are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe. Their names have not been released.

Roy Pettaway III, 27, remains at Grady Hospital in stable condition and could undergo surgery. His family has planned a 7 p.m. prayer vigil Monday at the Frozen Palace. Ron Pettaway’s funeral will be held Saturday, on what would have been his 27th birthday, family members said. The details on the service are still being finalized.

Hutchins promised additional action, including public protests, to bring the officers responsible to justice and to deal with a climate in metro Atlanta and elsewhere in which, he said, “police officers are now shooting first and asking questions later.”

He and family members were scheduled to talk with the laywers at the Cochran Law Firm this morning. They also are miffed that no Fulton police or government official, so far, has offered their condolences.

“Tonight we’re going to pray,” Hutchins said. “Next week, we will put our feet to the street. We’re not going to let this young die in vain.”

-- Reporter Eric Stirgus contributed to this article.

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