Shooting victim seeks charges against Fulton police

I’m glad they are proceeding with their plans.  I’m praying justice is served for Ron Pettaway.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/24/07

The surviving brother from a shooting by police in south Fulton County on Tuesday filed an application for an arrest warrant against the two county police officers.

The application, filed by Roy Pettaway III, 27 , was accepted by a Magistrate Court clerk and forwarded to a magistrate, who will set a hearing.

Pettaway’s 26-year-old brother, Ron, was fatally shot in the head in the parking lot of the Frozen Palace lounge in College Park on April 15. Roy Pettaway was wounded. The men were unarmed when they got involved with police, who were responding to a report of a fight at the nightclub.

The warrant application asks for criminal charges against Officers Aissa Ware, 23, and Michael Bernard Wilson, 26. Among the charges requested: aggravated assault and attempted murder.

Police officials have said the officers, who are on administrative leave pending an investigation, have been on the force less than two years.

After filing the application, Pettaway said, “I feel this is one step towards justice. It takes the burden off my shoulders. I’m glad we did what we did today.”

A day after the shooting, Fulton police Chief George Coleman Jr. requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to help with the investigation.

The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a family spokesman, said they sought the warrants because they have become impatient with the investigation and because authorities have not yet interviewed Pettaway.

Pettaway is the 14th person killed by law enforcement officers in the past 15 months. Twelve people have been killed by police in DeKalb County. In Atlanta — in a police shooting last November that made news worldwide — an elderly Atlanta woman, Kathryn Johnston, was killed by Atlanta police during a botched drug raid.

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