United States: Case of Black teen killed by cop of to be reopened

Family of Ariston Waiters

The case of yet another death at the hands of US police of an unarmed Black man — in this case teenager Ariston Waiters in Georgia — will be re-opened after new evidence emerged on May 17. The new evidence revealed Waiters was shot twice in the back when already on the ground.

Dalton County District Attorney Paul Howard reopened the case after Channel 2 Action News revealed new evidence and witnesses. The new elements proves Union City police officer Luther Lewis shot the unarmed 19-year-old Waiters twice in the back, after he already had him on the ground.

Lewis claimed, at the time of the shooting, that he acted in self-defense. In May 2012, a grand jury opted not to indict Lewis on the recommended charges of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and violation of oath. Howard, the district attorney in charge of the case, decided to reopen it after Action News's revelations.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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