My name is Karen McGehee, and I am the mother of Caroline Small. My daughter was shot by two Glynn County police officers on June 18, 2010 in Brunswick, Georgia. Caroline died on June 25, 2010.
I am writing to thank you and your Senate colleagues for your courage and resolve. It is my understanding that you will introduce an amendment to HB 941 on Monday, March 14, to require a special prosecutor in cases in which a police officer's unreasonable use of deadly force causes a person's death.
The death of a child is the hardest thing a parent has to deal with. Caroline's death was especially difficult for me because it was so unnecessary. It has been devastating to learn the true circumstances surrounding Caroline's death and how her case was mishandled by the police and District Attorney in Brunswick, Georgia. There has been extensive reporting both locally and nationally about the police shooting of Caroline. To learn more about her case and our Justice for Caroline group go to www.justiceforcaroline.com
I taught first grade in public schools for thirty-eight years. I instilled in my first graders the importance of being honest and respectful. The children learned that the police were their friends and that the police would protect them. The police did not protect my daughter, nor did the police or district attorney deal with Caroline's case honestly
Our Justice for Caroline group strongly supports this amendment. We pray for your success. Other families do not need to go through what our family has gone through.
Thank you for all you are doing to promote justice.