Justice for Caroline McGehee Small and Children, LLC
510 Frank Shaw Rd., Tallahassee, Florida 32312 (850) 544-0131 August 8, 2016
The Honorable Governor Nathan Deal The Honorable Attorney General Sam Olens Office of the Governor Attorney General’s Office 206 Washington Street 40 Capitol Square, SW 111 State Capitol Atlanta, Georgia 30334 Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Re: Justice for Caroline McGehee Small
Dear Governor Deal and Attorney General Olens:
This is to follow up on our letter to you of November 18, 2015. We had hoped that by now you would have acted on our requests that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigate the Glynn County Police Department, that Attorney General Olens determine whether District Attorney Jackie Johnson violated her oath of office, and the Georgia POST Council review the conduct of the police officers who shot Caroline Small. We are saddened and frustrated, that you have taken no action. Moreover, you have not responded to our requests for a meeting to discuss Caroline’s case. We are enclosing petitions signed by more than 700 Georgia citizens and others who support our requests for investigations to reveal the truth of what happened in Caroline’s case. We had hoped to deliver these to you in person.
Since we wrote to you, Caroline’s case and other police shootings in Georgia have received both national and local attention. Demonstrators gathered in Brunswick on June 18 and 19 to support our request for a special prosecutor to lead a second grand jury investigation. We were pleased that the Georgia General Assembly significantly revised the rules governing grand jury proceedings in police shooting cases.
The citizens of Georgia need and deserve stronger leadership from you, Georgia’s chief law enforcement officials, to achieve justice. Facts have been uncovered recently in Caroline’s case that emphasize the need for you to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct a second grand jury proceeding. Both District Attorney Jackie Johnson and Assistant District Attorney Rocky Bridges admitted to Mrs. McGehee that they could tell from the dash cam video that Caroline’s car was trapped and could not have endangered the officers. However, District Attorney Johnson allowed the grand jury to see a factually inaccurate and misleading “animated reenactment of the shooting” prepared by the Glynn County Police Department. The animated video showed Caroline’s car running over the officers. When he was asked about the inaccurate video by a television news reporter, the Chief of Police responded “she did not have to use it.”
For your information we have included a recent letter from Karen McGehee, Caroline’s mother, to Glynn County Grand jurors and a summary of the facts of the Caroline Small shooting. The letter was sent to the grand jurors on June 23, 2016. To date there has been no response.
In conclusion, as Karen McGehee told the Grand Jurors, please ask yourself, how would you feel if your child or grandchild had been killed by the police? Wouldn't you want the truth? We would appreciate a response, and an opportunity to meet with you to discuss these matters. Thank you for your attention. Sincerely,
Robert C. Apgar, Chairman Justice for Caroline McGehee Small and Children, LLC