Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice are discussing the case with Macon Police Chief Mike Burns, The Telegraph newspaper reported.
Sammie Davis Jr., whom friends and family called “Junebug,” was fatally shot in December by a Macon police officer outside a Kroger store. Davis, shot three times in the chest, did not have a weapon when police searched him, authorities said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is expected to release its findings in the coming days.
Burns said he called in the federal authorities as a precaution “if things get out of hand” and to be prepared for anything after the report is released.
Burns said the GBI report, when it’s complete, would be handed over to the department and the district attorney’s office. From there, he said he expects that District Attorney David Cooke would hold a news conference to share the findings with the public.
Burns said he also wants federal authorities to help his department with training and to help set up town hall meetings in the city for residents to voice their concerns about the case as well as processes at the Macon Police Department.
Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com