Atlanta Mayor Vows ‘Honest’ Probe in Shooting of Old Woman


Calling the fatal shooting of Kathryn Johnston one of the worst tragedies the city has experienced, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin pledged to an angry crowd Tuesday night that the investigation into the death of the 88-year-old woman will be “fair, honest and transparent.” In her first public comments about the Nov. 21 confrontation, Franklin also said she would stand by police Chief Richard Pennington, reports the city’s Journal-Constitution.

During the four-hour-long meeting, the crowd – which at times swelled to more than 300 – angrily recounted stories about drug raids into their homes when officers knocked down doors, armed with warrants that were unsigned. They also demanded to know why the officers involved in Johnston’s death were still being paid by their tax dollars while they were on administrative leave. Franklin urged the crowd to be patient.


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