With the firing of two Atlanta police officers, Interim Police Chief George N. Turner said he hopes that the city has finally closed the chapter on the Kathryn Johnston killing, reports the city’s Journal-Constitution. Officers Carey Bond and Holly Buchanan were fired after an internal investigation found the two officers violated department policy in their roles in the case. Six others officers were disciplined and a seventh resigned. Five officers pleaded guilty in federal court to a litany of charges surrounding the botched drug raid that led to the shooting death of the 92-year-old Johnston and the attempted cover-up. Four of those officers are doing federal prison time.
The APD report, conducted by the department's Office of Professional Standards, comes days after a scalding report by the Citizens Review Board, which blasted the department's role and response to the 2006 killing. The CRB report, released on May 24, said that APD drug investigators would break rules, including lying, to get search warrants. The board was created in 2007 in direct response to the Johnston killing. The CRB report also recommended that the two officers be fired. They were charged with falsifying incident reports and affidavits on search warrants. Bond is a 17-year veteran of APD and Buchanan has 14 years of service. Their firings become effective June 18.