Activist marks anniversary of elderly shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Activist Markel Hutchins on Friday is planning to
observe the two-year anniversary of the death of a 92-year-old
woman gunned down in her northwest Atlanta home by undercover
Atlanta narcotics officers.

On Nov. 21, 2006, plainclothes officers burst in through
Johnston's front door using a special "no-knock" warrant to
search for drugs.

Johnston fired a single shot from a rusty revolver at the intruders, but hit no one. The officers fired 39 bullets, hitting the woman five or six times.

The botched raid prompted an investigation of the Atlanta Police
Department and closer scrutiny on no-knock warrants. The department
tightened its warrant requirements and shook up its narcotics unit.

The shooting, which took place in a crime-ridden Atlanta
neighborhood, enraged many residents and local officials.


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