AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - About 200 protesters demonstrated Monday
after the funeral for a 23-year-old man killed by police officers
who said he tried to run them over during a traffic stop.
The march ended at the site where Justin Elmore's SUV crashed
after he was shot by deputies on Dec. 14. Sheriff Ronnie Strength
said residents of the housing project where the march took place
had called the department complaining about marchers who
represented the New Black Panthers Party carrying weapons.
At the funeral service, the Reverend Al Sharpton said he stood
by ministers' and politicians' calls for calm, but added that there
must be an equal call for justice.
Deputies Michael Hodge and Jose Rivera Ortiz stopped Elmore on a
tip he had drugs and weapons in his SUV. They claim he tried to run
them over after they boxed him in. The Georgia Bureau of
Investigation is reviewing the case.
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