Locally, there are a couple such cases that have gotten renewed coverage in the wake of the Martin shooting. One is the December death of 19-year-old Ariston Waiters, who was shot in the back by a Union City police officer. The other is the death of Canard Arnold, a 17-year-old who was shot in the back by a security guard at a Southwest Atlanta apartment complex, also in December.
Here's a little bit about each ...
According to a witness, police responded after two shots were fired in the air to break up a fight between two middle school-aged girls. The witness claims he saw an officer, later identified as Luther Lewis, follow Waiters behind a building — seconds later heard two gun shots.
What police say: Officer Lewis claims the shots were fired while he was engaged in a "tussle" with Waiters. The GBI investigated the incident and turned its findings over to Fulton County D.A. Paul Howard's office. No charges have been pressed against Lewis.
Was Waiters armed?: No.
Links to Trayvon: TvOne included Waiters in a series of articles entitled "5 Other Black Teens Like Trayvon Martin." Marcus Coleman, co-founder of the National Action Network, said, “We’ve waited patiently for some action and we think it’s time to remind the world that in addition to Sybrina Fulton [mother of Trayvon Martin], Freda Waiters is another mother waiting for justice."
Last Friday, the Waiters' family's attorneys organized a demonstration on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse calling for Lewis' arrest for Ariston's murder.
On New Years Eve, Arnold was shot by a security guard at an apartment complex on Myrtle Drive after the guard heard shots fired and saw Arnold running.
What police say: Investigators say that Arnold had been exchanging gunfire with another person before he was shot. Both the APD and the D.A.'s office have investigated the case, and believe it was justified.
Was Arnold armed?: Police say Arnold had a gun on him, although it wasn't visible at the time of his shooting.
Links to Trayvon: Arnold's family and attorneys called a press conference yesterday with the express purpose of comparing Canard's death with Martin's, even though Canard was armed. "This is very Trayvon Martin-like," attorney Chris Chestnut said.
Others aren't quite as convinced. Raynard Johnson, who uses his Twitter account to disseminate Southwest Atlanta news items, chided a local news station, saying, "STOP giving this story oxygen. There is no parallel 2 #Trayvon. Canard was involved in a gun battle. Canard was #menace2society."
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