By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
A police officer in Jackson, Georgia who made-up a story about being shot by a black man faces four felony charges, including giving false statements to police, because on September 13, police officer Sherry Hall claimed that while on patrol around 12am, according to her report she saw a” 6ft tall, 230 lbs black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants”, loitering on the side of the street.
She claimed that “after she exited the vehicle, he became very argumentative” which led to him pulling out a gun and shooting her in the lower part of her vest.
As the Georgia Bureau of Investigation started to investigate officer Hall’s case, her story immediately began to unravel, it soon became obviously to them that officer Hall fabricated the entire story, no doubt placing the well-being of many black men in that area, in danger of cops seeking retribution for a fellow officer, who they believed was wounded in the line of duty. According to the Root.com GBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Wooten said: ” the investigation revealed that there is, and never was , a suspect at large in Jackson, Georgia. ”
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