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MACON, Ga. (AP) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in central Georgia has decided there's not enough evidence in a police shooting to warrant a prosecution for civil rights violations.
The case involves 49-year-old Sammie Davis Jr., who was shot to death in a Kroger parking lot in Macon on Dec. 21 because authorities say the policeman feared for his life. District Attorney David Cooke's conclusion that Macon officer Clayton Sutton was justified in shooting Davis sparked protests and requests for federal intervention.
U.S. Attorney Michael Moore said the Justice Department and his office determined that the evidence is insufficient to meet the requirements of a federal criminal civil rights prosecution.
Cheryl Davis, Sammie's sister, said that she's devastated by the decision.