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5:03 PM / Thursday September 24, 2020

17 Jul 2016

Atlanta cop charged with murder for killing unarmed black motorist 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers

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July 17, 2016 Category: Stateside Posted by:
Mugshot Atlanta Police Officer James R. Burns charged with murdering unarmed Black motorist

Mugshot of Atlanta Police Officer James R. Burns. Burns was fired and charged with murdering unarmed Black motorist Deravis Caine Rogers

ATLANTA (AP) — Court records show a white former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot a black motorist has been arrested.

Fulton County jail records show James R. Burns was arrested Saturday on charges including felony murder in the June 22 shooting of Devaris Caine Rogers.

Burns told investigators he shot a car that was “trying to run me over and kill me.”

But a police internal affairs investigation found that evidence contradicted Burns’ version of what happened. It showed that Burns shot into a vehicle not knowing whether 22-year-old Rogers was the person he’d been called to investigate at a northeast Atlanta apartment complex.

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Burns also faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of violation of his oath of office. No bond has been set.

 

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