Family doubts fairness at grand jury after fatal officer involve - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Family doubts fairness at grand jury after fatal officer involved shooting

The family of a man that died after an officer involved shooting is now concerned about the fairness in the grand jury hearing on Tuesday. (Source: WALB) The family of a man that died after an officer involved shooting is now concerned about the fairness in the grand jury hearing on Tuesday. (Source: WALB)
On Tuesday, a civil grand jury will hear the case of the shooting death of Robert Lee Brown by an Albany Police officer in September. (Source: WALB) On Tuesday, a civil grand jury will hear the case of the shooting death of Robert Lee Brown by an Albany Police officer in September. (Source: WALB)
Brown's sister Gussie Reed (Source: WALB) Brown's sister Gussie Reed (Source: WALB)
Brown's family attorney Julius Collins (Source: WALB) Brown's family attorney Julius Collins (Source: WALB)
District Attorney Greg Edwards (Source: WALB) District Attorney Greg Edwards (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

On Tuesday, a civil grand jury will hear the case of the shooting death of Robert Lee Brown by an Albany Police officer in September.  

The officer fired after Brown stabbed him, but Brown's family said that they don't think the hearing will be fair.

So they think the grand jury will get only one side, and can't be fair.

Four months after Brown, 55, was shot to death by Albany Police officer Derrick Williams, a grand jury will hear the case to recommend whether the officer should be criminally charged.

Brown's sister said the hearing will not be fair, because the officer's lawyer has received the GBI's investigative report in the shooting, but the family has not.

MORE: GBI: Autopsy reveals victim of fatal Albany Police shooting shot in back

"We don't have no information about nothing. And they never talked to us about anything since this happened. And so I really feel it's not fair. It's just one sided, and it's on their side," explained Brown's sister Gussie Reed.

"It doesn't give the appearance of fairness. It doesn't come off as the district attorney being impartial. It comes off, as, 'Hey, here's a head's up. This is what you need to know,'" said Brown's family attorney Julius Collins.

But District Attorney Greg Edwards said this is part of new Georgia legislation to ensure transparency in officer shooting investigations.

"The Grand Jury is going to be hearing the evidence and they are going to be making the decisions," said Edwards. "So there is no heads up that can be given. The evidence will be the evidence." 

Still Robert Lee Brown's family has doubts about justice.

"I hope so, because right now I don't have any closure," explained Reed.

The civil grand jury will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and is expected to last most of the day.  

The entire transcript of the hearing and the exhibits shown will be available to the public on Wednesday.

Copyright 2016 WALB. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly