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Reported by Nick Paranjape

Local leaders want answers in W. Memphis shooting

His death sparked outrage and caught national attention. Months after the fact, DeAunta Farrow's shooting remains a sore topic.

Now, members of the religious and law enforcement communities want to know why there's been no resolution.

A group of pastors who have been vocal since the shooting death of 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow are not holding back now.

It's been four months since the shooting and the pastors believe that's too long not to have any answers. "Let the report out so it can speak for itself," says Pastor Stephen Chitman.

Chitman is with the group Concerned Pastors and Citizens of Crittenden County.

He is demanding special prosecutors releasee the report in the investigation of the shooting death of DeAunta Farrow who was shot and killed by a West Memphis police officer.

"There are people calling for reconciliation in our community, but we believe before reconciliation there must be repentance," adds Chitman. 

Chitman is calling on Governor Mike Beebe to get involved and even the justice department.

Chitman believes the report is complete but the special prosecutors just don't want to release it. "I believe there's a slow down because they feel like there's going to be an explosive response from the community. I can't rush to judgement but I believe that the reason why they're so slow because the reports may be adverse to them, adverse against the police department."

"There's nothing the West Memphis Police Deptartment has to hide, period" says Assistant Police Chief Mike Allen.

Allen says the investigation is completely out of their hands. He also says he's just as anxious to see this report.

"Whether this investigation comes back that the officer was negligent and did wrong or this report clears this officer, one way or another we want that information to come forward," says Allen.

H G Foster, one of the special prosecutors assigned to this case, says the report is not complete, but says they're just about there.

Foster says they expect to wrap up the investigation within a month. Foster also says the first person who will see the report is DeAunta Farrow's mother. Then it'll be released to everyone else.

When asked if the report will surprise anyone, Foster said no.


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