DeAunta Farrow's mother departs for Washington, D.C. march - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

DeAunta Farrow's mother departs for Washington, D.C. march

The mother of the 12-year-old shot to death by a West Memphis Police Officer departed for the nation's capitol Thursday.

Deborah Farrow arrived at Memphis International Airport Thursday morning with members of Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

"We're not going to sit by and let them kill our kids and get away with it," she said.

Farrow was still upset about the U.S. Justice Department's recent decision that determined West Memphis police officer Erik Sammis did not violate 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow's civil rights when Sammis shot and him.

"They should have come back and concluded that my son's civil rights were violated because he's only 12," Farrow said. "You know, what possibly could he do to a grown man?"

Friday, Farrow will join Rev. Al Sharpton and others in Washington D.C. for a march.  The event is aimed at drawing attention to claims made about police brutality .

"Hopefully something good will come out of it, not just for my son, but for everyone around," Farrow said.
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Farrow said she has been touched by the out-pouring of support from the Mid-South. She vowed to continue her fight to get federal investigators to re-examine her son's case.

"I can't give up on my child like that," she said. "I can't give up on him, because I know he hasn't done anything wrong, and for me to give up is just saying that he did so. I'm not giving up no matter what."

Along with the march in Washington, there will be a rally in West Memphis on Saturday.  It begins at 7:00 p.m. at 1205 East Broadway.  During the rally, Farrow's attorney plans to take sworn testimony from residents who have complaints against the West Memphis police.

The West Memphis Police Department claims it has no pattern of formal complaints against it.


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