Attorney says feds having second thoughts about Farrow decision - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Attorney says feds having second thoughts about Farrow decision

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The attorney for the family of DeAunta Farrow was optimistic Friday, after receiving word the U.S. Justice Department may be having second thoughts about the outcome of their investigation into the 12-year-old's shooting.

Attorney Javier Bailey said he received a letter in the mail Friday from the Justice Department about the Farrow shooting investigation.

"I think our reaction to our response shook them a little bit," he said.

Farrow was shot and killed by West Memphis Police Officer Erik Sammis, who said the 12 year old was carrying a toy gun that looked like a real weapon. 

The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department closed their case earlier this month, after it determined the shooting did not violate Farrow's civil rights.  

"They didn't think the prosecutor could show that it was a willful act," Bailey said. "What we've been saying all the time is we can."

Bailey, who represents the Farrow family, said he has at least three witnesses and physical evidence from the scene that he has been holding on to in preparation for his civil case.  In the letter, the Justice Department offered to review that evidence.

"What they're saying is that, 'Look J. Bailey, if you've got something we've missed, let us see it. It may alter our decision.' And I'm going to do that," he said.

Bailey is ready to give the Justice Department all the evidence he has collected.

"It's a positive step in the right direction, and I think the public outcry has helped some," he said.

Bailey said he hopes his evidence will reverse the Justice Department's decision.


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