Farrow's mother disappointed by special prosecutor's decision - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Farrow's mother disappointed by special prosecutor's decision

The attorney for DeAunta Farrow's mother came out swinging following an Arkansas special prosecutor's decision to clear West Memphis police officer Erik Sammis in the shooting death of her son.

"We want a grand jury seated, period," attorney Javier Bailey said. "We want the people of that community to make a decision."

Bailey stepped up demands that West Memphis call for a special grand jury to investigate what happened the night 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow was shot by Officer Erik Sammis.

According to Bailey, prosecutors have said they would consider any new evidence that might lead to re-opening the case.  Bailey said he plans to send witness statements, videos, and other reports he claims show officer Sammis has had questionable run-ins with African Americans in the community.

DeAunta Farrow's mother, Deborah, did not attend Bailey's Tuesday morning press conference.  However, in an interview next week, she said she would fight for justice.
Last week -- she told me she would fight for justice.

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

Bailey said Farrow was disappointed in the special prosecutor's decision.

"Certainly she's disappointed,  but we've prepared Deborah for the long haul," he said.

Bailey said Farrow would continue to pursue her $125 million civil lawsuit against the West Memphis Police Department.

Bailey said he would ask for a change of venue in that civil lawsuit, claiming local publicity would make it hard for Farrow to receive a fair trial.


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