Lawsuit Against Cobb County Cop Who Shot Unarmed Teen Upheld
Day after day we report on police shootings where the trigger-happy officer faces little to no consequences, today we are happy to report the opposite.
According to the AJC, a Cobb County police officer, James Caleb Elliott, will have to answer in court as to why he fired eight shots at unarmed then-16-year-old Neghasi Middleton, one of which struck him in the thigh.
The incident was captured on Elliott’s body camera and based on that video U.S. District Court Judge Mark Cohen decided that the civil lawsuit filed against the officer held merit.
Back on Nov. 6, 2016, Elliott responded to a call about a suspicious looking vehicle that contained Middleton and 3 other youths. After getting their names and birthdates, Elliott ran the plates and realized the PT Cruiser had been in a carjacking. The officer came back with his gun drawn and told the boys to get out of the car and lay on the ground. Middleton, in fear for his life because police ain’t s#!t, began to run away. Elliott then fired eight shots at him and struck him once.
Elliott resigned from the force but Cobb County grand jury determined that the shooting was justified, because of course, the white cop HAD to shoot the unarmed Black boy. SMH.
This isn’t Elliott’s first time at the police brutality rodeo.
The lawsuit notes that there were three other complaints filed against Elliott. One alleged he was “too aggressive” with a woman who sought assistance for her husband. Another said he demonstrated a racial bias during an accident investigation. Another alleged he used excessive force by pointed his gun at a woman’s chest without justification after he mistakenly went to the wrong address on a call.
F**k 12. We hope this guy loses everything he owns in this lawsuit.