The Rev. Al Shapton called for peace but also justice during the funeral today of the man shot by police Dec. 14 at a local public housing complex.
Speaking at Macedonia Baptist Church on Wrightsboro Road, the Rev. Sharpton, who was in town to help host the annual James Brown Christmas toy-giveaway, met earlier with family members of Justin Leonard Elmore, who died from the wounds he received. He was shot by Richmond County sheriff's deputies Michael Hodge and Jose Rivera Ortiz, who had stopped Mr. Elmore at Cherry Tree Crossing on a tip he had drugs and weapons in his SUV, then claimed the man tried to run them over after they'd boxed him in.
The Rev. Sharpton, who also met with local ministers and police, arrived at the church about 11 a.m. He called for a full investigation into the shooting.