Some doubt justice served

Residents of Cherry Tree Crossing react to today's grand jury decision not to charge deputies who fatally shot Justin Elmore last December.
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Sha'keela McNair wrapped her hands around her pregnant belly Tuesday night as she talked about the day police shot and killed her boyfriend in Cherry Tree Crossing.

In about three months, Ms. McNair said, she will give birth to Justin Elmore's twins. The two boys will be born, she said, without their father, who was shot while attempting to flee from deputies in December.

"(The officers) are still walking around and that man is dead and gone," said Ms. McNair, who stood across the street from where Mr. Elmore's SUV rolled to a stop after the shooting.

"There should have been murder charges," she said.

For many Tuesday night in the Cherry Tree neighborhood, the decision by the grand jury to not pursue charges against the two deputies involved in Mr. Elmore's shooting is no surprise.

There is little trust for the police in the neighborhood, they said, and many felt other agencies, such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or the District Attorney's Office, would protect the deputies involved.

Brenda Johnson, 50, said everyone should be held to the same standard, and she didn't think that was the case.

"We're not getting treated (by the police) the way we're supposed to be treated out here," Ms. Johnson said. "That's all I can do -- put it in God's hands."

Ms. Johnson said her four grandchildren were inside a home not far from the shooting when one of the deputy's bullets struck a living room wall.

She questioned whether the outcome of the hearing would have been different if one of the children had been struck.

Nearby, a bystander, who did not give his name, said Mr. Elmore would have been blamed for that, too.

Across the street, 28-year-old Sheba Green said Mr. Elmore wasn't the person that police and the media portrayed. She still carries a memorial key chain with his face in her pocket.

She was a little older than Mr. Elmore growing up but remains close to some of his family.

"He wasn't a bad person -- not to shoot him down like that," Ms. Green said.

"We just want justice to be served."

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wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 05/06/09 - 05:21 am
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He wasn't a bad person,just a

He wasn't a bad person,just a drug dealing pimp that tried to run over a police officer.He was a person that made his living selling drugs to children.What could possibly be wrong with that? We certainly can't allow FACTS to get in the way of judgement.The drug dealers should be left alone to ply their trade.

Reality
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Reality 05/06/09 - 06:02 am
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Well ,we will be paying for

Well ,we will be paying for her and the twins for the rest of their lives anyway. Was he going to be a father and support his family????Yeah right, he was Ward Cleaver....The whole Elmore clan probably resides in the projects on government benefits.

fd1962
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fd1962 05/06/09 - 06:32 am
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I guess a few pounds of
Unpublished

I guess a few pounds of blood, bone, and flesh occasionally makes you feel better about paying for her and the twins for the rest of their lives?!

braxtonbragg
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braxtonbragg 05/06/09 - 06:48 am
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If elmore was white, wonder

If elmore was white, wonder wht these project roaches would have to say.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 05/06/09 - 06:57 am
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another example of how our

another example of how our hard earn money goes to work.. look at the hooligans that we support everyday.. these people instead of complaining and whining that justice was not serve they should've been working and earning a living... like I sad.. one down many more still out there.. NEXT!!!

wise
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wise 05/06/09 - 07:00 am
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Project roaches??? These

Project roaches??? These people are human beings regardless of their social status. I did not really follow the case but if I remember correctly there were no drugs found, only his son that his dead body draped over. The ex girlfriend placed the call out of anger saying the drugs were in the car. She should be charged too. Educate yourself. Ignorance and Hate will get you no where.. All the posters above most work for richmond county..........

Reality
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Reality 05/06/09 - 07:05 am
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The moral of the story is,

The moral of the story is, don't try to run over a police officer, whether you have drugs in the car or not......

braxtonbragg
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braxtonbragg 05/06/09 - 07:23 am
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Yes Wise, project roaches=

Yes Wise, project roaches= uncontrolled breeding, living off the labor of others and destroying your living area. Pretty much hits the nail on the head when discussing Cherry Crossing and all the other government slum holes in this country, doesn't it?

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spdermn78 05/06/09 - 07:29 am
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Get your facts right Wise...

Get your facts right Wise... There was a half pound of marijuana in the car and live .223 rounds. Know what you are talking about before opening your mouth.. Oh and for the record... Elmore had 2 other kids by 2 different mothers... IN THE PROJECTS. And from my understanding he doesnt take care of them either.

dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/06/09 - 07:32 am
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i would like a side of bacon

i would like a side of bacon with my serving of justice please.

SHELBY69
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SHELBY69 05/06/09 - 08:08 am
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Wise-there was no child in

Wise-there was no child in the vehicle to have his fathers dead body draped over him. He was alone. Also the grandmother who reported that it would have been different if her grandchild had been struck by an officers bullet. Would it have been different if Elmore had run over her grandchild? It sure would have been. They need to clean that project OUT!! Yes, I believe that people who truly deserve to reside there, then by all means live there, if nto then get the heck out and work for a living. Kudo's to the law enforcement who protect use every day. They deserve more than they are given. They are on duty 7/24 for US!

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curly123053 05/06/09 - 08:12 am
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Everyone who still disagrees

Everyone who still disagrees with the police reports, video evidence, and grand jury need to be given a drug test. These parasites living in these projects should be given random drug tests to weed out the druggies from these sites. I think there is a law on the books that forbid drugs in the projects. Take advantage of it.

braxtonbragg
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braxtonbragg 05/06/09 - 08:13 am
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Nah, Curly, that makes too

Nah, Curly, that makes too much sense!

tonyt15street
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tonyt15street 05/06/09 - 08:31 am
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white slave mentality

white slave mentality

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/06/09 - 08:37 am
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tonyt15street
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tonyt15street 05/06/09 - 08:42 am
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you are some silly and

you are some silly and dangerous people with seriou issues. read the bible. you people will have to stand before the real judge and you will be judge as you judge mr. elmore. god will judge you by the same measure.

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WW1949 05/06/09 - 08:43 am
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One less drug dealer to worry

One less drug dealer to worry about. I wonder how all his children from unmarried women will turn out. I hope better than he did. It is time that the people living in Cherry Tree and all other housing projects take control and turn in all the drug dealing activities in their neighboorhoods. It is their own fault that living conditions are dangerous because of their inaction. They alone can change their enviroment but it will never happen because they will not turn in a "brother". What a shame the mentality is like that.

tonyt15street
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tonyt15street 05/06/09 - 08:44 am
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this cowboy cop ran in front

this cowboy cop ran in front of the car ready to fire his weapon. This was not his first time making a situation dangerous

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 05/06/09 - 08:48 am
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The project mentality is

The project mentality is dangerous to decent neighborhoods. Section 8 is mismanaged. support www.hongkongaugustaga.org

braxtonbragg
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braxtonbragg 05/06/09 - 09:12 am
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Nah tony, it called black

Nah tony, it called black entitlement mentality!

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olmarine 05/06/09 - 09:34 am
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Tony15...read your bible with

Tony15...read your bible with someone who can help you understand it. The poor were meant to be helped so they could help themselves. The generational welfare dirtbags in free tax paid housing (well, not free...it comes out of taxpayer pockets) deserve no help at all.
Elmore was a drug dealing, baby daddy with no baby daddy wife, life long criminal from a welfare housing criminal family.
He will not be missed.

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tabandco 05/06/09 - 09:37 am
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SAD!!It's just sad how we as

SAD!!It's just sad how we as a society have such a disreguard for human life.In either persons case.Elmore if he was selling drugs and the officiers who were in my opinoin,"Trigger Happy"!Not knowing if anybody was in there with him,and others who seem to say,ok one down,more to go.People wake up.he was a human,some ones child,and a lot of innocent people were put in danger by carelessness!The ultimate JUDGE and JURY is GOD.and we all will be JUDGED according to his will!

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InChristLove 05/06/09 - 09:51 am
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The ultimate judge and jury

The ultimate judge and jury may be God but we are taught that we are to obey the law of man as well as God's law. You talk about disregard for human life. Where was Mr. Elmore's regard for human life when he tried to run the officer over. It is sad that this young gentleman lost his life but we must remember choices we make in life have consequences, good or bad. Mr. Elmore chose to disregard a direct order from a law enforcement officer, chose to create a situation that was dangerous by ramming a parked vehicle with someone in it (what if someone had been standing behind this officer's vehicle), and chose to attempt to run over another human being (what if he had run over someone else in the process). You want to blame it all on the officer, what about the responsibility of Mr. Elmore who created the situation.

buckfiddy
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buckfiddy 05/06/09 - 09:52 am
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Those cops endangered the

Those cops endangered the lives of other residents they should be charged.

Richmondctygal
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Richmondctygal 05/06/09 - 09:53 am
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I am a divorced mom and work

I am a divorced mom and work fulltime with NO help from the government....I struggle, it just irks me to no end that these drug dealing men have these kids with women living off of us tax payers and does not take care of them, nor do the women try! Mr. Elmore was a drug dealer, no respect for the police, Those officers were his judge and jury the minute he rammed the police car and tried to flee CARELESSLY! Sorry for his family, but they need to accept he was not a model citizen...look at his arrest record. But the Elmores are not all upstanding citizens either.

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Irish 05/06/09 - 09:57 am
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Dear Tony Fifteen, the only

Dear Tony Fifteen, the only slaves in this country since 1865 have been the tax payers. Not only do we pay to support our own families but families like the elmore twins who recieve the benefits of our labors. This was a right / wrong scenario not black white. (The two officers were both minorities) When the demand and supply for drugs ceases and people stop thinking being born is a paycheck maybe we'll see some equality truly develpe in this country...Right now your race card is being played like never before in history......

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nadps53jrt 05/06/09 - 10:00 am
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Justice was served. The

Justice was served. The deputy told him to stop, he refused ,went toward the deputy with a 3000+ vehicle so the deputy protected himself and shot. He got a drug dealer, sorry no good dad, attempted murderer off the streets. I would have done the same and I have had friends tell me the same.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 05/06/09 - 10:07 am
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lets see, a drug dealing

lets see, a drug dealing waste of human being with 2 kids on the way and 2 others already here that chances are we are paying for. what type of job did he have to support his children...no wait he couldn't even pay his fines or do his court ordered community service so why should i think he would be holding a job.....for all those who support him how many of you don't live in the projects and is working fulltime and/or going to school to better yourself, better yet to all mr. elmore's supporters why don't you all step up and take care of his children since he was such a "fine, decent and upstanding citizen"

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takeme2 05/06/09 - 10:11 am
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This was a tragic incident

This was a tragic incident regardless of race or location. Mr. Elmore may not have been a model citizen however he still was human. My prayers go out to his unborn children who will never get to touch there father's face. A lot of these just down right racist and ignorant comments are only going to end you up when one place. So continue to have all this hate in your heart. God will certainly place you where you need to be in the end!!!!

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Richmondctygal 05/06/09 - 10:15 am
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there you go jisomjr...maybe

there you go jisomjr...maybe all his supporters should buy his kids grocery with THEIR food stamps and buy their clothes with their money, oh and maybe teach them how to get a JOB. People like him and his babies "mamas" that abuse the system, make it hard for the ones that really need it and deserve it. Me thinks the mamas aren't upstanding citizens either.

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