FBI gets malfunctioning video; four in custody identified

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said this afternoon that it has sent a malfunctioning dash camera video tape from Sunday's police shooting of Justin Elmore to the Augusta Office of the FBI.

The videotape will be forwarded to the FBI Crime Lab in Washington for repair and video recovery, according to a statement from Gary Nicholson, special GBI agent in charge of the regional office.

Two other video cameras also captured the incident, but authorities have refused to make their images public, although Sheriff Ronnie Strength says he has seen them and they support the action taken by his men.

Mr. Elmore was shot Sunday during a confrontation with Richmond County sheriff's deputies, an incident that has produced demonstrations and protests around the Cherry Tree Crossing public housing complex for the past three nights.

Four were arrested Tuesday night and charged with disorderly conduct. They were identified today as:

* Dexter Barnett, 21, of the 1500 block of Wooten Street.

* Rodriquez McFadden, 17, of the 1600 block of McCauley Street.

* Michael Harry Riley, 52, of the 1500 block of Bleakley Street.

* Bartrell Griffin, 17, of the 2800 block of Rocky Creek Road.

Sgt. Ken Rogers said none of the men have been accused of assaulting a police officer.

Also today, state Rep. Wayne Howard said he plans to meet with the residents of Cherry Tree Crossing.

After a breakfast meeting between legislators and the Richmond County school board, Mr. Howard said no meeting is scheduled for the residents of the community, but one will be held.

His state House district includes the public housing community where Mr. Elmore was shot. He died Tuesday after being taken off life-support systems.

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