Calling on the big guns to handle APD shootings

Calling on the big guns to handle APD shootings

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Atlanta Police Chief George Turner answers questions on May 1, 2015, about the death of Alexia Christian, who was shot and killed the day before by police. Officers said she began shooting at them from the back of their patrol car. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

When Atlanta Police Chief George Turner was asked about an incident in Chicago — the October 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times as he walked away from Chicago police — he responded with candor.

“I would be lying to you if I tell you that (transparency) wasn’t a concern of public safety throughout the entire country,” Turner said.

“We need to do everything we can to be as transparent as possible so citizens understand that we understand the challenges, and also the perceptions, that are going on in this country.”

Specifically, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will take over all probes of officer-involved shootings by the APD, the state’s largest police force.

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