"We are saddened and frustrated, that you have taken no action," the group wrote Deal and Olens in the Aug. 8 letter. "Moreover, you have not responded to our requests for a meeting to discuss Caroline's case."
The group formed after revelations about the shooting and allegations that prosecutor Johnson mishandled the case were revealed in an AJC/Channel 2 Action News investigation last year. The shooting -- captured on dash cam video that shows eight police bullets exploding across the unarmed mother's windshield -- drew national attention after the news investigation.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation supervisor who oversaw the original case told reporters it was worst police shooting he'd investigated in his career, but Johnson's office failed seek an indictment and she took unusual steps that helped the officers in the grand jury process. A grand jury found their actions justified.
The Small group appears to be running out of options to get what they say was an injustice addressed. They told the AJC on Thursday that it plans to continue pressing ahead with its efforts to draw attention to the case and get a new investigation.
"Caroline's story continues to be very powerful and when we tell that story and when we raise public awareness of what happened to her it has power that continues to amaze me," said Robert Apgar, the group's leader. "It's at the government level where we encounter the silence. It's a deafening silence."
Deal's press secretary Alyssa Botts did not respond to a phone message and email request this week from the AJC to discuss the group's request. In an Aug. 12 email, she said: "What I know is that the letter has been received and it's been in discussion this week. Sorry I couldn't be of more help!"