The group formed in the summer of 2015 following an investigation into Small's death by
The officers, who fired eight bullets into the windshield of Small's vehicle, were caught on dash-cam video that raised significant doubts about the need to pull the trigger in a police shooting that a GBI supervisor called the worst he'd ever investigated.
Both officers were eventually cleared by the grand jury process, but the news investigation revealed a host of problems with the actions of the police and DA Johnson following the shooting.
Small's mother and her friends, who knew each other for decades through church, formed their group after reading the AJC/Channel 2 reports. But their efforts, including meetings with Johnson and local officials in Brunswick, as well as multiple appeals to Gov. Deal failed to move officials to act.
In January, McGehee and others had a meeting with a new Glynn County Commissioner Peter Murphy, but they failed to convince him to support a motion to ask Gov. Deal to appoint a special prosecutor.
The group's stalled efforts underscore the almost absolute authority local district attorneys carry in their districts. The group said they had run out of legal options to pursue justice.
"After much prayerful consideration, Karen has decided that it is time to scale back our Justice for Caroline activities," according to a letter by one of the group's leaders, Bob Apgar, who wrote supporters on Monday. "We will be ready to become active again if God opens other doors for us."
One of the Glynn County officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Robert C. Sasser, received a promotion in January 2016 to the rank of lieutenant, according to state records. The other, Michael Todd Simpson, died in March 2016 after a bout with brain cancer.