Prayers for officer who shot Caroline Small, but family still seeks justice

On Tuesday, funeral services were held in Brunswick for former Glynn County Police Officer Michael T. Simpon -- one of two officers who in 2010 fatally shot Caroline Small.

Small's care windshield was riddled by eight police bullets. Her car was pinned by the utility pole and police vehicles.

More than 200 miles away in Tallahassee, Small's family and church friends said a prayer Tuesday night for Simpson as they opened a town hall meeting at Faith Presbyterian Church where about 100 gathered to discuss the case.

Simpson's death last Friday came after a bout with brain cancer, according to the Brunswick News. His passing doesn't alter the Justice For Caroline Small group's goals to get the case re-opened and reviewed by the state and federal authorities, said Robert Apgar, an attorney who is one of the leaders in the group. The group points out that the other officer who shot Small, Robert C. Sasser, is still on the Glynn County force.

Glynn County Police Officer Michael T. Simpson was one of two officers who shot and killed Caroline Small in June 2010.

An AJC/Channel 2 Actions News investigation last year raised questions about the Glynn County Police Departments actions following the shooting and the way it interfered with the GBI investigation.

There were also questions about Brunswick District Attorney Jackie Johnson's handling of the investigation and her presentation of the case to a 2011 grand jury that cleared the officers. The group wants the case re-opened so all those and other questions about the case can be examined.

"Those are still objectives we want to pursue," Apgar said.

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Brad Schrade
Brad Schrade
Brad Schrade is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on the AJC’s investigative team.