Attorney: Parents of Nicholas Thomas felt “disrespected, disgusted”

Nicholas Thomas (Family photo)

Nicholas Thomas (Family photo)

The parents of Nicholas Thomas, fatally shot in March by a Smyrna police officer, felt “disrespected and discouraged” by the process that culminated Thursday with a grand jury’s recommendation not to prosecute the veteran sergeant, the family’s lawyer said.

Attorney Mawuli Davis also questioned why, in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Smyrna police said Sgt. Kenneth Owens fired at Thomas, driving a customer’s Maserati, because he feared for his own life.

But in announcing his decision not to file charges against the officer, Reynolds said Owens drew his weapon not to protect himself but a fellow officer.

“He sees a second officer and a canine running to his right, unable to see Thomas approaching” in the Maserati, Reynolds said.

Davis said it’s no coincidence that the narrative shifted once the Cobb County Medical Examiner disclosed last month that Thomas was killed by bullet that entered through his back.

“My family is not going to stop,” Felicia Thomas, Nick Thomas’ mother, told reporters Friday. “God has the last word, not Vic Reynolds.”

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