Cobb County police Chief Mike Register said the bodycam footage allowed them to implement changes to the department’s use of force and firearms training.
Video shows a Cobb County officer firing eight shots at a 16-year-old during a Nov. 6, 2016 chase. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
“The changes in training were made to address some of the issues associated with this incident which will assist officers in the future to make better decisions when faced with similar situations,” Register said.
Register said he wants to ensure the totality of the situation is considered in future incidents, including the environmental influences and the safety of the officer, suspect and the community.
Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds told Channel 2 Action News the grand jury recommended no charges against Elliot and called it a close call, but the attorney for the teen’s mom disagrees.
“Those bullets landed everywhere,” Tanya Miller told the news station. “For lack of a better word. I mean this is a residential neighborhood.”
Miller said her client’s son shouldn’t have been behind the wheel and wasn’t connected to the alleged carjacking, but that he was scared.
“(He) did what kids do who panic, he tried to run home,” she said, “and he didn’t make it home.”
But Elliot’s lawyer, Lance LoRusso, said it’s much more complicated.
"Law enforcement don’t get to choose where confrontations occur,” he told Channel 2. “Therefore, they don't get to choose where they use deadly force.”