Rogers’ parents are still waiting for the criminal case to go to trial. Burns is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violating his oath of office.
The video shows Burns arriving at the apartment building just as Rogers turned on the headlights of his 2011 Ford Fusion and started to drive away. Burns flipped on his siren and blue lights, attempting to stop the vehicle, but Rogers continued driving. The former officer, fired days after the incident, jumped out of his cruiser, yelled “stop” then shot through the passenger side window, striking Rogers, the video shows.
“(Rogers) posed no threat to James Burns or anyone else,” Williams said.
He was guilty only of only one thing, Starks said: “Driving while black.”
Burns told investigators that he shot into Rogers’ car without knowing whether the driver was the “suspicious person” wanted by police. He defended his actions, saying he feared for his safety.
Rogers’ father, Deravis Thomas, said no one from the city has ever reached out to their family to offer and apology or even condolences.
“The city has yet to acknowledge us, in any capacity,” Thomas said.