Macon NAACP to hold another march in protest of man killed by officer

hgoodridge@macon.comMay 2, 2013 

When Macon NAACP President Gwenette Westbrooks said she was not going to drop the issue, she was serious.

The organization is sponsoring another march in protest of the death of Sammie “Junebug” Davis Jr. This march, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. May 11, will start at the Kroger on Pio Nono Avenue, where an unarmed Davis was shot to death by Macon police officer Clayton Sutton on Dec. 21, 2012. The march will end in front of Macon City Hall. A big component in this protest will be a voter registration drive.

“We’ll have signs that say ‘your vote is your voice,’” Westbrooks said Thursday. “We’re voting for change. ... I feel we have to get people registered to vote. We’re getting ready to have an election.”

The Macon-Bibb County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a previous march and community forum about Davis’s death.

Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke ruled the shooting justified following a GBI investigation. An internal police shooting review board also cleared Sutton of any wrongdoing.

Westbrooks said she has reached out to dozens of Macon churches to join the voter registration drive.

Following the march to City Hall, there will be a brief ceremony and a cookout at Tattnall Square Park.

Information from Telegraph archives contributed to this report. To contact writer Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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