ATLANTA -- A Macon lawmaker is proposing that the state get involved in inquiries into cases involving death at the hands of law enforcement.
State Rep. Nikki Randall, D-Macon, wants the state Attorney General to appoint special prosecutors when someone is killed by law enforcement, to determine if criminal charges should be filed instead of the generally secret grand jury making that determination.
“I think most Americans can agree that there is some distrust with the judicial system,” especially when law enforcement stands accused, she said. “You can see that from the North to the South. Here in Georgia I think we should be proactive ... so that families will feel secure that the determination of probable cause is unbiased.”
Her draft bill that proposes the change will be published as soon as Wednesday. The bill does not yet have a number. Randall said she also may propose putting the GBI in charge of investigating such cases instead of local law enforcement.
Separately, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., has proposed a federal bill to require special prosecutors in police-caused deaths nationwide.
The state legislative session begins Monday.