- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Prosecutors will continue investigating the death of a pedestrian struck and killed by an Atlanta police cruiser before deciding whether to seek an indictment, Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard said.

A police car driven by Officer Christopher Blaise hit 62-year-old Bernard Moore on March 6 as Moore crossed Metropolitan Parkway.

The police department initially reported that Blaise was on a routine patrol, and Moore crossed the roadway outside a crosswalk. A surveillance video from a nearby business showed the cruiser traveling at what appears to be a high rate of speed without its police lights or sirens. Blaise could not be reached for comment.

“Although we are well aware of the two months that have passed since this incident occurred, our decision to seek or not seek an indictment will be guided by the evidence and the law,” Howard said in a written statement. “As always, we shall attempt to complete our work in a timely manner.”

Assistant Police Chief Shawn Jones told The Atlanta Journal Constitution the department’s investigation had been turned over to Howard’s office. Jones said he was unaware of any reasons that would have justified the officer’s speed.

“I’ll say it this way, I don’t think they were on a call,” Jones said.

An attorney for Moore’s family, Mawuli Mel Davis, said the police cruiser appeared to be going 70 miles per hour, twice the speed limit, when it struck Moore. Davis said that speed constitutes reckless driving, which would justify a felony indictment for vehicular homicide.

“There were no (blue) lights, no sirens,” Davis said. You don’t even know it’s a patrol car until after he hits him and he turns on his lights.”


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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