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Son of slain Sylvania driver seeks federal action, plans 60-mile march

From left: Julian Lewis and Jacob Thompson
From left: Julian Lewis and Jacob Thompson(WRDW)
Published: Sep. 13, 2021 at 1:06 PM EDT
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SYLVANIA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The son of a Black man killed by a Georgia state trooper last year is calling on federal authorities to look into the case months after a state grand jury declined to indict the law officer.

Brook Bacon told a news conference Monday he plans to march 60 miles from Screven County to the federal courthouse in Savannah to seek justice for his father.

Julian Lewis was fatally shot Aug. 7, 2020, by a state trooper trying to pull him over for a broken tail light.

Trooper Jacob Thompson was fired and jailed on felony murder charges.

A Screven County grand jury in June declined to indict Thompson. Bacon says that decision “can’t be left unchallenged.”

To draw attention to the case, Bacon announced the march along with civil rights leaders and human rights activists.

“This march is my response to the grand jury’s failure to Indict the trooper who killed my father,” Bacon said. “What the grand jury did was worse than what Jacob Gordon Thompson did when he shot my father in the head. It was murder when Thompson killed my father. But what this grand jury has killed is any faith Black people can have in this justice system. So I must appeal to the federal government like so many other people have had to do across American history.”

The march is set to begin Thursday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation determined Thompson’s shooting of Lewis was not legally justified and charged him with murder. A judge conducted a preliminary hearing and found sufficient evidence to charge Thompson with murder.

“There has not been a law enforcement officer held accountable for the murder of an African American in Georgia history. This is not just about Julian Lewis but also to highlight police shootings in Georgia and across America,” said attorney Mawuli Mel Davis.

For information about the march, visit www.justiceforjulianlewis.com.

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