Family of Georgia Teen Shot to Death by Police Demand Body Cam Footage Be Released

The family of Vincent Truitt, a 17-year-old shot to death by police in Georgia, are reiterating calls for the release of body camera footage of the incident that led to his killing.

Their demands came after the Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office ruled on Monday that Truitt's death was a homicide.

The family's attorney, Gerald A Griggs, received a copy of the report, which said: "It is my opinion that Vincent Truitt died as a result of 2 [gun-shot wounds] of the torso. Based on the information available at this time, the manner of death is classified as Homicide," according to Griggs.

#BREAKING: the family of #VincentTruitt has been provided an official copy of Medicial Examiners Report. “It is my opinion that Vincent Truitt died as a result of 2 GSW of the torso. Based on the information available at this time, the manner of death is classified as Homicide.”

— Gerald A. Griggs (@AttorneyGriggs) October 5, 2020

Following the release of the report, Griggs, a local activist and attorney, posted a message on Facebook, echoing the family's previous demands for the body camera footage of the incident to be released.

"More information on the shooting continues to come in. It's time for transparency from @cobbpolicedept. #ReleasetheTape #JusticeforVince @justiceforvince. #BlacklivesMatter. #VincentTruitt," it read.

The family had held a press conference at a local church on Friday and a march on Saturday, both demanding transparency from the Cobb County Police Department.

"No parent should have to bury their son, their teenage son, due to something that could have been avoided. No parent should have to wait 80 days for answers," Truitt's mother, Venethia Cook Lewis, said on Friday.

Truitt was shot to death following an incident on the evening of July 13 in Austell, Cobb County, Georgia.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the incident, at approximately 11:20 p.m. Cobb County Police Department attended to a scene of a car that had been reported stolen earlier that day in Atlanta.

The officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was occupied by three teenage males, but the driver did not stop. A chase then ensued.

The car traveled to a dead-end. As it came to a stop, two of the men ran and were pursued by officers.

During the incident, one of the males, later identified as Truitt, brandished a handgun and was shot by one of the officers, according to the Bureau's report.

Truitt was given medical aid by officers at the scene, but died the following day at the hospital from his injuries.

The Cobb County Police Department asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the incident on July 14. The investigation is ongoing.

The Truitt family, Griggs and the Cobb County Police Department have been contacted for comment.

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File photo of a police body camera: The family of a 17-year-old who was killed by the Cobb County Police Department in July have reiterated their calls for the bodycam footage of the incident to be released. iStock