November 28, 2006
ATLANTA SHOOTING UPDATE:
Officials say the FBI will lead an investigation into the fatal shooting of an elderly Atlanta woman during a drug raid last week.
The announcement was made by Police Chief Richard Pennington at a news conference Monday afternoon, where he was joined by officials from the FBI, the US Attorneyâ€™s Office, the GBI and Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. . . .
Police have said â€œSamâ€ had sold drugs from inside Johnstonâ€™s home to an informant, prompting the officers to seek a â€œno-knockâ€ warrant. Such warrants are frequently used by police to get inside a home before suspects have a chance to get rid of drugs.
But a local television station aired an interview on Monday evening with a man who said he was the informant, and he said he never told officers that he bought drugs at Johnston’s house.
Pennington said at a news conference on Sunday that the department will review its policy on â€œno-knockâ€ warrants and its use of confidential informants.
I think that should be happening nationwide. In fact, I think it’s time for federal legislation.