A mom is searching for justice virtually 30 years after her son was shot and killed by Prince George’s County police, however the state prosecutor says what the household needs might not be doable as a result of inadequate proof.
In 1993, 24-year-old Archie Elliott III was stopped for suspected DUI. He was solely sporting shorts when he was searched, handcuffed behind his again and positioned in a squad automobile. Moments later police fired virtually two dozen occasions, saying he had pointed a gun at them.
An unloaded handgun was discovered within the police automobile.
Elliott died nonetheless handcuffed.
“The police who killed my son acquired away with homicide,” Dorothy Elliott mentioned.
A grand jury determined there was not sufficient proof to cost the officers who shot her son.
Now she has joined activists in a coalition named in her son’s honor, asking Prince George’s County State’s Legal professional Aisha Braveboy to reinvestigate the case.
“Our coalition calls for that the police who killed my son be fired and charged with homicide,” Elliott mentioned.
Principal Deputy State’s Legal professional Jason Abbott mentioned the Braveboy administration got here to the identical conclusion as state’s attorneys earlier than her.
“We performed our personal separate unbiased evaluate, and on the finish of that separate and unbiased evaluate, we got here to the identical conclusion that these earlier administrations did: that there’s inadequate proof to go ahead,” he mentioned.
“[Braveboy] did not query any of the witnesses to the murder, and she or he even claimed that her workplace misplaced the data of the Archie Elliott murder case,” mentioned Thomas Ruffin Jr., an legal professional with Archie Elliott the III Coalition of Justice.
In a letter to the state’s legal professional, the coalition cited News4’s reporting on Braveboy’s secret record of officers who she will not permit to testify as a result of credibility points. Elliott is aware of the names of the officers who shot her son and wonders if they’re on that secret record. She needs the record made public.
“The state’s legal professional is the highest regulation enforcement officer within the county,” Abbott mentioned. “Personnel legal guidelines within the state of Maryland prohibit them releasing the names of those people.”
A spokesperson with the state’s legal professional’s workplace mentioned quite a lot of the Elliott information have been misplaced however that didn’t occur throughout this administration. They mentioned they investigated the perfect they might with what they’ve.
The coalition is planning an indication exterior the courtroom on Monday.
In January 2020, a handcuffed William Inexperienced was shot and killed inside a squad automobile by Prince George’s County police Cpl. Michael Owen. Owen is charged with homicide and awaiting trial. He pleaded not responsible. The county gave Inexperienced’s household a $20 million settlement.